Visiting Our Orchards
The barn yard can be a busy area. This is the first place you come to when you enter our farm drive off Route 9H. It is where you check in with us. You can ask us about the variety you are looking for, and we will give you information about where the best picking is that day. We will give you an orchard map and half-bushel bags for your fruit. (Free of charge.) There is no entrance fee.
Into the Orchards
Our orchards are far away from the barn yard. They are spacious and interspaced with meadows and woods, so you may drive right into them and park near where you will be picking. When driving in the orchards, go slowly and be mindful of rocks, ditches and woodchuck holes.
While you are there, please do enjoy the land. You can take a nap on the grass, have a picnic, throw a frisbee for your dog to retrieve, stroll with your children, chat with other visitors, admire the foliage, and much more. We only ask you to be considerate of others.
We do not have facilities to offer drinks or food. However, you are most welcome to bring a picnic. You can spread a blanket in a shade, and enjoy the day in the orchards!
If you have traveled here from a great distance and would like to have a nice meal before heading home, there are lots of fine restaurants in Hudson that we can recommned.
Picking apples and pears is easy. But if you do not do it right, the fruit can be damaged. So it is worth learning how to pick properly. When you want to pick an apple or pear, hold it firmly and, slowly twisting, raise it up so that it snaps off at the stem. Do not pull or yank the fruit off the branch. If it doesn’t come off easily, it’s not ready to be picked. When you have picked an apple or pear, gently place it in the bag. If you throw or drop it, it will bruise.
At the end of the harvest, we need to report to the New York State Department of Agriculture how many bushels we have sold of each variety. For this reason, even though most of our apples and pears are the same price, we ask you to kindly keep track of the number of bags of the different types that you pick. One easy way to do this is to use a separate bag for each variety, combining the contents of the bags later, after we have tallied everything up.
We have such wonderful customers at Philip Orchards. Some have kept on coming back for four decades, since 1973, when we became 100% pick-your-own. They bring the next generation, who brings the next, and so on. Quite a few families claim that it is an autumn tradition for them to visit us. Others seek a quiet, rustic setting, to get away from their busy daily routine.
Many of our customers say that they have unforgettable memories about our orchards; school trips, church trips, family/class reunions, photo and film shoots (one with a famous actress), even a marriage proposal has happened here! We thank our beloved customers who choose our orchards to make those wonderful memories! The customers come from many states in the area: New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Pennsylvania. Some find their way here from Florida, Minnesota, California, and even France and Germany. Turn off your smartphone in the orchards. You are surrounded by interesting people. Enjoy talking to a stranger and having a chat that is not online!
We keep some chickens. Because they range freely all over the place, they are vulnerable to attacks by hawks, coyotes, and other predators, so the size of the flock changes. But there are always some around the barns and nearby fields. So please drive slowly.
On the way out, please stop at the barn yard again. We will tally up what you have picked, and you can pay. We accept either cash or checks. (But no credit cards; sorry!)
If you are a first-timer, don’t forget to leave us your mailing address, so that we can send you our harvest flyer the following summer.
We have a portable restroom booth.