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Apple U-Pick Orchards in Vermont 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!

Addison County

  • Boyer's Orchard - Apples CLOSED
    1823 Monkton Road, Monkton, VT 05469. Phone: 802-453-2248. Alternate phone: (802) 453-2676. Email: [email protected]. Open: UPDATE for 2022, it looks like they are closed and the property is up for sale.from September 1 on; call for hours. Directions:: (I-89 Exit 12. South 8.1 miles to Hinesburg. Straight south 5 miles, orchard turn on right.) Apple varieties: McIntosh, Cortland, Empire, Red Delicious, Old-fashioned Varieties. Also  Cider, Pies, Doughnuts, Baked Goods, Pears. Both a Farm Stand & PYO. (ADDED: October 02, 2009, suggested by a visitor)
  • Champlain Orchards - apples, raspberries (Autumn, red), raspberries (Autumn, yellow), Fresh eggs, Cider mill fresh apple cider made on the premises, porta-potties are available, restrooms, picnic area, school tours, events at your location (call for info)
    3597 Route 74 West, Shoreham, VT 05770. Phone: 802-897-2777. Email: [email protected]. Open: July thru October - Everyday from 9am to 6pm November thru June - Everyday from 10am to 4pm. Directions: On Route 74 West, 4 miles west of the village of Shoreham and 1 mile east of the historical Ticonderoga ferry. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
    Champlain Orchards Facebook page. . . Weekend Orchard Concerts in September and October Harvest Festival on Columbus Day Weekend Ciderfest in October. PYO apples. We also have very limited picking in our fall raspberries. In the farm market we have cider & cider donuts! As well (in season) as peaches, nectarines, pears, green gage plums and apples including: Paula Reds, Zestar!, Sansa, Silken, Gingergold, early Macs and more. stop by our farm market (open daily 9-6) for all this and more, including picking directions.
  • Douglas Orchards - apples, raspberries, pumpkins.
    1050 Rt 74 W, Shoreham, VT 05770. Phone: 802-897-5043. Email: [email protected]. Open: mid-June to mid July; September to November. Directions: Rte 74, 1 mile west of Shoreham Village. They also have applesauce, apple cider, "drops" apples, apple cider donuts, strawberries, and pumpkins. . Click here for a map and directions. . facebook page. The orchard grows apples, pears, cherries & berries, and make cider. Since the beginning, they've grown the land into a thriving apple orchard that's become an important tourist attraction and community asset, offering pick-your-own apples, strawberries and raspberries, as well as fresh-pressed cider, cherries and pears. Cortland, Empire, Gala, Ginger Gold, Macoun, McIntosh and Spartan apples for PYO (UPDATED: July 21, 2021, JBS)
  • Dreamhouse Orchard - apples, weddings and wedding parties, school tours
    382 Hewitt Road, Bristol, VT 05443. Phone: 802-453-2805. Email: [email protected]. Open: Monday to Saturday 8 am to 7 pm Sunday 9 am to 6 pm. Directions: From Route 7 go east on 17 to Route 116 (blinking light) take first left, Hewitt Road, we are second place on the left. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . . Crops are usually available in September, October.
  • Happy Valley Orchard - pyo apples, Cider Mill
    217 Quarry Road, Middlebury, VT 05753. Phone: (802) 388-2411. Email: [email protected]. Open: Daily June to mid Nov. Directions: Take Rte 7 South of Middlebury village - Turn east onto Foote Street - Go straight for 2 miles - Intersection Quarry Road - Turn Right onto Quarry Road. Our orchard and stand is on left approximately 500ft. . Click here for a map and directions. 25">Happy Valley Orchard We press our own delicious cider. We also have a farmstand with picked vegetables & fruits in season and baked goods, including our famous cider donuts.
  • Woodman Hill Orchard - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, apples, Cider mill fresh apple cider made on the premises, U-pick and already picked
    175 Plank Road, Vergennes, VT 05491. Phone: 802-989-2310. Email: [email protected]. Open: September 1 thru November 15, daily from 10 am to 6 pm. Directions: Travel one half mile South of Vergennes on Route 7. Turn left on Plank Road. Orchard is on the left about 300 yards. Look for signs. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . Alternate Phone: 802-989-2309. . We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Many varieties are available; Honeycrisp, McIntosh, Rome, Empire, Cortland, Liberty, Macoun, a blend of all these make a wonderful old fashion cider (un-pasteurized). Availability of each variety will depend on harvest picking dates. All apples are IPM (Integrated Pest Management) grown.
  • Yates Family Orchard - apples, pears, Honey from hives on the farm, Cider mill fresh apple cider made on the premises, U-pick and already picked, concessions \\/ refreshment stand, porta-potties, picnic area you may bring your own food, school tours
    1074 Davis Road Physical location in Monkton, Hinesburg, VT 05461. Phone: (802) 373-7437. Email: [email protected]. Open: Our season runs from the beginning of September to mid November; In season hours are Everyday/7 days a week from 9am to 6 pm. Directions: We use integrated pest management practices (IPM). Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
    Yates Family Orchard Facebook page. . . We offer 15 plus different apples varieties, fresh pressed cider, orchard raw honey, maple syrup, orchard made jams and chutneys, cider donuts, local artisan crafts and more. Come bring a picnic and enjoy . (ADDED: June 24, 2018)

