10 Delicious Ways to Get Your Apple Fix This Fall

Fall in Pennsylvania wouldn’t be the same without apples — apple picking, apple pie, apple cider, caramel apples, roadside apple stands, apple dumplings, and even apple dunking at one of our many autumn festivals. As the fourth-largest apple producer in the U.S., we offer tons of different experiences to ensure you can make the most of the harvest while our weather is as cool and crisp as one of our many apple varieties.

Apple Orchard | Photo Credit: Destination Gettysburg

Apple Harvest Festivals

Weaver’s Orchard in Morgantown celebrates Johnny Appleseed Day, which is all about pick-your-own apples! On Saturday, Sept. 8, make your way to the orchard for hay rides, apple treats, apple cider, and baked apple desserts or swing by the 13th Annual Johnny Appleseed Festival Oct. 12-14 in Scheffield. Experience live music, an apple pie baking contest, cornhole tournament, wine tasting at the Sheffield Firehall, Lanterns to Heaven, Sawdust Pile Dive for children, and an incredible fireworks show on Saturday night.

Grim’s Orchard & Family Farms will host its Fall Festival on Saturday, Sept. 15 in Breinigsville, featuring attractions like the corn maze, cattle rides, hay rides, and pick-your-own apples and pumpkins! Pick from more than 23 varieties of apples along with other farm favorites.

The National Apple Harvest Festival in Biglerville celebrates crafts, music, and food on Oct. 6-7 and 13-14. Special attractions include the Apple Auditorium and antique cars, steam engine displays, orchard tours, petting zoo, craftsman demonstrations, and appearances by the Pennsylvania Apple Queen.

The 34th Annual Hickory Apple Festival in Hickory on Oct. 6-7 celebrates the brave firefighters of the Mount Pleasant Township Volunteer Fire Company. Visit the festival for food and fun this year while supporting local township businesses and local communities.

Nestled in the heart of Western Pennsylvania’s Amish Country, the Apple Castle, LLC has been growing quality fruit since 1861. Their Annual Fall Harvest Festival & Craft Show, held on Oct. 13 this year from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., offers free parking, entertainment, and wagon rides! Of course, you’ll get the chance to bag your own delicious apples, drink fresh cider, and even participate in an Apple Sling Shot.

On Nov. 3-4, celebrate apple season with a side of charming small town during the Peddler’s Village 45th Annual Apple Festival! Celebrate a long-held tradition in a historic village with colonial-style buildings, beautiful gardens, and unique shopping, dining, and lodging.

Pick-Your-Own

Choose from an array of fresh apples from Jonestown’s Gray’s Apple Ridge Orchard from mid-September through Thanksgiving. Check out their selection to stock up on crisp, flavorful, and brightly colored apples for your family this season. Need sustenance after an afternoon of apple-picking? Bring your own picnic to enjoy along the Swatara Creek or near the orchard!

Davenport Fruit Farm in Meadville offers a wide selection of apples that are as good fresh off the tree as they are baked into your favorite treats. They currently offer Honey Crisps, McIntosh, Northern Spy, Red Fuji, and Cortland. For those without kitchen skills — fear not! Pick up one of their pre-made mixes to make baking with your delicious apple haul a cinch.

Apple Harvest Festival Weekends are coming back to Hollabaugh Bros. Fruit and Farm Market in Biglerville! On Oct. 6, 7, 13, and 14, stock up on all things apple — apple variety sampling, gallons of delicious apple cider, and fresh apple baked goods baked in-house.

This October, enjoy free apple and cider samples set against live entertainment from Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Ray Owen at Boyer Nurseries & Orchards during the National Apple Harvest Festival in Biglerville. Discover which apple you like best, try some you’ve never had before, and get hands-on creating your yummy apple pie or delectable applesauce.

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