Pick-Your-Own Fruit Information & Tips

Apple Orchard at Maple Lawn Farms - New Park, PA
Before you visit, call 1-866-U-PICK-FUN or check our ripening calendar to find out the best time of the year to come and pick your own fruit.

Picking Tips

General Tips:

  • Prepare to be outdoors. Dress for the weather including sun hats and sun block for summer days, and warm gear for cool days. If you like to use it, bug repellent is fine for harvesting, just wash your hands after applying it.
  • Wear appropriate footwear. You’re going to be on a REAL farm. Wear shoes that support you during the picking activity such as good walking shoes or hiking boots. If you’re going to hang out afterwards, bring another pair of shoes for relaxing.
  • Bring water or buy some in the market. Make sure to stay hydrated and give yourself breaks throughout the picking time to relax. Spend some time and enjoy the scenery.

Fruit-Specific Tips:

  • Cherries: Get here soon, we ALWAYS sell-out! We provide ladders and our Cherry Picking Platform to help you reach the best fruit. Use our containers, or your own containers, but make sure they are no bigger than one US gallon. Fruit will get bruised if your bucket is too big. Pick cherries WITH THE STEMS ON to preserve freshness. When you remove the stems, you break the fruits natural seal.
    Ripening: We have Red White and Black Sweet Cherries. Make sure you know which kind you are picking. Red Cherries look white-ish if they aren’t ripe. Black cherries look reddish if they aren’t ripe and white cherries never turn red or black no matter how ripe. You are allowed to taste test to check.
  • Blueberries: A Fourth of July favorite! Use our containers, or your own containers, but make sure they are no bigger than one US gallon. Fruit will get bruised if your bucket is too big.
    Ripening: Check the bottoms of the berries; if they are greenish, they are not ripe. You want blue all the way.
  • Peaches: We have lots of varieties of peaches from July-September so you’ll be able to come back and get more.
    Ripening: Choose peaches by color and feel. Soft feel and good color indicate a peach you should use right away. Good color and firm feel is a peach that will keep for a few days.
  • Apples: Apples have the widest flavor variation. Try them all and pick your favorites. Apples start in mid-August with Early Gold and continue through early November.
    Ripening: Make sure you know which kind of apple you’ll be picking, so you can judge the color well. Apples should be firm and not bruised, with unbroken skin. Apples store the longest, often weeks in a cool place with ventilation. Confining apple, such as in a bag or Tupperware, will speed the ripening process.