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Nov 4, 2011 07:34 AM

Any decent apple-picking still to be had? Preferably a place with good cider donuts.

Looking to go apple-picking this Sunday. A place within 45 mins-1 hour of Boston preferred. Went to Smolak Farms last year and found it decent, but wouldn't mind trying a new place.

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  1. Yikes, it's pretty late. We went two weeks ago and most places were already done with PYO or expected it to be their final weekend.

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    1. re: emannths

      You may find something at Tougas Farm. They have a lot of late season varieties. Not a very chowish place (petting zoo, hay rides, mandatory picking course, etc.), but now that the crowds are gone and all the apple picking family photos have been taken it might be fine. I checked on Doe in Harvard, one of my favorites, and they may be open this weekend for picking. Tougas may have donuts, but I cannot vouch for their worthiness. Certainly not likely to be in the league of Cider Hill in Amesbury. If you insist on a farm kitchen, Tougas may be your best bet this late in the season and I think they have a buy one 1/2 bushel and get the second at 1/2 price deal going on right now.

      1. re: Highland Park

        Thanks! I will definitely inquire at Tougas Farm.

        1. re: bella_sarda

          I would expect the snowstorm damaged things in Northborough.

          1. re: Karl S

            Check their website and you will see that they are open with late season PYO. The recent blog entry from 7 hours ago indicates plenty of apples on the trees. It looks like cider donuts are in the offing as well.

            The varieties for picking this weekend are Cameo, Suncrisp, Topaz, Empire, Golden Delicious, Jonagold, Cortland, Mutsu, Spencer, Red Delicious, Fuji, Idared and Creston.

            1. re: Highland Park

              As a follow-up, I went to Tougas this morning. The typical circus scene had been replaced by tranquility. There were plenty of apples to pick and I took advantage of the two 1/2 bushels for $40 special. The Mutsu and Jonagold were very plentiful and delicious. There were several other late season varieties available too, but these two were the stand outs, although I did pick up quite a few idareds for cooking. There was no visible damage from the snows of last weekend at the orchard. They say they will stay open till the 23rd for U-pick, but if cold weather comes they may have no choice but to pick the apples themselves. I did indulge in their cider donuts. They were decent, but as expected nothing like Cider Hill. There are also cider donuts at Davidian Bros. farm store at the bottom of the hill, however I did not stop to try them.

              1. re: Highland Park

                We wound up heading to North Shore instead (no apple picking). Nice to know that I may still have a chance to snag apples at Tougas before Thanksgiving.