The Wayne County Apple Tour will kick off its 20th season with a tasting weekend on Oct. 6-9.
Apple lovers throughout western and central New York have explored Wayne County since 1997 to pick fresh apples, enjoy the fall colors and enjoy a day of family fun. Wayne County is the largest apple-producing county in the state. The tour runs through October.
Wayne County Tourism partners with 13 local businesses for the tour: 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 Blvd., Wolcott; Wagers Country Apple, 7047 Main St., Red Creek; and Young Sommer Winery, 4287 Jersey Road, Williamson.
Visitors can download a tour map online, or pick up a copy at any tour stop. Each stop will offer a stamp for the map, which participants can mail in at the end of the month to be eligible for a gift basket.
All 13 stops on the tour offer harvest activities, and extra-special activities are always planned for the tasting weekend. These activities include apple picking; lunch at Lagoner Farms; the Amazing Maize Maze at Long Acre Farms; children’s activities; hayrides; apple tastings; apple pies, salsas and homemade preserves; mums and pumpkins for sale; wine tastings at Thorpe Vineyards, Young Sommer Winery and JD Wine Cellars; and hard cider at Apple Country Spirits, Lagoner Farms and Old Goat Cidery at The Apple Shed.
Wager’s Country Apple in Red Creek is new to the tour this year. It opened in 1976, and boasts a 100-acre farm with apples, strawberries, peaches and sweet cherries. It has an in-store bakery and barn sale.
The Apple Shed also started a new cidery, Old Goat Cidery, which is now part of its Newark shop.
Call (800) 527-6510 or visit appletastingtour.com for information.