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Sep 6, 2006 10:55 AM

Any good meals at apple picking farms?

Hello Hounds,

My husband and I are going apple picking this weekend, and I am wondering if anyone knows of an apple picking farm that also has a good restaurant (or even a good snackbar) so we can also have a tasty lunch. A lot of places just have a farm stand shop where they sell baked goods and some have a grill with hotdogs and such, but I thought it would be fun to try to find one with a restaurant.

Thanks for any help you can give!

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  1. I've heard good things about Nashoba Valley Winery's restaurant and I can see from their website that they have an orchard. It's a more dressy place, if that's what you're looking for.

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    1. re: didgeridoo

      The food as Nashoba is fresh and prepared well, but a bit overpriced and pretentious. However, combining apple picking with wine tasting (there are a couple I really like, many are too sweet) and an upscale lunch makes for a solid afternoon outing.

    2. Don't know where you're coming from but Russell Orchard in Ipswich (on road to Crane's Beach) has a hay ride to the orchard. They do not have food but you could hit any one of the clam shacks in Essex/Ipswich on the way to or from. Also, there are a number of nicer restaurants along the way. If you have children, there is a farm there complete with pigs, goats, horses, rabbits...etc.etc. many who roam freely.

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      1. re: 4chowpups

        Best.Place.Ever. Especially if you can get there mid-week and avoid the crowds. All you'll need is a couple dozen apple cider doughnuts per person and you'll be set.

      2. I haven't found any apple orchards with decent (and casual) food stands or restaurants in the area. What we tend to do is have picnic lunches wherever we go, or drive a few miles to a nearby restaurant. If you do the latter option, one good choice is to hit Kimball's Orchard in Pepperell, then take Route 122 north to Route 130 west and head over to Parker's Maple Barn in Mason, NH.

        But yes, if anyone can think of an orchard with a good restaurant or snack bar, I'd love to know. I've been to Nashoba, and while the restaurants looks decent, it looks like more of a place to go when you're not in apple picking attire--jeans and t-shirts.

        1. Not certain about satisfying the original request, but during apple season the Kimball Farms in Westford apple crisp a la mode (not Kimball's orchards) is worth a ride and there is other food nearby. Nearest apple picking I know of to there is in Groton which has the stagecoach inn and other chow but no on-orchard restaurant.

          Topsfield fair is also coming up, but tends to be a bit lacking in chow.

          1. We went picking at Autumn Hills Orchard in Groton a couple of years ago and its was absolutely beautiful. Not much in the way of food in the town but the trees were on fire with red and yellow. Their website seems to indicate that they'll set up a "gourmet picnic lunch" for you if you call in advance. Or you could always pack your own and lunch among the trees.