The annual Wayne County Apple Tour will return for its 20th year starting Oct. 6-9 for Tasting Weekend.
Apple lovers throughout western and central New York have explored Wayne County since 1997 to pick fresh apples and enjoy the fall colors in October. Wayne County is the largest apple-producing county in the state.
The tour features 13 stops: Apple Country Spirits, 3274 Eddy Road, Williamson; Apple Town Farm Market, 4734 state Route 104, Williamson; Brownell’s Farm Market, 5247 E. Lake Road, Williamson; Burnap’s Farm Market and Garden Cafe, 7277 Maple Ave., Sodus; Lagoner Farm Market and Embark Craft Ciderworks, 6895 Lake Ave., Williamson; Long Acre Farms and JD Wine Cellars, 1342 Eddy Road, Macedon; Morgan’s Farm Market, 3821 Cory Corners Road, Marion; Mackquinle Farm, 5630 Norris Road, North Rose; Orbaker’s Fruit Farm, 3451 Lake Road, Williamson; The Apple Shed and Old Goat Cidery, 3391 Fairville-Maple Ridge Road, Newark; Thorpe Vineyards, 8150 Chimney Heights Bouleva Road, Wolcott; Wagers Country Apple, 7047 Main Street, Red Creek; and Young Sommer Winery, 4287 Jersey Road, Williamson.
Wayne County Tourism partners with the local businesses to host the tour. Visitors can download a tour map online, or pick up a copy at any tour stop. For each stop they visit, visitors collect a stamp on the map. At the end of the month, visitors can mail it in to be entered to win a gift basket.
The Apple Tasting Tour page on Facebook hosts an online contest every week in September for the chance to win a $20 gift card to one of the businesses on the tour.
All 13 stops on the tour offer harvest activities throughout October, and special activities are planned for the Tasting Weekend.
Wayne County Tourism recently added Wager’s Country Apple in Red Creek as a stop. The 100-acre farm opened in 1976, and boasts apples, strawberries, peaches and sweet cherries. It also has an in-store bakery and barn sale.
The Apple Shed in Newark recently started a new cidery — Old Goat Cidery.
Since the tour’s initiation in 1997, three stops have remained consistent: Burnap’s Farm Market, Long Acre Farms and The Apple Shed. Burnap’s Farm Market features chickens, goats and a large farm market. Long Acre Farms is known for its Amazing Maize Maze and the Back 40 Adventure, as well as its homemade ice cream and JD Wine Cellars. The Apple Shed has a cider mill for homemade apple cider, a country cafe and a corn slide for kids.
For information, call 800-527-6510 or visit appletastingtour.com.