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NoBo Favorites: Pick-Your-Own Apple Orchards on the North Shore

MASSACHUSETTS – Hundreds of Apple growers across the Commonwealth have already begun to welcome thousands of customers to their farms in September. Offering fun activities for the entire family, these farms will continue to offer the opportunity for thousands of other families to take part in a New England fall tradition.

Spending an afternoon at th local orchard is simply the best way to spend a fall afternoon, and the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources has now made it easier to find a new spot to visit. Be sure to visit the interactive Pick-Your-Own Apple Orchards map on their Massachusetts Grown website.

Here’s a list of our favorite Pick-Your-Own Apple Orchards in the NoBo region:

1. Smolak Farms of North Andover

Blending a 300 year old New England Farm complete with orchards, berry fields and family activities, this family farm is a NoBo region favorite. Just 45 minutes north of Boston, the farm has added a great selection of baked goods, drinks, and sandwiches made with homemade bread and fresh produce from their own gardens. Children will flock to see their favorite barnyard animals and an opportunity to go further with exciting programs and activities that go beyond the traditional look at this rural farm.

Smolak Farms

315 South Bradford Street

North Andover, MA

978-682-6332

Farmstand Hours: 7AM – 6PM

PYO Apple Orchards: 8AM – 4PM

2. Brooksby Farm of Peabody

The most accessible to NoBo regional residents, Brooksby Farm is located just minutes from the North Shore Mall in Peabody, offering a variety of seasonal pick-your-own fruits. From strawberries and blueberries to peaches and some of New England’s best apples, Brooksby is a must visit from July through the fall months. Visit their bakery for delicious cider donuts, hot mulled cider, cold cider and coffee while taking the time to browse the many unique holiday gifts, baked goods, and candies available. Starting Sept 10th thru Oct 21st, the Farmstore is open until 6:00pm. The farmstore is open through December.

Brooksby Farm

54 Felton Street

Peabody, MA 01960

(978)531-7456  

Farmstore Hours: 9AM – 5PM

PYO Apple Orchards: 9AM – 4PM

3. Cider Hill Farm of Amesbury

Cider Hill Farm began in 1978 and has continuously developed into a beautiful and diverse farm operation where they now grow fruits and vegetables on nearly 70 acres of the 145 acre farm, offering many of these as pick your own crops. Apples varieties include Mac, Gala, Jonamac, Cortland, Fortune, Staybrite, Mutsu, Jonagold, Macoun and Honeycrisp, with picking available 7 days a week. Hayrides are offered every weekend from 10am to 5pm as well as an arbor maze open for the same hours at no cost. The farm has a very diversified approach in regards to their use of labor, involvement in the local community, and expansion of renewable energy projects. The farm is open for the season 7 days a week from early May until the day before Thanksgiving.

Cider Hill Farm

45 Fern Avenue

Amesbury, MA

978-388-5525

Farmstore Hours: 8AM – 6PM

PYO Apple Orchards: 8AM – 6PM

 

4. Connors Farm of Danvers

Fall is probably the most popular time of year at Connors Farm, featuring New England fall favorites like pumpkins, hardy mums, and the ever popular pick-your-own native apples and freshly squeezed apple cider. Pick your own apples and pumpkins top the list of things-to-do at this extremely family friendly farm, also offering a challenging corn maze and relaxing hayrides around the farm. Be sure to take home one of their famous apple, pumpkin, or blueberry pies.

Connors Farm

30 Valley Road (Rt. 35)

Danvers, Massachusetts 01923

978-777-1245

Farmstore Hours: 9AM – 6PM

PYO Apple Orchards: 9AM – 6PM

 

5. Russell Orchards and Winery of Ipswich

The Russell Orchard has a long history as a working farm since its creation in 1920. Today, the farm is comprised of 120 acres of fields, gardens, orchards, and barns and has been continually improved and grown. An agricultural restriction has been placed on the land by the Essex County Greenbelt Association, and will consequently never be developed. The farm has over twenty varieties of apples, including McIntosh, Cortland, Gala, Empire, Jonagold, Macoun. On weekends and the Columbus Day holiday, a hayride is available to and from picking area. Cash is only accepted at a $15 per 10 pound bag fee. On weekdays, entrance to the fields is $3/person but the fee is credited towards your purchase when the fruits are weighed as you exit the picking area and pay for the fruits you picked.

Russell Orchards and Winery of Ipswich

143 Argilla Road

Ipswich, MA 01938

978-356-5366

Farmstore Hours: 9AM – 6PM

PYO Apple Orchards: 9AM – 5PM

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