Massachusetts apple farms are the ideal destination if you’re looking for a bargain staycation. Make it u-pick fruit farm daytrip or plan a weekend at a family orchard in New England.
Enjoy a Local Farm Visit!
Farm stays are a great way to introduce kids to healthy eating and the wonders of nature, and experiencing a pick-your-own fruit farm will reinforce the message. If school has started remotely, enhance your afternoons with a daytrip to a local apple orchard or pumpkin patch. Celebrate the fall season with festivals and entertainment.
Visit our Massachusetts picks around Stow, Phillipston and South Natick, reviewed for apple picking around the greater Boston, Massachusetts metropolitan area.
Visit our Massachusetts picks around Stowe, Phillipston and South Natick, reviewed for apple picking around the greater Boston, Massachusetts metropolitan area. Call ahead for hours since several are closed Monday and Tuesday. For a complete guide to apple picking orchards and farms across the country, visit our FTF Directory of Top USA U-Pick Farms.
Massachusetts Apple Farms Near the Boston Metro Area
From the Boston Metropolitan area, a few choices for apple picking and farm stand browsing offer excellent day trips for those looking for a pleasant autumn afternoon in Eastern Massachusetts.
Just 20 minutes out of Boston is Belkin Family Lookout Farms, with a playground, bouncy house, train rides, face painting, restaurant, and addition of more play areas. The Belkin family offers kid-friendly pear, peach and raspberry picking. Little ones love picking apples from specially dwarfed trees that allow younger visitors easier reach to the fruit. They have 50,000 trees in all!
Their farm was established in 1651 yet they keep up with the times. The popular Lookout tap room features outdoor dining room, fresh cider and brews, wagyu burgers, pizza and live music. Take advantage of a petting farm and plenty of picnic space for the whole family.
At Tougas Family Farm in Northborough, you can count on weekend wagon rides, a small farmyard petting zoo with goats, a cute, farm-themed playground, delicious real-fruit slushies and excellent cider donuts. Tougas, selected by USA Today as one of the “top 10 places to pick your own” gets super busy in the weeks before Halloween, so if it’s apples — and they grow honeycrisp! — or pumpkins you want, call ahead before you drive out there.
The oldest pick-your-own orchard is in Stow, 20 miles east of Boston, not to be confused with Stow(e) Vermont. Shelburne Farm has stayed up to date with best practices in modern farming and offers a field full of peaches, Asian pears, pumpkins, and over 15 varieties of apples. Their apple shop is stocked with sweet cider, hot apple pies, fresh cider doughnuts. Sample one of the “almost famous” caramel apples. Facilities close when it’s not picking season, so check their website for opening dates, usually in August.
Red Apple is One of the Top Massachusetts Apple Farms
The very popular Red Apple Farm in Phillipston is just 60 miles from Boston. Because it’s at more than 1,250 feet above sea level, this farm’s fruit is different (some say better) than the others. They feature a wide selection of pick-your-own berries, pumpkins and more than 50 varieties of apples. Their apple donuts earned a ‘Top 10 Award’ in Yankee Magazine’s Best Mail-Order Eats of 2020 contest. Also note that they have a hard cider tap room.
Check their online schedule, because this farming family operates a place on Wachusett Mountain and plans special weekend activities for kids including hayrides and barbecues.
For example, Wachusett Mountain Applefest, always the third weekend in October, features live music and entertainment, a large craft fair, and seasonal food. Kids love the Red Apple’s Black Forest maze and activity barn. We love that this place is 100% sun and wind-powered. Don’t miss their shop in the exclusive Boston Public Market. They are one of only 30 vendors, selling enticing donuts and much more daily, year round.
U-Pick Farms and More in the Berkshires
About 2 hours west of Boston you’ll encounter the very best of the Berkshire Mountains. The long-time popular resort area is known for concerts at Tanglewood and the leaf-peeping and museum-going around Lee and Lenox.
If you’re headed that way, download a copy of the Berkshire Grown Guide to Local Food & Farms, which has comprehensive lists of farmers markets and PYO farms, with information on what’s in season when.
Contact Information for Massachusetts Apple & U-Pick Farms
Before you head out, consider what you’ll do with the apples that you pick. The most popular varieties for eating include the Macintosh, Empire, Fuji, Idared, Red Delicious, and the Jonathon. One of our favorites is the large and juicy honeycrisp. If sauces or pies are in the plan, try the Golden Delicious, Russet, Cortland and the Mutsu. You may want to call ahead and see who’s got what left on their trees!
Belkin Family Lookout Farm, 508/653-0653, 89 Pleasant St. South, South Natick, MA 01760
Red Apple Farm, 800/628-4851, 455 Highland Ave., Phillipston, MA 01331
Shelburne Farm, 978/897-9287, 106 West Acton Road, Stow, MA 01775
Russell Orchards, 978/356-5366, 143 Argilla Road, Ipswich, MA 01938
Tougas Family Farm, 508/393-6406, 234 Ball Street, Northboro, MA01532
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