15 Best Places For Apple And Berry Picking Around Boston - Kid 101

15 Best Places For Apple And Berry Picking Around Boston

Boston Hill Farm

Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, peaches, and apples are available for u-pick. The farm grows a variety of apples including McIntosh, Gingergold, and Paula Red. A visit for apple picking wouldn’t be complete without a stop for some farm fresh cider donuts, and apple pie. There is a petting zoo and live music to set the scene for a lovely day out in the country. For apple season fall festivals are held every weekend starting September 16th 2017 and running through to the end of October. This season Ronnie Chase and Russ Bennett will be providing the music. There is also a barbeque, ice cream and more.

Where: 1370 Turnpike St, North Andover, MA 01845

When: Open seven days a week from 9 am to 6 pm. September to October is the apple-picking season.

Phone: 978-681-8556

Cost: Contact farm for costs.

Belkin Family Lookout Farm

Head down to the farm for apples in the fall, and berries in the summertime. They have Cortland, Gala, Golden Delicious, Macintosh, Honeycrisp apples, and Asian Pears for fall picking. Included in the admission prices are the train rides, a farm themed play area, farm animals to pet, a children’s caterpillar ride, farm maze, a hay pyramid, Imagination Playground blocks, moon bounces, and more, so it is worth the fee. Pony rides, BBQ, and homemade gelato are available for an additional cost. Free with admission, weekend activities include face painting and hay rides between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm. There is free admission from 3:00-5:00 Monday – Friday with the purchase of any size fruit bag.  One free admission for each bag purchased, not valid on Labor Day or Columbus Day Monday.

Where: 89 Pleasant Street, S Natich, MA 01760

When: Open seven days a week from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Phone: 508-653-0653

Cost: Weekday Admission (excluding Labor Day and Columbus Day Monday): $12.00 per person- kids under two are free.

Weekend Admission (including Labor Day and Columbus Day Monday):

$14 per Child -kids under two are free, $16 per adult.

U-pick Fruit Bags are priced as follows: Small $14, Medium $22 Large $36.

Brooksby Farm

Barnyard animals to bond with, a bakery for delicious treats, and a pumpkin yard for fall, mean plenty of fun to look forward to down on the farm. They have u-pick apples, peaches, strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries. Apple season is from September through to mid-October. The berries are finished for this year but in May 2018 there will be a new crop. There are some rules for picking – mostly related to safety and to preserving the orchards in their pristine state.

Where: 54 Felton Street, Peabody, MA 01960

When: Open seven days a week from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm for the Farm Store, and until 4:00 pm for U-pick

Phone: 978-531-7456

Cost: Phone for pricing.

Cider Hill Farm

The orchard is just under an hour out of Boston but worth the drive for the glorious fall foliage along the way. Apple varieties available for picking include Gingergold, Paula Red, Zistar, and Red Free. There is a giant sandbox for the kids to play in, a yard for riding their trikes, a bee observatory, and an animal area. Cider donuts are made fresh every day and are available to purchase in the farm store, which has lots of other goodies. As per health department regulations, dogs are not allowed in the orchards.

Where: 45 Fern Avenue, Amesbury MA 01913

When: Open from May until Christmas Eve.

Phone: 978-388-5525

Cost: No parking fee. Check per phone for u-pick prices.

Tougas Farm

The apples are available for picking from late August to the end of October at this farm, which is a 45-minute drive from Boston. They also have strawberries, cherries, blackberries, blueberries, peaches, and nectarines – starting from June through to August. The Tougas Family Farm Kitchen will have delicious apple pies as well as other goodies. Let the kids enjoy a hayride out to the orchard too. There are also pumpkins available for Halloween at Farmer Mo’s Pumpkin Patch – just saying.

Where: 234 Ball St, Northborough, MA 01532. Exit #24 off I-290

Turn towards Boylston & follow the signs up the hill.

When: Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 am to 5:30 pm, last entrance to the fields at 5:00 pm. Closed Mondays except for Columbus Day Monday.

Phone: 508-393-6406

Cost: Pricing and availability are subject to change so call ahead first. Peck ~ 10 pounds Bag $30 admits up to 4 people into the orchard.

1/2 Bushel ~ 20 pounds $40 admits up to 6 people into the orchard.

