Apple Orchards Near NYC – Apple Picking Without a Car! | offManhattan

It’s fall again! It’s my favorite season — less insects, cool weather requiring just a sweater and perhaps an umbrella, and apple cider! For the last two years, I’ve done the Amazing Maize Maze at the Queens County Farm but I hadn’t gone apple picking. This year, instead of heading out to Pathmark for a 1/2 gallon bag of apples, I’ll spend a day at a orchard. After typing apple picking nyc into google, I found a website with the following information. Maybe you will want to go too. Have fun!

If you’re going to bite into a ripe juicy apple on a crisp autumn afternoon, you’d do well to be standing under the tree from which it came. This harvest season, head away from the produce aisle and north of Manhattan to the source, where you can breathe in the fresh countryside air, feel blessed by all the bounty, and stock up for those cobblers, appletinis, and pies your friends and family will be expecting.

We’ve selected six places for your next apple picking adventure, and all you need is a healthy sweet tooth and a train (or bus) ticket to get there.

1. Maskers Orchard | Warwick, NY | maskers.com

Why crop up here: In addition to a breathtaking 200-acre setting (with plenty of romantic corners), horned goats and cute-as-Wilbur pigs, Maskers Country Store has shelves filled with apple butter and fresh jams, and the perfect picnic basket to take all your goods home in.

The Apples: Macintosh, Cortlands, Mutsu Empire, Red & Golden Delicious

When to chew: Saturdays, 9:30a.m.-4:30p.m.

How to get there: Take the New Jersey Transit’s #196 or #197 bus from Port Authority to Willowbrook Station in Warwick. The orchard is 1/2 mile down the road. Take a walk or call Josie’s taxi at 845.986.8073. (45 Ball Road, 845.986.1058)

2. Outhouse Orchards | North Salem, NY | oM Review

Why crop up here: Local families come just for the apple cider doughnuts. Walk past the goats and clucking roosters and into the large market for some fresh produce, Pennsylvania Dutch candies, jugs of apple cider, or jams. You can pick your own pumpkins too. Oh, and those doughnuts.

The Apples: Ten varieties, including Red Delicious, Granny Smith, and McIntosh

When to chew: Open daily April through December, 8:30a.m.-6:00p.m.. Apple picking is 10:00a.m.-5:00p.m.

How to get there: Take Metro North Railroad from Grand Central to Croton Falls station stop. Cabs wait at the station to take city folks to the Orchards, three miles up the road. (Outhouse Orchards, 130 Hardscrabble Road., 914.277.3188.)

3. Fishkill Farms | Fishkill, NY | fishkillfarms.com

Why crop up here: You can also pick your own cherries, berries, peaches, nectarines. Plus, fall means hayrides, live music, and barbecues.

The Apples: There are 15 varieties to chose from, including Idared, Red Delicious, Macoun, Granny Smith, and McIntosh

When to chew: 9:00a.m. to 5:00p.m., 7 days a week

How to get there: Take the Metro North’s Hudson Line to Beacon station. Then take about a 20 minute taxi ride. (9 Fishkill Farm Road, 845.897.4377)

4. Jenkins & Luekin Orchards | New Paltz, NY | jlorchards.com

Why crop up here: This 50-year-old family orchard has delicious apple cider from their own cider mill, local honey, and freshly made treats in the bakery. Pick your own pumpkins for $.35/pound, enjoy a hayride for $2, or do the free corn maze.

The Apples: If you visit the during the last week of September and the first two weeks of October, all 12 varieties—that includes Macoun, McIntosh, Rome Beauty, Red Delicious—will be available.

When to chew: Weekdays and Weekends, 9:00a.m.-6:00p.m.

How to get there: Take the Trailways bus from Port Authority to New Paltz bus (and taxi) station in downtown. Hop a 10 minute cab to the farm. (Jenkins & Leukins Orchards, 69 Yankee Folly Road, 845.255.0999)

5. Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm | Yorktown Heights, NY | wilkensfarm.com

Why crop up here: Close to FDR’s home, here you can pick peaches, purchase honey, maple syrup, fresh baked fruit pies, apple strudel sticks, and cider doughnuts.

The Apples: 14 varieties, including Gala, McIntosh, Granny Smith, Fuji, Baldwin

When to chew: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 10:00a.m.-4:30p.m.

