Boston Moms Guide to Apple Picking :: 2020

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Crisp fall air is entering New England, and that can only mean one thing — it’s apple picking time! Apple orchards are speckled throughout the Boston area, and each has something special (and delicious!) to offer! 

** Please contact the orchard before your trip, as many are now requiring reservations. ** 

Autumn Hill

495 Chicopee Row, Groton :: (978) 448-8388

Come enjoy the beautiful views over 84 acres of scenic farmland as you pick from 25 varieties of apples! Families are asked to stay together as a “pod” while on the orchard. If your group is larger than 10 people, please call ahead to make a reservation.

Belkin Family Lookout Farm

89 Pleasant Street, South Natick :: 508-653-0653

Belkin Family Lookout Farm offers a large variety of apples to pick, plus hayrides to the orchards! Reservations and masks are required in 2020.

Berlin Orchards

310 Sawyer Hill Road, Berlin :: (978) 838-2400

The orchard offers 12 varieties of apples, plus hay wagon rides. Masks are required in areas where guests cannot social distance. Guests are encouraged to pick apples Monday through Friday when the orchard is quietest!

Boston Hill Farm

1370 Turnpike Street, North Andover :: 978-681-8556

Modified fall festivals begin September 19 and run each weekend through October. Look for live music, a petting zoo, ice cream, and so much more!

Carlson Orchards

115 Oak Hill Road, Harvard :: (978) 456-3916

Visit the cider barn and the Souped Up food truck while enjoying over 14 varieties of apples! Guests must wear a mask while near others.

Carver Hill Orchard

101 Brookside Avenue, Stow :: (978) 897-6117

Pick some apples, grab some cider donuts from the farm store, spread out a blanket, and enjoy a picnic! Masks are required when picking and while visiting the farm store.

Connor’s Farm

30 Valley Road, Danvers :: 978-777-1245

The corn maze and play area are open for the season! If possible, please purchase apple bags online during the 2020 season to make transactions as cashless/contactless as possible.

C. N. Smith Farm

325 South Street, East Bridgewater :: (508) 378-2270

Enjoy a hayride to the orchard, plus farm animals, delicious cider donuts, and a farm stand! Online reservations are required for pick-your-own, and groups are restricted to six people.

Doe’s Orchard

327 Ayer Road, Harvard :: (978) 772-4139

Pick your own apples, pumpkins, and gourds, and enjoy some local honey, cider, and maple syrup! Masks must be worn.

Drew Farm

31 Tadmuck Road, Westford :: (978) 807-0719

Enjoy the beautiful views with a picnic lunch! Tractor rides will not be running during the 2020 season, and guests must wear masks while in the orchards.

Hill Orchard

4 Hunt Road, Westford :: 437 Parker Road, Dracut :: (978) 349-1952

Hayrides to the orchards are available! Guests are required to wear masks and practice social distancing.

Honey Pot Hill Orchards

138 Sudbury Road, Stowe :: (978) 562-5666

The mini hedge maze is open with limited capacity, and hayrides are for transportation only during the 2020 season. Apple picking is cash only! 

Meadowbrook Orchards

209 Chace Hill Road, Sterling :: (978) 365-7617

Enjoy picking four kinds of apples, then enjoy a delicious dinner at the restaurant and bakery inside! Children must remain no further than three feet from their adults while in the orchard, and everyone must wear a mask.

Nicewicz Family Farm

116 Sawyer Road, Bolton :: (978) 779-6423

Enjoy a hayride while you pick your own apples! Masks must be worn while in the farm stand and while close to other patrons.

Parlee Farms

95 Farwell Road, Tyngsboro :: (978) 649-3854

Hayrides are running at 40% capacity during the 2020 season. Mary’s Country Kitchen and the picnic area are open for delicious snacks!

Shelburne Farm

106 West Acton Road, Stow :: (978) 897-9287

No cash or checks accepted during the 2020 season. Guests can pre-order and pay online, or use ApplePay. All major credit cards are accepted on the farm.

Rogers Spring Hill Garden and Farm Center

1269 Boston Road Ward Hill, Haverhill :: (978) 372-4780 

Enjoy a hayride to the orchard to pick your own apples and pumpkins! Pick-your-own is open on the weekends, and masks must be worn.

Russell Orchards

143 Argilla Road, Ipswich :: (978) 356-5366

Guests must wear masks and adhere to social distancing policies. In addition to picking apples, adults can enjoy the orchard’s delicious wines and hard ciders!

Tougas Family Farm

234 Ball Street, Northborough :: (508) 393-6406 

Reservations are required to pick in the mornings. Adult-only and family picking times will be offered. Walk-ins will be allowed in the afternoons if supplies allow. Please call ahead! 

Westward Orchards

178 Mass Avenue, Harvard :: (978) 456-8363

In an effort to keep staff and customers safe, customers will not be allowed into the building. All pick-your-own bag sales will take place outside to the left of the building, and delicious cider donuts and drinks will be available to the right of the building! Items in the farm stand are available for online order and porch pickup!

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Deanna Greenstein
Deanna is a mom of five (yes, five) children, who lives in Brockton with her small circus of kids, her husband, their dog Penny, and a few cats. Her life is loud, energetic, mostly fun, often gross (did she mention four of those kids are boys?), and she wouldn't have it any other way. In between carting kids to school, baseball, gymnastics, guitar, dance, track and field and every other kid activity known to mankind, she works as a school bus driver for the city of Brockton, and is the Director of Religious Education at the Unity Church of North Easton, a Unitarian Universalist congregation. Deanna also holds degrees in Elementary Physical Education and Dance Education, which she plans to put back into use one day. At parties, Deanna can often be found hanging out with family pets. She follows her children around with a camera like the paparazzi, is pretty sure that 97% of her blood stream is made of coffee, and her laundry is never done. You can also find her blogging at https://eighteenmoreyearsofburpsandfarts.wordpress.com

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