Food Porn: Becker Farms

I’ll admit it, a couple weeks ago I was making fun of all my friends and followers on Facebook and Twitter that were going Apple picking at Becker Farms.  I honestly couldn’t understand why someone would drive an hour into the country to pay to pick apples; I didn’t see the fun it in.  To be fair I’m definitely not an “outdoors-y” guy at all, but Alli really wanted to go and everyone kept saying how much fun they had.  Then I found out they had a brewery on site and fresh donuts and warm cider.  Suddenly, I really wanted to go to Becker Farms.

So last weekend Alli and I made the trip on Sunday, which worked out because the Bills game had been blacked out and I figured I wasn’t going to miss much.  Here’s how our trip went….

So we made our drive from the city of Buffalo to Gasport, and truth be told it was actually a really nice drive.  Took us about 45 minutes (from the city) but we were able to enjoy a scenic route for the most part and even enjoyed driving through the village/city of Lockport (prettier then I thought!).  We arrived around 1 pm and saw the field was getting full but we still found a parking spot right away.

Being new to Becker Farms I had no idea where to go, I saw several little kid areas and some llama’s but no big sign that said “BREWERY”.  We walked up to the main building which had a crazy long line and soon realized that was the line to pick apples.  No kidding, the wait was about 2 hours.  You buy a plastic bag and get in line and wait for a hay ride to take you to the picking fields.  As an added bonus at the end of your trip you get to see their pumpkin cannon, which we happened to catch a glimpse of.  But we didn’t make the trip to pick apples because of the wait (that’s what we get for going on a sunny Sunday afternoon), maybe on our next trip.

We did eventually find the brewery and it was packed, they had a couple brews on tap and for $5 you could get a sample pack of 4 different flavors with a 2 oz shot of each.  I decided to just order a pint of their Oktoberfest ($3.50, offered in September & October).  It was actually pretty damn good (pictured above) and if it wasn’t so busy inside I would have stayed around and had a couple more.  I really wish Alli and I were bigger wine fans because they had a nice wine bar, but we didn’t try anything.  But if you’re a wine fanatic, it definitely looked like this would be a great place to stop by.

We then walked over to the Cider Barn, which was maybe the best part of the entire trip.  Inside they had a counter of freshly cooked donuts.  For 3 donuts it was just $2.50 and you can choose between regular, cinnamon sugar and powder sugar donuts.  Along with that we ordered a warm cup of their homemade Cider.  The donuts must have just come out of the fryer because they were warm and the outside was slightly crispy yet fluffy and moist on the inside.  It might have been the greatest donut I have ever eaten and that says a lot.  The Cider itself is incredibly sweet, which put off Alli, but I enjoyed it anyways.  I mean on a chilly fall day, who doesn’t love any type of warm cider?


Becker Farms is a must if you have children, there are huge sections essentially dedicated for kids with petting zoo’s, games, playgrounds, and even a little concert area.  Plus, you get to go on a hayride, watch a pumpkin be shot out of a giant air-pressured cannon and they have a big Corn maze on the property.  They also have an ice cream stand and a bakery with cookies and several types of pie.  While the cookies were warm and fresh, the slice of Cherry pie I bought (pictured above) wasn’t that great.  It wasn’t that fresh and the crust was really hard and actually tasted stale, it was a big bummer.  They have frozen pies available so maybe next time I would just buy 1 to go to warm up later.

I’ll admit that the experience wasn’t as bad as I originally thought and if the wait wasn’t so long I probably would have went and filled up an apple bag myself.  I must warn any potential visitors that as the end of fall is approaching quickly, that place will only be getting more and more busy with each weekend.  When we left around 2:30/3 pm, the line to get into the Farm’s parking lot was probably a mile long and the parking lot had over flowed.

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4 thoughts on “Food Porn: Becker Farms

  1. Ellie

    Love Becker Farms! The donuts are amazing, we waited 20 minutes in line for some and to our dismay they had ran out of cider that weekend, but it was worth the wait for just the donuts! My brother loves all the activities and got to ride his first pony here. We only live like 10 minutes away so it’s convenient as well.

    • Don Burtless

      I’ve been dreaming about those donuts since.

  2. Tia

    Did you have to pay admission to get into Becker Farms?

    • Don Burtless

      no you don’t (at least when we went) the parking was free and it’s all wide open so you kind of roam where you want.

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