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javaandjazz Sep 15, 2008 02:03 PM

Where's the best place to go? I like Lymans in Middlefield but they can get very crowded. Looking to take a weekend drive somewhere different. Thanks, Richie

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    at24 Sep 15, 2008 03:47 PM

    I am in Maine, I go to Thompson's Orchards in New Gloucester, ME. They have a website, www.Thompsonsorchard.com They even make their own homemade doughnuts (and whoopie pies, apple dumplings) there and they are wonderful!! Nothing like a warm pumpkin or apple cider doughnut with some of their fresh cider! Good place, come check it out.

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      Tedmom Sep 15, 2008 04:57 PM

      Norway Hill in Hancock, New Hampshire has a great view of Mt. Monadnock and Hancock is a cute town. You can then have lunch at Fiddleheads Cafe in Hancock, visit the Farmer's Market at the church in Hancock on Saturday mornings or drive over to Peterborough for a walk around Depot Square. The leaves are starting to turn now...

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        Tupelohoney44 Sep 18, 2008 07:12 PM

        Moore's Orchard in Pomfret Vt is by far the best picking anywhere.. it's rustic, with none of the "petting zoo" noise you find at other places. They've got a ton of varieties (none of them marked, but ask them and they'll direct you to whatever you want, plus wandering about tasting is a ton of fun!) and the town is beautiful. Close to Woodstock for your daily dose of touristy stuff. It's a real country experience. Their farmstand has all of the regular stuff too, pre-picked apples, maple syrup, fresh pressed cider, squash, pumpkins, etc. Check it out, you'll get hooked!

      2. TrishUntrapped Sep 15, 2008 04:57 PM

        Each year (and this will be no exception) we go to Blue Jay Orchards in Bethel, CT. I can't tell you if it is the best in New England. I can just say that we like it. Visit www.bluejayorchardsct.com for more info.

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          lexyboo Sep 15, 2008 05:08 PM

          just went to holmberg orchards in Gales Ferry CT. We picked raspberries, peaches, nectarine, and of course...apples. Loved the place and the shop was cute, even had a pear wine and hard cider tasting...yum yum

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            askeenan Sep 15, 2008 05:10 PM

            We love Belltown hills orchard in Glastonbury. Beautiful setting and they offer hot lunch items plus the most fabulous fresh baked goodies. The pies are amazing, the best around plus they have hot apple fritters etc.

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              lexpatti Sep 15, 2008 06:18 PM

              Nashoba Winery and Orchards, in Bolten Ma. is great. they have some nice events/festivals and a great restaurant - J's. And some great spirits to try and buy.
              http://www.nashobawinery.com/pick.html

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                Uncledave Sep 15, 2008 07:09 PM

                Of all the South Glastonbury, CT orchards, I like Dondero the best. Smallish, family-run, no crowds ever, lots of varieties of Apples and pears (and during the season, blueberries, peaches, plums, nectarines, and more). They also have a greenhouse that produces tomatoes and other veggies. Their homemade pickles are terrific, too.

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                  harrie Sep 16, 2008 06:51 AM

                  I'm partial to Bishop's on Route 17 in Northford, CT (203-458-PICK). People are nice, good variety of apples, and a fun tractor ride to the top field if you want; or you can hoof it if you prefer. It's open weekends only, but it's never been too crowded when I've been there.

                  1. HungryChris Sep 16, 2008 09:02 AM

                    Maple Lane Farm in Preston does a good job and is a nice ride in the country.

                    HC

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                      emilief Sep 16, 2008 09:13 AM

                      There are a couple of really good places in HOllis NH- cant remember the names but it is fun to combine with a visit to Parkers Maple Barn for yummy food (anout 15 minute ride from the orchards).

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                        hiddenboston Sep 19, 2008 06:06 AM

                        You might be thinking of Kimball's on the Hollis/Pepperell MA border where route 122 begins (ends?). I've been there several times and it is very nice, with views of the mountains in the distance.

                        Does anyone know of any orchards along Route 5 in VT? I may be in that area over the next couple of weeks...

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                          steve999 Sep 19, 2008 07:29 AM

                          http://www.vermontagriculture.com/buylocal/buy/pyo_map.html
                          Click on Search (Just to the right of the map) > Select "Apples" > Choose "Search" again

                          http://www.vermontapples.org/

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                        mom2 Sep 17, 2008 04:09 AM

                        either Blue Jay (as mentioned above) or Silverman Farms in Easton
                        http://www.silvermansfarm.com/

                        1. Morganna Sep 17, 2008 05:40 AM

                          I'm surprised no one's mentioned Vermont yet. :) One of the nicest places is Allenholm farm in South Hero, VT. Beautiful drive, beautiful setting, lovely farm store, and the best apples. :) http://www.allenholm.com/

                          The apple fest will be happening near the beginning of October, as well. :)

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                            lexpatti Sep 19, 2008 12:18 PM

                            I forgot about a great one in Tewksbury - Parlee's Farm
                            http://www.parleefarm.com/harvest_sch...

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