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Oct 13, 2006 06:24 AM

looking for an orchard.

My mom's coming up in a week, and we want to go to an apple orchard. there's several things we're looking for: -unpasturized cider. that's a must. -a good selection of apples. beyond macs and red del. -pick your own. not necessarily, but prefered. -location: somewhere west, or sw. preferably not more than 45 mins or so out of boston. any help would be welcome!

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    1. Cider Hill Farms in Amesbury.

      I went to Honey Pot Hill on Columbus Day, and it was absolutely insanely overrun with people. I'm choosing another day for my annual excursion next year. Didn't even get a cider donut (lines too long).

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      1. re: MC Slim JB

        I was there on Columbus Day as well, but I got there at around 9:30 am. So there weren't any lines at that time. But the lines were absolutely crazy when we left at around 11. We were able to pick a good assortment of apples.

        1. re: DavisSquare

          West of the city, our pre-kid favorite was the Nashoba Valley Winery ( It looks like the myriad heirloom apples there are now by appointment only, but if you're looking for an unusual variety, that's a good place. Word of warning: while the apples were great, the fruit wines were really nasty.

        2. Going on the suggestions in the post linked by DavisSquare, I went to Russell Orchards in Ipswich and had a blast.

          They meet all your criteria (plus a hayride and petting zoo) except they are about 45min. NORTH of the city....But, the tradeoff is you can do a pitstop like we did at the amazing Clam Box right nearby. People say their cider donuts are the best and I concur completely. We were in by 11am and by the time we left at 1pm it was busy, but not crazy.

          1. Whatever orchard to pick to visit, I would give them a call before you go. If you want to go apple picking, this year has not been the greatest. A lot of the orchards have already stopped the pick your own thing- though you can still get cider, etc. Good luck, and have fun