There's no food that welcomes feeling of fall like freshly picked apples. In Lehigh Valley, you'll find a number of locations offering locally-grown varieties, both in pre-picked and pick-your-own options. Before you head to the grocery store to stock up, consider paying a visit to one of these local pick-your-own farms, each offering the chance to head out to the fields and stock up on fall's sweetest treat.
Please contact the farms directly for weather conditions and up-to-date availability.
Grim's Orchards (9941 Schantz Rd., Breinigsville)
No one celebrates the season quite as good as Grim's Fall Festival! Hop on a hayride to make your way to the orchard for apple picking, or opt for the perfect pumpkin in their spacious patch. Families will love additional activities including a corn maze, apple launching, and more. Pre-picked apples are also available at their roadside market, as well as their famous apple cider slushies. Yum!
Strawberry Acres (767 Clearview Rd., Coplay)
Please note: Strawberry Acres will not offer pick-your-own apples this year, though they will have pick-your-own pears. Apples will be available in their farm market. Just a short drive north from Allentown, you'll find Strawberry Acres. Set amongst rolling hills, this farm offers a wide variety of pick-your-own fruits throughout the season including strawberries, peaches, cherries, and pears. You can make your way out into the field to pick your own fruit fresh from the trees, or select from pre-picked assortments in the market. Be sure to pick up some tasty apple cider before you head home!
Rodale Institute (611 Siegfriedale Rd., Kutztown)
The Rodale Institute offers an impressive 333-acre sustainable farm that welcomes visitors year-round for educational sessions or just to explore the grounds. While visitors cannot typically head out into the orchard to pick their own produce, you'll find one day a year when the orchards are open for all! Mark your calendar for the annual Rodale Organic Apple Festival (Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017) for a day filled with apple picking, wagon tours, live entertainment, and more. Pre-picked varieties are available as well.
For additional pick-your-own varieties, consider visiting these local farms:
Bernard's Green Valley Farm (2925 High Hill Rd., Slatington)
Bob White Acres (3879 East Mill Hill Rd., Coopersburg)
County Line Orchards (9200 Kings Highway, Kempton)
George Schmidt Berry Farm (5681 Berry Dr., New Tripoli)
Gogle Farms (5017 Mulberry St., Coplay)
Gulick's Orchard (6317 Kaylor Rd., Bangor)
And while you can't pick your own at the following locations, we always recommend supporting local farm stands. Produce from these local orchards can often be found in area grocery stores.
Bechdolt's Orchard (2209 Leithsville Rd., Hellertown)
Schantz Orchards (2200 Applewood Dr., Orefield)
Scholl Orchards (3057 Center St., Bethlehem)