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Apple U-Pick Orchards in Boston and surrounding counties in Massachusetts in 2022, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for apples that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have apples orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Essex County

  • Barker's Farm Stand - apples
    1267 Osgood Street, North Andover, MA . Phone: (978) 683-0785. Open: daily from 10am to 5pm. Directions: Route 495 to exit 48, Route 125 Ward Hill, go south on 125, 2 miles on left. Or Route 93N, take exit 41. Follow Route 125N for 10. 3 miles, stand on right at top of hill. . Click here for a map and directions. are usually ready to pick starting in mid August. Offer a petting zoo all summer and hayrides in the fall. (UPDATED: October 01, 2013, from visitor reports)
    Comments from a visitor on September 11, 2011: "This is a very nice small farm if you want to pick good and visit a farm stand without all the bells and whistles and extra costs. I like it because they charge by the pound so we only get the amount we really want. I stop by often with my boys during the season so we always have fresh crisp . The trees are right behind the stand so its an easy walk. It also has a nice farm stand with a good variety of fresh fruit and vegetables. Super fresh corn is picked in the fields and delivered directly to the stand as it runs low. They often have bakery items also available. The people who own it also run the stand they are very nice and friendly. "
  • Boston Hill Farm - U-pick Strawberries, blueberries, peaches, apples and Pumpkins, Hayrides ,
    Route 114, North Andover, MA 01845. Phone: 978-681-8556. Email: [email protected]. Open: Year round from 9 am to 6 pm, Fall Festival is every weekend following Labor Day through (and including) the last weekend of October. Click here for a map and directions. . Take a hayride to your destination whether it is to scout out the perfect pumpkin or to wander the apple orchard to pick your favorite apple. We have Macintosh, Cortland and Macoun apples to suit everyone's taste and baking needs! We also have peaches. If you are looking for a pumpkin, search our Pumpkin Patch for the very best shaped pumpkin to carve your favorite spooky face or creative holiday designs. Whatever you choose, we're sure you will find the right one for you! We also have Sugar pumpkins which can be purchased at the Farm Store. Hayrides and festivals in the fall with fresh pies and cider donuts. Fresh vegetables and fruit all season in the Farm Store. Facebook page.
    Comments from a visitor on October 14, 2008: "We went to Boston Hill this weekend (Oct 13th), and it was perfect for my 9-year-old "Little Sister" from the Big Sister program. The apples were easy picking, since all the trees are dwarf trees, they were absolutely delicious, and the pumpkins were easy to pick out from the field. There was a hay ride for those who didn't want to walk, a playground she absolutely loved, animals to pet and look at, ice cream, and a bakery with home-made apple donuts. We had a good time!"
  • Brooksby Farm - apples, blueberries, cherries, flowers, nectarines, pears, peaches, pumpkins, rhubarb, strawberries, Honey from hives on the farm, and prepicked produce, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, farm animals, birthday parties, school tours, events at your location (call for info), weddings, Honey from hives on the farm,
    38 Felton St, Peabody, MA 01960. Phone: 978-531-7456. Email: [email protected]abody-ma.gov. Open: mid-June to February daily from 9am to 5 pm; Strawberry start in mid June; Apples start September 6; Peach mid Aug. Directions: Rt128 to Rt114 Call for more directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. We have seasonal Pick Your Own Fruits: strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, peaches and apples. Our garden vegetables are ready in July and we harvest thru early fall. Then our winter squash and apples carry us thru December. Visit our bakery for delicious cider donuts, hot mulled cider, cold cider and coffee. Make time to browse through our holiday filled farm store and take in the warm, inviting atmosphere. We have many unique gift ideas, holiday decorations and ornaments, baked goods, soy candles, fudge, candies, and gift baskets. While here visit our barnyard animals, take in the beautiful views, take a deep breath and relax. Weddings at the Felton-Smith Historic Site. The Smith Barn is the perfect setting for your special day. Birthday Parties: Have your birthday party or group activity at Brooksby Farm. Reservations only. Field Trips: Our field trips are designed for Pre-k to 3rd grade, daycare groups, home schools, and mothers groups. Picnic Tables - Bring a lunch and enjoy your surroundings. Owned by the City of Peabody, Brooksby Farm is a 270 acre farm and apple/peach orchard located in the heart of Peabody just 20 miles North of Boston. We offer seasonal pick your own fruits, farm store, barnyard animals and our own vegetables See LessCome pick your own fruits seasonally, shop our farm store and visit our barnyard animals.Be good to yourself.. support local farming! Comments from a visitor on July 20, 2020: "Keep in mind, this is owned by the city government, so they are going overboard with the COVID paranoia outdoors. Worldwide there are no documented and verified cases of COVID transmission outdoors, so says the CDC. " Comments from a visitor on August 18, 2011: "We just visited Brooksby Farm to pick peaches this morning, August 18, 2011. There were a lot of peaches on the trees, but we had to look carefully to find many that were ripe. A 1/2 peck is $8.00. We weighed ours at home and it comes to about 6 1/4 lbs. Bags need to be purchased at the farm stand before entering the you-pick area.". Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. . Fax: 9785311631. .
  • Cider Hill Farm - apples, blueberries, strawberries and raspberries.
