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Apple And Pumpkin U-Pick Orchards in Vermont 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!

Addison County

  • 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)

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.

Franklin County

  • 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)

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 (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!

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

Pumpkin recipes

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

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