Autumn in Massachusetts means delightfully crisp temperatures and even crunchier apples. This week’s Get Up & Go! offers five local orchards where Macintoshes, Cortlands and more are ripe for the picking. So, this weekend, get up and go have a taste of the fall harvest!
Each year, Smolak Farms offers fresh seasonal produce, pick your own apples and a series of Harvest Festivals each weekend. From now until October 26th visitors can enjoy hay rides around the farm, a 10ft high corn maze and decadent, homemade apple cider donuts.
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315 South Bradford Street, North Andover, MA 01845
Located in East Bridgewater, this family owned and operated farm offers apple picking as well as pick your own raspberries (yes, they’re still in season!) and pumpkins that are perfect for carving. For a full day of fun on the farm, check out the annual Harvest Hoedown held on Columbus Day Weekend where youngsters can enjoy a giant moonwalk and pony rides.
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325 South Street, East Bridgewater, MA 02333
Honey Pot Hills Orchards was one of the first farms in the country to offer “pick your own” apples to visitors. Set against the backdrop of beautiful, Stowe, MA, Honey Pot is an ideal location for an autumn afternoon whether you spend it apple picking or on a hay ride around the farm.
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138 Sudbury Road, Stow, MA 01775
The Belkin Family Lookout Farm was established in 1651, and is one of the oldest operating farms in the United States. In addition to apple picking, Lookout Farm offers a full day’s worth of activities for kids. Little ones can enjoy the children’s play area, moon bounce, train rides and more!
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89 South Pleasant Street, South Natick, MA 01760
Connors Farm in Danvers has no shortage of fall activities. Head to the farm for apple picking face painting, hayrides, and even try your hand at the mechanical bull. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, the farm offers a number of delicious food options including Bob’s BBQ Pit, Connors Country Kitchen, and The Corn Crib.
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30 Valley Road (Rt. 35), Danvers, MA 01923
For more of the best apple picking spots in Massachusetts, check out this week’s Boston Globe article, “Where to pick-your-own apples in Massachusetts.”