A Message to our valued customers

2020 Apple Picking Season

For the past several months, our Beak & Skiff team has worked tirelessly to create a comprehensive plan that is designed to keep our customers safe during apple picking season. The safety of our guests is, and will remain, our top priority this season. As we all know, all businesses have been forced to adapt new and innovative production and service systems in 2020, and Beak & Skiff is no exception. We have the great advantage of outdoor space at our Apple Hill Campus and we intend to maximize this as much as possible. We hope you appreciate and respect the following operational adaptations for Fall 2020, all designed with customer safety in mind. And as always, we thank each and every one of you for your continued patronage. We are all in this together!

Please take a moment to review the following Beak & Skiff Apple Hill Campus Operational Changes for the Fall 2020 Season:


  • Apple Hill Campus Hours:
    • Monday-Friday – 10am to 7pm
    • Saturday & Sunday – 8am to 7pm
    • Pick Your Own:
      • Monday – Friday – 10am to 5pm
      • Saturday & Sunday – 8am to 5pm
    • The Distillery on Route 20 – FRI/SAT/SUN – 10am to 7pm
      • 21+ encouraged (Distillery)


  • Parking lot access will be limited on weekends and may be limited on busy weekdays. The back parking lot will be closed to patrons to better monitor capacities and crowd flow
  • Building occupancies:
    • Will be reduced to 50% capacity, with all interior tables/chairs spaced six feet apart in accordance with current county and state regulations.
  • Face masks will be required for entrance into all buildings.
  • Face masks will be required outside on campus AT ALL TIMES UNLESS SEATED.
  • Exterior tables/chairs/benches will be spaced for social distancing guidelines of six feet. Please do not move them.
  • Outdoor seating for the consumption of food and beverages will be available in the center of campus, the kid’s area, and the back-parking lot.
  • All line queues will have floor decals or similar marking designations to identify six feet of spacing between customers.
  • Use of our “ChowNow” ordering platform for Café/Bakery will be encouraged in an effort to reduce line formations. To use this service, please click on the OUTDOOR DINING MENU on our website homepage (www.beakandskiff.com).
  • Designated staff members will be assigned to cleaning and sanitizing seating areas and frequently touched surfaces throughout the day.
  • Handwash and sanitizer stations will be setup throughout campus for customer use.


  • Walk-in apple picking only this season. To adhere to social distancing regulations, there will be no tractors/wagon rides into the orchard for the 2020 apple picking season with the exception of elderly customers and those with physical disabilities.
  • Face masks will be required when social distancing guidelines cannot be maintained.
  • Stakes and ropes will be set to guide walking customers to the section(s) we are picking on the day you arrive.
  • Orchard employees will wear gloves to hand out picking bags, reducing number of customer hands touching pick bags provided to customers.
  • A designated orchard employee will use a backpack sprayer with hand sanitizer to spray down ladders between uses.
  • One way and/or bi-directional flow patterns will be encouraged in orchard rows on days with larger volumes of customers.
  • A limited number of gardening wagons will be provided for large volume apple transport back to the PYO cashier booth.
  • Cashier booths will have plexiglass guarding employee/customer interactions.
  • Cashiers will sanitize scales and POS touchpads between uses.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available at each point of sale


  • There will be no access to the interior of the Apple Barn this season. Apples will be available for purchase behind the apple barn on a daily basis.
  • Apple bins will be available for customers to pick through and fill bags for purchase.
  • Apples should be thoroughly rinsed before consumption.


  • A state-mandated 50% building occupancy will be enforced with a dedicated staff member to monitor entrance/exit on weekends or as needed, to ensure occupancy limited is not exceeded.
  • There will be a one-way dedicated entrance and exit to the building.


  • Retail Store:
    • A state-mandated 50% building occupancy will be maintained with dedicated staff member(s) to monitor entrance/exit for the retail store, on weekends or as needed during the week, to ensure occupancy limited is not exceeded.
  • Tasting Room:
    • Designated Entrance/Exit through Tasting Room patio doors, with directional flow for bar service to exit.
  • Tavern:
    • Customers will enter through the front doors, using designated floor queues for line formation, then exit through the side patio doors.
  • In accordance with current state regulations, all alcoholic drink purchases must be accompanied by a food purchase, and all alcoholic beverages must be consumed while seated.
  • Beak & Skiff staff members will be circulating throughout the crowd and asking customers with alcoholic beverages to find an empty seat or table immediately after purchase.


  • Areas will have floor markings for designated line queues using Line formations
  • Interior tables will be made available during inclement weather, which will be spaced six feet apart for social distancing guidelines.
  • In accordance with current state regulations, all alcoholic drink purchases must be accompanied by a food purchase, and all alcoholic beverages must be consumed while seated.


  • The playground will remain open, with dedicated staff member(s) to monitor cleaning and sanitizing.
  • There will be no Apple Hill ponies and petting zoo for the 2020 season.
  • Additional seating for food and beverage consumption will be available in the kids’ area.
  • “Straw Mountain” will be available in the rear/South lot for children to climb, along with availability of pumpkins for purchase. Parental supervision is encouraged.