It’s one of best things about autumn… apple picking! If you’re looking for a fun weekend activity, these orchards and farms – all within driving distance – are the perfect place to spend an afternoon picking your own apples, right off the tree.
Triple B Farms
Monogahela’s Triple B Farms opens its orchard to customers every year for pick-your-own apples. The orchard is open for picking on Saturdays and Sundays, and they offer a number of different varieties, which change weekly due to ripening and weather changes. Triple B grows Honeycrisp, Jonagold, Fuji, and more. Plus, the farm also has hayrides, a corn maze, and fun activities for kids of all ages.
Triple B Farms (823 Berry Lane, Monongahela)
Pick-Your-Own apples at Soergel Orchards takes place every Saturday and Sunday during their Fall Festivals, which runs every weekend from now through the end of November. Not only will you be able to pick 19 varieties of apples (depending on ripening), but you can also enjoy hayrides, pumpkin picking, kettle corn, face painting, games, and a lot more.
Soergel Orchards (2573 Brandt School Road)
You’ll find plenty of fun activities at Simmons Farm, from a corn maze and a petting zoo to hayrides and (of course) apple picking. Depending on the time during the season, they’ll have up to a dozen apple varieties available for the picking, like Gala, Honey Crisp, Yellow Delicious, Ida Red, and plenty more in their expansive orchards. And whatever you do, don’t forget to bring home one of their fresh-baked pies while you’re there!
Simmons Farm (170 Simmons Road, McMurray)
Founded in 1958, Norman’s Orchards in Tarentum has been a Pittsburgh favorite for more than 50 years. The Orchards grow apples, cherries, grapes, pears and berries, and during the Fall season offer you-pick-apples. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for regular updates about what apples are available for picking, from Red Delicious and Jonathan to Northern Spy and Macintosh. Early in the season, they also offer pear-picking. Before you leave, make sure to take home a gallon of their fresh-pressed cider, too.
Norman’s Orchards (2318 Butler Logan Rd, Tarentum)
Half Crown Hill Orchard
After a rough growing season and a severe freeze that affected their crops, Half Crown Hill Orchard is already closed for the 2017 season – but keep them in mind for next year’s apple picking adventure. The orchard grows varieties like Ginger Gold, Gala and Macintosh, and they also have hayrides, an apple slingshot (!), apple cider and honey from their own bees.
Half Crown Hill Orchard (600 N. Branch Rd. McDonald)