It's not too difficult to figure out what those fall treats have in common, and this is the perfect time of year in Bucks County to give them a try.
Sure, you could buy a bag of apples from the grocery store. But why do that when you're lucky enough to live in Central Bucks, with farms and orchards just a few miles away.
Though apple-picking season is winding down, several nearby farms still have fruit ripening and available for the picking. Note: since Mother Nature is in control of the ripening process, most farms advise that you call first to ensure that fruit is ready to be picked.
If you have kids, taking them to see the food they eat still growing on trees and bushes can be an eye-opening experience. Plus, running up and down rows of fruit trees in the crisp fall air is just plain fun.
If you don't have kids, a stroll through an apple orchard might actually be relaxing.
We've gathered some details you need to plan your apple-filled adventure in this handy guide. Let us know how it goes in the comments, or share photos from your trip by clicking the "upload photos and videos" button.
3325 Creamery Road, New Hope, PA 18938
Hours: Thursday through Sunday 9-6
Apple-picking season: August 23 to Nov. 4
Started in 1985 on 24 acres, Solebury Orchards has grown steadily through the years. Today, it encompasses 70 acres and grows everything from apples, peaches and pears to blueberries, raspberries and blackberries.
Apple-picking season is well underway. This week, Melrose and Jonagold varieties will be available on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 27 and 28. Melrose, Jonagold, and Golden Delicious will be available on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 29 and 30.
More varieties will follow in coming weeks; check the apple harvest chart for approximate dates.
On weekends during the apple harvest season, the farm's tractor and wagon ride will take pickers through the orchards and out to the trees to be picked that day.
890 West Bridge Street, Morrisville, PA 19067
Phone: 215-295-1139 ext. 102
Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Apple-picking season: September thru November
Apple varieties ripen consecutively through September and October on this 25-acre farm on the historic Snipes Farm. Founded in 2008, it is run by the 11th generation of the Snipes family to farm in Lower Bucks County.
Apple varieties include everything from Ginger Gold, Red Mac, and Gala, to Honey Crisp, Red and Yellow Delicious and Jonagold. Fresh apple cider, candy and caramel apples also are available for sale, made with fruit from the farm.
707 Almshouse Rd., Ivyland, PA 18974
Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Apple-picking season: weekends in September and October while supplies last
Family owned and operated since 1920, Solly Brothers Farm offers pick-your-own produce through the summer and fall, along with special seasonal events.
Fresh, locally grown produce is for sale along with a wide variety of baked goods.