    45 Fern Avenue, Amesbury, MA . Phone: 978-388-5525. Open: for the season 7 days a week from early May until the day before Thanksgiving. Directions: Interstate 95 to Exit 1 in New Hampshire. Go West 2 miles Route 107 to Route 150. South 2 miles on Route 150, turn left onto Fern Ave. to barn and farm store. Or, Route 495 to exit 54. Turn right at bottom onto Rt.150. Go North through Amesbury. Turn right onto Fern Ave. . Click here for a map and directions.
    Cider Hill Farm Facebook page. . Our hours are 8am to 6pm every day until daylight savings ends, and from 8am to 5pm thereafter. Facebook page.
    Comments from a visitor on August 05, 2011: "I have taken my family there for about 6 years for apple picking and each year I look forward to going there. They care about the produce they grow first and foremost. The quality of their apples is always excellent and their fields are kept clean and orderly with markings so you can tell what varieties are in which rows. They also have a corn maze, chickens and goats for the kids to feed, and a tractor ride out to the fields. They have a little bakery in a barn that makes and sells different baked goods but try their cinnamon-sugar cider donuts. They are delicious! The only negative I could say is that if you don't go early for the apples you have to hike up the hill and it is steep."
    Comments from a visitor on July 19, 2011: "My boyfriend and I went to this past weekend, and found it as charming and fun and welcoming as our first time last year. The red and black raspberry picking was fantastic, the shop had many tasty treats, and the staff was wonderfully helpful. You pick on the honor system - no one is hovering to make sure you're not sampling. We even enjoyed some refreshing beverages and farm-made treats (cider donuts and strawberry-chocolate muffins - YUUMMMM!!!) in their picnic area before leaving. We intend to return very soon to get more blueberries! We love so much, we decided to come back to this website to give them a good review! ;-)"
    Comments from a visitor on August 06, 2009: "They do both PYO and harvest for others to sell in their barn/store. Peaches, berries, apples.. most of the rest is harvested and sold in the store. Excellent place. They have a great old donut maker and make the BEST fresh donuts; their apple cider is awesome; a bee hive that kids can look at (behind plexiglass with a tube that funnels to the outside. Pretty cool. In the past few years they have installed 3 windmills and solar panels. Re. organic.. I know they spray the berries pre-blossom but not after. Wish they offer more organic. They have a big chicken yard (.50 will buy your child a little cup of chicken feed) and a couple of goats. It's a beautiful place offering some plants in the spring and a great barn seasonally full of all sorts of things. "
    Comments from a visitor on August 28, 2008: "I've been taking my son here for about 10 years and every year is better. Apple picking at the base of the hill for those who can't climb or don't want to take the hayride up. They continually add more types of fresh produce they sell in their store. There are animals and play area for the kids. We've moved about 45 minutes away and still drive to Cider Hill. No one will ever beat their hot cider donuts!"
  • Connemara House Farm LLC - apples, pumpkins, weddings and wedding parties
    252 Rowley Bridge Rd, Topsfield, MA 01983. Phone: (508) 328-0140. Email: [email protected]. Open: September and October Saturday and Sunday from 9:30am until 4:00 pm. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only.
    Connemara House Farm LLC Facebook page. . . (ADDED: July 10, 2019)
  • Connors Farm - apples, blueberries, peaches, pumpkins, raspberries, strawberries,
    30 Valley Rd rte35, Danvers, MA 01923. Phone: 978-777-1245. Email: [email protected]. Open: see our website for current hours. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Visa, MasterCard.
    Connors Farm Facebook page. . Crops are usually available in June, July, August, September, October. In June our annual Strawberry Festival Blueberry Picking as well as strawberry picking; Connors Corn Maze is open Saturday Sept 13 to Friday October 31 2008. Facebook page. They have vegetable seedlings, perennials, annual flowers, hanging baskets, Vine-ripened tomatoes, lettuce, squash, carrots, beets, herbs and other fresh fruits and vegetables fresh eggs, fresh pasta, jams, jellies, breads, cookies, hot coffees, Homemade Ice Cream, frozen chicken an beef patties, and fruit pies, Apple cider Doughnuts Weekend BQ's Champions BQ team will be serving up the best BQ food Large Groups please contact us ahead of time so that we can schedule a catered lunch. Pony ride will begin every Sat & Sun starting Sept 13th. pick-your-own crops: Strawberries: mid-June to mid-July, Peas: mid-June to mid-July Peaches: mid-July to mid-September Blueberries: mid-July to mid-August Raspberries: early July to frost Cut Flowers: early July to frost Apples: Labor Day to Halloween; Pumpkins: October.
    Comments from a visitor on September 05, 2011: (negative) "We wanted an end of summer farm day and, based on what is in season, looked for a farm with pick your own raspberries AND peaches. in Danvers fit the bill so we headed there. We had to pre-pay for a peach peck bag while the raspberries were to be weighed and paid for afterwrds. And I had to sign a waiver saying I had been warned there were bees at the back of the peach orchard. The girl that helped me told me both were out back behind the pond nad there would be signs. Well, there were no signs at all and only one other group picking peaches. Almost none of the peaches were ripe and if we hadn't pre-paid for the bag, we probably would have left sooner. We willed our bag with the ripest we could find/reach but there were not only bees (they KEEP bees behind the field), but, more annoying, mosquitos everywhere despite it being midday and sunny. Perhaps this is related to the pond which appeared to be completely still. My 6 year old daughter got it worst - she has more than a dozen bites"
