Pick-Your-Own: 2018 Apple Orchard Guide

Staff Writer
Baystateparent Magazine

Fall in New England ushers in crisp air, brilliant foliage, and ripe, juicy apples. Among autumn’s most beloved traditions is apple picking. Across the Bay State, farms and orchards are opening their doors -- or fields. Check out these area pick-your-own orchards, grab a bushel, and take a bite out of this year’s apple season. Many of these spots offer more than fruit picking, too. From hopping on a hayride or navigating a corn maze to farm fresh snacks and homemade treats, a trip to an orchard can be full of all that’s quintessentially fall. Here’s your guide to this perennial family favorite.

Berlin Orchards

Route 62 and

Lower Sawyer Hill Road, Berlin


Hours: Monday through Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Bonus: Hay wagon rides to and from the orchard

Bolton Spring Farm

159 Main Street (Route 117), Bolton


Opening Day: Labor Day Weekend

Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Weekends 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Bonus: Country store and bakery on site

Breezelands Orchards

1791 Southbridge Road, Warren


Opening Day: Labor Day Weekend

Hours: Monday through Sunday, 10 .a.m-6 p.m.

Brookfield Orchards

121 Lincoln Rd, North Brookfield


Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Weekends 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Bonus: Bakery, playground & wagon rides

Carlson Orchards

115 Oak Hill Road, Harvard


Check Website for Opening Day

Hours: Monday through Sunday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Carver Hill Orchards

101 Brookside Ave, Stow


Hours: Open daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Check Facebook for daily updated hours)

Charlton Orchards

44 Old Worcester Rd., Charlton


Check website for Opening Day

Hours: Thursday through Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday & Monday, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Clearview Farm

4 Kendall Hill Rd., Sterling


Opening Day: Sept. 8

Hours: Weekends 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Bonus: Face painting & kid’s play area

Cook’s Farm Orchard

106 Haynes Hill Rd., Brimfield


Check Facebook page Opening Day and hours

Bonus: Wagon rides, hay maze, dog friendly

Davis Farmland and Mega Maze

145 Redstone Hill, Sterling


Opening Day: Sept 8

Hours: Weekends, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Bonus: Sept. 15 & 16 Costume Character Day

Doe Orchards

327 Ayer Rd., Harvard


Opening Day: Sept. 1

Hours: Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. through October

Bonus: Dog-friendly

Fairmount Fruit Farm

887 Lincoln St., Franklin


Opening Day: Sept. 15

Hours: Weekdays, 1 p.m.-5 p.m.; Weekends, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Bonus: Dog-friendly

Fay Mountain Farm

12 Cemetery Rd., Charlton


Opening Day: Sept. 3

Hours: Monday through Friday, noon-7 p.m.; Weekends 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

George Hill Orchard

582 George Hill Rd., Lancaster


Hours: Sunday, Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Bonus: Yummy home-baked goods

Hawk Hill Orchards

83 Carleton Rd., Millbury


Hours: Wednesday through Friday noon- 5 p.m.; Weekends & Holidays 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Highland Farm

635 Highland St., Holliston


Opening Day: Mid-September (check website)

Hours: Weekends, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Bonus: Homemade apple cider, ice cream, caramel apples, etc.

Hollis Hills Farm

340 Marshall Rd., Fitchburg


Hours: Wednesday through Sunday

9 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Bonus: Sugar House open on the weekends, group maple tours every Wednesday

Honey Pot Hill Orchards

138 Sudbury Rd., Stow


Hours: Daily 9:30 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Bonus: Mazes, hayrides & farm animals

Hyland Orchard & Brewery

199 Arnold Rd., Sturbridge


Opening Day: Sept. 22

Open Weekends 12-5 p.m.

Bonus: Live music, brewery, wagon rides, animal petting, farm tours, dog-friendly

Lanni Orchards

294 Chase Rd., Lunenburg


Check website for Opening Day

Hours: Daily 8 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Bonus: Corn maze, hayrides 

Meadowbrook Orchard

209 Chace Hill Rd., Sterling


Opening Day: Sept. 8

Hours: Daily 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Bonus: Thursday night BBQ (through September)

Nashoba Valley Winery

100 Wattaquadoc Hill Rd., Bolton


Check website for apple picking dates and times

Bonus: winery, brewery, picnic area

Nicewicz Family Farm

116 Sawyer Rd., Bolton


Hours: Weekdays, 12-6 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Old Frog Pond

38 Eldridge Road., Harvard


Check website for Opening Day

Hours: 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Bonus: Organic family farm

Parker’s Orchard

11 Spring Rd., Westborough


Opening Day: Sept. 1

Open Weekends, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Pease Orchard

11 Phillipston Rd, Templeton

978- 939-5324

Opening Day: Sept. 8

Hours: Weekends, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Bonus: Apple cider & freshly baked goods

Ragged Hill Orchard

94 John Gilbert Rd., West Brookfield


Opening Day: Sept. 12

Hours: Daily 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Bonus: Locally made baked goods

Schartner Farm

211 West Berlin Rd., Bolton


Opening Day: Sept. 8

Check Facebook page for and hours

Bonus: Free hayrides, corn maze

Shelburne Farm

106 West Acton Rd., Stow


Hours: Daily 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Bonus: Hayrides, live music, farm animals, kid’s activities

Sholan Farms

1125 Pleasant St., Leominster


Check website for Opening Day

Hours: Daily 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Bonus: Farmstand with fresh produce

Stowe Farm

15 Stowe Rd., Millbury


Opening Day: Sept. 8

Hours: Weekends, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Bonus: Kid’s corral, petting zoo, gem mining, rock wall

Tougas Family Farm

234 Ball St., Northborough


Check website for Opening Day

Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (call ahead or check online for apple picking times)

Bonus: Ice cream, farm tours & wagon rides

Westward Orchard

178 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard


Opening Day: Sept. 3

Hours: Daily 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Wojcik’s Farm

65 Milk St., Blackstone


Opening Day: Sept. 1

Hours: Friday 5-9 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Bonus: Bakery & corn maze