It’s time to trade in the swimsuits and flip flops for all things pumpkin and plaid because autumn is knocking! For those seeking a state-produced guide to pick-your-own farms, click this. Otherwise, here are a few of the best apple orchards in New England to visit this fall.
Sweet Berry Farm (Middletown, Rhode Island)
A short distance from Newport, Rhode Island, Sweet Berry Farm is the perfect apple picking pitstop. The website lists apples, raspberries, peaches, and flowers available for picking right now.
Apex Orchards (Shelburne, Massachusetts)
Apex Orchards has been active since 1828 and is one of several orchards offering pick-your-own fruit most of the year. Apple pickers are welcome from mid-September through the end of October.
Scott Farm (Dummerston, Vermont)
Scott Farm focuses on ecologically-grown heirloom apple varietals. With over 626-acres of space, this non-profit apple orchard is one of our favorites in New England.
Honey Pot Hill Orchards (Stow, Massachusetts)
Honey Pot Hill Orchards has more than doubled in size since its inception in 1926. Since then, this family-owned-and-operated orchard has seen four generations of Martins and continues producing some very tasty New England apples.
Gould Hill Farm (Contoocook, New Hampshire)
If you’re looking for traditional views of New England orchards, head to Gould Hill Farm for views that extend over 75 acres. The website currently lists two types of apples available for picking (Paula Red and Zestar). Can’t make it to the farm? Gould Hill ships apples between September and December.
Cider Hill Farm (Amesbury, Massachusetts)
Cider Hill Farm has plenty in terms of picking: blueberries, strawberries, apples, peaches, pumpkins and raspberries. They’ve also been named “#1 apple picking spot in the US” a few weeks ago (August 2021).
Cayford Orchards (Skowhegan, Maine)
Visitors can pick-their-own apples daily (at least until supply runs out) at Cayford Orchards. Fun fact: this orchard has been in the same family for six generations and operates on 18 acres of land.
Lookout Farm (South Natick, Massachusetts)
One of the oldest continuously operated farms in the country, Lookout Farm checks all the boxes when it comes to the best apple orchards in New England. Cider, beer, fresh crab rolls, and family-friendly activities await visitors.
Alyson’s Orchard (Walpole, New Hampshire)
With over 450-acres, a seasonal farm stand, and family-friendly entertainment on weekends, it’s no wonder Alyson’s Orchard makes the list for best apple orchards in New England. Feeling the romance? They host weddings.
18th-Century Purity Farms at the Hall Homestead (Plainfield, Connecticut)
Hall Homestead has been in the same family since the 1830’s and today they maintain a pesticide-free environment. Over 90 different types of apples can be found at Purity Farms including several dozen heirloom varieties.
Bartlett’s Orchard (Richmond, Massachusetts)
Open from Labor Day through Columbus Day, Bartlett’s Orchard has all our favorite fall flavors on lock. Don’t sleep on the fresh apple cider or the tasty apple cider donuts at Bartlett’s Orchard.