How to get there: Take Metro North to Croton Harmon. Call a cab in advance. (1335 White Hill Road, 914.245.5111)

6. Meadowbrook Farm | Wappinger, NY

Why crop up here: Also near the FDR estate and Vanderbilt Mansion, the giant orchard opens this weekend. Feed the goats and chickens, pick pumpkins, and munch on cider doughnuts at the picnic tables.

The Apples: Cortlands, McIntosh, Empires, Red & Golden Delicious

When to chew: Saturday and Sunday, 9:00a.m.-6:00p.m.

How to get there: Take Metro North to New Hamburg. Call 845.297.8294 for A-1 taxi and ride less than 10 minutes. (Meadowbrook Farm, 29 Old Myers Corners Road, 845.297.3002)

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Shanghai

China in the airport and Shanghai!

Breakfast on Delta

Delayed flight over 24 hours

At the airport day 2 waiting to get on the airplane. We had $12 in Delta voucher for breakfast and considering we had already eaten breakfast at the hotel for free, we decided to just get something else to eat. So for two fruit cups and a bottle of water at Starbucks, it costed $11.40 on Delta. Whoohoo!!

The Bund in Shanghai

The Bund in Shanghai

We arrived in Shanghai on Sunday, August 28 around 6:40pm and got onto the Line 2 subway by 7:18pm. It took 1 hour (8:18pm) to get to Nanjing East Rd subway stop. The best part was it took about 2 minutes to walk to the Nanjing Hotel!!!We then took some time to relax and change into something more comfortable to look around Shanghai.At 9pm, we walked east toward the Bund, and looked at the city life. First, we got the ‘pan fried’ bun – 4 for 8 yuan. And Yes, I saw the thing that Sunny got for me. I don’t know if I’ll be able to roll like them but it has inspired me a little bit — especially since it lights up!

The Bund 2

The Bund 2

We walked really slowly so we didn’t arrive at the Bund until 9:40ish. In a way, I was surprised by the number of people there!! Many Chinese tourists and foreign tourists alike. Of course, there were some smokers there but since I read about it, I was more indifferent to them. Also, there isn’t such thing as ‘personal space’ either. And staring is ok! haha.The Bund is really nicely lit up at night.

Xintiandi -- “New Paradise”

Xintiandi -- “New Paradise”

We then decided to taxi it over to Xintiandi — “New Paradise” (16 yuan before 11pm). It’s full of foreigners and many young people dressed up! There were many cafes that were so full of energy on this Sunday evening.

East Nanjing Pedestrian Street

East Nanjing Pedestrian Street

At 11pm, we got tired and headed back to the East Nanjing Pedestrian Street but starting from the west side (where the People’s Square is) walking west. The lights were still on (as shown in the picture) and much less people were around. The homeless were settling in onto their benches.
We headed over to the McDonald’s nearby to try out the internet. It didn’t work! And my phone didn’t work either. Anyway, we tried to order food the ‘proper’ way and was immediately called out as a “old outsider” or foreigner. Haha, just because I used the proper name for the food… and even though I ordered a cheeseburger and a 10 piece chicken nugget, none were available. Only a tiny two piece chicken wing (the size of your pinky!!) and a 5 piece chicken nugget were available. Too bad it didn’t taste that great.
At night, we plugged everything in and hopped on the internet.

Xiao Long Bao - Soup Buns

Xiao Long Bao - Soup Buns

NEXT DAY on Monday, August 29, 2011, we both woke up at 5:45am, despite going to sleep at 2am. We didn’t get up until 7:20am and got ready and left by 8am. At first, we were going to go eat at a ‘little eat’ place two blocks away but…Instead, we were stopped by good soup bun prices! 8 for 12 yuan. And yes, we only took about 4 steps out of the hotel and stopped right in front of the restaurant in front of us. Yes, it is a little bit sad but we did it anyway. And the soup in the picture was 8 yuan – and just as yummy! I like how the food in Shanghai is not as oily as they make it in the US so good food, good prices — hooray!

