It's apple season! Here's where to pick your own, and enjoy other orchard fun

Baystateparent Magazine
Take a bite out of apple season at one of these pick-your-own orchards.

Nothing says fall like a trip to the orchard. The chance to pick-your-own is just the beginning of the fun at many of these spots -- hop on a hayride, take on a corn maze, visit a barnyard, or even grab a pint of beer. 

Berlin Orchards

310 Sawyer Hill Road, Berlin

A family run apple and pear orchard offering hayrides to the orchard on weekends to pick nearly ten varieties of apples. Barnyard animals, farm store, and lots of space to picnic.

Bolton Spring Farm

159 Main Street, Bolton

This scenic apple orchard offers a large variety of apples, 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 farm stand has fresh produce and home baked goods.

Brookfield Orchards

121 Lincoln Rd, North Brookfield

The orchard features a country store with toys and gifts, on-site bakery, picnic area, playground and wagon rides. Check out the Harvest Craft Fair on Sept. 11 and 12 with local artisans and crafters. 

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, this 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 a 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 dog-friendly farm has been offering pick-your-own apples since the 1960s. You’ll also find pumpkins, gourds, 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 9/11 Tribute event on Sept. 11 featuring music and food. Come in costume (dogs, too!) to their Halloween Festival on Oct. 23, featuring music, farm scavenger hunt, costume contest and oxen field plowing. 

Fairmount Fruit Farm

887 Lincoln St., Franklin

Farm stand and orchard offering hayrides and more, dog-friendly.

Fay Mountain Farm

12 Cemetery Rd., Charlton

Featuring a 32-acre orchard, historic barn and picturesque pond. Plus, you can hike a section of the Midstate Trail, which passes through the property. 

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. Check out the Harvest Jam on Sept. 18, a full day of live music, PYO, food and drink specials, farm animals and fun to celebrate the harvest.

Honey Pot Hill Orchards

138 Sudbury Rd., Stow

Over 200 acres of scenic apple orchards, plus mazes, hayrides and farm animals.

Hyland Orchard & Pavilion

199 Arnold Rd., Sturbridge

Live music in the pavilion, 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, an annual corn maze and hayrides.

Meadowbrook Orchards

209 Chace Hill Rd., Sterling

PYO fruits plus a farm store, bakery, and year-round restaurant. Thursday night BBQs run from 5-8 p.m. through September. 

 Nashoba Valley Winery

100 Wattaquadoc Hill Rd., Bolton

This hilltop orchard overlooks the town of Bolton and features an on-site winery and brewery, restaurant and picnic grounds. Daily wine tasting and weekly winery tours offered. 

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.

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 weekend BBQ, hayrides, farm animals and more. Check out some of the walking trails hidden around the orchard. The farm hosts the Appleseed Country Fair over Labor Day weekend, and a Thanksgiving Harvest Festival the weekend before Thanksgiving. 

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, friendly farm animals, and antique cider press demonstrations. Kids will love the John Deere Gator and Tractor playground, and exploring the new  Orchard Story Walk.

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

The kids corral at this sixth-generation apple orchard features a petting zoo, barnyard animals, playground and a giant wooden monster truck. Family fun including a mechanical bull, mini golf, gem mining, hayrides, a moo-choo train, and pony rides is offered on weekends Sept. 11 through Oct. 31. 

Tougas Family Farm

234 Ball St., Northborough

Ranked one of the best orchards in the country by USA Today, this farm features ice cream, farm tours, wagon rides and a farm store with cider donuts, baked goodies, honey, syrup and jams. Children will enjoy the farm-themed playground and feeding barnyard animals. 

Westward Orchards

178 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard

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