Eastern Mass Apple Picking

New England Fall apple picking is one of my many fond childhood memories! Even now as an adult, there’s  something magical about an apple picking trip to a New England apple orchard. Apple picking, or pick your own apples, isn’t unique to New England, but I do feel like we have helped get the Fall tradition started and we’ve got our spin on it and out own unique apples, McIntosh! Apple picking is really accessible to anyone and I really enjoy being in a New England orchard seeing groups of friends and families out enjoying a beautiful New England Fall day.

Eastern Massachusetts Apple Picking Guide

Why just Eastern Massachusetts?

This post is a guide to all the apple orchards in Eastern Massachusetts I could find. It is guide to apple types and other things local farms offer. I disappointingly had to limit to Eastern Massachusetts because if I included Western Massachusetts (or Southern New Hampshire) there it would be too many, 33 isn’t too shabby right? They’re also in alphabetical order. I also disappointingly didn’t get to include a couple of places because I couldn’t get any apple information on them and some never got back to me (updates possible!).

Important Apple Picking Guide Notes:

(PYO) – Pick Your Own – those marked  are the apples I’ve been able to verify you can actually find on a tree.

Call the farm before you go! It’s why I’ve included their numbers in this guide. Especially if you’re looking for a particular type of apple, all apples are seasonal! Or it’s late in the season (toward the end of October) a lot of apples get picked out. If you’re using a phone you should just be able to tap it.

Directions: Click the town in the farm profile, Google Search window will come up with the farm location.

It’s my hope you check out a new apple picking place! There are some absolutely great and fun apple orchards in Mass. (Plus it will hopefully lower your chances of having to wait in a long line for cider donuts!)

Apples ready for Picking at Boston Hill Farm

Eastern Massachusetts Apple Picking Orchards

Why write a post about pick your own (PYO) apples in Eastern Massachusetts?

I was out mid-October last year with friends and ended up at a couple of apple orchards where all the apples had been picked out. We had to scramble to find a place with apples and ended up at less publicized farm and had a great time (and the lines weren’t hours long for cider donuts). It made me realize there are a lot of great apple farms within driving distance from Boston that aren’t as well publicized and hard to find, thus this list.

What does PYO mean?

PYO stands for Pick Your Own, it can be any kind of fruit.

Why would you want pick your own?

It’s fun! Plus, a lot of people are interested in knowing where their food is from. Apple Picking season, aka Fall, is really one of the only times during the year we celebrate knowing exactly where our food is from. If you’re new to New England or the Boston area, you might not have lived in a part of the US that has apple picking or so much pick you own fruit. This list is a few places that are driving distance from Boston, there are many great places that didn’t make the list only because of distance.

Where should I be going to an apple orchard?

Anywhere near your house can be great, provided it has what you’re looking for. If you have kids, hayrides and activities might be a deciding factor. If cider donuts and apple types is more important, there are definitely plenty of places for you on this list

What are the advantages of going to a smaller farm?

The lines you find at bigger orchards are often much smaller or not there, and the farm has more character. Plus a lot of smaller, less publicized farms, grow some really awesome and unique things!

Does the farm near my house have apples?

Maybe? If you’re looking for apples, you can’t always assume the farm down the street, or the town over, has apple picking (one farm I grew up near has only had apples for the last few years). Many apple orchards specialize in different kinds of things, for example making this post, I found an apple type called ‘Winter Banana’ I’d never heard of before, I’m hoping I get to track it down this season!

How do I get to the apple orchard?

Plan to drive! Most apple picking places are located well outside large urban areas. Some rare farms are accessible by public transit (T, MBTA, regional bus) but most are well off a major highway or interstate.