Caledonia County

  • Dolly Gray Orchard - apples,
    1112 Dutton Road, Hardwick, VT 05843. Phone: 802-472-5797. Open: every day from 11am to 6pm from September 19 through Columbus Day. Directions: From Hardwick take Mackville Road to Dutton Road (about 3 miles). . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . (ADDED: September 13, 2015)
  • Sweet Seasons Farm - apples, blueberries, raspberries (red), picnic area you may bring your own food, group reservations
    2557 Spaulding Road, Saint Johnsbury, VT 05819. Phone: (802) 274-2365. Email: [email protected]. Open: July to October 15 Monday through Thursday 8:00am to 8:00pm Closed Fridays Saturday 9:00am to 8:00pm Sunday 12:00 noon to 6:00pm. Directions: From I-93 traveling South take the Saint Johnsbury exit 1 then turn right. At signal turn left. Travel 1/2 mile to Spaulding Road (Riley's Fish Shack is on the corner) Turn right onto Spaulding Road. You will pass Dog Mountain on your left. Travel 3 more minutes. Look for the white Sweet Seasons Farm sign on your left at the bottom of the drive. Turn left and travel up driveway until you see the small Red Farm Store on your right. Park in designated area. Raspberries: early July to middle August Blueberries: Middle July to Late August Apples: Middle August to middle October. We are Certified naturally grown for all . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check.
    Sweet Seasons Farm Facebook page. . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. crops. We grow our fruit organically and are certified with CNG. We also host corporate events, wedding photography and host a fun and educational volunteer work program. If you have teens who need to stay busy this summer, call or email to schedule their slot. Hold harmless agreement and proof of medical / dental insurance is required. (ADDED: May 06, 2018)