    Comments from a visitor on September 27, 2009: (negative) "On 9/26/09, my family & I decided to go apple picking. I wanted some place different. I went on this website and chose Connor's farm in Danvers, MA. It was a beautiful day and I expected it to be busy. If you were there for the corn maize or the family toddler section then it would of been fine. We were there to pick apples. We found the apple tree's by a small sign. There were no markings to say which tree's for which apples. There was no one working out in the fields so we could ask questions. I found the orchard was neglected. Vines and weeds and such were growing over and around the very small trees, sunlight couldn't even get into the apples to ripen. I wanted to leave and get my money back for the pre-paid bag purchase. We were there so, we filled the bag with what we could gather that were worthy apples. I came home and made apple sauce with them. Not worth eating. Next time I will stick to the farms without all the stuff, and good healthy apple tree's for the picking. Brenda C."
  • Fay Farm - apples
    120 Amesbury Line Road, Haverhill, MA . Phone: (978) 373-4874. Open: September 15 - October 21, Saturday & Sun, 10-4pm. Click here for a map and directions. Fay Farm. Route 495 to exit 52. Bear right at exit. Follow 2 miles and take right at Whittier Tech H. S. sign. Barn on left.
    Comments from a visitor on August 14, 2009: "Just wanted to write a quick comment on Fay's Farm. My family and I have gone a couple of times, and we love it! The family that runs it is so welcoming! I strongly recommend this farm as a place to take the kids because it's not too large and the trees are low enough for them to enjoy picking. The kids are looking forward to September to go again!"
  • Ingaldsby Farm - apples, raspberries, strawberries, vegetables.
    14 Washington Street, Boxford, MA . Phone: 978-352-2813. Email: [email protected]. Open: Stand open 8am to 6:30 pm daily; In season, apple picking on weekends after Labor Day 10am to 6pm. Directions: 1 mile off Route 133 in West Boxford. . Click here for a map and directions. .
    Comments from a visitor on June 11, 2009: "Hello. Just to let you know I called Ingalsby farm to get blueberry picking info and was told there was no blueberry picking.
  • Long Hill Orchards - apples, strawberries, vegetables
    520 Main Street, Route 113, West Newbury, MA . Phone: 978-363-2170. Open: seven days a week from 9-6pm, including holidays. Directions: Exit 57 off Route 95. Left off exit, farm is 4 miles on right. . Click here for a map and directions.
    Long Hill Orchards Facebook page. . Facebook page.
  • Rogers Spring Hill Farm - apples, pumpkins, strawberries, U-pick and already picked, porta-potties are available, picnic area you may bring your own food, farm animals, birthday parties, school tours
    133 Neck Road, Ward Hill, Bradford, MA 01835. Phone: 978-372-4305. Email: [email protected]. Open: Strawberries, Monday to Sunday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Strawberries, Apples and Pumpkins Weekends only 9:00am to 5:00pm. Directions: 495 to exit 48 (Route 125 connector) take a right at the first light onto Shelly Road Take your next two lefts which will put you onto Neck Road . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check.
    Rogers Spring Hill Farm Facebook page. . Alternate Phone: 978-372-4780. Fax: 978-521-9229. . Click here for a map and directions for a map and directions. We offer school tours only for both pick your own apples and pumpkins from the middle of September until the end of October. Starting in June, Strawberry U-Pick. Rogers Spring Hill Garden and Farm Center Facebook page.
  • Russell Orchards - apples, blueberries, blackberries, cherries, currants, strawberries and raspberries.
    143 Argilla Road, Ipswich, MA . Phone: 978-356-5366. Open: 7 days, 9am to 5pm during picking season; Call for picking dates. Directions: On the road to Cranes Beach-Castle Hill, 3 miles South of Ipswich Center. Off Routes 1A or 133. . Click here for a map and directions.
    Russell Orchards Facebook page. . Facebook page. 120 acres of fruit trees, berries, vegetables, fields, animal barns. The farm store with full scratch bakery and winery are housed in our soaring 1800's barn. PYO Opens in June with strawberries, then Raspberries Late June-July. Blueberries July-August. Blackberries July-August. Currants July. Apples Sept-Oct.
    Comments from a visitor on July 22, 2011: "Picked here on July 20, 2011. Place was nice. cost $3 a person to go into the fields, but it was refunded when you returned with your fruit. But the price per pound for the blueberries was $5.50 so for me that was $5 a pint. Too expensive to go back "
  • Smolak Farms - apples, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, peaches, plums, pumpkins, raspberries (red), raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (Autumn, red), strawberries, gift shop, concessions \\/ refreshment stand, porta-potties are available, restrooms, picnic area, picnic area you may bring your own food, inflatables or bounce houses, farm animals, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties, school tours, group reservations
    315 S Bradford St, North Andover, MA 01845. Phone: (978) 682-6332. Email: [email protected]. Open: Fields are open from 9 am to 4 daily; Check our facebook page for the latest crop of the day!. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, AmEx.
    Smolak Farms Facebook page. . Please visit our website for our Strawberry Festival Information and more information about our farm. Fall Festivals begin September 12 and 13 and run every weekend through October 31; Choose and Cut Christmas trees will be available the first weekend after Thanksgiving. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.

