Apple Dave's Orchards
Apple Dave's father and mother, Donald and Dorothy Hull, purchased 112 acres of land in the Warwick Valley in 1949. Beginning in 1950 David began planting apple trees on the property. The first trees planted can still be found today right behind Applewood Orchards Kitchen. The trees began to produce fruit in 1955 and David dedicated himself to the Orchard when he returned from a Army-sponsored tour of Korea.
The Orchard continued to grow through the years and somewhere along the way David became affectionately known as "Apple Dave".Â Apple Dave and his family lived and worked on the farm selling the apples to wholesalers through out the year. However, in 1974, tragedy struck. Apple Dave's storage facility burnt to the ground with that year's apple harvest.
That summer with a fresh crop coming along Apple Dave thought of ways to avoid another catastrophe. The winning idea was to allow people from the area up to the farm to Pick their Own Apples. Just like that Applewood entered a new era. In the fall of 1975 Apple Dave and Cousin Mike began Applewood's U-Pick business. Cousin Mike would sell cups of cider to the patrons and Apple Dave would give wagon rides up into the orchard. The new business went well and has continued to grow.
I Love this place! We go every year because there are activities for everyone. The delicious donuts, cider, wine and beer, apples and the beautiful scenery. Bonus points to them because our furry pets are welcomed!
I came here early with my family. I was disappointed because of the lack of activities they had for children. There were no farm animals. Staff offered little direction. The apples were great and priced reasonable. No corn maze, no pumpkins, very little vegetables and pricey. Pies were $17, apple cider donuts were not fresh and $1.50 each which I think was a little too much for a small donut. I can’t give you reviews on the winery because I ran out of there before it. This is a good place to come with adults and just lounges around but not really kid friendly. Would I come again? Maybe. It’s beautiful farm with a nice lake.
We had a great time at Apple Dave's! Everyone was very friendly, the atmosphere was lovely, and the apples are fantastic. We're making apple sauce as I type this. 🍎
We use to come here every fall to pick apples with the kids and it was always enjoyable with a family- friendly vibe. Now, since they started selling craft beer and calling it Apple Dave's, there's more of a frat party vibe. Went here this weekend and it was jam- packed. There were families with young children running around amongst drunks that were stumbling, slurring, and screaming. I can't comment on the Apple picking this year because we left after 2 minutes of being there, opting to drive 40 minutes to another farm. I have to say, though, it was a blessing in disguise because we found a farm that had much better tasting apples with a bigger variety, better tasting donuts, and a hell of a lot more for the kids to do. (Lawrence in Newburgh). If you want to party go to Applewood. If you're looking for family friendly, sadly Applewood is no longer the best place to go.
They should be ashamed of themselves! Charged me $13 for a pizza that's not even pizza! They put cheese and sauce on a 10 inch cracker...so lazy!!!