Savor the natural flavors of fall this year — crisp apples and fresh veggies — not just pre-packaged pumpkin spice.
Nine farms around Pittsburgh offer the chance to frolic through fields and meander orchards while picking your own fall delicacies and decor.
Before you go, keep a few things in mind: Pricing is based on how much you pick. It’s a weather-dependent activity, so know that hours are subject to change and you might want to call first.
Sorted by region, here’s our map of where to don some flannel, grab a basket, and get outside.
North of Pittsburgh
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If there’s anybody who’s been enjoying the heat this month, it’s Jeff Norman, owner of Norman’s Orchard. The heat, he said, is just what his apple trees need — some warmth to ripen the fruits after so much rain.
Thirty varieties of apples grow at the orchard, such as empire, cortland, macintosh, red delicious, golden delicious, jonagolds, and northern spy. Apples will be available for picking until mid-to-late October. “We specialize in heirloom apples, so it’s apples you wouldn’t normally find in the store. Old varieties of apples,” Norman said.
The orchard, open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, also grows eight different kinds of pear trees. Pears have a shorter season, though, so if you’re a pear fan, get there now before the season ends in mid-September.
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There’s a new type of apple ripe for picking just about every week at Soergel Orchards. Apples are available while supplies last.
Pumpkins will be ready for the picking on Sept. 22 and then every weekend through October.
In addition to pumpkin- and apple-picking, Soergel’s fall festival features horse-drawn wagon rides, tractor rides, and beverages from Arsenal Cider.
South of Pittsburgh
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Apples are available to pick through Nov. 1, with varieties changing weekly.
“It’s just a fun activity — the apple varieties change. A fresh apple, fresh produce, is always better right off the tree,” manager Jeremy Simmons said.
Five acres of pumpkins will be ready starting Sept. 15 and will run through the first week of November.
Simmons Farm also offers a cut-your-own flower field, comprised of row-upon-row of wildflowers, and it’s just as magical as it sounds. Flowers will be available until October or November, depending on the weather.
For even more fall fun, check out the farm’s hayrides, four-acre corn maze, and petting zoo.
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Find the perfect pumpkin while checking out the farm’s 49th annual Fall Festival, featuring a hayride and a three-acre corn maze. Also worth checking out: Fire & Flannels, a first-day-of-fall celebration, and Hops & Hayrides, where you can sample beer and take a hayride, and have what’s described as “a bale of fun.”
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This farm does fall to the max.
You can pick apples on the weekends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through October. Pumpkin picking begins Sept. 22.
Plus, there are plenty of the other fall festivities: A storybook pumpkin land, a corn maze, a farmyard area, a giant Candyland game, and even slides named after the Liberty Tube and the Squirrel Hill Tunnel. Carolyn Beinlich, one of the owners, describes it as “a family-oriented farm” with plenty of activities for parents to do with their children.
East of Pittsburgh
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Find a cornucopia of fresh veggies at this Westmoreland County farm where you can pick tomatoes, peppers, beans, Swiss chard, beets, lettuce, kale, spinach, salad greens, winter squash, and pie pumpkins.
This certified organic farm has picking hours on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday evenings from 6 p.m. until dark and 2 to 5 p.m. Saturdays.
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Head out into the pumpkin patch in October at this farm that’s been operating in Westmoreland County since 1864. Also be sure to snap the customary Pumpkin Queen or Pumpkin King photo, which is basically a Schramm’s rite of passage for everybody (even pets).
West of Pittsburgh
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Taste all the flavors of fall here — tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, beets, and kale, with crops varying by the day. Pick-your-own is offered from 11 a.m to 2 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays through Sept. 16. Flowers are also available for picking.
Pumpkin season begins Sept. 22, the kickoff of the farm’s fall fest, which includes a two-acre corn maze, a pumpkin launch, hay mountain, and tunnel slides.
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This Allegheny County orchard is full of dwarf trees using a high density planting system, which makes apple-picking much easier for kids. Ginger gold and gala apples are available now, but the varieties change frequently.
In October, the orchard offers wagon rides to a field of pumpkins.
Picking is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday, though hours may be shorter in October as it gets darker earlier.