Middlesex County

  • Ashby Apples - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, apples, Fresh eggs, Cider mill fresh apple cider made on the premises, U-pick and already picked, school tours
    Erickson Road, Ashby, MA 01431. Phone: 978-386-7230. Email: [email protected]. Open: UPDATE for 2021, Their website and Facebook page are gone, so I assume they have closed permanently. Directions: Located off Route 119 (Main Street) Ashby, MA. From Gardner, follow Route 101 N to Route 119 E. From Fitchburg, follow Route 31 N to Route 119 W. From Peterbourough, follow Route 202 S to Route 119 E. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Payment: Cash, only. Featuring: Macintosh, Courtland, Macoun, Golden Delicious, New England Reds (a type of delicious) and Lady. Also sell; homemade jams, jellies, soap, maple syrup and assorted garden . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . Alternate Phone: 978-870-9605. . If you know anything for sure, please write me, their last reported hours were Friday, Saturday and Sunday 9 am to 6 pm; Weekdays by appointment; (Please call ahead;). crops.
  • Autumn Hills Orchard - Uses integrated pest management practices, apples, grapes, pears, peaches, plums, raspberries (red), raspberries (Autumn, red), raspberries (Autumn, yellow), U-pick and already picked, porta-potties are available, picnic area, birthday parties, school tours, group reservations
    495 Chicopee Row, Groton, MA 01450. Phone: 978-448-8388. Email: [email protected]. Open: September through October; Weekends and holidays from 10am to 5pm; Weekdays by appointment; Call or email ahead for appointment. Directions: From Groton Center on Route 119. Heading north take Hollis street (right turn out of Groton Center just after Town Hall) about 3.5 miles. (Hollis changes name to Chicopee Row at the Cemetery, but there's no street sign.) Our driveway is on the left after Wilson Way. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, AmEx.
    Autumn Hills Orchard Facebook page. . . We use integrated pest management practices.
  • Belkin Lookout Farm - Strawberries, Peaches, Nectarines, Plums, Asian Pears, Apples, Pumpkins (Fall only) petting zoo, rides, hayride
    89 Pleasant Street, South Natick, MA 01760. Phone: 508-653-0653. Email: [email protected]. Open: daily from 10am - 5pm. Click here for a map and directions.
    Belkin Lookout Farm Facebook page. . Our fruit is based on availability and costs $2.50 per lb (in 2008). You can pick your own fruit, enjoy our train rides, 2 petting zoos and children's play area! Summer Admission: August 9th - August 31st: $8 Per Person (all Ages) Daily. Fall Admission: September 1st - November 1st: Weekday Rate (Monday thru Friday) - $8 per person (all ages). Weekends (Saturday & Sunday & Columbus Day Holiday) - $14 per adult, $12 for Children under 12 years old and Senior Citizens. Remember Children Under 2 years old are ALWAYS FREE! Also has an organic food store with ice cream. 2020 update, Please note, RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED to enter the orchard for U-pick. No walk-in guests will be allowed. Orchard access will be based per person ages 2 and above. Due to Covid-19, the Barnyard Play Area, Farm Animals and Train Ride will not be available. We look forward to open all of our operations next season. Lookout Farm Facebook page.
    Comments from a visitor on September 05, 2012: "We normally go picking at Belkin Farms and they are WONDERFUL!!!! Very kid friendly, very clean and safe and lots of great amenities. I would strongly recommend them to anyone who is going picking with kids."
    Comments from a visitor on September 04, 2008: "Loved it"
  • Carver Hill Orchard - Apples, blueberries, cherries, corn (sweet), flowers, pears, peaches, peppers, pumpkins, strawberries, tomatoes, other vegetables, Christmas trees-you choose and you cut, Precut Christmas trees, Christmas wreaths and boughs, Christmas decorations, saws provided, pumpkin patch-pick in the field, pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field, and prepicked produce, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, wagon rides
    Brookside Avenue, Stow, MA 01775. Phone: 978-897-6117. Email: [email protected]. Open: Mid June to August Monday through Saturday 10 AM to 5 PM. Directions: Take Route 117 to Stow, MA. Take Route 62 South for .2 miles and Brookside Ave is on your left. Follow the road to the end. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Visa, MasterCard.
    Carver Hill Orchard Facebook page. . Click here for picking updates. Crops are usually available in June, July, August, September, October, November, December. September through December open 10 AM to 5 PM 7 days a week. Kitchen available for hotdogs, chips snacks and Ice Cream! Facebook page.
