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Apple Picking in New England

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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  1. 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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    1. re: at24

      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...

      1. re: at24

        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. 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.

        1. 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

          1. 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.

            1. 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.

              1. 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.

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


                    1. 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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                      1. re: emilief

                        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...

                        1. re: hiddenboston

                          Click on Search (Just to the right of the map) > Select "Apples" > Choose "Search" again


                      2. either Blue Jay (as mentioned above) or Silverman Farms in Easton

                        1. 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. :)

                          1. I forgot about a great one in Tewksbury - Parlee's Farm