New England and fall go together like two peas in a colorful pod—or maybe it’s more appropriate to say like two apple trees in an orchard. Between piping hot homemade cider and fresh apple pies, this fall fruit is at its peak the next few months. And there’s no better time than now to take a drive to a local u-pick farm to lay claim to a fresh bushel full. Though you probably won’t go wrong with any local farm, we’ve taken the liberty of highlighting a few of our local favorites below. But be sure to make room in the trunk and backseat. You might be coming home with more than you planned.
Belkin Family Lookout Farm
Not only does this local favorite offer u-pick options—but they also feature a host of activities to keep any kids in tow entertained. Whether you go for their pony rides, their farm animal zoo, or their hard cider taproom, there’s something for everyone here. You can hop over here (http://lookoutfarm.com/u-pick/season-calendar/) to see which apples are in season there.
Shelburne features a healthy dose of everything from live music and cider doughnuts to hay rides and applewood grills. And with over fifty acres of trees, you’ll be able to pick to your heart’s content. They’ve also got pumpkins available for purchase. Open seven days a week. You can head over here (http://www.shelburnefarm.com/) and scroll down a bit to see which apples are in season at this treasured local farm.
For those that are looking for more of a seasonal farmers market feel, this one is right up your alley. While still having a u-pick orchard to find a colorful pick of apples, you’ll also be able to stock up on other farm-fresh foods—like tomatoes and maybe even a little sweet corn. You can browse the available apples in their harvest section (http://www.dowseorchards.com/Schedule.htm).