Hey! Happy second day of fall! The weather in Boston is definitely cooling off and I am starting to get in the autumn mindset. Besides the foliage and fall fashion, one of my favorite things about autumn is the apple picking. There’s nothing that beats the taste of a fresh picked apple. Can someone say homemade apple pie?!?
Over the past several years, our annual apple picking trip has become a tradition. I’ve visited a number of apple orchards in the Greater Boston area, and wanted to share my favorites with you.
Honey Pot Hill is a great place to visit with friends or family. As their name suggests, their beautiful orchards can be hilly and slightly steep in some places. Keep this in mind when you are bringing strollers or wagons for little ones. They have a vast selection of pick your own apples and pears. If you just want to grab and go, apples can be purchased at their farm store along with delicious baked goods (they make a yummy apple pie). Usually after we finish picking our apples we are famished and stop by their outdoor grill for a chili dog or hamburger. Definitely, my favorite part about visiting Honey Pot Hill is getting my hands on their freshly made cider donuts (plain or cinnamon sugar). They are literally still warm when you get them! If you’re going with kids they may enjoy taking a peek at the farm animals or exploring the giant hedge maze. Before you leave make sure to stop by the pumpkin patch for a photo op!
Besides having ten different varieties of pick your own apples, Russell Orchards also offer wine tastings of their delicious fruit wines, all made from fruit they grow on their own farm. They throw an annual Apple and Wine Festival. It’s on my bucket list to go this year! Taking the hayride into the orchard is always fun. You can also pick pumpkins, check out the cute farm animals, or grab a half dozen cider donuts made from scratch.
I have fond memories of going to Smolak Farms as a child to pick apples and feed the farm animals. They have so many here – chickens, deer, llamas, peacocks you name it. Seeing all the animals is definitely a highlight for me whenever I visit. I actually came to Smolak at the beginning of September to pick peaches and plums for the first time. They were so juicy and flavorful! I always enjoy visiting their farm store where you can purchase local produce and baked goods. They offer 20 varieties of apples as well as other fun activities including a corn maze.
I hope you enjoy this season even if you aren’t able to get to an orchard this time around. I’d love to hear your favorite fall activities or apple picking spots!