Apple picking with kids can become a fun-filled yearly tradition. We’ve been going for years (since before we even had kids!). Here are our tips to create an experience you’ll want to repeat each year.
Select Your Pick Your Own Farm
PickYourOwn.Org lists farms throughout the country, and even worldwide, for a variety of pick your own farms (apples and pumpkins, berries, flowers, and more!). Then call the farm, to make sure it’s the right fit
- Find out the basic info: their hours, that they are picking today, ask about special restrictions (very muddy)
- Not all varieties are available at all farms. If you really want a particular type of apple, ask.
- Fees: In addition to the price per pound of apples, sometimes there are fees to enter, fees per basket used, fees for additional games throughout the farm. Frequently these extra fees are cash only, so you’ll want to be prepared.
- Hayrides: some farms have them some don’t. Some farms require people to take the hayrides, and there may be an additional charge
Check the Weather
Last year were caught in the apple rows, with a 4 and 1 year old, in the middle of hail storm. Lesson learned.
in addition to layers, just know that these clothes will likely get muddy. I know there are lots of great photo ops, but sneakers and broken-in clothes will look adorable in an apple orchard!
Time it Right
Check how long it takes to get to the farm, and then figure in the time for getting your baskets, getting to the field, picking the apples, and the trip back to weigh and pay for your apples. Then make sure it doesn’t conflict with naptime, or you could have a mid-row meltdown!
The staff will likely be happy to point you to the direction most suited for finding ripe apples, or where there are still apples low enough for toddlers to pick.
It’s a Big Day
Apple picking involves lots of walking. And on the return trip you are loaded down with apples. And a tired child, who may want to be carried. So don’t pick more than you can handle! Some farms have wagons – great for either the apples or the kids!