Ultimate Guide to Fall: Apple Picking, Apples to Go, Apple Cider, and More
September marks the start of apple picking season in Southeastern Massachusetts and whether you pick them yourself or buy them from your favorite farm stand, locally-grown apples are the perfect treat. Apple cider, candy apples, apple pie, apple butter, applesauce, and apple crisp are just a few of the menu items we've seen listed at local farm stands so far and WE. ARE. READY.
Noquochoke Orchards, 594 Drift Road, Westport, MA. This is not a pick-your-own orchard but the farmers will pick the apples and sell them at the farm stand, making it a convenient way to get local apples like Macintosh, Granny Smiths, Redfree, and William's Pride.
Dartmouth Orchards, 515 Old Westport Road, Dartmouth, MA. This orchard is just past the UMass Dartmouth campus, making it a quick trip. Not only are there a variety of apples to pick, but you can grab pears and peaches, too. Stop at the farm stand for jams, jellies, peach or apple butter, ciders and more. Bonus: You can find their apples covered in sugar at the Candy Apple Farm in Acushnet.
Perry Hill Orchards, 35 Perry Hill Road, Acushnet, MA. Perry Hill is not the first orchard to report that they have a great crop this year. Perry Hill grows Macintosh, Cortland, Honeycrisp, Macoun, and more. Plus, you can hit the farm stand and buy honey from their own hives, homemade jams, peaches, tomatoes, or even a candy apple.
Flying Cloud Orchards, 540 Main Street, Acushnet, MA. This is NOT a pick-your-own orchard, but that doesn't mean they are serving up farm-fresh apples at their farm stand.
Keith's Farms, 1149 Main Street Acushnet, MA. This family-owned and operated farm and farm stand is open on weekends during apple picking season, beginning Sept. 14.
Rocky Brook Orchard, 997 Wapping Rd, Little Compton, RI. Apple picking started August 31 and will stay open for the weekends until the crop runs out.
Old Stone Orchard, 33 Colebrook Road, Little Compton, RI. This orchard is officially back open for pick-your-own apple adventures and you can look at their other cute animals while you're pickin'.
Young Family Farm, 260 West Main Road, Little Compton, RI. Walk through five acres of orchard to pick your own Honeycrisp, McIntosh, Gala, Smoothie, Mutsu, and Jonagold varieties, just to name a few. Stop into the farm stand for cider donuts and farm-fresh applesauce before you leave.
Use the MassGrown Map to find other orchards outside of Southeastern Mass here.