Happy apple picking season!

red apple iconAutumn Hills Orchard
Groton, MA
978-448-8388
Apple Type:
Cortland
Cox Orange Pippin
Empire
Fuji
Gala
Ginger Gold
Golden Delicious
Gravenstein
Honeycrisp
Ida Red
Kendell
Macoun
McIntosh
Mutsu (Crispin)
Newtown Pippin
Nothern Spy
Paula Red
Pink Lady
Rhode Island Greening
Spencer
Spigold
Suncrisp

 

red apple iconBelkin Family Lookout Farm
Natick, MA
508-651-1539
Cider Donuts Weekend, Kids Activities, Maze, Hay Pyramid
Apple Type:
Cortland
Fuji
Gala
Ginger Gold
Golden Delicious
Honeycrisp
Jonagold
Macoun
McIntosh
Red Delicious
Shizuka

 

red apple iconBerlin Orchards
Berlin, MA
978-838-2400
Apple Type:
Cortland
Ginger Gold
Gold Supreme
Honeycrisp
Jonagold
McIntosh
Mutsu (Crispin)
Paula Red
Red Delicious
Redfree
Shamrock
Spencer

 

red apple iconBolton Orchards
Bolton, MA
978-799-2733
Apple Type:
Arkansas Black
Baldwin
Cameo
Cortland
Empire
Empress
Gala
Ginger Gold
Golden Delicious
Golden Russet
Granny Smith
Gravenstein
Honeycrisp
Hudson Golden Gem
Jonagold
Liberty
Macoun
McIntosh
Mutsu (Crispin)

 

red apple iconBolton Spring Farm
Bolton, MA
978-779-2898
Cider Donuts, No kids activities
Apple Type:
Blushing Golden
Baldwin
Cameo
Cortland
Crabapple
Empire
Fuji
Ginger Gold
Golden Delicious
Gravenstein
Honeycrisp
Ida Red
Jonagold
Jonathan
Macoun
Macoun
McIntosh
Mutsu (Crispin)
Northern Spy
Paula Red
Red Delicious
Rome
Royal Gala
Spartan
Spencer
Tydeman
Vista Bella
Zestar

 

red apple iconBoston Hill Farm
North Andover, MA
978-681-8556
Cider Donuts, Small Petting zoo
Apple Type:
Cortland (PYO)
Ginger Gold (PYO)
Macoun (PYO)
McIntosh (PYO)
Paula Red (PYO)
Red Delicious (PYO)

 

red apple iconBrooksby Farm
Peabody, MA
978-531-7456
Apple Type:
Cortland
Early Cortland
Empire
Fuji
Gala
Ginger Gold
Golden Delicious
Granny Smith
Honeycrisp
Jonagold
Macoun
McIntosh
Red Delicious
Summer Granny
Summer Mac

 

red apple iconCarlson Orchards
Harvard, MA
978-456-3916
Cider Donuts Weekends, No kids activities
Apple Type:
Baldwin
Braeburn
Cameo
Cortland
Empire
Fuji
Ginger Gold
Golden Delicious
Granny Smith
Honeycrisp
Jonagold
Macoun
McIntosh
Mutsu (Crispin)
Northern Spy
Pink Lady
Rome
Royal Gala

 

red apple iconCarver Hill Orchards
Stow, MA
978-897-6117
Cider Donuts Weekends, No kids activities
Apple Type:
Blushing Golden (PYO)
Cortland (PYO)
Empire (PYO)
Ginger Gold (PYO)
Honeycrisp
Macoun
McIntosh
Mutsu (PYO)
Red Delicious (PYO)
Romes (PYO)

 

red apple iconDerby Ridge Farm
Stow, MA
978-897-7507
Apple Type:
Baldwin
Blushing Golden
Cortland
Crabapple
Davey
Empire
Fuji
Gala
Golden Delicious
Gravenstein
Ida Red
Jersey Mac
Lodi
Macoun
McIntosh
Melrose
Mutsu (Crispin)
Northern Spy
Red Delicious
Rome
Royal Gala
Spencer
Winter Banana

 

red apple iconDoe Orchards
Harvard, MA
978-772-4139
Apple Type:
Cortland
Empire
Fuji
Gala
Ginger Gold
Golden Delicious
Golden Supreme
Honeycrisp
Jonagold
Macoun
Red Delicious

