America's Best Apple Picking Farms
Liberty View Farm, Clintondale, NY
Liberty View’s growers are devoted to sustainable farming practices at their site amid the breathtaking hills and dales of the Hudson Valley. The orchard is Certified Naturally Grown—a designation many smaller farms consider a more transparent, less-expensive alternative to organic certification.
What to Pick: Orchardist Billiam van Roestenberg grows only Empire and Cortland apples and makes sure the fruit you pick is at its prime. He insists, for example, that his Empires be picked only after the first frost—which converts the apples’ starch to sugar and gives them a shocking burst of sweetness.
Most Unusual Offering: For $50, Liberty View lets you lease an apple tree for the season (for yourself or someone else) and harvest it as many times as you like.
Bells & Whistles: Livestock, including egg-laying heirloom chickens and 18 Nigerian Dwarf milking goats; extensive flower and vegetable gardens; and a farm stand.