Any New Yorker worth her truffle salt gets excited by the appearance of the first fall apples at the Union Square Greenmarket. This outdoor market features a side variety of heirloom and more common apples from upstate New York farmers, along with fresh cider and cooking demos by local chefs. If that doesn’t get you close enough to nature, try these spots for apple picking NY.

Apple picking

“Red Delicious apples” by Sonita Lewis via Wikimedia Commons

The best apple pie is often the one you bake yourself, but if you want to try a truly transformative apple pie, Four & Twenty Blackbirds has a fabulous salted caramel apple pie. It is sold by the slice or whole pie at the Gowanus, Brooklyn shop, at restaurants and cafes around Brooklyn, ad at the McNally Jackson Bookstore in Soho.

With the help of NewYork.com, here are a few other ways to enjoy the fleeting apple picking NY season in the Big Apple:

Farms for Apple Picking NY

"AL 8972" by Kopiersperre via Wikimedia Commons -Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard is a large farm stand with cider donuts, six varieties of apples to pick and a corn maze. Located in North Salem, the farm is only a 3 mile cab ride from Metro-North Croton Falls station, perfect for car-free New Yorkers or city visitors.

At Dr. Davies Farm, you can go apple picking every week and get a different variety every time. There  are over 4,000 apple trees on 35 acres. Located in Congers, NY, the Davies Farmhouse was built in 1836 making it one of the oldest pick-your-own farms in the country.

The Orchards of Concklin is a family owned and operated apple orchard in Rockland Country for over 10 generations. Visitors can pick their own produce and visit the bakery with fresh pies, cider donuts and pressed apple cider.

Apple Cider

Descendant Cider Company, in Queens, is NYC’s only cidery and uses only New York State grown apples. This is adult only hard cider, with an alcoholic kick.