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South Shore Apple Picking: 6 Places To Choose From

South Shore Apple Picking: 6 Places To Choose From

Fall in Massachusetts is not just the time to witness the glorious “changing of the leaves.” It is also apple picking season – and a family tradition for many of us living in this area. But visitors also flock to the South Shore area to pick fresh ripe apples just in time for the holiday season. Cider, apple pie, applesauce, apple butter and fresh apple juice are just a few of the delicious results of apple picking season.

If you live in or around the South Shore area or are planning a trip to this region, here are some wonderful places to go out and pick some apples.

The Big Apple Farm, Wrentham, MA
The Big Apple Farm in Wrentham, MA, is open each weekend during September for the fall apple picking season. Located at 207 Arnold Street, you can choose from 26 different apple varieties (depending on what varietals are ripe when you arrive), plus a smorgasbord of apple-based delicacies in their on-site bake shop.It is free to pick, but you will need to bring your own containers to be weighed and then you pay for what you pick. Picking lasts only until the supply runs out, so be sure to arrive as early as you can. Many people will pick either 10 lbs. (1 peck; 20-25 medium-sized apples) or 20 lbs. (1/2 bushels; 50 medium-sized apples). In general, picking hours are 9am to 5pm except on certain specific days (call ahead to confirm the times).

You can learn more on their website.

Fairmount Fruit Farm, Franklin, MA
The Fairmount Fruit Farm is located in Franklin, MA, on 887 Lincoln Street. You can pick your own apples starting after Labor Day and continuing through mid-October (or for as long as supplies last). If you want to pick a specific varietal of apple you may want to call ahead to find out what the estimated ripening schedule is for the time you want to visit.

There is no fee to enter the farm, per se, but you are charged a flat fee based on the number of pounds of apples you pick. You will pay $20 for a 10 lb. bag and can bring two adults and two kids to pick. You will pay $30 for a 20 lb. bag and can bring two adults and three kids (or four adults) to pick. You will pay $5 extra for each person beyond the stated limits per picking group. This fee also includes hay rides if desired (weekend visitors only). Picking hours are 10am to 4pm on weekends and 1pm to 5pm on weekdays (weather permitting).

You can learn more about the Fairmount Fruit Farm by visiting their website.

CN Smith Farms, East Bridgewater, MA
CN Smith Farms is located in East Bridgewater, MA. Locals highly recommend this family-owned apple orchard, which has been serving the South Shore area for more than 80 years and is now in its third generation.

The orchard is just one of the highlights of a visit – visitors also enjoy the hay rides (weekends only), petting zoo, special events and school tours.

Picking season typically begins on Labor Day weekend and can continue until supplies run out. Typically, you can pick from 9am to 4pm, and the store is open slightly later than 4pm.

cn smith cortland apples

Cortland apples via CN Smith Farms.

If you want to pick apples for a specific purpose or you prefer a specific varietal, you can consult the Apple Variety Chart that lists the different varieties, when they ripe and the recommended best uses. They also offer a helpful online picking and storage how-to guide.

For more information or to confirm picking hours, visit their website.

Honey Pot Orchards, Stow, MA
Honey Pot Orchards comes highly recommended by South Shore Mamas, a local group of moms who share activity ideas for their kids. The orchard offers much more than pick-your-own apples. Hay rides, hedge mazes and close encounters with farm animals are also fun perks.

honey pot hill hedge maze

The hedge maze entrance courtesy of Honey Pot Hill.

Located at 138 Sudbury on 180 acres of family-owned orchard and farm land, the orchard typically opens for picking apples starting around Labor Day and continues as long as supplies last. You can pick from 9:30am to 5pm, and for mothers there are special hours from 9am to 3pm. The farm itself has been in operation since 1926, and is a local institution. You can pick 1 peck of apples for $17 (permits two adults and three children or three adults to enter) or 1/2 bushels for $26 permits two adults and one child, or two adults).

You can also pick up other fresh produce in the on-site farm store. For more information or to confirm picking hours and times, you can visit their website.

Peters Family Orchards and Cider Mill, Acushnet, MA
Peters Family Orchards and Cider Mill is located at 537 Main Street in Acushnet, MA. In addition to apple picking, your family can enjoy hayrides, fresh apple cider and the pick of the freshest organic produce at the on-site farmstead. Typical picking hours are 9am to 6pm, but it is always good to call ahead to verify.

Apple varietals include McIntosh, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious and other popular varietals. If you want to pick a specific type of apple it is a good idea to call and find out when they will be ripening.

This family-owned orchard does not currently have a website, but you can call at (508) 995-6533 to find out seasonal prices and availability.

Keith’s Farm, Acushnet, MA
Keith’s Farm is located at 1149 Main St in Acushnet, MA. They offer fresh apple picking throughout the fall season as well as fresh pumpkin picking – perfect for holiday preparations. On weekends picking times are 9am to 5pm and kids can enjoy hay rides. There is also a weekend farm stand and snack bar.

There is no admission fee, parking is free and if you are in a hurry, you can also pick up jugs of fresh apple cider and pre-picked apples at the farm stand. Keith’s sells re-usable apple picking bags and you are charged by the pound for the amount of apples you pick. Perhaps the most fun perk of picking at this farm is that Keith’s keeps a photo gallery on their website so you can check to see if you or your kids are in the photo gallery from your family’s apple picking weekend!

You can either call Keith’s Farm at 508-763-2622 or visit their website to learn more.

 

Apple picking as a family can help you make memories that will last a lifetime….not to mention fill your home with delectable fragrance and mouth-watering delicacies.

Because the apple picking season is limited and each orchard features different varietals, it is often best to call ahead and confirm dates, times and varietals (if desired) as well as current fees and if there is a charge for bringing larger parties.

With just a little planning, you can easily add “apple picking” to your list of all-time favorite fall activities in the South Shore!

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