Fall is officially here and so is one staple of this too-quick season – apple picking! From Cortlands to McIntosh, Gala and every variety in between, apple picking season is upon us and we wanted to make it easier for you with our list of more than a dozen great places to pick your own. So grab your family, make a plan and head out to pick some apples this week and enjoy
Here’s a look at 15 great places in the area to pick your own apples:
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Applecrest Farm Orchards – Applecrest Farm Orchards in Hampton Falls, NH is worth the trip. Pick your own apples seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in their 220 sprawling acres of orchards with more than 40 distinct varieties. Each weekend they also host Fall Festivals with free music, pie eating contests, make your own scarecrow, petting zoo, face painting and more.
Autumn Hills Orchard, Groton – Located in historic Groton, Mass., Autumn Hills Orchard offers more than two dozen varieties of apples for the picking 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m to 5 p.m. on weekends.
Belkin Family Lookout Farm, Natick – Belkin Family Lookout Farm is in full swing right now. While you’re there also enjoy farm animals, live children’s entertainment and face painting, along with pony, camel and hayrides. To see what’s currently available check out the What’s Picking page on their website or call their U-Pick hotline at 508-653-0653.
Berlin Orchards, Berlin – Pick Jonagold, Honey Crisp, Golden Supreme, Cortland, Gala, Paula Red, Ginger Gold, Macs and more at Berlin Orchards, plus enjoy a hay wagon ride, pumpkins and more. Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through the end of October.
Boston Hill Farm, North Andover – Pick your own apples at Boston Hill Farm and while you’re there, enjoy their fall festivals happening every weekend through the end of October, where not only can you enjoy apple picking, but also pumpkin picking, our own homemade apple cider donuts, live music from Ronnie Chase and Russ Bennett, BBQ, petting zoo, ice cream and much more. Daily, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Brooksby Farm, Peabody – Apple picking runs until Oct. 14 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Brooksby Farm in Peabody. Check the farm’s website for other fun, fall activities for the kiddos, and be sure to take a trip to their pumpkin yard to find your perfect pumpkin.
Carlson Orchards, Harvard – Located in Harvard, Carlson Orchards boasts 140 acres and produces 60,000 bushels of apples annually. Pick your own from 14 different varieties seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cider Hill Farm, Amesbury – Choose from several apple varieties for picking at Cider Hill Farm in Amesbury. Head over on a weekend and enjoy their Harvest Weekends which include: tractor rides, fresh popped kettle corn, a coffee and dessert bar, hard cider tasting and a food truck. Open daily 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Connemara House Farm, Topsfield – Choose from a wide range of apple varieties for picking at Connemara House Farm in Topsfield. Weekends through Oct. 27 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Connors Farm, Danvers – Pick your own apples at Connors Farm in Danvers daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Oct. 31. While you’re there, check out their corn maze and so many other fun things including hayrides and a whole lot more.
Fairmount Fruit Farm, Franklin – Pick your own apples at Fairmount Fruit Farm in Franklin weekends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and weekdays from 1-5 p.m. Enjoy various varieties ready for picking different weeks throughout the season.
Highland Farm, Holliston – Enjoy weekend apple picking at Highland Farm in Holliston. Apple varieties include Honeycrisp, MacIntosh, Macoun, Gala and Golden Supreme. Saturdays and Sundays 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (last entry into the orchard is at 4 p.m.).
Honey Pot Hill Orchards, Stow – Open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Honey Pot Hill Orchards has more than a dozen different varieties of apples to pick. While you’re there visit their friendly farm animals and get lost in their hedge maze. Hayrides are also available on weekends during the fall picking season.
Parlee Farms, Tyngsborough – Parlee Farms’ apple orchards cover more than 15 acres and are open until Oct. 28 offering more than 20 varieties of apples for the picking. On weekend and fall holidays, your purchase of an apple bag includes a hayride to their apple orchard. While you’re there check out Annie’s Animal Barns, Farmer Mark’s Tractor Training Course and the hay play area.
Russell Orchards, Ipswich – Russell Orchards in Ipswich is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., through October offering While you’re there, be sure to visit their barnyard animals and for the adults, their winery.
Shelburne Farm, Stow – Just 20 miles from Boston, Shelburne Farm in Stow grows more than 80 different varieties of apples. The farm is open weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Smolak Farms, North Andover – Smolak Farms is open and welcoming you for its fall picking season. Head to Smolak each weekend through October for the Fall Children’s Festivals where children can enjoy wee wagons, cow trains, duck races, hay maze, face painting, bouncy house, super slide and spin art. While you’re there, don’t forget to stop by their pumpkin patch, too.
You can find even more locations throughout the state by visiting MassGrown’s farm locator and selecting pick-your-own by crop.