October is the best month for apple picking in Massachusetts. Here in Franklin County we are lucky to have so many orchards which offer apple picking with some of the most delicious apples around.
Right now is peak foliage season in Massachusetts. According to the NewEngland.com Peak Foliage Map, by next weekend it will already be late foliage. Apple picking can also be a fun way to see the foliage since the orchards also offer beautiful views. Here are some local orchards to visit this week:
Head down Peckville Road in Shelburne and you’ll find Apex Orchard’s farm store and orchard. Pick your own apples in their orchard, which overlooks a beautiful tri-state view. The rows of apples are labeled with what type of apple is there and whether it is ready to pick.
Inside their store you'll find fresh-picked apples, as well as a variety of local products such as ciders, jams, soaps, and more. On the weekends, they serve fresh mini cider donuts on the deck.
Visit them any day of the week from 10 am to 4 pm. Go to apexorchards.com for an updated list of what is ready now.
413-625-2744, 225 Peckville Road, Shelburne
Pine Hill Orchards
A family-owned orchard in Colrain, Pine Hill Orchards has a farm market and restaurant. The pick-your-own apples have finished for the season but you can still pick up their delicious apples, cider,cider donuts, and other local products at the farm store. Visit Pinehillorchards.com for more information. 248 Greenfield Rd, Colrain, 413-624-3325
Clarkdale Fruit Farm
Clarkdale is a fourth-generation family-owned fruit farm located in Deerfield, Mass. They still have heirloom varieties from some of the original trees planted in 1915. Their farm store is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm, where they offer their own fresh picked pears and apples, as well as fresh pressed apple cider. Plus, you can find other farm products such as eggs, maple syrup, and honey.
303 Upper Road, Deerfield, MA 01342, (413) 772-6797
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