While Saratoga Springs may be known first and foremost for the horses, the locally grown apples are a close second.
Apples are a huge industry in New York State – we’re actually one of the top producers of the fruit in the country! According to the U.S. Apple Association, New York is the second-largest apple producing state in the country; only Washington State produces more. Michigan ranks third while Pennsylvania and California round out the top 5. While we’re #2 in production, New York grows and markets more commercial varieties of fresh-market apples than any other region in the country. The top 10 varieties in terms of production are: McIntosh, Empire, Red Delicious, Cortland, Golden Delicious, Rome, Idared, Crispin, Paula Red, and Gala. For a full list and description of the top varieties grown in New York click here.
It’s the perfect time to visit one of the many pick-your-own orchards in the Capital Region to see for yourself how apples are grown, and to meet the growers behind your favorite fruit. There’s something for everyone. These orchards — some dating back generations — offer restaurants, shops, pumpkin picking, festivals, corn mazes and playgrounds for kids. It’s a wonderful fall tradition to start with your family – you’ll love the time together, outdoors and unplugged! We’ve compiled a few links here to great area guides to help you find the best orchards to visit:
- 6 best places to pick apples in the Capital Region
- Saratoga Area Farms & Orchards
- Apple Picking & Apple Farms