October is prime time for apple picking, and Massachusetts has a number of orchards worth checking out for folks in every corner of the state.
Brookfield Orchards in North Brookfield, MA
Open year round, and located just a half hour west of Worcester, Brookfield Orchards has apples aplenty. Along with the apple picking, Brookfield Orchards also has their own range of jams and assorted baked goods, including the signature apple dumplings, and a snack bar. The free admission and free parking doesn’t hurt, either! You can keep up with Brookfield Orchards on Facebook.
Brookfield Orchards Gift Basket via Facebook
Honey Pot Hills Orchards in Stow, MA
One of our most popular fan choices, Honey Pot Orchards grows a range of apples, including Cortland, MacIntosh, Macoun and Empire. The orchard store stocks a variety of goodies as well, offering cider donuts, pies, soft serve ice cream and caramel apples. Picking is available at Honey Pot Hills, which is located between Boston and Worcester, through October 20, so plan to head over during the next couple of weeks. To stay in the loop with what’s happening at Honey Pot Hills, like them on Facebook.
Brooksby Farm in Peabody, MA
At Brooksby Farm, you won’t just find apples. While strawberries and blueberry seasons have passed, you can still find plenty of peaches at this north of Boston farm, along with a fine selection of apples. The garden store features veggies, jams, honey, pies, and, of course, fresh fruit. For the latest happenings at Brooksby Farm, keep an eye on their Facebook page.
Hilltop Orchards in Richmond, MA
Orchards are plentiful in the western part of the state, and Hilltop is one of the best around. Known as “A Tasty Berkshires Experience,” Hilltop Orchards is nothing less, beckoning with apple picking, wine tastings, moonlight walks and more. If you needed any further proof of Hilltop’s appeal, the orchards have also been named as one of 1,000 places to visit in Massachusetts and featured on The Today Show! You can keep in touch with Hilltop Orchards on Facebook.
Keith’s Farm in Acushnet, MA
Apples, peaches and pumpkins are the name of the game at Keith’s Farm in Acushnet, which is also known for its delightful cider. If you head out the farm on the weekend, you can also enjoy a hayride along with your fruit picking and perhaps follow it up with a visit to the snack bar. For a look around Keith’s Farm, just click here or here. If you’d like to stay in the loop with what’s going on at the farm, like them on Facebook.
Keith’s Farm Peaches via Facebook
If you’re on the lookout for more orchard ideas, you can find them at massvacation.com. What’s your favorite Massachusetts orchard? Let us know in the comments!