 

red apple iconDowse Orchards
Sherborn, MA
508-653-2639
No Cider Donuts or kids activities
Apple Type:
Astrachan
Baldwin
Cortland (PYO)
Empire (PYO)
Fuji (PYO)
Gala
Ginger Gold
Golden Delicious (PYO)
Gravenstein
Honeycrisp
Ida Red (PYO)
Jersey Mac
Jonagold (PYO)
Jonathan
Macoun (PYO)
McIntosh (PYO)
Milton
Mutsu (Crispin)
Red Delicious
Rome
Royal Gala
Russett
Spartan (PYO)
Spencer
Staymen
Winesap
Zestar
More Varieties

 

red apple iconDrew Farm Country Store
Westford, MA
978-807-0719
Apple Type:
Cortland
Empire
Golden Delicious
Macoun
McIntosh
Red Delicious

 

red apple iconFairmount Fruit Farm
Franklin, MA
508-533-8737
Apple Type:
Cortland
Empire
Fuji
Gala
Honeycrisp
Jonagold
Macoun
McIntosh

 

red apple iconGeorge Hill Orchards
South Lancaster, MA
978-365-4331
Cider Donuts, Hayrides, Maze, Educational Programs
Apple Type:
Baldwin
Braeburn
Cortland
Empire
Ginger Gold
Golden Delicious
Granny Smith
Honeycrisp
Jonathan
Macoun
McIntosh
Mutsu (Crispin)
Northern Spy
Pink Lady
Red Delicious
Rome
Winesap
Winter Banana

 

red apple iconHighland Farm Orchard
Holliston, MA
508-429-8370
Apple Type:
Braeburn
Cortland
Fuji
Golden Supreme
Granny Smith
Honeycrisp
Jonagold
Macoun
McIntosh
Pink Lady

 

red apple iconHoney Pot Hill Orchards
Stow MA
978-562-5666
Cider Donuts, lots of activities
Apple Type:
Akane (PYO)
Baldwin (PYO)
Cortland (PYO)
Crabapple
Empire (PYO)
Ginger Gold (PYO)
Golden Delicious (PYO)
Gravenstein (PYO)
Honeycrisp (PYO)
Jonagold (PYO)
Macoun (PYO)
McIntosh (PYO)
Mutsu (Crispin) (PYO)
Northern Spy
Paula Red (PYO)
Red Delicious (PYO)
Royal Gala (PYO)
Sansa (PYO)
Spartan (PYO)
Spencer (PYO)
Vista Bella
Winesap

 

red apple iconIngaldsby Farm
Boxford, MA
978-352-2813
Cider Donuts
Apple Type:
Cortland
Empire
Gravenstein
Honeycrisp
Macoun
McIntosh
Spencer

 

red apple iconKimball Fruit Farm
Pepperell, MA
978-433-9751
Apple Type:
Baldwin
Blushing Golden
Brock
Burgundy
Cameo
Chestnut
Crabapple
Elstar
Empire
Fuji
Ginger Gold
Golden Delicious
Golden Russet
Granny Smith
Gravenstein
Honeycrisp
Jersey Mac
Jonagold
King Luscious
Lodi
Macoun
McIntosh
Mutsu (Crispin)
Northern Spy
Paula Red
Red Delicious
Rhode Island Greening
Rome
Roxbury Russett
Royal Gala
Spencer

 

red apple iconLong Hill Orchards
West Newbury, MA
978-363-2170
Apple Type:
Baldwin
Braeburn
Cameo
Cortland
Empire
Fuji
Ginger Gold
Golden Delicious
Granny Smith
Ida Red
Jonagold
Macoun
McIntosh
Northern Spy
Rome
Royal Gala

 

red apple iconMann Orchards
Methuen, MA
978-683-0361
Apple Type:
Braeburn
Cortland
Fuji
Gala
Ginger Gold
Golden Delicious
Golden Russet
Gravenstein
Honeycrisp
Jonagold
Macoun
McIntosh
Mutsu (Crispin)
Paula Red
Red Delicious

 

red apple iconNicewicz Family Farm No Website
Bolton, MA
978-779-6423
Apple Type:
Brock
Cortland
Empire
Fuji
Gala
Ginger Gold
Golden Delicious
Gravenstein
Honeycrisp
Jonagold
Macoun
McIntosh
Mother
Paula Red
Red Delicious
Vista Bella
Westfield Seek No Further
Wolf River

