Apple picking season is upon us, as the prime time to pick apples ranges from the beginning of September to the end of October, depending on the specific type of apple. Check out these orchards in Monmouth and Ocean counties where you can enjoy a beautiful fall day outdoors picking apples. You can almost smell the apple pie in the oven!

MONMOUTH COUNTY ORCHARDS

Battleview Orchards, 91 Wemrock Road, Freehold, offers apple picking for a multitude of apple varieties. The orchards grow Gala, Jonamac, Macintosh, Cortland, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Empire, Jonagold, Macoun, Stayman Winesap, Rome Beauty, Granny Smith, Braeburn and Fuji apples.

Each type of apple has its own picking dates, with some ending before October and others closing out October. Starting Sept. 23 on the weekends Battleview Orchards offers hayrides. The orchards will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, visit battlevieworchards.com.

Eastmont Orchards, 181 County Road 537 East, Colts Neck, wants everyone to know their fruit, which is why they have a “Know Your Fruit” section on their website. According to Eastmont Orchards, apples of the same variety, even on the same tree, often vary in ripeness and firmness.

Early September is the time to pick Honeycrisp and Macintosh apples while September to mid-October is designated to Cameo, Cortland, Crispin, Empire, Golden Delicious, Idared, Jonathan Macoun, Red Delicious and Spartan. Mid-October to closing is the time to pick Arkansas Black, Braeburn, Fuji, Granny Smith, Red Rome, Stayman Winesap, Yellow Newtown Pippin.

Weather and supply permitting, Eastmont Orchards is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. For more information, visit eastmontorchards.com.

Don’t miss out on Delicious Orchards, Route 34 South, Colts Neck, where Apple Fest will take place on Sept. 9 and 10, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. with more than a dozen apple options including made-on-site apple fritters. For more information, visit deliciousorchardsnj.com.

OCEAN COUNTY ORCHARDS

Krowicki’s Farm Market & Green House, 862 Route 539 New Egypt, has a ton of fresh fruits available and in effort to discover ways to utilize their crops they have a recipe development crew. According to Krowicki’s they have developed a number of tasty recipes with clear instructions that they are happy to share with valued customers and visitors.

So get to apple picking and pick up some recipes to create dishes from your pickings. The orchard is open daily from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. For more information, visit farmmarketinnewegyptnj.com.