A Trip to Owen Orchards in Elbridge

October 16, 2011 at 8:28 am 2 comments

Finger lakes Summer

Cortland, Macintosh, and Jonamacs were in season.

This week’s post is guest written by Adam Coholan.

While fall is officially here according to the calendar, the sun is still out and the air is warm as summer slowly loosens its grip over the Finger Lakes region.  When the days get shorter and the leaves start to turn, the farms in the area come alive.  With a myriad of activities, from tractor rides through apple orchards to corn mazes and pumpkin patches, it is truly an exciting time to live in Upstate New York.

Many of the surrounding trees were still green, speckled with some red and orange of leaves

There’s one tradition my family started a few years back that I now look forward to as soon as I know it’s fall.

Grandma, the snowbird, dodges the cold winters by heading to Florida each fall around the end of October, so a few years back we developed a plan to get the whole family together before she left.  The end result was a trip to Owen Orchards for a little apple picking, and we’ve been going back ever since.

Located right off of Route 5 in Elbridge, it’s an easy location to get to and luckily they have ample parking, because we usually show up with about twenty people.

As I step out of the car, I’m immediately hit with the smell of fresh cider donuts and apple fritters.  It’s hard to resist the urge to head directly into the barn for a fritter and some cider to wash it down.

Somehow we all fought temptation and entered the orchard, just as a tractor unloaded a wagon of pickers lugging bags of apples.  We clambered aboard and the driver took us on a tour of the orchard before dropping us off where all the action was.

It was a gorgeous day, a few clouds dotting a brilliant blue sky.  We went earlier than normal this year, and many of the surrounding trees were still green, speckled with some red and orange of leaves looking to get a jump on the winter.

Among others, Cortland, Macintosh, and Jonamacs were in season.  My grandma makes amazing homemade applesauce, so I helped her fill up a couple bags.  When all of our bags were busting at the seams, we jumped back on the tractor for the quick trip to the barn.

Our “work” done, we gave into the aromas and ordered a couple donuts and some cider, then continued browsing around the barn, checking out the crafts, pumpkins, and other treats on display.  It’s a great experience every year, the staff is terrifically friendly and certainly knowledgeable about all things apples.  They even let our dogs come with us out into the orchard.  There are dozens of orchards throughout the Finger Lakes, and having been to many, Owen Orchards is the one that keeps us coming back year after year.

Thanks Owen!

Adam Coholan is an active blogger who writes about experiencing New York’s great outdoors for Elliman Real Estate, the top NY agency for homes, apartments, and condos.
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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Natalie  |  November 21, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    Going to orchards is one of my favorite things to do in the summer and fall! It’s been so long since I went to one!

  • 2. thejoyofcaking  |  October 23, 2013 at 1:04 am

    Us New Yorker’s are lucky to have apples at our fingertips!


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