Apple picking is one of my favorite Fall activities, and while there aren’t any orchards in the city, there are plenty of options not too far away. Over the weekend, I tried Outhouse Orchards in North Salem, NY. I know, the name sounds gross, but the orchard offers crisp apples, warm cider donuts, pumpkin cheesecakes, barnyard animals, and sweet apple cider. For $25, pickers get a giant bag to fill with as many apples as they can squeeze in. From Brooklyn, take the subway to Grand Central Station, where you can buy a Metro North ticket to Croton Falls on the Harlem line, a stop about an hour away. From there, a friendly taxi service will take you three miles down the road to Outhouse.
So what to do with a giant bag of apples? Brooklyn-ize them with local toppings! Head over to Two for the Pot in Brooklyn Heights or D’amico Foods in Carroll Gardens. Here you can find fresh spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar, and cloves to make an autumn-esque powder to sprinkle on top.
Prefer caramel or chocolate? Try the caramel dip or chocolate syrup from Fox’s– also made right here in Brooklyn. If you’re a peanut butter lover like me, you should go to The Nut Box on Smith Street in Carroll Gardens, where you can make your own peanut butter. Any other suggestions? Comment here!