Apple Orchard Guide: Where to pick your own this fall

Staff Writer
Baystateparent Magazine

Check out these area pick-your-own orchards, grab a bushel, and take a bite out of this year’s apple season. At some orchards, you can hop on a hayride, weave your way through a corn maze, or even grab a pint of beer. Social distancing measures are mandatory, and some farms require a reservation for picking.(Meltdown Warning: while we’ve done our best to ensure the accuracy of this information, things can and do change. Please call or check the website before heading out on your apple adventure.) 

Berlin Orchards

310 Sawyer Hill Road, Berlin

A family run apple and pear orchard offering haywagon rides to the orchard on weekends to pick nearly ten varieties of apples. Barnyard animals and lots of space to tailgate or picnic for the whole family. 


Bolton Spring Farm

159 Main Street, Bolton

One of the oldest and most scenic apple orchards in New England, offering a large variety of apples. Featuring a country store and bakery with fresh dumplings, donuts, breads and pies.


Breezeland Orchards

1791 Southbridge Road, Warren

A kid-friendly 100-acre apple orchard with tractor rides, and picnic areas. The rustic New England farmstand has fresh produce and home baked goods. 


Brookfield Orchards

121 Lincoln Rd, North Brookfield

The orchard features a country store, bakery, playground and wagon rides. 


Carlson Orchards

115 Oak Hill Road, Harvard

This 120-acre orchard produces 60,000 bushels of apples and over 500,000 gallons of apple cider annually. While there, mom and dad can pick up a pack of their hard cider, too. 


Carver Hill Orchard

101 Brookside Ave, Stow

Gifts, fresh baked goods, ice cream, cider donuts, cider, jams, and more are available in the farm store at this picturesque family-run orchard.


Charlton Orchards Farm

44 Old Worcester Rd., Charlton

One-hundred-acre family farm with pick-your-own fruits, pasture raised beef and wine. 


Clearview Farm

4 Kendall Hill Rd., Sterling

Set atop Kendall Hill, the property has a view of Mount Wachusett. They’re dog-friendly, and feature hayrides, and a bakery with donuts, cookies, and fresh-pressed cider. 


Cook’s Farm Orchard

106 Haynes Hill Rd., Brimfield

Tractor rides and bakery open on weekends, dog-friendly. 


Davis Farmland and Mega Maze

145 Redstone Hill, Sterling

The award-winning orchard full of crisp Cortland and McIntosh apples is open on weekends during the fall.


Doe Orchards

327 Ayer Rd., Harvard

This farm has been offering pick-your-own apples since the 1960s. You’ll also find honey, jams, cider and syrup.


Douglas Orchard & Farm 

36 Locust St., Douglas

Featuring a country store, farm animals, concert pavilion and farm tours. Stop by the Apple Festival on Sept. 19 for picking, vendors, an apple baking contest and more.


Fairmount Fruit Farm

887 Lincoln St., Franklin

Farmstand and orchard offering hayrides and more.


Fay Mountain Farm

12 Cemetery Rd., Charlton

The farm offers passive recreational opportunities via a section of the Midstate Trail that passes through the site. Featuring a 32-acre orchard, historic barn and picturesque pond.


George Hill Orchards

582 George Hill Rd., Lancaster

You’ll find cider donuts, home baked pies and goodies, farm critters, and a large variety of PYO apples. 


Hawk Hill Orchards

83 Carleton Rd., Millbury

Featuring a country store with pies, donuts and dumplings and a picnic area.


Highland Farm

635 Highland St., Holliston

Find a wide variety of apples along with homemade apple cider, ice cream, caramel apples.


Hollis Hills Farm

340 Marshall Rd., Fitchburg

Set on a hill with views from downtown Fitchburg to Wachusett Mountain. Features a retail store, food, ice cream, and live music on the weekends. 


Honey Pot Hill Orchards

138 Sudbury Rd., Stow

Mazes, hayrides and farm animals are part of the farm experience here. 


Hyland Orchard & Pavilion

199 Arnold Rd., Sturbridge

Featuring live music, an on-site brewery, wagon rides, farm animals, and a dog-friendly atmosphere.


Lanni Orchards

294 Chase Rd., Lunenburg

Featuring a farm stand with fresh baked goods, corn maze and hayrides. 


Meadowbrook Orchards

209 Chace Hill Rd., Sterling

PYO fruits plus a farm store, bakery, and year-round restaurant.


Nashoba Valley Winery

100 Wattaquadoc Hill Rd., Bolton

A stunning hilltop orchard overlooking the town of Bolton. Featuring an on-site winery and brewery, restaurant and picnic grounds.


Nicewicz Family Farm

116 Sawyer Rd., Bolton

A wide variety of apples available at this family-run farm. 


Old Frog Pond Farm

38 Eldridge Road., Harvard

Featuring an outdoor sculpture walk, plein air poetry walk, African drumming and more.


Parker’s Orchard Farm

11 Spring Rd., Westborough

Less than a mile from the Westborough Reservoir, you’ll find PYO fruits, and a farmstand with local honey, cider and mums. 


Pease Orchard

11 Phillipston Rd, Templeton

Featuring a farm stand with cider, honey, jams and fresh baked treats. Over two dozen varieties of PYO orchards.


Red Apple Farm 

455 Highland Ave., Phillipston

An array of PYO apple varieties, plus a brew barn, fall BBQ, hayrides, farm animals and more. 


Schartner Farm

211 West Berlin Rd., Bolton

Hayrides, a corn maze and farm animals. Bring a picnic and make a day of it. 


Shelburne Farm

106 West Acton Rd., Stow

Hayrides, live music, farm animals, kids’ activities and playground. 


Sholan Farms

1125 Pleasant St., Leominster

Owned by the city and operated by a group of volunteers, the 169-acre farm has a farm stand and 50 varieties of PYO apples.


Stowe Farm

15 Stowe Rd., Millbury

Country store, pony rides, petting zoo, gem mining, rock wall, ice cream.


Tougas Family Farm

234 Ball St., Northborough

Ice cream, farm tours, wagon rides and a farm store with cider donuts, baked goodies, honey syrup and jams. 


Westward Orchards

178 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard

Wagon rides on weekends, cider donuts and local cheeses, seasonal gifts and gourmet food.