Chittenden County

  • Adams Apple Orchard & Farm Market - apples, pumpkins
    1168 Old Stage Road, Williston, VT 05495. Phone: 802-879-5226. Email: [email protected]. Open: mid-April to December 31. Directions: Corner Old Stage Rd & Mountainview Rd, 2 miles east from Industrial Avenue. Pick your own apples; ready picked blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, pumpkins, vegetables, apples. . Click here for a map and directions.
    Adams Apple Orchard & Farm Market Facebook page. . Alternate phone: (888) 387-4288. Adams Apple Orchard facebook page.
  • Chapin Orchard - Pick-your-own apples, Pre-picked apples, Pumpkins, Fresh Cider, Honey, Maple, hayrides
    150 Chapin Road, Essex, VT 05452. Phone: (802) 879-6210. Email: [email protected]. Open: Aug. Click here for a map and directions. . . 30 til November 2nd, Seven days a week from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm. We offer pick-your-own apples, a fully stocked retail and visitor center, gift certificates, field trips, and more. Come visitOther Vermont products. Free hayrides on weekend afternoons.
  • Shelburne Orchards - CERTIFIED ORGANIC, apples, cherries, table grapes (with seeds), peaches, Cider mill fresh apple cider made on the premises, gift shop, porta-potties are available, picnic area you may bring your own food
    216 Orchard Road, Shelburne, VT 05482. Phone: (802) 985-2753. Email: [email protected]. Open: Monday to Saturday, from 9 am to 6 pm; Sundays from 9 am to 5 pm; September 1 to October 31, or a little earlier if we run out of apples. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover.
    Shelburne Orchards Facebook page. . . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. For information on our pie fest, senior citizen days or truckload and carboy weekend, visit the events page on our website!. We are a family run apple orchard overlooking the Adirondack mountains and lake Champlain. On the weekends we offer tractor pulled wagon rides out to the pick your own apple trees and have apple cider donuts and sweet and ginger apple cider being pressed several times a week. We have a distillery here too where we make and age apple brandy from the apples on our orchard. Different apple varieties ripen at different times, so feel free to call and see what's perfect for picking! Thanks for buying local!. We often have festivals and live music during our season. To find out when these will be happening this year, please visit the 'events' page on our website!.We are certified organic for some crops (a small portion of the apple orchard is organic). Our growing program is "Low Spray". Early apples include Paula Reds and Ginger gold. Mid season, we have McIntosh, Cortland, Honey crisp, Fuji and Gala. Late season, Empire, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Liberty, Mutzu (Crispin), Northern Spy. Different apples ripen at different times, so feel free to call and see what's perfect for picking! In 1997, we received the first annual "Sustainable Agriculture Farm of the Year" award. Events: Vermont Small Farms Food Fest, Pie Fest & Cider House Run, distillery, Senior Citizens' Days, Truckload Saturday & Ginger Jack Gala, Children's Educational Programs. (UPDATED: August 09, 2016)

Franklin County

  • Northcourt Orchard - apples apple cider
    499 Kendall Rd, Franklin, VT 05450. Phone: (800) 504-7420. Email: [email protected]. Open: seasonally from late summer through fall. Click here for a map and directions. . (previously Vaillancourt Orchard) is now under new ownership. This fall we will have our usual apples, cider and doughnuts. (ADDED: July 20, 2020, JBS)
  • West Swanton Orchards - PYO apples, pumpkins
    9 Fourth St, Swanton, VT 05488. Phone: (802) 868-9100. Email: [email protected]. Open: Mid-May through mid- December. Directions: 752 North River St, VT Route 78W, approximately 4 miles from Swanton village. . Click here for a map and directions. West Swanton Orchards Also has a farm stand with strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, vegetables, apples, pumpkins.

Grand Isle County

  • Allenholm Farm - Blueberries, raspberries, vegetables, pumpkins, apples
    111 South Street (but send mail to PO Box 300), South Hero, VT 05486. Phone: 802-372-5566. Email: [email protected]. Open: Memorial Day weekend - December 24. Click here for a map and directions.
    Allenholm Farm Facebook page. . . Atwe grow about 20 varieties of apples. In the Fall we offer Pick Your Own, which is enjoyed by hundreds of families each year.facebook page
  • Hackett's Orchard - apples, pumpkins
    86 South Street, South Hero, VT 05486. Phone: 802-372-5555. Email: [email protected]. Open: April 1- December 31. Directions: turn off US Route 2 at Merchants Bank onto South St, 8/10 mile on right. Also ready picked: Raspberries, strawberries, vegetables, pumpkins, apples, bakery. Come pick your own apples and enjoy a wagon ride as well. We usually . Click here for a map and directions.
    Hackett's Orchard Facebook page. . open our orchard to picking after Labor Day but the time really depends on the apples. 47 varieties of apples, fresh cider donuts, apple cider, vegetables, pumpkins, Vermont maple syrup and more. Enjoy our picnic and play area, and scheduled fall wagon rides and orchard tours. School groups welcome. (UPDATED: May 4, 2015, JBS)
  • Hall's Orchards - apples, pears, Cider mill fresh apple cider made on the premises, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms
    4461 Main Street, Isle La Motte, VT 05463. Phone: 802-928-3226. Email: [email protected]. Open: Everyday 8 am to 4 pm. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . .

Orange County

Orleans County

  • Windswept Farm - Uses natural growing practices, blueberries, apples, pears, weddings and wedding parties, Christmas Trees, Maple Syrup
    2417 May Pond Road, Barton, VT 05822. Phone: 802 525 8849. Email: [email protected]. Open: Any daylight hours, seven days a week. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check.
    Windswept Farm Facebook page. . Alternate Phone: 802 525-8849. Fax: 802 525-8849. . We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. This is one of the highest farms in Vermont. Views stretch from Sugarbush Mountain Ski area, north to Mt Mansfield, Jay Peak and Mt Orford in Quebec. The farm is part of the Northeast Kingdom's working landscape and produces organically grown Christmas trees, pick-your-own apples, blueberries and pears, and pure Vermont maple syrup. Windswept Farm hosts weddings, reunions, retreats and special events for up to 350 guests. Unlimited camping space includes access to a wood-fired hot tub, swimming pond and large barbecue. The farm has dramatic views of the surrounding countryside, and surrounding fields offer multiple locations for ceremonies. A newly built barn can host a small wedding party or house a caterer for a larger wedding and there are several large level sites for setting up a rented tent. We are an organic farm for Christmas Trees, Maple Syrup, and pick-your-own berries & orchard. We are also a venue for weddings & events. Click here for a link to our Facebook page . The ONLY pyo crops offered are Blueberries, apples, pears. Our certified organic maple syrup is available in our farmstead, May through October. (UPDATED: July 22, 2022)

Washington County

  • Burtt's Apple Orchard - Uses integrated pest management practices, apples, cherries, pumpkins, winter squash, Maple Syrup from trees on the farm, Cider mill fresh apple cider made on the premises, porta-potties are available, picnic area you may bring your own food, school tours
    283 Cabot Plains Rd, Cabot, VT 05647. Phone: 802-917-2614. Email: [email protected]. Open: Apples - Monday through Sunday, from 9 am to 6 pm, Labor Day Weekend through October 31; Cherries - See our website. Directions: Approximately 2.5 miles north of Cabot Creamery along route 215. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
    Burtt's Apple Orchard Facebook page. . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. Cherries are usually ripe in mid July; Pumpkins are ripe at the same time as apples in September and October. We use Integrated Pest Management to substantially reduce the amount of chemicals used in our orchard. With over 40 varieties of apples, pears, and cherries you are sure to find your favorite at Burtt's. You've got to try our homemade cider donuts and fresh unpasteurized cider. For the kids, (and adults who like random fun) there's the amazing apple shooter!. Pick-your-own apples are $1 per pound. Pick-your-own Honeycrisp are $2 per pound. Pick-your-own tart cherries are $3 per pound. Please no dogs in the orchard, but they are welcome in our fields!
  • Peck Farm Orchard - apples, picnic area you may bring your own food
    750 Sibley Rd, East Montpelier, VT 05651. Phone: (802) 249-1223. Email: [email protected]. Open: Wednesday to Sunday, from 9 am to 5 pm, September 1 to October 31. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
    Peck Farm Orchard Facebook page. . (ADDED: March 11, 2017)

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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