  • Derby Orchard - apples
    438 Great Road, Stow, MA . Phone: (978) 897-7507. Email: [email protected]. Open: Weekends and Monday holidays: September & Oct. Directions: Route 117 to Pompositticut St. (near Stow shopping center). Farmstand located on Route 117 (438 Great Rd). . Click here for a map and directions. . , 10-4:30pm. map. Derby Ridge Farm is an apple orchard located in Stow, Massachusetts. We offer over 30 varieties of our own , peaches, pears and plums!
  • Dowse Orchard - apples
    98 North Main Street, Sherborn, MA . Phone: (508) 653-2639. Open: Call for hours and conditions. Directions: From North/West: Mass Pike to exit 13, take Route 30 East to Route 27 South, follow through Natick center 2. 5 miles into Sherborn on left. From East: Route 9 West into Natick and take Route 27 South into Sherborn. . Click here for a map and directions. September and October. Weekends only. Claims to have "America's best crunchin since 1778. " Our Farm Stand also offers maple syrup, our own line of preserves, gift baskets, sweet apple cider pressed fresh every week, and of course our . McIntosh, Cortland, and Macoun are among the many favorites of the more than 20 varieties we raise. s Facebook page.
    Comments from a visitor on June 17, 2010: "We went to s last fall (October 2009) and took our 2-year-old and she really loved it. They had a TON of (many different varieties and LOTS of trees. There isn't much besides the actual orchard, but they do have a tractor (actually more like a loader) that can pull you around and my daughter loved that. If you're looking simply for picking good , this is a perfect place to go. And prices were reasonable too. They also have a stand that sells lots of goodies but that is up the road and across Route 27 - Don't miss it! We got a great looking pumpkin from there and a couple of fantastic pies. I definitely recommend s!"
  • Farmer Dave's Main Farm - spinach, strawberries, blueberries, apples, pumpkins, potatoes and more
    437 Parker Rd., Dracut, MA 01826. Phone: (978) 349-1952. Email: [email protected]. Open: you pretty much have to call to find out what they have to pick and when; their website does not provide clear information about that. Click here for a map and directions.
    Farmer Dave's Main Farm Facebook page. . . A diversified farm north of Boston, offering a CSA which can be picked-up or delivered, farm stands, farmers markets, and pick-your-own strawberries, blueberries, apples, pumpkins, potatoes and more. Farmer Dave's Facebook page. In May, 2021:Spinach Pick-Your-Own this weekend (Saturday through Monday) at Farmer Dave's in Dracut rain or shine! A great outdoor activity for the family - throw on boots and a jacket for this easy picking.
  • Highland Farm - pick-your-own apples, hay rides, and Christmas trees .
    635 Highland Street, Holliston, MA . Phone: (508) 429-8370. Email: [email protected]. Open: year round, 7:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday thru Friday and 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Saturday and Sunday. Directions: From 495: take Upton - Hopkinton exit. Head east; this is Main Street, which turns into Rte 135. Follow into Ashland and turn right onto Chestnut St. Follow up hill to light and bear right; this turns into Highland St. Continue on one half mile, farm is on right. We offer nursery stock -- trees and shrubs -- annuals, perennials, firewood, vegetables in season. Note: They close at 5:00 pm for the PYO and 6:00 pm for the farm stand. . Click here for a map and directions.
    Highland Farm Facebook page. . Facebook page.
  • Hill Orchard - Uses integrated pest management practices, apples, concessions \\/ refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area you may bring your own food, birthday parties, group reservations
    4 Hunt Rd, Westford, MA 01886. Phone: (978) 692 9894. Email: [email protected]. Open: Saturday and Sunday 10am to 4pm. Directions: Hayrides through the orchard available on PYO weekends!. We use integrated pest management practices. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover.
    Hill Orchard Facebook page. . . Facebook page. Please do not bring your pets as we cannot allow them in the field and they will have to stay in your car. A visitor writes on October 12, 2013: "We visited this farm today and it was great! We parked at the small farm house on Hunt Road and walked with our wagon to the apple orchard. There were lots of varieties of apples to choose from and the people there were friendly. My kids were offered a hay ride even though we were the only ones around right then. We also picked out some pumpkins after. Everything was reasonably priced and we will definitely be coming back!"
