September 21, 2012
I've been to a number of orchards in New York and Vermont, but I'd never goten to pick my own apples. So, I went to Lawrence Orchards up in Marion to pick my own apples. It's about a 35-45 minute drive up Rt. 23, depending on where you're coming from. It's located at 2634 Smeltzer Road in Marion. The orchard offers both small ($8) and large ($14) baskets to pick your apples in. During my visit, they had golden delicious, Empire, Idared, Mixed and Melrose apples to pick. You do have to do a little bit of searching and reaching for the apples as it's nearing the end of season. I chose to go with a small basket and probably picked a total of 20 small apples and 8 medium ones.
The orchard is pet-friendly and allows you to take your dog around-just be sure to follow the rules posted in the store. (I was dogsitting for my parents, so it was nice that their Scottie dog could go with me.)
The store has a large assortment of apples for sale along with pumpkins, popcorn balls, apple cider, jams and jellies, old-fashioned candies and Der Dutchman baked goods.
The orchard will be holding Applefest Saturday, Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event features horse-drawn wagon rides, a petting farm, pony rides, scarecrow making, pumpkin painting, a caramel apple bar, music, a field hike and more. According to the website, they will have pumpkins, gourds and squash for sale. For more information and to plan your visit, check out http://lawrenceorchards.com/