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Apple U-Pick Orchards in Southeast 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!

Barnstable County

Bristol County

  • Keiths Farm - apples, pumpkins, strawberries, prepicked produce, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, school tours
    1149 Main St, Acushnet, MA 02743. Phone: 508-763-2622. Email: [email protected]. Open: Daily availabilities posted on the new website strawberries: daily 10am to 4pm apples and pumpkins: weekends only 9am to 5pm Christmas trees: weekends only 10am to 4pm. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard.
    Keiths Farm Facebook page. . . Strawberries: June Apples: mid September to end of October Pumpkins: October Christmas trees: weekends only-start after Thanksgiving. Also spelled Keith's Farm. Weather can have an extreme effect on crop conditions. Harvest times can vary by as much as two weeks so its best to check the website for opening dates. and Orchard Facebook page. Strawberries are affected by weather (both rain and cooler temperature) and a large turnout can pick a field clean before noon. All varieties may not be available for pick your own. Daily crop availability changes.
  • Perry Hill Orchards - apples, Honey from hives on the farm
    35 Perry Hill Road, Acushnet, MA 02743. Phone: 508-995-6799. Email: [email protected]. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 10:00am to 5:00pm; and Saturday, Sunday from 9:00am to 5:00pm Closed rainy days; September through Veteran's Day; Call ahead.

Plymouth County

  • C. N. Smith Farm Inc. - apples, blueberries, nectarines, peas, peaches, pumpkins, raspberries (red), raspberries (Autumn, red), strawberries, Fresh eggs, Cider mill fresh apple cider made on the premises, concessions \\/ refreshment stand, porta-potties are available, picnic area, farm animals, school tours, group reservations, events at your location (call for info)
    325 South Street, East Bridgewater, MA 02333. Phone: 508-378-2270. Email: [email protected]. Open: Apple PYO Days, Wednesday to Friday, from 10 am to 4 pm; Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 4 pm; Strawberry, Blueberry, Raspberry, PYO Days, Monday to Sunday, from 9 am to 4 pm; Peaches PYO Days, Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 4 pm; August. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx.
    C. N. Smith Farm Inc. Facebook page. . Strawberries June 10 to July 4 Blueberries July and August Raspberries August and September Peaches August Apples September 8 to October 15; Harvest Hoedown Columbus day weekend, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday from 11 am to 4 pm; Hallowlantern Night time Hayride, October Call for Times 508 to 378 to 2270. C.N. Smith Farm Facebook page. Strawberry festival, Fathers Day Weekend. Corn festival, Second weekend in August. Harvest Hoedown, Columbus Day Weekend, Saturday, Sunday, Monday. Hallowlantern Night time Hayrides, Two weeks before Halloween Call for Times For PYO Crops Please Call before you come for current conditions pricing and times.

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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