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Apple Picking: A Fall Tradition

Locals and urbanites pick apples at Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm in Yorktown Heights.

Golden Delicious, McIntosh, Baldwin—oh my!

Nothing marks the start of fall more than apple picking at one of the Hudson Valley's beautiful orchards. On Saturday, people traveled from the New York metropolitan area and mixed with local residents at Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm in Yorktown Heights to pick, pull and chomp on the many delicious apple varieties grown at the farm.

Whether they rode on tractor-pulled flat wagons or made the muddy trek on foot, people of all ages took to the fields. Some used their hands, others worked picking poles to reach the most coveted apples. When bags were filled, pockets were put to good use. 

Of course, few could resist enjoying the fruit of their labor on the spot before heading back to the farm store for cider and doughnuts. 

Nicole Adlman October 01, 2011 at 10:22 PM
Okay, now I HAVE to go apple picking. Beautiful pictures.
Jay Wilson October 01, 2011 at 10:41 PM
Great shots, Stu!
Stu Bayer October 02, 2011 at 12:11 AM
Thank you both!

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