Admission includes playground and barnyard animals, use of the picnic area, and the wagon rides when available.

Dowse Orchards

The drive out to Sherborn should take just over 40 minutes from Boston. The farm has been producing apples for since 1778. Call ahead for u-pick times and availability. From August the Astrachan, Early Mac, Gravenstein, Gravenstein (Red), Jersey, Mac Porter, Puritan, and Wealthy apples should be ready, then later in the season the fall apples come into their own with Cortland, Macoun, McInstosh, Milton, and many other varieties available. Then there’s the fresh-pressed sweet cider to enjoy and all sorts of vegetables, flowers and other goodies from the farm stand.

Where: 98 N Main St, Sherborn, MA 01770

When: Open seven days a week 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. Stand closes after Christmas tree season until 1st May 2018.

Phone: 508-653-2639

Cost: Contact farm for costs.

Carlson Orchards

The variety of apples is quite extensive with McIntosh, Cortland, Granny Smith, Braeburn, and Fuji ready for picking, just under an hour inland from Boston. There a blueberry patch that’s well established having been there for 25 years. Raspberries are also available in the fall. Besides the apples, there are peaches and nectarines to pick. After the exercise of picking your apples don’t miss their wicked warm apple crisp with ice cream or cream. It makes the day!

Where: 115 Oak Hill Road, Harvard MA 01451

When: Open seven days a week from 9:00am to 4:00pm for fruit picking during season.

Phone: 800-286-3916

Cost: $19.00 for a peck bag and $29.00 for a 1/2 bushel bag!

Carver Hill Orchard

Besides the apple picking the farm store is worth visiting with all sorts of country goodies like cider, cheese, jams, jellies, honey, and gifts. Apples, peaches, cherries, raspberries, blueberries, and various vegetables, including pumpkins, are available for picking in the heart of apple country, just under an hour from Boston. Their snack window serves some great apple crisp – combine it with Richardson’s ice cream for a fall treat. And don’t forget the warm cider donuts after the fun of apple picking.

Where: 101 Brookside Avenue, Stow, MA.

When: Open seven days a week from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. U-pick starts from July through to September.

Phone: 978-897-6117

Cost: Call for current prices on the u-pick produce available.

Wards Berry Farm – Sharon

Visit for the luscious strawberries from mid to late June, blueberries from July to September, and Pumpkins from mid September to late October. Public hayrides are available out to the fields and you will be given wagons for bringing back your pumpkins. Kids will enjoy the cows, sheep, goats, rabbits, and chickens. The farm store has plenty of treats, like homemade jams and baked goods, a smoothie bar and deli sandwich counter. This family-oriented place provides an enjoyable experience.

Where: 614 South Main Street, Sharon, MA 02067

When: Open all year. April to December Mon – Fri 9:00 am to 7:00 pm

Sat – Sun 9:00 am to 7:00 pm; Jan to March Wed – Fri  9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Sat – Sun 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

Phone: 781-784-3600

Russell Orchards

There is a bakery, a farm store, and a winery on the property. Strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and cherries are available for picking. Gooseberries and elderberries are available from the farm stall although there is no picking of these two types of berries on the farm. These orchards are a bit further out from Boston – a drive of around an hour and a half, but worth the trip for viewing fall foliage on the way before enjoying the apple picking.

Where: 143 Argilla Road, Ipswich

When: Open 7 am to 5 pm.

Phone: 978-356-5366

Cost: On weekdays PYO access for apple picking is granted with $3 per person entry fee (includes toddlers ages 2 and above) Price: $1.95/lb. payable after picking. Varieties are subject to change and will be posted daily. Over weekends PYO is cash only: $20 for a 10 lb. bag (allows a family of up to 4 people into the orchard); a hayride is included in the price. Strawberries 0-9 lbs. $3.25 per pound. Raspberries 0-4.9 lbs. $7-50/lb. Discounts on larger quantities picked for strawberries and raspberries.

Parlee Farm

This spot is a firm favorite, with loyal customers returning year after year for the u-pick experiences. They will reopen in June 2018 for strawberry season and around the second week in July for picking from their approximately 1700 blueberry bushes. Kids will enjoy the train ride and the farm animals – there are chickens, goats and rabbits – and they even sell pellets (25c) so you can feed the animals. There are plenty of picnic tables and clean bathrooms.

