You’re ready for fall farm fun, but you just know as soon as you get up to that orchard you’re going to find that long, winding line of people and you’re wondering, “Is it really worth it? I love a good cider donut, and I’d love to pick out a pumpkin, but really? A 45-minute line, no thanks.”
Well, we’ve got you covered, becuase there are some super cute smaller farms and orchards with big fall vibes and way fewer people. We found them, and we just had to share. String a few together for a family fall experience of memory-making caliber.
So, do go pick out that pumpkin, stock up on apples, visit with some chickens, enjoy lunch under the big blue sky, and even ride a train through an apple orchard. Do it all and don’t worry about those crowds.
In Hendersonville, this little farm stand has a lot to offer. In addition to a farm store with apples, produce and prepicked pumpkins, kids can enjoy the small field with games and chickens to visit. The field also has tractors to look at and pumpkins.
You’ll see J&M if you’re headed to Linda’s Plants & Shrubs on Chimney Rock Road. Check out the food trucks and make a pit stop for lunch!
J&M also has a patio with a fireplace, outdoor tv, beverages to purchase, and sometimes even food trucks. On the day we visited, they were also doing a wine tasting of local wines.
This South Carolina orchard might be one of the friendliest farm stands you’ve ever been to. You’ll find a farm store with lots of seasonal produce including apples in the fall and peaches in the summer.
Very rarely this farm will offer a u-pick day for apples, but most of the time you’ll buy your apples pre-picked. They sell cider made at the farm, as well as eggs, produce, and baked goods from Travelers Baking Company (delivered Saturdays and Thursdays). We highly recommend the sourdough bread and the pretzels.
Purchase pre-picked pumpkins here and enjoy the pretty fall displays and photo ops. Don’t forget to say “hey” to the farm cat, you’ll likely find him around the front of the farm store.
This smaller orchard has a lot to offer with much smaller crowds than its neighbors. Start with the farm store which has a wide variety of apples, pumpkins, produce, and decor items. Then, head inside with your purchases to check out. Of course, you’ll pass by the bakery full of apple turnovers, apple cider donuts, pies, tarts, and lots more.
The only way to head out into these orchards is to purchase a ticket to ride on the trackless train. The Apple Express is about a 10-minute ride through the beautiful apple orchards. There is no U-pick at this farm! Purchase tickets for the train at the register in the farm store, or purchase them online and show your receipt.
There’s also a small deck that overlooks the orchards where you can enjoy your baked goods or apple cider slushies while you enjoy the view.
Linda’s is much more than a plant shop, though, they do have excellent indoor and outdoor seasonal plants!
This fall they are offering a small cut-your-own pumpkin patch, and a cut-your-own sunflower patch. Set in the middle of a beautiful orchard with pretty views, the smaller patch is a welcome reprieve from crowded alternatives. They also offer pre-picked pumpkins and gourds in the shop.
Other activities include photo ops inside and out, as well as an indoor haybale pumpkin maze ($5).
Check them out at Christmas time for Christmas trees and holiday plants, as well as fun holiday activities.