With fall on the horizon, now is the perfect time to plan your trip to a local orchard to pick this season’s crop of apples. Apple picking is great for kids as the fruit is within kid reach and there are no thorns to deal with. Bring home a bushel and make yourself a pie and everyone’s favorite homemade applesauce (snag yourself this handy peeler, you’ll thank us later). Make sure you check the website or call ahead to find out about availability and COVID-19 precautions before you head to these u-pick apple orchards near Boston!

 

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Belkin Family Lookout Farm—South Natick, MA

This is the go-to spot for fruit picking of all kinds as it's super close to Boston and has tons to offer families. This year they are using a reservation system to keep the crowds low so be sure to book your spot before you head over. Peaches are available for picking right now and apple season usually kicks off in early September. Be sure to snag some food from The Lookout while you are there (available for outdoor dining and takeout). Their online market features curbside pick up offerings of farm crafted beer, hard cider, fresh apple cider donuts, fruit preserves, honey, and fresh-picked fruit. 

89 Pleasant St.
South Natick, MA
Online: lookoutfarm.com

 

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Dowse Orchards—Sherborn

Fresh-pressed apple cider is the name of the game at this spot that's been farming for over 200 years.  You are invited to enjoy the fresh produce, apples and a variety of locally-grown specialties available from early spring through the Christmas holidays. Stock up on maple syrup and preserves while you are there and don't forget to return for pumpkins and Christmas trees.

98 North Main St.
Sherborn, MA
Online: dowseorchards.com

 

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Brooksby Farm—Peabody

Pick-your-own apples usually kicks off the first week of September at this farm in Peabody. Before that they offer blueberry, green bean and basil picking. You can also cut some fresh flowers for your fall table. Swing by the farm store for cider, doughnuts, fresh-canned peaches and more.

54 Felton St.
Peabody, MA
Online: brooksbyfarm.org

 

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Smolak Farms—North Andover

Smolak Farms in North Andover, MA, offers something fun for everyone—blending a 300-year-old New England Farm complete with orchards, berry fields and family activities. Meet the barnyard animals when you visit for apple picking. The farm stand is well known for its top-of-the-line baked goods as well as sandwiches, soups, salads and other items made with fresh produce from the gardens. The ice cream shop serves up scoops and cakes or pies for your next birthday celebration. Apple picking runs from September through mid-October. Check their Facebook page for the latest updates. 

15 South Bradford St.
North Andover, MA
Online: smolakfarms.com

 

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Connors Farm—Danvers

Pick-your-own apples kicks off September 1 at this Danvers farm. Purchase your apple picking bags in advance at $11.99/half bushel (with discounts for additional bags). The farmstand and playground areas are currently open and they have an epic corn maze come October.

30 Valley Road (Rt. 35)
Danvers, MA
Online: connorsfarm.com

 

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Shelburne Farm—Stow

Pick-your-own season starts August 22 when the farm will be open seven days a week. You can get fresh apples, Asian pears and peaches off the trees and warm apple cider doughnuts to take home (if they last that long). Kids will love the llamas, goats, miniature donkeys, chicks and bunnies on the farm as well as the tractor playground.

106 W Acton Rd.
Stow, MA
Online: shelburnefarm.com

Tougas Family Farm—Northborough

This farm is full of all of the fall favorites—apple picking, a pumpkin patch and everyone's favorite apple cider donuts. Take a wagon ride to the orchard and then let the kiddies climb on the farm-themed playground before you head home with all of your goodies. Apple picking reservations are required. 

234 Ball St.
Northborough, MA
Online: tougasfamilyfarm.com

Boston Hill Farm—North Andover

Pick your own apples at this farm that is open every day. Grab a red wagon before you head out in case one of the giant gourds is calling your name. The fall festival weekends run in September through the end of October.  During the festivals they offer apple and pumpkin picking, homemade apple cider donuts, live music from Ronnie Chase and Russ Bennett, BBQ, petting zoo, ice cream and much more. 

1370 Turnpike St.
North Andover, MA
Online: bostonhillfarm.com

Westward Orchards Farm Store—Harvard

This smaller farm offers a quaint apple picking scene without all of the rides and hooplah. They offer pick-your-own blueberries in the summer and u-pick apples and pumpkins in the fall.  

178 Mass Ave.
Harvard, MA
Online: westwardorchards.com

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