apple pumpkin picking boston

Apple picking and pumpkin picking is such a fall activity to do in New England and there are so many great farms to choose from!

Here are some great apple & pumpkin picking and fall activities at local farms within an hour or so from Boston:

Originally written September 2016 and updated for 2020 Apple Picking season. 

Belkin Family Lookout Farm, South Natick

  • This year, reservations are required to participate in picking up your own fruit
  • Orchard access is on a per person basis and requires the purchase of a fruit bag for each adult and child ages 2 and up. ($20/person for half peck bag or $29/person for a one peck bag)
  • Social distancing must be followed, masks worn and no groups larger than 6
  • Last reservation is at 5:00 PM

 

Dowse Orchards, Sherborn

  • Pick your own will start next weekend, September 12th and 13th with more specific details posted on Dowse Orchard’s Facebook page at the end of next week
    Apple cider will hopefully be available after the middle of September and Macouns will be in towards the end of September
  • Open 10-5pm on weekends (weekend only)

 

Nashoba Valley Winery, Bolton

  • Restaurant, orchards, wine tastings every weekend from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • For apple picking, reservations are required, with a maximum picking time of 45 minutes. A $10 deposit is required and reservations are 1 to 5 people

Carlson Orchards, Harvard

  • Apple picking daily from 9-4pm
  • Apple picking prices: $19 for a peck bag and $29 for 1/2 bushel {2017 pricing}

Tougas Family Farm, Northborough

  • Book a U-pick reservation via their website here
  • All guests will need to schedule their visit online, and may have a time limit on their experience in the field
  • Weekend & Holiday Apple Picking Pricing: $32 for a Peck of apples (approximately 10 pounds) admits 3 people into orchard and $45 for half bushel of apples or peaches (approximately 20- 24 pounds) admits up to 5 people into orchard
  • All pricing subject to change
  • Hours of operation: There will be dedicated time in the morning for adults only picking, and will open early one day a week for guests age 60+ and those needing special assistance
  • Hours dependent on U-pick reservation

Shelburne Farm, Stow

  • To ensure the safety of our guests and staff, Shelburne Farms has have converted their Apple Shop into an all-new, outdoor “pop-up” store, which you can find under the big white tent just outside our antique apple barn.
  • You can still buy all of your retail items here AND retrieve your online orders at the designated pick-up table.
  • Orchards and Pick Your Own open from 9 AM till 5:45 PM, Apple Shop open from 9 AM till 6 PM
  • One peck (10 lbs.) of apples $27 and a half-bushel (20 lbs.) $38

Honey Pot Hill Orchards, Stow

  • Accepting reservations for Pick-Your-Own 18 hours in advance. If you are attempting to walk in the day of, please call for availability
  • Open daily 9:00-6pm
  • Due to COVID-19 our mini Hedge-maze and hayrides are now open with limited capacity. Hayrides are for transporation only, meaning you must be getting off to pick fruit
  • Social distancing will be required on farm property, both inside and outside the farm store
  • Apple picking: 1 Peck Bag for $20.00 (good for three people), and a 1/2 Bushel Bag for $30.00 (good for five people)

Carver Hill Orchard, Stow

  • Open daily 10-5 PM
  • During Covid-19, Carver Hill is adhering to the Massachusetts Department of Agriculture Resources guidelines for Pick Your Own activities which includes wearing masks & practicing social distancing

Pickard Farm, Littleton

  • Tractor drawn hayride (weekends only) and pumpkin patch
  • Pumpkin picking: pumpkin prices vary, over 15 acres of pumpkins
  • No admission charge or parking charge
  • Weekends 10-6pm, weekdays 1-6pm

Parlee Farms, Tyngsboro

  • Pick-Your-Own Apples is open 10am-4pm with Ginger Gold, Jonamac, and Galas available for picking. Hayrides will be taking apple pickers to the orchard at no additional cost.
  • Apple picking: $25 for 1 peck bag and includes admission for max of 4 people + hayride, $35 for 1/2 bushel bag and includes admission for max of 6 people + hayride, $5 for each additional person, infants are free (save 10% for weekday visits)
  • Pick your own hours vary based on weather/conditions, get updated information here.

