New England Apple Orchard Guide
NE Orchards – Apple Growers – Apple Farms by Region
|The apple-picking season in New England coincides with the New England foliage season, so you can start your day by enjoying the scenic drive to one of New England’s many apple orchards. With apple picking, fresh cider, pumpkins, wagon rides and gift shops, harvesting apples in New England is a fun family event for all ages. Each year, apple harvest season begins in early August and extends into late October. At the apple orchard, you can enjoy a day filled with activities for the whole family. Many apple orchards are family-owned with a strong sense of tradition, which makes them a great place to spend a wholesome day.Most apple orchards now offer pick-your-own apples for certain varieties. The most popular pick-your-own varieties are McIntosh, Cortland, Granny Smiths, Gala, Red Delicious, Yellow Delicious, Empire, and Rome. Other varieties of apples can usually be found at the farm stand along with a variety of apple products, cider, jams, pies, honey, maple syrup, vegetables, pumpkins, flowers, local crafts, and other fruits that are in season. Depending on the time of year you choose to visit an orchard, you may also be able to enjoy pick-your-own peaches, blueberries, or strawberries.
In addition to the family fun that you will experience when picking your own apples, many apple orchards now offer additional activities. Some activities offered at various orchards include weekend festivals, hayrides, playgrounds and petting zoos. If you visit an orchard that crafts its own cider, you may have the opportunity to witness an apple-pressing demonstration. During a visit to an apple orchard on a warm day, you may want to enjoy a light picnic lunch. Depending on the orchard, they may offer meals on-site, or you may need to pack your own. Most orchards will have a nice picnic area with majestic views, where you can relax while you eat. After your picnic, a tasty ice cream treat to help keep everyone cool maybe offered at the farm stand.
Orchard owners are very proud of their harvests and their orchards. If you are interested in how apple orchards operate, some orchards will offer guided tours; however, these usually need to be scheduled in advance. To find the closest apple orchard in your area, visit our listings for Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Once you select your apple-picking destination, it is always a good idea to call ahead and confirm hours and activities.
After you return home from a fun-filled day at the orchard, be sure you get the most out of your apples. Keep in mind that apples continue to ripen after they have been picked. Store the apples in a cool place to retard the ripening process, and never store your apples at room temperature, as this can ruin their flavor. If you plan to use the apples for baking, visit New England Recipes for great apple recipes and cooking ideas. The best apples for baking are; Baldwin, Cortland, Hampshire, Kearsarge, McIntosh, Rome, Delicious, and Granny Smith. However, experimenting will keep things exciting. Everyone has different tastes, so you may just create a family favorite that will last for generations. NELiving thanks you for supporting the apple orcahrds of New England.
burlington apple orchards | montpelier apple orchards | burke apple orchards | quechee apple orchards | brattleboro apple orchards Pick your own apple orchards, road side farm stands and apple wholesalers are found all over Vermont. Every Autumn a wonderful Vermont vacation idea is to go apple picking. Most Vermont apple orchards offer pick-your-own apples. Browse the Vermont Apple Orchards Guide and contact the orchards directly for the optimum times and fruit picking policies.
portsmouth apple orchards | concord apple orchards | keene apple orchards | lebanon apple orchards | laconia apple orchards | littleton apple orchards | berlin apple orchards
aroostook apple orchards | acadia apple orchards | portland apple orchards | augusta apple orchards | auburn apple orchards | boothbay apple orchards | ogunquit apple orchards | bangor apple orchards
amherst apple orchards | fitchburg apple orchards | salem apple orchards | boston apple orchards | fall river apple orchards | cape cod apple orchards
bridgewater apple orchards | hartford apple orchards | mansfield apple orchards | plainfield apple orchards | bridgeport apple orchards | new haven apple orchards | essex apple orchards | norwich apple orchards
north scituate apple orchards | middletown apple orchards | north kingstown apple orchards | little compton apple orchards | johnston apple orchards | glocester apple orchards | cumberland apple orchards
New England State Apple Orchards