    Comments from a visitor on September 08, 2012: "We went here on a whim. We usually drive 45 minutes to Russell Orchards, but we were low on time and good weather and looking for a closer place that used IPM practices. This will be a new favorite. Very small and friendly, easily accessible for a toddler and kindergartener, and great apples. Thanks for listing them, we live 20 minutes away and had never heard of them! "
  • Honeypot Hill Orchard - apples, blueberries, pumpkins, cider mill, apple cider (pressed on site), hedge maze, hayrides
    144 Sudbury Road, Stow, MA . Phone: 978-562-5666. Email: [email protected]. Open: sections and they refused to open new areas even though the trees there were brimming with ripe apples. Directions: Route 2W to Route 62W into Stow and watch for signs on Route 62; or from Route 20W to Route 27 north for 3. 5 miles straight through Sudbury center, one third mile beyond center bear left onto Hudson Rd for 3. 5 miles into Stow, and take a right onto Sudbury Road. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only.
    Honeypot Hill Orchard Facebook page. . Picking daily 11am to 5pm; Honey Pot's Stand opens mid July to Christmas from 9-6pm, daily. Visit our farm animals or have a picnic. Hayrides & Hedge-maze weekends from 11- 5pm. Birthday parties by appointment. Honey Pot Hill Orchards was founded in 1926, when Clifford Martin purchased a 70 acre all purpose farm in Stow, MA. The farm has since grown and evolved to 186 acres of apples, peaches, blueberries, and a few other small crops. Honey Pot Hill has been in the Martin family for four generations, it is now run by Andrew and Chelcie Martin, a father-daughter team. Honey Pot Hill Orchards Facebook page.
    Comments from a visitor on September 19, 2011: "We went on 9/18/11 and had a blast! I read the reviews about it being busy and it certainly was once we got into the orchard it wasn't too bad. Lots of activities to do and tons of apples to choose from."
    Comments from a visitor on August 13, 2011: "I went tos in Stow on 8/6/11 for Blueberry picking. It was great picking. They give you nice little covers to put on the boxes when you finish so you don't loose those precious berries. I bought their own peaches.very good. Farm animals are fun to watch.especially the 3 little pigs and the goats!".
    Comments from a visitor on October 03, 2010: "Today (a Sunday!) there were 5 busloads of people and all the parking lots were overflowing. It was a frustrating, NOT relaxing experience! The trees were literally picked out in the open We left with half-empty $15 bags of apples. The lines for cider and donuts were 1/2 hour long. The place was bursting with people and no apples. "A visitor to Honey Pot Orchard writes on October 7, 2007: "Went on Sunday, October 7, 2007.. The BEST place to pick apples, they already have ladders, so you don't have to climb the trees, they had SOOOOOOO many apples to choose from it wasn't funny.. You didn't have to go looking, they were all right there for you.. Would HIGHLY recommend it, it is by far my best place to pick apples, and my NEW PLACE, would not go anyplace else..."
    Comments from a visitor on August 05, 2008: "Hi..Just took my 3 boys to honey pot today to pick blueberries. It was wonderful. We picked to our delight and then enjoyed AWESOME cider doughnuts from their store on the way home. We've also been there for apple picking last fall and plan on going again this year. However, I think an important note to add is to let people know that they need to carry cash, as they don't accept any credit/debit cards. Thanks!"
  • Kimball Fruit Farm - apples, strawberries, raspberries, pumpkins
    184 Hollis Street, Pepperell, MA . Phone: 978-433-9751. Open: Daily 9am to 7pm. Directions: Exit 5 West off Route 3, North to Route 111 into Pepperell, take right at yellow blinking light, farm is 3 miles on left. . Click here for a map and directions. Containers provided. Picking Mac, Gala, Honeycrisp, Spencer, Cortland, Swiss Gormet, Brock, Jonagold, Blushing Golden, Red Delicious, Cameo, Fuji, Shamrock, and Golden Delicious (UPDATED: June 13, 2021, JBS)
  • Parlee Farms - Uses integrated pest management practices, apples, blueberries, cherries, flowers, nectarines, peaches, plums, pumpkins, strawberries, Honey from hives on the farm, restrooms, picnic area, petting zoo, farm animals, school tours
    95 Farwell Road, Tyngsboro, MA 01879. Phone: 978-649-3854. Email: [email protected]. Open: See our website for current hours. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover.