Where: 135 Pine Hill Road, Chelmsford MA

When: Strawberry season open daily 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. From September to October, the corn maze is open 11:00 am to 5:00 pm on weekends.

Phone: 978-256-2859

Cost: No admission fee, and free parking. Pay for what you pick – the prices are very reasonable at this farm – call for the latest updates on pricing.

Connors Farm

Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, pumpkins, and apples are PYO. Right now it’s apple season and fall activities are in full swing right through to the end of October. The corn maze is ready to provide confusing fun for visitors as they negotiate their way through. Fireworks displays will be held on October 7th and 14th. The entry fee gives access to a host of activities like the bouncy balls, jumping pillows, giant pipe slide, rat rollers and heaps more. No outside food or drink may be brought onto the farm – there is plenty of refreshments available.

Where: 30 Valley Rd, Danvers, MA 01923

When: Farm stand open 8:00 am to 6:00 pm daily. Apple picking is available until October 16th 2017. General admission is from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Phone: 978-777-1245

Cost: Mon to Fri – $9.99 per person (aged 3 to 64), $8.99 seniors, kids aged 2 and under free with paid adult. Weekends $13.99 per person (aged 3 to 64), $12.99 seniors, and kids aged 2 and under free with paid adult.

Tangerinis Spring Street Farm

The 65-acre farm has plenty going on. The new farm stand has recently been opened, there are strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries available for picking when in season, as well as tasty treats to enjoy, and farm animals to pet. In the fall season, besides the apples, there are tomatoes, peppers, and flowers available for u-pick.

Where: 139 Springs Road, Millis, MA 02054

When: Open from 9:00 am to 7:30 pm seven days a week.

Phone: 508-376-5024

Cost: No admission fee. PYO apple prices – One peck bags are $28.00 which will admit up to 4 people into the orchard and 2 peck bags are $38.00 and will admit up to 6 people.

Smolak Farms – North Andover

Apples, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, cherries, peaches, and plums are available for picking when the season is right. They have hayrides and duck races, a gift shop, and a tempting bakery. In addition, the farm is also a wedding venue, has a number of festivals, a kids playground, hayrides, farm animals to bond with and lots more. It is very popular, so try to go early before it gets too crowded. Every weekend in September and October is festival time with lots to keep kids occupied.

Where: 315 South Bradford Street, North Andover, MA 01845

When: The apple orchards are open daily (weather and crop permitting) from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. Last admission is at 4:15, with the orchard closing at 5:00 pm.

Phone: 978-687-4029

Email: activities@smolakfarms.com

Cost: Apples PYO: Peck size bags (10-12 lbs.) ~32 medium apples – $25

1/2 Bushel bag  – $40, 1/2 Bushel Basket – $45.

Parlee Farms – Tyngsborough

There are two Parlee Farms – one in Chelmsford and this one in Tyngsborough, which are not affiliated to each other. Honey Crisp, Macs, Gala, and Cortland apples are available for picking here. They also have 15 acres devoted to pumpkins – so finding the perfect Halloween pumpkin in their pumpkin patch should be a breeze. The farm stand has honey, jams, fruit and more. Mary’s Country Kitchen has warm apple crisp and 20 flavors of ice cream to choose from. At the animal barn, friendly animals will be waiting for their food (the machine takes quarters) and visitors are asked to feed only the recommended food to keep the animals healthy. Kids will enjoy the electric mini-tractors at $2 for a 3-minute ride.

Where: 95 Farwell Rd, Tyngsborough, MA 01879

When: Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm with extended hours until 5:30pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Closed on Mondays. Pick your own hours can change daily so always call ahead to check.

Phone: 978-649-3854

Cost: No admission fee. Weekends and public holidays $35 for 1/2 bu (approx. 20 lbs), which allows up to 6 people into the orchard and $25 for 1 peck (approx. 10 lbs), which allows up to 4 people into the orchard. One additional person can be added to a bag for $5. Only infants excluded from the people count. Cost includes a hayride to the orchard. Tuesday to Friday rates are discounted at $32 for 1/2 bu (approx. 20 lbs), and $23 for 1 peck (approx. 10lbs). The same conditions regarding the number of people apply but no hayride is available – it is a five-minute walk to the orchards.


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