Mei Long Zhen Restaurant

Mei Long Zhen Restaurant

On the right is a picture of an expensive but historic restaurant: Mei Long Zhen Restaurant (1038 Nanjing Rd W). Simple and tasty, we ordered a specialty dish with just shrimp, Ma Po tofu (best one I’ve had!), vegetables (sad to say that we found HAIR but they quickly replaced it… still scary to see though), and hot and sour soup with sea cucumber, roast pork and other expensive ingredients.Apparently we ‘bought’ the hair towels too and the tea was 12 yuan. At least the bathrooms were western with toilet paper and the decor of the place was amazing!It came out to be 302 yuan — not cheap but we probably won’t go to these really nice places often haha. Honestly, I prefer the cheap but good tasting food!! Better for stomach and ‘piece of mind’.

Past People’s Square

Past People’s Square

We did make stop at Shen Da Cheng (636 Nanjing Rd E) and bought this warm red bean and other bean cup of food (3.5 yuan) and a meat mooncake. YUMMYAnd we went to McDonalds and got free wifi for 30 minutes! YAY Unfortunately, I also got bite 10 times! BUT at least we went to the drug store to buy anti-itch for 5.6 yuan.We walked past People’s Square, ate a 85 degree (mango thing), and went to ICBC to exchange the travellers’ cheque. NEVER AGAIN. It took over 30 minutes and they charged $11.25 US.

Also, since the phone card was bought in Beijing, Shanghai people can’t get access to info there. Retarded.

We also shopped around and I got a nice blue and white dress for 139 yuan. Thanks mom!!

Reel Kitchen

Reel Kitchen

On the way over to the Jiag’an Temple, the Reel Kitchen ad stopped us in our feet! So many tasty desserts appeared on this ad. Look at mom — she looks happy. Hehehe. Especially about the Taiwanese ice!

Jing'an Temple

Jing'an Temple

We are inside the Jing’an Temple in this picture. People are praying with incests in a ‘north, south, east, and west’ direction. Many statues are made of gold and we walked into the temple to see Buddha of the past, present, and future. It’s neat how the temple has survived from World War I and II and the drum tower and clock (bell) tower really do have a drum and a bell inside!The girl standing in front — well, I was surprised that even women dressed in high heels, and old and young men, and of course more, all come to say their prayers.And if you throw money into the pot, you shall be protected. But I’m not sure if I believe that.

Meetfresh

Meetfresh - Ice

So we headed back to the B2 Reel Kitchen to get the specialty dessert “Meetfresh.” Black grass jelly and that kind of ice (yes, the ice was black), and taro jelly. With condensed milk on top. YUMMMMMY

Fruit on Chopsticks

Fruit on Chopsticks

Thankfully, by this time, we were tired and the B2 was connected to the Line 2 subway. We paid 3 yuan each for a stop only 3 stops away and headed back to the hotel. We saw a couple eating fruit so we couldn’t resist and had to get some too! The melon and watermelon on a chopstick were 2 yuan each. How fun!!!We then took a nap from 4:30pm to 9pm. Oopss. By the time we got ready and left our room, it was 3 minutes to 10pm so we ate at the place we ate for breakfast. More siao long bao!! Eggplant over rice and small shrimp wonton soup. Total cost 30 yuan.We then went to get a message about 1 block away for 88 yuan 1.5 hours foot and body message. Mom kept asking them questions while I closed my eyes and just relaxed. Once mom told them that she will tip them more, they stopped trying to sell us products, haha.

It ended at 12:10am and we headed home and got on the internet. And now it’s almost 3am so time to go sleep and go to Nanjing tomorrow!!!

Addiction

My mom is addicted to YouTube. After coming back from Hong Kong to China, she said the worst part about China is that they banned YouTube. Yes, I suggested to her that she should try YouKu, China’s version of YouTube. She said she did but couldn’t find the show that she wanted to watch.

Now that she’s back home, she glued to her iPad. Even as of right now.

My dad is addicted to the stock market. He watches it go up and down. He watches YouTube videos of ‘experts’ predicting the next day’s outcome at 10pm and in the morning before the market opens. He keeps reading about what will happen. He then goes on to StockCharts.com and reads the charts hourly to determine what he will do next with his stocks. He gets the most excited when he makes $$.

Maybe the only thing that will take him away from the computer is Miki – a Japanese Restaurant that my parents enjoy eating at.

Yesterday, he said that my mom and I should go out for lunch alone because he still had taxes to do (he had them delayed, I guess). I went over to tell my mom and when my dad came by, she said that we were going to Miki. When he heard that, he instantly changed his mind and said he’ll go eat with us.