    Parlee Farms Facebook page. . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. We use integrated pest management practices. Mary's Country Kitchen & Bakery offers fresh fruit desserts made with our own fruit. Customers can watch donuts being made in the farmstand. Donut variety depends upon the season with apple cider, strawberry or blueberry being made. Mary's Country Kitchen offers fresh fruit desserts and ice cream. is a 93-acre pick-your-own farm with a 7500 sq. ft. post and beam farmstand. Annie's Animal Barns house young farm animals for our customers to visit with and feed.
  • Shelburne Farm - pyo apples, strawberries, pumpkins, weekend hayrides, hay mazes, pony rides, farm animals
    106 West Acton Road, Stow, MA . Phone: 978-897-9287. Email: [email protected]. Open: 9 AM - 6 PM seven days a week from Labor Day until early November. Directions: Route 2 West to Route 111. Left at second light. Next block, bear right onto Willow St. Farm is 2. 5 miles on right. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: cash, credit cards, ApplePay.
    Shelburne Farm Facebook page. . Starts late August, Daily 9-6pm; Farm store open until Christmas. We have more than 20 flavors of farm-fresh ice cream! Facebook page. Pick your own apples, peaches, and pumpkins. Home Made Warm Cider Donuts every day, and family fun attractions including daily hay rides, weekend pony rides, mini hay maze, hay climbing mountain, pedal tractor, and more. Visit our farm animals goats, sheep, Llama, chickens, guinea fowl, and bunnies. Payment:cash, credit cards, ApplePay.
    Comments from a visitor on September 19, 2011: "The cutest farm ever! We picked apples at a different farm, but went to Shelburne for apple cider and donuts. It wasn't crowded and they had a nice apple store. The cider donuts are TO DIE FOR, make sure you buy several dozen :-)"
    Comments from a visitor on June 12, 2011: "The farm seems to keep their u-pick updated daily. First weekend in June '11 open for strawberry u-pick. It is an enjoyable field to pick, not very manicured, and run like a farm not an event maker. No one is monitoring the pickers at all. I picked last year too, and enjoyed, although I was happy to have picked before the school buses rolled up. Prices 6/11 are $4/lb plus a fee for the container, $1.50 for quart or $2 for box. CC accepted. Checkout rounded down my weight. (THANK YOU) An easy-going place that didn't say word one to my kids sticking their hands in to feed the goats, and kindly kept my wallet at the stand. Thanks for the website, it is fabulous. "
    Comments from a visitor on July 01, 2016: "There is also a great store and a little stand where you can buy all sorts of apple related goodies! We live in the area and have tried all the farms locally, and they make the best donuts by far. They also have cooked/frozen pies, cookies, lunch things, hot dogs, fudge and a bunch more. There are restrooms and a bunch of picnic tables spread out all over the farm. It's a beautiful place, with lots of happy families and a wicked friendly staff. It seems like it's mainly run by a younger staff, but the girl who is in charge is always there and ready to answer all questions and help customers with anything. My son touched a wheel of a tractor last year and got mud all over him. She took us back into the kitchen, washed him off, and gave him a chocolate pop shaped like an apple! She also told my wife that they practice IPM, which I guess means they use good bugs to fight bag bugs. There are also hay rides, pony rides, a moon bounce, a hay maze/mountain and an area for kids to ride around on small tractors. They accept credit cards!"
  • Sunshine Farm - Apples, Raspberries, strawberries.
    41 Kendall Avenue, Sherborn, MA . Phone: 508- 655-5022. Open: Raspberries on weekends in September, 10am to 4pm; Call ahead for information in June for strawberries. Directions: Off Speen Street, Natick, 3 miles South. Exit 13 off Mass Pike, 2. 5 miles South of Route 9, Natick. Take Speen Street to end, right onto Kendall Ave. . Click here for a map and directions.
    Sunshine Farm Facebook page. Call ahead for pumpkins. Containers provided, children under 10 must be accompanied by adults. Shortcake and ice cream available at our Dairy Bar. Fall raspberries only. Our season kicks off each year in May with our greenhouse bedding plants and Mother's Day baskets. Strawberries follow in June with "pick your own" for the family. Sweet corn, tomatoes, peaches and all your salad greens come in July, followed by U-pick raspberries in Aug-Sept. The fall is ripe with pumpkins, squash, mums and corn stalks. Facebook page.

