It’s officially Fall, and that means that it’s time for apple and pumpkin picking! From farms just outside of the city to those that are a little farther away, we’ve rounded up the best apple orchards and pumpkin patches to pick-your-own this season.
Pumpkin & Apple Picking
During their Fall Festival Days (every Saturday and Sunday during the season), you can pick-your-own apples and pumpkins. Not only will you be able to pick from more than a dozen varieties of apples (depending on ripening), but you can also enjoy hayrides, kettle corn, face painting, games, and a lot more.
Soergel Orchards (2573 Brandt School Road)
There’s lots of fall activities to enjoy at Simmons Farm in McMurray, from a corn maze and a petting zoo to hayrides and (of course) apple picking and rides out to their very own pumpkin field. Depending on the time during the season, they’ll have up to a dozen apple varieties available for the picking, like Gala, Honey Crisp, Yellow Delicious, Ida Red, and plenty more in their expansive orchards. While you’re there, they also have fresh flower picking available, too. And whatever you do, don’t forget to bring home one of their fresh-baked pies!
Simmons Farm (170 Simmons Road, McMurray)
Triple B Farms
Monogahela’s Triple B Farms opens its orchard to customers every year for pick-your-own apples and pumpkins. The orchard is open for picking on Saturdays and Sundays, and they offer a number of different varieties, which change weekly due to ripening and weather changes. Apples on the farm include Honeycrisp, Jonagold, Fuji, and more. Plus, the farm also has hayrides, a corn maze, and fun activities for kids of all ages – and, if you get there early enough in the season, they have plenty of sunflowers to pick, too.
Triple B Farms (823 Berry Lane, Monongahela)
Founded in 1958, Norman’s Orchards in Tarentum has been a Pittsburgh favorite for more than 50 years. This small orchard has pick-your-own apples during the Fall season, and posts regular updates on their Facebook page about what varieties are available. Right now, they have Jonagold, Northern Spy and Jonathan apples, and Jonared and Macintosh apples available in their apple barn.
Norman’s Orchards (2318 Butler Logan Rd, Tarentum)
Half Crown Hill Orchard
Half Crown Hill Orchard in McDonald is having an early growing season this year, but you can still get varieties like Suncrisp, Mutsu, Hampshire Mac, Golden Delicious, Jonagold, Pioneer Mac and Cortland. You can also get Half Crown Hill Orchard apple cider, honey from their own bees, and have some fun with their very own apple slingshot!
Half Crown Hill Orchard (600 N. Branch Rd. McDonald)
Trax Farms in the South Hills is celebrating their 50th year of Fall Festivals in 2019, with pick-your-own pumpkins, hayrides, food trucks, and everything you need to enjoy the season. Check it out every Saturday and Sunday in September and October.
Trax Farms (528 Trax Road, Finleyville)
Harvest Valley Farms
On Saturdays and Sundays in October, you’re invited out to Harvest Valley Farms in Valencia for pumpkin picking, a cornstalk maze, hayrides, live music, and more – all part of their yearly series of Fall Festivals.
Harvest Valley Farms (6003 Cunningham Road, Gibsonia)
At Cheeseman Farm’s annual Pumpkin Festival (every Saturday and Sunday from September 21 through October 27 this year), you can take a hay ride, pick pumpkins from their patch, play in their hay maze, and visit their petting zoo.
Cheeseman Farm (147 Kennedy Road, Portersville)