 

red apple iconOld Frog Pond Farm
Harvard, MA
978-456-9616
Apple Type:

50+ varieties

Organic Apples,

Limited amounts of each

 

red apple iconParlee Farms
Tyngsborough, MA
978-649-3854
Apple Type:
Cameo
Cortland
Empire
Fortune
Fuji
Fulford Gala
Ginger Gold
Golden Delicious
Honeycrisp
Jonagold
Macoun
McIntosh
Mutsu (Crispin)
Paula Red
Red Delicious
Sansa
Shizuka
Snowsweeet

 

red apple iconPhil’s Apples No Website
Harvard, MA
978-456-3361
Apple Type:
Cortland
Enterprise
Fuji
Golden Supreme
Goldrush
Honeycrisp
Liberty
Macoun
McIntosh
Red Delicious

 

red apple iconRogers Spring Hill Farm
Haverhill, MA
978-372-4780
Garden Center, Hayrides, kids activities, no cider donuts
Apple Type:
Cortland (PYO)
McIntosh
More+

 

red apple iconRussell’s Orchard
Ipswich, MA
978-649-3854
Cider Donuts, Kids Activities
Apple Type:
Baldwin
CandyCrisp
Cortland
Empire
Fuji
Gala
Ginger Gold
Golden Delicious
Goldrush
Granny Smith
Gravenstein
Honeycrisp
Ida Red
Jersey Mac
Jonagold
Liberty
Macoun
McIntosh
Mutsu (Crispin)
Northern Spy
Paula Red
Pink Lady
Pristine
Red Delicious
Roxbury Russet
Suncrisp
Sweet Sixteen
Vista Bella

 

red apple iconSchartner Farm
Bolton, MA
978-779-5588
Apple Type:
Cortland
Empire
Gala
Golden Delicious
Ida Red
Macoun
McIntosh
Northern Spy
Paula Red
Red Delicious

 

red apple iconShelburne Farms
Stow, MA
978-897-9287
Apple Type:
Akane
Autumn Crisp
Baldwin
Blondee
Braeburn
Cameo
Cortland
Cox’s Orange Pippin
Gala
Ginger Gold
Granny Smith
Gravenstein
Honeycrisp
Ida Red
Jonagold
Jonathan
Macoun
McIntosh
Newtown Pippin
Northern Spy
Pink Lady
Spigold
Winesap
Zestar

 

red apple iconSholan Farms
Leominster, MA
978-840-3276
Cider Donuts, Kids Activities, Wagon Rides
Apple Type:
Baldwin
Crabapple
Empire
Gala
Ginger Gold
Golden Delicious
Golden Supreme
Gravenstein
Honeycrisp
Jonagold
Liberty
Macoun
McIntosh
Northern Spy
Paula Red
Red Delicious
Rome
Shizuka
Zestar
More+

 

red apple iconSmolak’s Farm
North Andover, MA
978-687-4029
Cider Donuts Daily, Kids Activities
Apple Type:
Braeburn (PYO)
Cameo (PYO)
Cortland (PYO)
Empire (PYO)
Fuji (PYO)
Granny Smith (PYO)
Gravenstein (PYO)
Macoun (PYO)
McIntosh (PYO)
Mutsu (PYO)
Northern Spy (PYO)
Red Delicious (PYO)
More+

 

red apple iconTangerini’s Farm
Millis, MA
508-376-5024
Cider Donuts Weekends, Hayrides, Haymaze
Apple Type:
Cameo (PYO)
Cortland (PYO)
Fuji (PYO)
Gala (PYO)
Ginger Gold (PYO)
Honeycrisp (PYO)
Jonagold (PYO)
Macoun (PYO)
McIntosh (PYO)
Mutsu -Crispin (PYO)
Red Delicious (PYO)

 

red apple iconWestward Orchard Farm
Harvard, MA
978-456-8363
Cider Donuts Daily, Playground, Adult Activities
Apple Type:
Braeburn (PYO)
Cortland (PYO)
Gala (PYO)
Golden Delicious (PYO)
Granny Smith (PYO)
Macoun (PYO)
McIntosh (PYO)
Mutsu -Crispin (PYO)
Spartan (PYO)

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