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Spice Up Your Fall: Where to Pick Apples and Pumpkins On the Main Line

Check out the unique farms around the Main Line and Philly suburbs to complete your fall bucket list.

We hear the same thing every year as pumpkin spice season rolls in: Tell me where to pick apples and pumpkins around the Main Line. This fall, leave Starbucks behind and enjoy the crisp air, autumnal leaves, and a hands-on adventure — with hayrides and cider doughnuts as an extra enticement. Check out the unique farms below and complete your fall bucket list.

Highland Orchards

1000 Marshalton Thorndale Road, West Chester

Highland Orchards is your one stop destination for all the fall fun! With both apple picking and pumpkin picking being offered, there’s something for everyone to love. Apple picking starts in August, and pumpkin picking in mid-September, both running until Halloween. On weekends there will be hayrides to and from the pick-your-own fields, or just around the farm for fun! Their market offers fresh produce from their own farm, and from others local to Chester County. If you want a treat before you head home, relax in the cozy picnic area with some apple cider and apple doughnuts!

Milky Way Farms

521 Uwchlan Ave., Chester Springs

Even on the chilly fall weekends, you’ll want to step in line with the family to try some of Milky Way Farm’s famous ice cream made with milk sourced right from their own farm! Of course we can’t forget about fall pumpkin picking! Through October 30, you can come pick your very own pumpkin to take home and paint, carve, or use for baking! On weekends during this time you’ll enjoy pumpkin harvest festivities which include hayrides to the pumpkin patch and other family-friendly activities. You can also pay a visit to the animals on site and learn more about dairy farming.

Sugartown Strawberries

650 Sugartown Road, Malvern

Come visit Sugartown Strawberries for some family-friendly autumn activities. Pumpkin picking runs throughout October with hayrides to and from the field on weekends. You can also have fun getting lost in the hay bale maze! Visit their Country Store and you’ll find plenty of mini pumpkins, gourds, and Indian corn to decorate your home all season long. Don’t forget to try their honey, which is harvested right on the farm!

Linvilla Orchards

137 W. Knowlton Road, Media

This is the place for apple lovers. It can get crowded on October weekends, but it’s also packed with a ton of things to do. With 20 varieties of apples to pick, there are some for baking, cooking, and of course, snacking!  Pumpkin Harvest Weekends run through November 6. During these weekends, kids can wander through a display of over 100 pumpkins. There’s a hay bale maze for the younger kids, and 3-acre cornfield maze for those who are up for a challenge. The whole place is a paradise for kids, with train rides during the week, pony rides on weekends, and a fun playground. Don’t miss the apple slingshot!

Solebury Orchards

3325 Creamery Road, New Hope

Make Solebury Orchards part of your next day trip down to New Hope. Open Thursday through Sunday, this little farm has a lot to offer! They have a large variety of apples to pick, and plenty of yummy apple treats! At their market you will also find plenty of other farm fresh produce. Don’t forget your camera, this gorgeous farm has plenty of photo-ops for you and your kids.

Varner Farms

746 S. Trappe Road, Collegeville

This beautiful family-owned farm is located right around the corner in Collegeville.  Varner loves bringing the whole family together over fun, fall activities — and there’s definitely no shortage of things to do here. You can take a horse-drawn wagon down to the pumpkin patch, where you can pick your own pumpkins. On weekends, you can take a walk through their 5-acre cornfield maze, and the kids will love pony rides, face painting, and scarecrow-making activities.

Weaver’s Orchard

40 Fruit Lane, Morgantown

Early in the season, visitors to Weaver’s Orchard can pick bushels of juicy peaches, pints of black berries and raspberries and don’t miss the more unusual fruit options like the prune plum or the kiwi berry. By mid-September their Fall Family Fun Days will be in full swing. Every Saturday and Sunday families can not only pick their own apples and pumpkins, but they can also enjoy food, live music, face painting, a barrel train, the farm yard play area and so much more.


Lead Photograph by Sarah Bond




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