Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Soons Orchards?


Our farm and U-Pick orchard are in Orange County, New York, between Middletown and Goshen, in the Lower Hudson Valley, New York. We are 65 miles from the George Washington Bridge/New York City; 15 miles from the New Jersey/Pennsylvania border; and about 55 miles from the Connecticut border via Interstate 84. We are just a mile off I-84 at exit 15a (formerly 3E), and about 15 miles off I-87 / New York State Thruway. Please note that our U-Pick orchard is around the corner from our store, literally a 90-second drive away. For more details visit our contact page. (LINK)




Do you have curbside pickup?


We do! We are working on our online store; until then please call us to put in an order. We are happy to bring your order to your vehicle. Note: during the busy season (aug-oct), we can offer this service Mon-Thurs.




Do you have food? Can I get lunch at Soons?


When the Tap Room is open and serving, yes! The Tap Room hours vary; for winter it’s Fri-Sun. TAPROOM LINK; during the summer and busy fall season they are open most days. The menu changes a bit depending what’s in season (don’t miss the BLT during tomato season later in the summer!), but has something for everyone.




When is the farm market open?


Soons Orchards farm store is open daily year round.
Note with the covid-19 crisis ongoing, we added 8 to 9am Fri/Sat for seniors, immune-compromised & mobility-challenged to visit the store to shop.




Is the farm market closed for holidays?


We are open daily except for Christmas Day.
 Our market has shortened hours on some major holidays:
 -New Year's Day 11- 4
 -Easter 11-3
 -Thanksgiving Day 9 to 12
 -Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve 9 to 4




What does Soons have for U-Pick / pick your own?


Soons offers pick your own apples and pick your own pumpkins. (Depending on the season, we also often have a special weekend or two in August of pick your own peaches.) We’ve proud to have won the Times Herald-Record’s Reader’s Choice Award for Best U-Pick for four years running!




What does U-Pick cost?


2021 prices are TBA, but apples are sold by the bag while pumpkins are by the pound.
In 2020 we started pre-timed entry and bag purchase, which worked out very well and will be back for 2021.




When can we come pick our own apple or pumpkins?


U-Pick Apples: Our U-Pick apple orchard opens Labor Day weekend and stays open weekends and holiday Mondays, 10 am - 4 pm as long as we have enough apples to offer - sometimes mid-October, sometimes the end of October, sometimes even into November (but that is rare).
Our U-Pick page LINK is updated frequently as to what's available and other details, so please check it for the latest. U-Pick Pumpkins begins the second or third weekend of September and runs weekends and holiday Mondays until Halloween. We take you on a real hay wagon (tickets required) to our real pumpkin fields so you can choose your own pumpkin right off the vine! Wagons run from about 11 am until 4 pm depending on demand and weather. See the U-Pick page for more info.




Is there a charge for parking?


While our parking is free, it is limited, so we encourage you to car pool during the busy season! There is no charge to visit our farm market, of course. For U-Pick prices, visit the U-Pick page (LINK)




What if I don’t want to pick my own (apples or pumpkins)?


That’s easy! Just visit our farm store where we have apples all year. For pumpkins visit our back lawn area to choose a pre-picked pumpkin, typically mid-September to Halloween. And for our homegrown peaches, visit us mid-July to mid-September.




Where else can I get Soons homegrown / homemade products?


On Sundays, Mothers Day to the Sunday before Thanksgiving, we attend the Warwick Valley Farmers' Market (open 9 to 2), with a limited selection of apples, cider, donuts, etc.
We do not attend the NYC Greenmarket, sorry!




Do you ship apples by mail?


Yes, we ship apples and other items throughout the U.S., primarily in the fall through Christmas. Our online e-commerce options will be up soon; until then please give us an old-fashioned phone call! 845 374 5471 -- best times to call are M-F when Karen, our queen of shipping (among other things) is here.




Do you take credit cards?


Sure, though we do suggest a $10 minimum purchase for using cards.




Can I bring my dog/pets to the farm/orchard?


We can’t allow pets into the U-Pick orchards (government safety rules pretty much bar any animals in any orchards or fields), however you may have your dog in the (grassy) parking lot with you.
 At the main farm store, please note that we have our own farm dog, Hudson (very friendly!) so please let us know if you have your dog and is going to be out of the car. Documented service animals are always welcome, of course.




Does Soons Orchards make donations?


Yes, we often contribute product (apples and cider) to non-profit causes around Orange County and the Hudson Valley. We typically do not do donut donations, but if it's outside the busy season, we can usually give you a discounted price. If you're looking for pie donations, please contact Scotty's Country Kitchen directly (845-374-2510).




Are you hiring?


We are always looking for enthusiastic folks to join our team! 
For seasonal student staff we aim to have that hiring done by July, so please apply in May/June if possible. For adult part-time, apply any time. Click here for details and for an application.




Do you offer tours?


Hopefully school tours return in 2021; stay tuned for details or check in with us in August.
For tours of our orchard/store/Tap Room: we are planning to offer these by pre-paid reservation on weekends starting soon. Stay tuned!




What other cool Hudson Valley places are nearby?


The Hudson Valley is chock full of places to visit, things to see, and more. 
Locally, we’ve partnered up with fellow small businesses to form OCNY West. (LINK) You can spend a day and visit us along with several OCNY West friends for a fun adventure here in “western” Orange County. Additionally, the Harness Museum, Storm King, West Point, the Newburgh Waterfront, Dia Beacon are all within a half-hour drive. The soon to open Legoland is a few minutes down the road in Goshen. Plenty of trails to ride and hikes to do as well. Visit the Orange County New York website LINK https://orangetourism.org/ for lots more info, including links to their craft beverage app!




Where can I get updates on Soons Orchards?


Join our email list and follow us on Social Media! (links at the bottom of each webpage).




Do you allow professional photo shoots?


With proper notice & insurance, we do. Please request our policy document.




How do I cancel my U-Pick reservation?


For apple picking, changing times or days is not a big deal, just get here when you can; you can change tho thru the link in next question.

For pumpkin picking, you must be here on your day & time; to change (before mindnight the day before) see below for link to change your reservation.

Cancellations will receive a coupon code that can be used for any u-pick this season.

Partial refunds can be done if absolutely necessary (the amount paid minus ticket fees).




Can I change my U-Pick reservation?


yes, if it's before midnight the day before. Click here to manage your account/reservation inside TicketSpice, our reservations platform