“This is one of my favorite places to visit, not just for the delicious food, but also because of the incredible atmosphere they've created. It's a beautiful setting where you can pick apples in the fall, buy locally made products from their farm store or just sit and visit with friends while listening to live music."
Westwind Orchard is an historic apple orchard located in New York’s Hudson River Valley in the shadow of the Catskill Mountains. It has a story that starts in the 1930s when it was first planted by Chester Khon. The orchard was tended and farmed by Mr. Khon for 40 years or so before it was purchased by the Schoonmaker family of Accord. Westwind is the original name of the orchard, and we are proud we kept it. In 2002, the Chizzola family bought the property with dreams of fresh air and country living. Well, we’re here to tell you it has not been easy and it’s certainly still a work in progress, but in 2016 we’ll add a few more pieces to the puzzle and focus our optimism on the coming year. When I first started out, everyone thought I was totally crazy. Well, after nearly a decade of reviving the farm and orchard, I have to agree, I WAS CRAZY, but not totally. Westwind Orchard is more than just a hobby or avocation; it is a passion and a dream. One that I pursue daily with the same vigor and intensity with which I pursued rock-climbing (a little hobby of mine that first brought me to this part of New York) so long ago. Today, Westwind Orchard stands for more than just local, organic apples. We are a vision for local farming and the future of our region.