slides: Fall in Central MA: 25 Great Spots for Apples
Saturday, September 07, 2013
Also in our one-stop fall guide for apples, special extras at each orchard, from mazes for the kids to specialty items like locally grown honey, to even wine. Start your apple expeditions this weekend, and come back all season long for other great guides to the very best of what Central Massachusetts offers. Let us know in the comments below (or send us an email!) which are your favorites. And let us know your favorite things to cook with this bounty--from your best pie recipe to apple butter.
It's apple season, Central Mass! Happy picking!
Rt. 62 and Lower Sawyer Hill Road
Berlin Orchards is now picking Cortland Gala, Macintosh, Paula Red and Ginger Gold apples.
Hay wagons will be running on weekends taking you and your family and friends into and out of the orchard. Also check out the peaches and honey, and visit some furry friends.
178 Mass Avenue
Nestled in the hills of the Nashoba Valley, 32 miles west of Boston, lies the town of Harvard; one of Massachusetts best apple producing areas.
Here you will find Westward Orchards, a fourth generation family owned farm on 275 acres producing the best blueberries, peaches, pears, plums and apples in the area.
Also check out the turn of the century dairy barn and their famous cider donuts.
George Hill Orchards
582 George Hill Orchards
At George Hill Orchards, located in a beautiful and historic setting, you can pick your own blueberries, raspberries, peaches, pears, pumpkins and, of course, apples. They are also the home of the Apple Tree Theater and the Tree-mendous Maze, which provide field trips for thousands of children each year.
Currently available for picking are Macs and Ginger Golds.
Bolton Spring Farm
159 Main Street
Set on 150 acres of pristine farmland, rolling orchard hills and woodlands, Bolton Spring Farm evokes a feeling of old New England country. The Bolton Spring Farm family is excited to share this step back in time and invites you and your family to visit them and take in the beauty and peace of a bygone era .
Come by to pick your own McIntosh apples, or visit the farm stand to buy some Paula Reds, Summer Macs, Tydemans and Gravensteins.
112 Lincoln Road
Come pick your own apples until Columbus day at at Brookfield Orchards and enjoy an afternoon of family fun.
Walk through the orchard and fill a bag of apples, then don't forget to visit their Country Store for all types of goodies. Try a hot apple dumpling with ice cream.
115 Oak Hill Road
Carlson Orchards products are sure to satisfy. They're so convinced that you'll enjoy their apples, jams, jellies, honey and savories, that if you are not 100% satisfied they will gladly refund your purchase.
They make all of their products the old fashioned way -all natural, with only the freshest ingredients available.
44 Old Worcester Road
Do you crave… apples, peaches, pears, plums, nectarines, blueberries, raspberries or Strawberries? Or perhaps... The great taste of award winning wine? Charlton Orchards truly has it all, especially during apple season.
Orchards and a winery all in one. And a farm store with an extensive list of unique items to boot.
Red Apple Farm
455 Highland Avenue
The Red Apple Farm's location is unique at a high 1,250 feet above sea level. This means their orchards offer you some of the best naturally-colorful, extra-crisp apples in all of New England.
They welcome individuals, families, school tours, social functions, and corporate gatherings to experience an old, scenic New England farmstead with plenty of things to see, taste, and experience.
Nashoba Valley Winery
100 Wattaquadock Hill Road
The Nashoba Valley Winery is famous for its wine of course, but they also have plenty apples available for picking this time of year.
In particular, try their Gravenstein and Snappy Mac Apples. Grab some peaches and necturines as well.
4 Kendall Hill Road
Clearview Farm offers five products you can pick: apples, peaches, blueberries, pumpkins, and raspberries.
They are open mid-August through September with five varieties of freestone peaches and nectarines. Rick's famous white and yellow peaches ripen in waves each seeming bigger than the last.
Old Frog Pond Farm
38 Eldridge Road
Old Frog Pond Farm is one of the few Certified Organic Orchards in Massachusetts.
Every fall they open for pick your own organic apples and raspberries, and sell potatoes and other vegetables from their farm stand. They also host an Annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit, present workshops, and gather for community events throughout the year.
1125 Pleasant Street
Sholan Farms truly has a gold mine of apples available either for picking or to buy in their extensive farm stand.
For now, in the first half of September, check out the Crimson Crisp, the Gale Gala, the Snappy Mac, or the Marshall McIntosh batches.
6 Stowe Road
The fun and family-friendly Stowe Farm has plenty of apples available for picking. Check out the Cortlands, Empires, Galas, Honeycrisps, Macouns, McIntoshs and the Red Delicious.
Also let your kids have fun on the aerial adventure course, or check out a mechanical bull, moon bounce and pony rides.
Tougas Family Farm
234 Ball Street
The Tougas Family Farm has over twenty varieties of apples that come and go throughout the season, so if you are interested in a particular variety sign-up for their email mailing list or facebook or check the picking conditions page regularly.
As of now, Ginger Gold, McIntosh and Gala are just a few types available for picking.
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