8 WNY Orchards & Farms to Pick Your Own Apples This Autumn

For some of us that time of year when you are pulling out the flannel shirts and switching your daily coffee from iced to hot is the BEST time of year. Pumpkins! Mums! Crisp blue skies! And of course that most delightful of Autumn joys…Apples! My yearly apple picking excursion to Blackman Homestead Farm in Lockport is a highlight of every apple season and the reason there is always a year’s worth of homemade applesauce in my freezer.

Photo courtesy of Blackman Homestead Farm

A family owned farm for over 150 years, the Blackman’s have 15 varieties of apples to pick, as well as fresh juices, fresh pressed cider, and homemade fruit sauces at their farm stand, and various adorable farm animals for children (and adults) to admire. Get your wagon and your canvas apple bag, pick a likely looking stand of trees and start picking! Apples are a particularly enjoyable fruit to pick for tall people…we can reach high up into the trees and leave the low hanging fruit for the kids to enjoy! Be careful though…picking is somewhat addicting…there is always one more even rounder, riper fruit on the next branch. Before you know it you can really overdo, and hauling that full wagon back to the stand to pay can be quite a chore!

A great outdoor activity for families and friends to enjoy on a crisp fall day, Upick apples are available at many local farms in the area. These days weekends are often by appointment, so make sure you check the website and plan ahead. Most farms have stands with cider and other goodies available to buy as well.

Here are several WNY farms and orchards to visit this apple picking season!

Becker Farms

3724 Quaker Rd., Gasport NY
Online reservations required Saturdays & Sundays – BOOK HERE

Blackman Homestead Farms

4472 Thrall Rd., Lockport NY
Online reservations required for Saturdays and Sundays – BOOK HERE

Greg’s U-Pick Farm

9270 Lapp Rd., Clarence Center NY
Cash only, ATM on-site

Hall’s Apple Farm

6100 Ruhlmann Rd., Lockport NY

Call ahead for availability

LynOaken Farms

10609 Ridge Rd., Medina NY
Online reservations required Saturdays & Sundays – BOOK HERE

Sanger Farms & Bakery

852 Lockport Rd., Youngstown NY

Smith’s Orchard Cider Mill

4960 Mapleton Rd., Pendleton NY

Stonehill Orchard

2356 Shirley Rd., North Collins NY