Cider Hill Farm, Amesbury

  • Pricing: 1/2 peck ($10) for up to 2 people (~9 apples), 1 peck ($20) for up to 4 people (~15 apples) or 1/2 bushel ($35) for up to 6 people (~30 apples)
  • Open daily from 8-5PM
  • Tickets for pick-your-own can be purchased here

Smolak Farms, North Andover

  • Apple picking: $25 – peck, $40 – 1/2 bushel bag, $45 – 1/2 bushel basket (you keep the basket!)
  • A $2 COVID fee applies for all over the age of 2
  • Apple picking is open daily from 8-5PM, last admission is at 4:15PM
  • Children Festival: Weekends 10-4pm, $12 for children and free for children under 2 and adults
  • Hop on Hayrides are $5 per person, children under 2 free
  • Corn Maze: $5 per person

Boston Hill Farm, North Andover

  • Apple orchard open 10am to 5:00 pm daily, farm stand open 9-6pm daily

Brooksby Farm, Peabody

  • Pick your own apples, farm store goods, pumpkin yard, and fall activities
  • Apple picking: $17 for a 10lb peck bag, $30 for 20/lb half bushel bag, cash only {2016 pricing}
  • Open 9-6pm daily from September 8-October 14, closes at 5pm otherwise

Connors Farm, Danvers

  • Opening Date: Saturday, September 12, 2020 – Closing Date: November 1, 2020
  • We encourage our customers to buy tickets online or they can be purchased at any register in our farm stand.
  • Weekends and holidays $16.99  – If paid online, price is $15.99.
  • Seniors over 65 $14.99, Fall week day activity price of $12.99. Under 2 is free with paid adult
  • General Admission Includes: 7 Acre Corn Maze and Farm Themed Play Areas

Russell Orchards, Ipswich

  • Hayrides, farm animals, pick your own, and more
  • Apple picking: $20 for peck size bag on weekends and holidays, weekday pricing is per pound
  • Open daily 9AM-6PM September and October; 9AM-5PM daily in November.

C.N. Smith Farm, East Bridgewater

  • Pick your own hours are weekends only from 10am-4pm starting in mid-September.
  • Pumpkins are priced per pound for both pick your own and from the store
  • Apple Picking: $28 for Peck Apple Bag for 3 Adults/4 people total and 1/2 bushel is $45 for max 6 people. Wednesday-Friday 10-4pm and Weekends 9-4pm

The Big Apple, Wrentham

  • Big Apple offers Pick Your Own (PYO) blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, hops and apples in season
  • Apple picking: $25 for 10/lb peck bag, $35 for 20/lb 1/2 bushel bag, cash or check only {2016 pricing}
  • Open every day 9AM – 5PM until Thanksgiving Eve

Ward’s Berry Farm, Sharon

  • Pumpkin picking: prices vary depending on size
  • Open daily 9AM – 4PM
  • Picking is strictly first come first serve and the number of customers allowed in the field will be limited (there will probably be a waiting line)
  • Pumpkin patch open daily 9-4pm (not yet)

Nihtila Farm, Holbrook

  • Pick your own pumpkins
  • Nihtila Farm will be opening for pumpkin picking on Sept 19, 2020 every Friday, Saturday and Sunday thru the end of October as well as Monday, October 12, Columbus Day from 10:00-6:00.
  • Masks and social distancing of 6 feet apart are required. Our play area will not be open this year and hayrides will run at 50 percent capacity.
  • Call for pricing, cash only

 

Please let me know in the comments below if I missed your favorite spot or if your favorite is on the list.

With the coronavirus pandemic this year, many of these farms are adjusting their apple picking and fall plans, so please take a look at each farm’s social media channels and websites for the latest updates.