I presently have the wonderful fortune of spending fall in Paris, carb overloading and seizing every opportunity to practice my French. But when my phonetics fail me and the non-French accent is detected, forcing a sometimes defeated “j’habite à New York en fait,” I am always met with enthusiasm and professions of love for the city I’ve called home for the last eight years.
Upon slightly more probing, it typically comes out that I am not actually from New York City, but rather New York State. Though I’d trade suburbia for life in the big city any day, there are things about a calmer lifestyle that I miss from time to time. The most recent manifestation? A longing to go apple picking, an autumn activity I have fond childhood memories of.
A quick search for farms near Paris lead me to the Cueillette de Gally, not far from Versailles. I swiftly contacted the one friend in Paris with a car, checked the weather report for the weekend, and ended up spending a beautiful 65-degree day outside the city. We came back with gorgeous leeks, perfectly dirt-dusted carrots, a pumpkin, flowers, and even some late-season raspberries. And, of course, plenty of apples that were destined for my mom’s beloved apple pie recipe.
The Cueillette de Gally is open daily from 9am – 6:30pm from April to November, and you can check what is in season, opening hours, and more on their website here. They host classes and events for children at the cueillette as well as the nearby ferme, making it a great weekend activity for families as well.
Note: the ferme and cueillette are located just west of the Versailles gardens, approximately 30 minutes from Paris by car; the nearest RER station is Saint-Cyr. The cueillette is a 30-minute walk from this station, or quick 10-minute car ride if calling a taxi is preferable.
Cueillette de Gally- Route de Saint-Cyr, 78870 Bailly. Tel: +33 (0)1 39 63 30 90.
- Looking for fresh, seasonal produce but can’t make it out to the cueillette? Check out L’Epicerie Végétale in the 11th arrondissement.
- Get even more into the spirit of the season with these ghostly itineraries, perfect for Halloween.
- Check out this CN Traveler list of reasons to visit Paris in the fall.