Apple And Pumpkin U-Pick Orchards in Western counties in Massachusetts in 2022, by county
Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for apples and pumpkins that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have apples and pumpkins orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!
- Green River Farms - apples, blueberries, pumpkins, strawberries, Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises), prepicked produce, farm market, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, petting zoo, farm animals, birthday parties, school tours
2480 Green River Road, Williamstown, MA 01267. Phone: 413-458-2470. Email: [email protected]. Open: in 2014, their website says: Green River Farms is closed for renovations and reorganization; See our website for current hours. Directions: From Route 43 South: Take Route 43N - Come to the intersection of Route 7 & 43. Go straight through intersection - Farm on right. From Route 7 South: Take Route 7N - Come to the intersection of Route 7 & 43. Take right at intersection - Farm on right. From Route 7 North: Take Route 7S - Come to the intersection of Route 7 & 43. Take left at intersection - Farm on right. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa/MasterCard, Discover. . Crops are usually available in March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals.
- Jaeschke Orchards - apples, pumpkins
Gould Road, Adams, MA 01220. Phone: (413) 743-3896. Open: Starting Labor Day come pick your own apples 7 days a week. Click here for a map and directions.
Jaeschke Orchards Facebook page. . For over 130 years our third-generation family-owned farm has been growing apples at the base of Mt. Greylock. Jaeschke's (<em>pronounced yes-keys</em>) Orchard produces some of the finest apples in the region. In the fall we have apples, pears, plums, peaches, pumpkins, mums, and turnips .Our farmstore offers pies, jams and jellies baked in our own certified kitchen, maple syrup, cheese, bread and other local farm-produced goods. We offer pick-your-own apples by the bag, apple cider and apple cider donuts We have a farm store that stocks native fruits and vegetables from September until March. We also open in May until Fathers Day, offering spring bedding plants, hanging baskets, perennials and vegetable plants for your garden. facebook page.
- Apex Orchards Inc. - apples, pumpkins, Honey from hives on the farm, school tours
225 Peckville Road, Shelburne Falls, MA 01370. Phone: (413) 625-2744. Email: [email protected]. Open: Mid September to October 9am to 5pm. Directions: South: I-91 N to RT-2A exit (Exit 26- toward RT-2/Greenfield/N. Adams) Enter roundabout to 3rd exit onto MA-2 / Mohawk Trail. Drive 3.5 miles and turn right onto Peckville Road. Continue 0.7 miles to 225 Peckville Rd, Shelburne , MA North: I-91 S to RT-2 exit (Exit 26- toward RT-2A/Greenfield/N. Adams). Enter next roundabout to 1st exit onto MA-2 /Mohawk Trail. Drive 3.5 miles and turn right onto Peckville Road. Continue 0.7 miles to 225 Peckville Rd, Shelburne , MA. . Payment: Cash, Check, Visa/MasterCard. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa/MasterCard.
Apex Orchards Inc. Facebook page. . . (ADDED: February 02, 2016)
- Echo Hill Orchards and Winery - pyo apples, pears, pumpkins, already-picked apples, pears and pumpkins, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, picnic area, school tours, haunted hayrides
101 Wilbraham Road, Monson, MA 01057. Phone: 413-267-3303. Email: [email protected]. Open: PYO apples begin Labor Day weekend, tractor rides on weekends; Call ahead for crop availability for PYO on weekdays. Directions: Center of Monson (Rte.32) West on High Street to Wilbraham Road approximately 2 miles. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard. . Family friendly haunted hayrides Friday and Saturday nights in October. Please call ahead for dates and times. Cider donuts in the Fall. Country gift shop and our own line of wines.
- Park Hill Orchard - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, apples, blackberries, blueberries, pears, peaches, pumpkins, Honey from hives on the farm, Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises), concessions \\/ refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, picnic area (bring your own food), school tours, group reservations, events at your location (call for info)
82 Park Hill Road, Easthampton, MA 01027. Phone: (413) 303-0335. Email: [email protected]. Open: from 10 am to 5 pm for picking. Directions: Type in Park Hill Orchard to your map program. Otherwise turn on West street from Route 10 in Easthampton. Turn right on Oliver Street and Right on Park Hill Road for half a mile. We are the apple orchard you will see. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, AmEx, WIC Vouchers.
Park Hill Orchard Facebook page. . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. Blueberries in July turning to peach as August comes; Apple picking starting August 15 until November;. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Art In the Orchard is a popular outdoor sculpture exhibition. The Farm stand, PYO, and Art In the Orchard all open in early to mid August.(ADDED: January 02, 2019)
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 -
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
- Apple pie recipe and directions and
illustrated! I can say, with, ahem, no bias at all, that this is the
best apple pie recipe in the world! (Alright, I did have an apple strudel in
Vienna once at that place listed in Fodors that was REALLY good, but that
wasn't a pie, was it? And since this was the recipe my grandmother used, it
must be great!)
- How to make applesauce for
a single meal (not canning it) with NO special equipment
- Apple cobbler
Apple crunch - best of all! Moist, low sugar and using oats!
Apple crisp - ever-popular, low sugar and using oats!
Apple, blackberry, cherry, and/or peach cobbler
Apple-blackberry, crumble - a English favorite (or favourite)
Using fresh apples and miscellaneous