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Mapping Apple-Picking Orchards Not Too Far from Boston

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'Tis suddenly fall and one fall activity that just screams New England is apple-picking. But where to do it in our go-go urban area? Simple: Outside of said urban area. Herewith is a map of several orchard options within a short car or train ride from Boston proper and even shorter from some of the surrounding cities (all are in eastern Mass.). Check the websites for the costs of plucking your own fruit; and rest assured that at least two of these options are wineries as well.


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1. Honey Pot Hill Orchards

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144 Sudbury Road
Stow, MA 01775
(978) 562-5666
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Blueberries as well as apples ripe for picking; and their store carries a variety of fruits and ciders.

2. Russell Orchards

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143 Argilla Road
Ipswich, MA 01938

This one's a winery, too! It's past time for picking the orchard's berries; but apples are ripe for the plucking. And it's a winery!

3. Brooksby Farm

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38 Felton Street
Peabody, MA 01960

Apple-picking has just started here, though it's too late for berries (except maybe raspberries).

4. Shelburne Farm

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106 West Acton Road
Stow, MA 01775

Apples as well as peaches (rare!) and pears are up for grabs right now. Pumpkins will be available starting next week.

5. Smolak Farms

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315 South Bradford Street
North Andover, MA 01845
(978) 682-6332
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The orchard includes a brand-new corn maze. Plums, apples and raspberries ripe for picking right now.

6. Sholan Farms

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1125 Pleasant Street
Leominster, MA 01453

It's apples, apple, apples here. And then, on every second Friday of the month, there's what the orchard calls a "Twilight Hike."

7. Tougas Family Farm

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234 Ball Street
Northborough, MA 01532
(508) 393-6406
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You might still be able to get blueberries, peaches and nectarines here; but definitely apples.

8. Nashoba Valley Winery

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100 Wattaquadock Hill Road
Bolton, MA 01740

Another winery-orchard hybrid, with tons more to do besides the hooch. Apple-picking just commenced.

9. Belkin Family Lookout Farm

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89 Pleasant Street
Natick, MA 01760

There are currently 10 apple varieties ripe of the picking at this farm, one of the oldest continuously tilled ones in the nation.

10. Doe Orchards

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327 Ayer Road
Harvard, MA 01451

Apple-picking is in full swing at this farm (peach-picking, too). And! They'll be cutting Christmas trees starting the Friday after Thanksgiving.

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1. Honey Pot Hill Orchards

144 Sudbury Road, Stow, MA 01775

Blueberries as well as apples ripe for picking; and their store carries a variety of fruits and ciders.

144 Sudbury Road
Stow, MA 01775

2. Russell Orchards

143 Argilla Road, Ipswich, MA 01938

This one's a winery, too! It's past time for picking the orchard's berries; but apples are ripe for the plucking. And it's a winery!

143 Argilla Road
Ipswich, MA 01938

3. Brooksby Farm

38 Felton Street, Peabody, MA 01960

Apple-picking has just started here, though it's too late for berries (except maybe raspberries).

38 Felton Street
Peabody, MA 01960

4. Shelburne Farm

106 West Acton Road, Stow, MA 01775

Apples as well as peaches (rare!) and pears are up for grabs right now. Pumpkins will be available starting next week.

106 West Acton Road
Stow, MA 01775

5. Smolak Farms

315 South Bradford Street, North Andover, MA 01845

The orchard includes a brand-new corn maze. Plums, apples and raspberries ripe for picking right now.

315 South Bradford Street
North Andover, MA 01845

6. Sholan Farms

1125 Pleasant Street, Leominster, MA 01453

It's apples, apple, apples here. And then, on every second Friday of the month, there's what the orchard calls a "Twilight Hike."

1125 Pleasant Street
Leominster, MA 01453

7. Tougas Family Farm

234 Ball Street, Northborough, MA 01532

You might still be able to get blueberries, peaches and nectarines here; but definitely apples.

234 Ball Street
Northborough, MA 01532

8. Nashoba Valley Winery

100 Wattaquadock Hill Road, Bolton, MA 01740

Another winery-orchard hybrid, with tons more to do besides the hooch. Apple-picking just commenced.

100 Wattaquadock Hill Road
Bolton, MA 01740

9. Belkin Family Lookout Farm

89 Pleasant Street, Natick, MA 01760

There are currently 10 apple varieties ripe of the picking at this farm, one of the oldest continuously tilled ones in the nation.

89 Pleasant Street
Natick, MA 01760

10. Doe Orchards

327 Ayer Road, Harvard, MA 01451

Apple-picking is in full swing at this farm (peach-picking, too). And! They'll be cutting Christmas trees starting the Friday after Thanksgiving.

327 Ayer Road
Harvard, MA 01451