Isis Staff Picks: Apple Picking in Greater Boston

Apple picking is a wonderful family activity during the fall season.

It’s apple season! I asked Isis staff and instructors to tell me about their favorite place to go apple-picking in greater Boston. Here are their recommendations!

Bolton Spring Farm

Bolton Spring Farm in Bolton. Easy access from 495 and Rt. 2. Old apple orchard with a big hill to climb, hay ride, pumpkin picking. Wonderful store with outside access for hot cider donuts, apple crisp, cider and coffee. Picnic area! Store has a full bakery, veggies, fruit, gourds etc… I have been going there since 1984; Charlie started when he was one month old and still asks to go every year. Oh, they have the poles for apple picking and toddlers love to help. ~Kimbell D., Child Development Instructor

Tougas Family Farm

We love Tougas Family Farm in Northboro for apple picking. We’ve brought our twin boys there the past 2 years and have loved it. Great place for families. It has a tractor ride, a huge orchard with a great variety of apples, a playground, pumpkins for sale, and a little barn area with some farm animals. Also, they have amazing cider donuts and some other tasty treats at their food stand. Really a fun place! ~Jill W., Child Development Instructor

Lookout Farm

My all time favorite is Lookout Farm in Natick. A small train drives you out to the orchard, the kids love it. ~Kristen C., Child Development Instructor

Shelburne Farm

Our favorite is Shelburne Farm in Stow, MA. They have the AWESOMEST cider donuts, and lots of different kinds of apples to pick. And most importantly, they have things to do when the kids are bored with picking: ride-on toy tractors, animals, and hay-bale maze. ~Cheryl R., District Manager

Honey Pot Hill Orchard

A favorite in our family is Honey Pot Hill Orchard in Stow. It’s a little bit of a drive (a very pretty one!) but well worth it as you can feed the goats and hang out in their pumpkin patch. They have the most amazing apple cider donuts! It’s a very child friendly environment. ~Rebecca S., Child Development Instructor

Dowse Orchards

For the apple-picking minimalist, this orchard offers simply apple picking and a small picnic area. If you’re looking to avoid crowds and some of the fanfare of other larger orchards, Dowse is a great choice. ~Cindy M., Community Manager

Boston Area Parents: Leave a comment to share your favorite spot for apple picking!

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5 Responses to Isis Staff Picks: Apple Picking in Greater Boston
  1. Hillary
    September 16, 2010 | 11:41 am

    We LOVE Honey Pot Hill. They also have AWESOME peaches (unfortunately they are a little earlier in the season, typically early August to early September). They are very family friendly!!!

  2. Rachel S.
    September 16, 2010 | 11:49 am

    I second Shelburne Farm! My family went there every year while I was growing up, and we’ll be bringing my nephew there for his very first apple picking trip this weekend!

  3. Elizabeth
    September 16, 2010 | 12:27 pm

    I would skip Lookout Farm at all costs, especially late in the season. The new owners (“new” compared to when I lived nearby in early 2000) have really taken it commercial – they overpromote, and as a result, it’s often overpicked. Also, I have NEVER been charged twice at an orchard before – once to get in, and once for a “by the pound” for what we picked. A horrible experience that really ruined a place which used to be one of my favorites.

  4. naomi
    September 16, 2010 | 3:15 pm

    We love Honey Pot Hill too, but it’s wise to avoid it during weekday mornings in September as a lot of schools and pre-schools do field trips there and it can get *really* crazy! Don’t limit yourself to apple-picking season though – we got a ton of delicious blueberries at Honey Pot Hill last month and we also got really good raspberries and blackberries at Tougas – lots of people are going to be getting gifts of jam this Christmas :)

  5. Kerri
    September 18, 2010 | 5:20 pm

    Great post! We just went to Bolton Spring farm and had a great time. One suggestion to parents of littles- take your carrier and leave your stroller at home. Most of the orchard is on the side of a fairly steep hill.

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