Five best places to pick apples in Colorado

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Apple-picking is the quintessential way to celebrate the coming of fall. The chilly mornings and sun-filled days make this a perfect time for a stroll, whether around your neighborhood or through your favorite apple orchard.

Here, in no particular order, are our five favorite you-pick-it orchards.

See also: Boulder Farmers Market says goodbye to peaches, hello to apples

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Ya Ya Farm
5) Ya Ya Farm and Orchard
6914 Ute Highway, Longmont

The picturesque Ya Ya Farm and Orchard is over a century old, and today uses organic practices to grow its signature variety of heirloom apples. Until the end of September, you can e-mail the farm in advance to take advantage of the you-pick-it program, which doesn't end at filling your bag with fresh apples -- guests can meet the farm animals, take a hay ride, walk the orchard boundaries, and feast on apple cider donuts, too. You can even press your own cider here.

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Via localfarmsfirst.com
4) Camelot Farms
15911 Black Bridge Road, Paonia

Camelot Farms uses natural growing practices for its organic produce. In addition to apples that visitors can pick themselves, Camelot offers fresh herbs and eggs -- and it's just a hop, skip and a jump away from Orchard Valley Farms and Black Bridge Winery, where you can find end-of-season peaches, heirloom balsamic vinegar and Paonia-made wine.

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Happy Apple Farm
3) Happy Apple Farm
1190 1st Street, Penrose

Due to a late freeze in April and then the drought, Happy Apple Farm lost its apple crop -- but you can still have your pick of fresh Fuji, Gala and Granny Smith apples that the farm shipped in from the Western Slope, and there are plenty of blackberries, raspberries and pumpkins that you can actually pick youself.The on-premise country store boasts fresh-baked apple pies, fresh cider, blackberry cobbler and a vast selection of jams, apple butter and pickled vegetables.

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Christine
Christine

Our experience at Ya Ya Farms in Longmont was anything but great. How can it be rated as "one of the five best places to pick your own apples" in Colorado when you can't even pick your own apples? You can only buy an bushel of apples from their store (about 25 lbs worth of apples) for $50, and the apples were TERRIBLE!! Incredibly small, grainy, spotted, and gross tasting. We weren't pleased. This was definitely a let down, especially since we drove over an hour from Denver t get there!!! 

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Apple Fest at Ya-Ya fekkin' rocks! There is BBQ! DOIT! : )

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