Macintosh. Honey Crisp. Gala. Rome.
How do you like them apples?
These are the highest-rated apple picking spots in New Jersey and Orange County, N.Y., according to Yelp.
Alstede Farms, Chester, 3 stars on Yelp: Pick-your-own is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Weekday admission is $7 and weekends/holidays is $9. Entry free includes access to wagon rides, mazes and more. Visit the farm's "What Can I Pick Today?" page to see what else is in season.
Demarest Farms, Hillsdale, 3 stars on Yelp: Season starts Monday, Sept. 2. Weekdays are open to the public from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cost is $7 ages 2 and up, which includes free parking, entry, hayride, two petting zoos, adventure playground, corn box and more. Spend an extra $12 for a bag to hold your apples. Cider doughnuts are a must.
Donaldson Farms, Hackettstown, 3.5 stars on Yelp Early September through late November, Monday to Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sundays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Prices are by the pound. Be sure to take your best shot on the corn canon in October for $5 and say hi to the farm animals.
Sun High Orchards, Randolph, 3.5 stars on Yelp: Fruit pies, self-serve firewood and the famed bottled milk are available at Sun High. Hayrides are $1 per person -- don't forget your camera! Call for pricing.
Wightman Farms, Morristown, 3.5 stars on Yelp: Every person over the age of 3 years old requires a membership card to enter the fields and orchard. A membership card is $7 and is good from strawberry season through the last weekend of apple picking. Then you pay for what you pick and enjoy your local harvest.
Melick Orchards, Califon, 4 stars on Yelp: With dozens of apples to choose from, you and your family will be dropped off at the orchard boasting more than 20,000 trees. PYO available through the second week of November. No entry fee -- pay for what you pick 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends.
Stony Hill Farms, Chester, 4 stars on Yelp: Pick your own apples, strawberries and pumpkins from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Prices range between $10 and $18. Check out the 10-acre corn maze, go gemstone mining and the barnyard board game.
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