Wear the right shoes
What do shoes have to do with apple picking, you’re wondering? First, you want to make sure you protect your footwear properly for the damp fall conditions. And, according to Peter Hull of Apple Dave’s Orchards, “Apple trees are out in a field with tall, six inch grass. Warm, dry shoes make for happy picking!” He adds that dressing in layers is a good idea, too, because a day that starts out chilly may end up sunny and warm.
Keep your skin covered
Wearing shorts to an apple orchard probably isn’t the best idea unless you’re interested in battling mosquito or potentially tick bites—and there are more and more tick-borne diseases out there—after apple collecting. All that tall grass is a safe haven for bugs, especially in New York and New England, two of the most popular apple picking regions.
Yes, there’s a right way to pick
It turns out the right way to pick an apple is to the left. As confusing as all that sounds, Peter says it’s to protect and preserve the tree’s health, so you can keep coming back for apples year after year. “Twist to the left, never pull off branches and leaves.” A good counter-clockwise twisting motion will help give your apple stems the cleanest break.