Where to Pick Your Own Apples

Posted: September 16, 2021

It's time to get started on some great apple picking this season. Central Mass. is the center for some of the state's most abundant farms. If you're in the area, check out these apple spots—not only for great picking, but for total farm entertainment and charm. 

Brookfield Orchards

12 Lincoln Rd., North Brookfield, Massachusetts

A go-to for locals, this orchard sits on a beautiful landscape in North Brookfield, Mass. and boasts an expansive variety of apples to choose from. Walk through the orchard and fill your bag with fresh and juicy apples, then stop over for a visit at the nostalgic country store for penny candy and unique antiques.

PYO began Labor Day weekend. Please call to confirm before visiting.

Douglas Orchard & Farm

36 Locust St., Douglas, Massachusetts

We know the tastiest apples come in shapes, sizes and colors of all kinds—with potential spots and blemishes, a harmless addition. The Douglas Orchard & Farm family prides themselves on the healthiest approach to their apples—one that's fostered on taste, not exclusively appearance-based. Farmer Nick Socrat utilizes integrated pest management practices to reduce the number of sprays on the orchard, which nurtures apples grown with way less chemicals. Plus, the farm schedule is packed with family-fun events, so check out the DCM event calendar to sync up your visit. 

PYO has commened, Fridays through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Meadowbrook Orchards

209 Chace Hill Road, Sterling, Massachusetts

Located on 100 acres of rolling farmland, Meadowbrook offers a wide variety of PYO apples as well as seasonal fruits like pumpkins, nectarines and raspberries. The farmstore overlooks the hills of Central Mass. and offers homeade lunches and baked goods. When fruit is available, Meadowbrook Orchards is open for PYO every day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., except in inclement weather. 

To find out about picking conditions or cancellations due to weather, check Facebook or call 978-365-7617.

Hyland Orchard at Rapscallion Brewery

195 Arnold Road, Sturbridge, Massachusetts

Surrounded by a 150-acre orchard, Rapscallion Brewery occupies a historic red cider barn nestled in the center of Massachusetts. After picking from over 2,400 apple trees at Hyland Orchard, sip on a brew in the taproom or outdoor pavilion, with weekly live music, a petting zoo area and a disc golf course. Bring your own food (and even your pup!) to make it an apple picking day-trip for the whole crew.

PYO apple season at Hyland Orchard starts Sept. 18, 2021.

Tougas Family Farm, Northborough

Tougas Family Farm

234 Ball Street, Northborough, Massachusetts

Tougas Family Farm is a second-generation fruit farm, this season offering some coveted apple and blackberry pickings. Additional selections at the Farm Store include pre-picked apples, nectarines, peaches pumpkins and freshly baked goods. (There's no shame in letting someone else grab the pickings!, especially if you're the one making the pie!) 

Picking season begins early September in full force and wraps in October

Berlin Orchards

310 Sawyer Hill Rd., Berlin, Massachusetts

Beginning at 9 a.m. each weekend day, twelve varieties of apples can be picked from a serene orchard with beautiful rolling hills. Wagon rides run daily to transport you right into the action. Berlin Orchards also offered pre-picked apples, as well as donuts, pumpkins, squash gourds, local cider, honey and more. This is truly a one-stop-shop for all your fall goodies. 

Stowe Farm Orchards

15 Stowe Rd., Millbury, Massachusetts

A historic spot nestled in 60 acres of picturesque West Millbury, Stowe Farm offers endless seasonal activities for the crew, including PYO apples and pumpkins, a petting zoo, pony rides, summer camp, mechanical bull rides, gemstone mining, rock wall climbing and more. A weekend barbecue truck and Bad Apple Saloon guarantee you won't leave this spot hungry. 

Charlton Orchards Farm & Winery

44 Old Worcester Rd., Charlton, Massachusetts

Founded in 1733, Charlton Orchards Farm & Winery is a 94 acre farm with over 35 apple varietals. The Benjamins purchased the land to continue the long-standing traditions of the farm, which today supplies the area with apples, peaches, pears, plums, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, pumpkins and vegetables—all sold in the original farm stand.

Discovery of orchards across Central Mass. doesn't stop at pick-your-own. There are plenty more apple-flavored adventures to be explored (and tasted)—like apple wine at Brookfield Orchards and cider doughnuts at virtually all farm locales. 

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