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Where to Go Apple Picking Near Somerville

Here are five places to go apple picking near Somerville.

Ah, fall. 

Crisp air, cool nights, pumpkin-flavored everything and ripe red apples you can pick yourself. What's not to love?

Apple-picking season is in full swing in mid September, and it will last until the end of the crop, which is usually around early October.

There are several great apple orchards within an hour of Somerville where you can spend a lovely fall afternoon. Here are five places to go. If you've got a favorite place to pick apples, let us know in the comments section.

1) Belkin Family Lookout Farm - (89 Pleasant St. South Natick, MA)

  • Hours: Monday - Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Price: Admisison is $8 weekdays, $14 weekends.

Winning for its close proximity to the Boston area, Lookout Farm offers "U-pick" apple picking, where you can select the apples you want yourself, and an array of family and children's activities like pony rides and a farm-animal zoo. Check out their apple guide to see which apples you'll find in season when you go. 

2) Shelburne Farm - (106 West Acton Rd., Stow, MA)

  • Hours: Open daily, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Price: No admission fee. Half-bushel, approx. 20 lbs., $26, One peck, approx. 10 lbs., $18.

Twenty miles west of Boston sits Shelburne Farm. It has 50 acres of apples and pumpkins you can pick yourself. For kids, there's a moon bounce, hay maze, hay mountain, pedal tractors, tractor play area, and pony rides, which costs $5. See the farm's schedule for weekly events and more. 

3) Smolak Farms (315 South Bradford Street, North Andover, MA)

  • Hours: Apple picking is  8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Price: Call (978) 682-6332 for current pricing

One of the best farm experiences in the area, Smolak Farms has dozens of varieties of apples in addition to pumpkins, tomatoes and tons of other crops. There are also hay rides, farm animals, a classic car show, wagon rides and more. It has a farm stand, too.

4) Westward Orchards (178 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard, MA)

  • Hours: Apple picking is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Store is Wednesday to Monday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m and is closed on Tuesdays
  • Price: Call (978) 456-8363 for current pricing

About 25 miles from Somerville, at Westward Orchards you can pick your own apples, pumpkins and blueberries (when they're in season). They also have cider donuts and a store where you can buy sandwiches to eat on the porch or lawn. Every Sunday they have live bluegrass music.

5) Russell Orchards and Farm (143 Argilla Rd., Ipswich, MA)

  • Hours: Open daily, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Price: $3 weekdays, no admission on weekends. Cost is $15 for a 10 lb. bag of apples. 

To the north of Somerville is Russell Orchards, which is a bit longer of a drive, but worth it if you're interested in apple wine, more than 25 varieties of applesand 120 acres of other farm-raised fresh fruits and vegetables. The wine counter is open for tastings every Friday from 3-5:30 p.m. and every weekend from 12:00-5:30 p.m., so plan accordingly. 

Where is your go-to apple picking farm close to Somerville? Tell us in the comments!

Michael Voolich September 20, 2012 at 01:54 PM
I applaud your list and would add another local farm that has all fresh fruits when they are in season during the summer and fall. This is the Tougas Family Farm in Northboro, MA. (508-393-6406) www.tougasfarm.com. I just happened on them last year when I got hungry for fresh peaches which "taste and smell like peaches." I went there at the end of the peach and nectarine season and was more than pleasantly surprised. they were the best peaches and nectarines that I have been able to buy in the last 20-30 years. In fact, their nectarines are so sweet and juicy that they are like eating candy, and from what I have read, there are only 30 calories in a medium size nectarine or peach. I bought a half bushel which I brought home, cut up, and froze for occasional winter smoothie needs. This year I bought considerably more and now have put up enough for baking and smoothies and sorbet. But you have to be aware that the season is short August to mid-September. So you need to put this on your calendar for next year. (The last day of picking was Sept 8 this year). If your don't feel like picking in the orchard, they are available in their own store on the premisses, where your can choose and load your own boxes and bags. And their prices this year were cheaper than the best deals for premium peaches than you can get in any grocery store including Market Basket. Currently they are in apple season. You should check them out.

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