Norfolk County

  • Fairmount Fruit Farm - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, apples, strawberries, Honey from hives on the farm, Fresh eggs, U-pick and already picked, farm market, concessions \\/ refreshment stand, porta-potties are available, picnic area, farm animals, school tours
    887 Lincoln St, Franklin, MA 02038. Phone: 508-533-8737. Email: [email protected]. Open: Apples - Sept thru early October weekdays 1pm to 5pm; weekends 10am to 4pm; Strawberries - beginning in May 9am to 5pm daily. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx.
    Fairmount Fruit Farm Facebook page. . Alternate Phone: 508-533-6158. Fax: 508-533-8760. . We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Facebook page.
  • Tangerini's Spring Street Farm, Inc. - Uses natural growing practices, Apples, pumpkins, blueberries, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, corn, cherry tomatoes, concessions \\/ refreshment stand, restrooms, farm animals, birthday parties, school tours
    139 Spring Street, Millis, MA 02054. Phone: 508-376-5024. Email: [email protected]. Open: Sunday - Saturday, from 9:00am to Dusk, May 1 pm to October 30. Directions: Located 25 miles southwest of Boston just off Route 109, halfway between Route 128 and Route 495. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover.
    Tangerini's Spring Street Farm, Inc. Facebook page. . Alternate Phone: 508-667-7638. . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. Blueberry Picking: Early July Tomato Picking: Late August Apple Picking: Early September Pumpkin Picking- Mid September. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. All our produce is raised organically except apples and sweet corn. A visitor writes on September 15, 2014: "We visited Tangerini's for the first time yesterday and loved it. Pick your own apples and tomatoes in abundance, as well as lovely staff, a great farmstand and delicious cafe/ice cream stand. We had fresh salads, homemade hummus wraps, and ice cream, followed by an afternoon of picking. Highly recommend. "
    Comments from a visitor on October 08, 2008: "vegetables, fruit, and flowers for picking and purchasing from April through November. Holiday wreaths and garlands are available in December. There is a small, child-size only hay maze in the barn. There's also an ice cream stand, small store, and hay rides. Members of the CSA have reported that everything is organic except the corn. "
  • The Big Apple - raspberries, blueberries, apples, hayrides
    207 Arnold St, Wrentham, MA . Phone: 508-384-3055. Email: [email protected]. Open: See this page for hours. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash & Checks only.
    The Big Apple Facebook page. . September weekends to mid October for PYO apples. See this page for a map and directions. Farm is a family favorite offering good, old fashioned fun. All ages enjoy our viewing platform where you can watch our Apple Grader sort the apples and children delight in finding our hidden train. Peek at our bakery kitchen and donut machine through our viewingCaramel Apples window. Enjoy a cup of delicious cider while taking in the autumn views. Fall weekends offer Hayrides and the Pumpkin House. See an actual working American farm at its best. We offer the freshest, hand-picked produce grown & handled with care. Our selection varies as we only pick when ripe. In season, we have 26 varieties of apples, 28 types of vegetables, and Pick Your Own blueberries, raspberries, apples, & hops. Also available is our own homemade cucumber pickles in barrels, vegetable plants, decorative sunflowers, and Christmas trees & greens. Our bakery offers delicious goodies including our homemade donuts, hand dipped candy & caramel apples, and many flavors of pies available through December 23 (Easter orders taken by phone). We also have a vast assortment of jams, sauces, and syrups. Choose from our selection of old fashioned candies and fudge. Facebook page.
    Comments from a visitor on September 11, 2011:"They have a very nice store with home made jellies, fresh vegetables, cider donuts, fresh cider, fudge/candy and homemade pies. They also have an ice cream. shop, and a model train that runs around the farm store above your head. In the fall, they operate hay rides. They are open 7 days/week until 12/24. "
    Comments from a visitor on September 16, 2010: "My family and I visited farm in Wrentham MA this past weekend to pick apples. While there were a lot of people there it did not seem crowded at all. The farm stand had plenty of pre picked produce and baked goods. Also there were great deals on pre picked bags of "2nds". Three varieties of apples were available for pick your own in the orchard. The staff were very helpful and friendly. We will definitely be going back next year."

Apple picking tips:

Apples ripen from the outside of the tree towards the center, so the apples out the outside of the tree will ripen first.  Once they are picked, they stop ripening. Picking apples directly from a tree is easy. Roll the apple upwards off the branch and give a little twist; don't pull straight away from the tree. If two apples are joined together at the top, both will come away at the same time. Don't shake the trees or branches.  If the apple you are trying to pick drops, (or others on the tree) go ahead and pick it up. They're perfectly fine! But do wash them before you eat them! More info: How to tell when apples are ripe

  • Once picked, don't throw the apples into the baskets, place them in gently, or they will bruise and go bad more quickly.
  • Don't wash apples until just before using to prevent spoilage.
  • For an explanation of why apple slices turn brown and how to stop it, see this page!
  • Keep apples cool after picking to increase shelf life.  A cool basement is ideal, but the fruit/vegetable drawer of a refrigerator will work, too.  A refrigerator is fine for small quantities of apples. Boxed apples need to be kept in a cool, dark spot where they won't freeze. Freezing ruptures all of an apple's cells, turning it into one large bruise overnight. The usual solution is to store apples in a root cellar. But root cellars often have potatoes in them: apples and potatoes should never be stored in the same room because, as they age, potatoes release an otherwise ethylene gas, which makes apples spoil faster. If you can keep the gas away from your apples, they will keep just fine. Just don't store them right next to potatoes.
    Prevent contact between apples stored for the winter by wrapping them individually in sheets of newspaper. The easiest way to do this is to unfold a section of newspaper all the way and tear it into quarters. Then stack the wrapped apples . See more here: How to store apples at home
  • Apples don't improve or "ripen" after being picked - this is an urban myth - see this page for the truth - with references!

Which apple variety is best?

There are tens of thousands of varieties of apples, developed over centuries. They vary in sugar, acoidity, flavors, storing, crispness and many other attributes. See our guides to apple varieties:

Canning apples - fully illustrated, with step-by-step instructions

Recipes, illustrated with step by step instructions

Using fresh apples and miscellaneous

 

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)


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