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Apple U-Pick Orchards in Northern New Hampshire 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!

Carroll County

  • Hatches Orchard - - Apples
    1440 Brownfield Road, Center Conway, NH 03813. Phone: 603-447-5687. Open: 10 am to 4 pm, weekends, holidays. Click here for a map and directions. Fax: 447-5687. Turn left at the flashing light on Rte. 302 in Center Conway. Take Mill St for approx. 4 miles. Apples: McIntosh, Empire, Cortland, Northern Spy

Grafton County

  • Cardigan Mountain Orchard - apples, restrooms, gift shop, picnic area, tours of the operation, group tours
    1540 Mt. Cardigan Road, Alexandria, NH 03222. Phone: (603) 744-2248. Email: [email protected]. Open: Labor Day through the end of October; 10am to 5pm. Directions: Call for directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard. The original trees were planted in the 1930's and are still producing a large quantity of apples. We have planted more trees since we bought the land in the 1970's, and now we have around 1,000 trees. Many of are . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard. . open to our pick-your-own customers. The orchard is open for pick-your-own apples everyday from Labor Day to the end of October (for as long as we have apples!). We offer 15+ varieties of apples, please read below to learn more about our most popular varieties, they ripen in the order listed. Yellow Transparent (Late August)Early Mac (Paula Red) (Late August, early September)Gravenstein(Early September)Heirloom Gravenstein (Early September)Macintosh(Mid September)Heirloom Mac (Mid September)Cortland (Mid-Late September)Heirloom Cortland (Mid-Late September)Macoun (Late September)Honey Crisp (Late September)Spartan (Late September)Pound Sweet (Early October)Empire (Mid October)Red/Golden Delicious (Mid October)Northern Spy (Mid October)Baldwin (Late October) (UPDATED: September 16, 2018, JBS)
  • Mount Pleasant Orchard - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, apples, pumpkins, U-pick and already picked, snacks and refreshment stand
    312 Sargent Hill Road, Grafton, NH 03240. Phone: 603-523-4325. Email: [email protected]. Open: See our website for current hours. Directions: From Interstate 89: Get off on Exit 17 and go on Route 4 East. Follow that until you get to Grafton. There will be a sign on Prescott Hill Road, and other signs all the way up to the orchard. From Interstate 93: Get off on Exit 17 and go on Route 4 West. Follow that until you get to Grafton. There will be a sign on Prescott Hill Road, and other signs all the way up to the orchard. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check.
    Mount Pleasant Orchard Facebook page. . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. See our website for dates open. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. We will also sell pies, and some pumpkins from our garden. Mt. Pleasant Orchard facebook page
  • Patch Orchards - Apples, sweet corn, pumpkins
    40 Patch Rd, Lebanon, NH 03766. Phone: 603-448-4130. Email: [email protected]. Click here for a map and directions.
    Patch Orchards Facebook page. . See their website for hours and availability. Our family has been farming here since 1776. New farm stand, tasting room and sugar house. Panoramic views.
  • Poverty Lane Orchards - apples, pumpkins, some winter squashes.
    Poverty Lane, Lebanon, NH 03766. Phone: (603)448-1511. Email: [email protected]. Open: week days: 9am-6pm; weekends, . Directions: near Exit 19 off Interstate 89 in New Hampshire, minutes from the junction of Interstates 91 and 89 in the Upper Connecticut River Valley. At Exit 19, turn west from the off-ramp. At the first light, turn left up Poverty Lane. (From I-91, take I-89 south across the river to reach Exit 19.) . Click here for a map and directions. . Open Labor Day Weekend through Early October (Farm stand open longer).10 am-5 pm. Daily tastings of our ciders (with valid ID). Call for variety information. Click here for a map. Wagon Rides into the Fields on Fair Weekends. Horse-drawn wagon rides to the orchard. Pick your own, or already bagged, apples, including several wonderful varieties of heirloom apples, cider - alcoholic and regular non-alcoholic. (UPDATED: September 29, 2020 JBS)
    Comments from a visitor on September 21, 2008: "I like this farm very much. They have a wide variety of heirloom apple varieties."
  • Solid Earth Farm - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, apples,
    398 Plains Rd, Lisbon, NH 03585. Phone: (603) 616-6359. Email: [email protected]. Open: Monday to Friday, from 8 am to 7 pm; Saturday and Sunday, from 7 am to 5 pm, September 1 to October 31. Directions: From Highway 302 take Lyman Road ~1.5 Miles to 2nd intersection with Plains Road Make a hard right and the driveway is 1st one on the left. Follow Signs. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. (UPDATED: September 17, 2021) (ADDED: September 19, 2019)
  • Windy Ridge Orchard and Christmas Tree Farm - Apples, blueberries, pumpkins, Christmas trees-you choose and you cut, Precut Christmas trees, Christmas wreaths and boughs, saws provided, trees bagged, sleigh rides, 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, tractor-pulled hay rides, petting zoo
    1775 Benton Road, North Haverhill, NH 03774. Phone: 603-787-6377. Email: [email protected]. Open: July - August: 7:00 - 3:00 August - November: 7:00 - 6:00 November - December: 10:00 - 4:00 Blueberries: July 15 - August 10 Apples: August 30 - October 10 Pumpkins: September 10 - October 31 Christmas Trees: Thanksgiving - Christmas (weekends only) Payment: Cash, Check. Directions: Interstate 93: Take exit 32, turn off ramp onto Route 112 West, follow 112 for 13 miles, turn left onto Route 116 South, follow for 7 miles, orchard is on left. Route 10: turn onto Benton Road/Route 116 at the North Haverhill Civil War monument, follow 116 for 3 miles, orchard is on the right . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . Crops are usually available in July, August, September, October, December.

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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