Niagara Gazette —
Baker said that Peter Baker Farms started offering you-pick apples after a neighboring farm closed down, then added a bounce house when the economy took a downturn and families were looking for something local and inexpensive to do.
Then, as visitors started asking more questions about the farm and area, they started hayrides, to “really show people from the city when it looks down here in the county, and they really enjoy it,” she said. They’ve also added a pumpkin patch and a corn maze for children.
“It makes a nice family day trip that doesn’t cost a lot of money and you go home with something that’s really very good for you ... a bag of fresh apples,” Baker said. “Families love it, because it’s something that they can all do together and it’s not costing them a lot of money. It’s a nice, good, clean thing to do.”
IF YOU GO Farms that offer you-pick apples in Niagara County: • Becker Farms, 3724 Quaker Road, Gasport. Call 772-2211 or visit www.beckerfarms.com. • Blackman Homestead Farm, 4472 Thrall Road, Lockport. Call 434-7116 or visit www.BlackmanHomesteadFarm.com. • Murphy Orchards, 2402 McClew Road, Burt. Call 778-7926 or visit www.murphyorchards.com. • Peter Baker Farm, 2100 Youngstown-Lockport Road, Ransomville. Call 791-3440. • Sanger Farms, 852 Route 93, Youngstown. Call 745-7297. • Shippy Orchards, 735 Lockport Road, Youngstown. Call 745-9916. -- Information from New York Apple Associations at www.nyapplecountry.com.