New England Apple Picking: Top Spots in Each State


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Apple picking in New England is synonymous with classic fall family fun. It’s without a doubt one of my favorite New England autumn activities, and based on the popularity of orchards across the region, I am far from alone in loving this pastime!

I’ve spent time reviewing, visiting, and compiling lists of the best apple orchards in New England for each state. You can find those individual state lists below. But if you’re looking for the overall top spots for New England apple picking, I’ve included my favorites in this article, one from each state.

Red and yellow apples in box, background. Fresh apples variety grown in the shop

Ellsworth Hill Orchard & Berry Farm – Sharon, CT

Looking for an apple orchard that has all the fall fun? Ellsworth Hill in Sharon, Connecticut may fit the bill! Here you’ll find a massive corn maze, a vintage train display, fresh hot cider donuts, and of course, pick-your-own apples and other seasonal produce. What a great place! 

Honey Pot Hill Orchards – Stow, MA

Mazes, hayrides, farm animals, PYO apples: Honey Pot Hill Orchards has everything you would look for for an idyllic fall afternoon. They actually have several different corn mazes to tackle, including The Big Green Monster Maze, that is a mile and a half long!

In addition to the fall activities, they have apples galore and all the products you’re after, such as cider donuts and apple cider slushies. 

If you want to get really excited for the coming fall season, I suggets you pop over to the orchard’s website. They have a really beautiful site that just SCREAMS fall in New England.

Libby & Son U-PICKS – Limerick, ME

Libby & Son is currently nominated for the top 10 apple orchards in the USA! That’s a pretty big honor, and it’s no surprise, then, that it’s one of the best apple orchards in New England, too.

This place is all about the pickin’; not just apples but berries, plums, and peaches, too. It’s a “fruity family fun experience!”

As you stroll through the picking fields, you can often hear the sounds of live music! Afterwards, enjoy some of their delicious homemade donuts. They don’t just have apple cider donuts but also blueberry, strawberry, and Red Velvet! Plus fresh smoothies and hot kettle corn. Who’s hungry?

fruit and vegetables. Farmers hands with freshly harvested apples.

Hackett’s Orchard – South Hero, VT

So many of my Vermont friends have cited Hackett’s Orchard as one of the top VT apple orchards. Located in South Hero, Hackett’s grows 47 varieties of apple and have been doing so since 1967. In the fall, you can pick your own apples every day as well as enjoy all the traditional fall farm activities like hay rides. They also have a playground and picnic area–ideal for kids! If you love apples, this is the place. Hackett’s has cider donuts, cider slushies, and other appley treats to enjoy.

While you’re visiting, you can pick up some hardy mums for your fall home decor, or grab a bottle of Vermont maple syrup. Not around in the fall? In other months you can sample their other harvests, including plums, blueberries, peaches, and raspberries.

For the latest check out their Facebook page. 

Mack’s Apples – Londonderry, NH

You can’t have a list of New England apple orchards without including Mack’s. This is one of the best known, and with good reason. 

Mack’s Apples has a deep history in New Hampshire. As an 8th generation family farm, Moose Hill Orchards, home of Mack’s Apples, is the oldest single family run farm in New Hampshire. That’s pretty awesome. 100 of their 400 acres are dedicated to apple trees.

Stop by for pick-your-own apples, a sprawling pumpkin patch, an ice cream stand, farm market, and a general feeling of a classic New England autumn down on the farm.

Jaswell’s Farm – Smithfield, RI

According to their website, Jaswell’s Farm lies in the heart of “apple valley” in Smithfield, Rhode Island. They are proud to be the oldest operating apple orchard in Smithfield, run currently by the 4th generation of the Jaswell Family. 

You can arrange for special tours at this working farm, giving visitors an inside look at how it operates, and seeing how items such as apple cider are made.

The farm market is bursting with the fruits of the land, so pay a visit and find your favorite items freshly grown. Apple picking is available in September and October.

Did I miss one? What is your favorite apple orchard in New England?


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