Move over, pumpkin spice. Apples with cinnamon. Apples with caramel. Or just apples on their own are the fall flavor so many of us crave. There are so many apple recipe options and don’t even get me started on the smell — THE BEST. Create your own apple tradition by checking out one of New Mexico’s own apple orchards.
We’d like to thank Manzano Day School for sponsoring this Guide to Apple Orchards.
Manzano Day School is dedicated to innovative child-centered education, excellence in teaching, and Joy in Learning® to prepare children for a life of discovery and community involvement in our diverse world.
Founded in 1938, Manzano Day School is an independent, nonprofit elementary school for children in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. The school’s historic six-acre campus borders Old Town and downtown Albuquerque.
On Sunday, November 14, join Manzano Day School for a tour of campus and to meet faculty, administrators, and current parents. You will learn more about their core values, how we inspire Joy in Learning® through our curriculum, the one-of-a-kind Fenton Ranch environmental education, and service learning projects, as well as the admission process and financial aid.
6322 Corrales Road, Corrales
This tranquil orchard right on the main drag in Corrales updates its website regularly when different varieties of apples are available. You can even sign up for their newsletter to get an update regarding when your favorite apples are ripe.
5 Padilla Road, Belen, NM
More than 1000 apple trees grow in this orchard, which produces 10 different kinds of apples, along with peaches and pears. You can pick your own or just purchase fruit.
For decades, Dixon’s Champagne apples were a staple in New Mexico. However, in 2011 a tragic wildfire followed by a flood decimated the beloved orchard. The family has since moved to Wisconsin where they’ve planted a new orchard complete with the Champagne apple, which was discovered growing in a canyon right here in New Mexico. Lucky for us, Dixon’s ships to New Mexico and is bringing a truckload of apples and cider at the southwest corner of Eubank Blvd NE and Menaul Blvd NE, south of the CVS pharmacy in Albuquerque, New Mexico on October 2, 2021.
401 Esperanza Drive, Bosque Farms
There is no customer apple picking at this farm, but you can choose to purchase one of 13 varieties of apples. In addition, Hays Honey & Apple Farm boasts local honey and all kinds of salves, creams, and candles made with beeswax.
249 County Road 59 Velarde, NM 87582
Montoya’s Orchard has been family-owned and operated for four generations. This orchard, located in Velarde, NM, specializes in apples and fresh-pressed apple cider. No public apple picking this year. But you can find Montoya’s at area farmer’s markets including The Railyard Market.