When fall rolls around, apple picking at a local orchard is a must for New Englanders across Massachusetts. Apple picking provides weekend fun with family and friends, a chance to get out and enjoy the crisp fall weather and, naturally, the onset of many kitchen-based activities. For caramel dipping or fresh cider sipping, check out our list of the best places to go apple picking near Brockton, MA.
C.N. Smith Farm is a family-owned and operated orchard with a history of providing the local community with fresh fruits and vegetable for over 80 years. In the fall, C.N. Smith offers the area’s pickers 17 apple varieties ripening from September through mid-October. With apple fields open for picking from 9 am to 4 pm daily and a location just over 7 miles from Brockton in East Bridgewater, C.N. Smith is the perfect destination for satisfying any on-a-whim apple plucking urge. On weekends during the pick-your-own season, you can also find the C.N. Smith traveling Farm Kitchen food truck open for biz selling tasty lunch favorites made from farm-fresh ingredients.
Established in 1651, Belkin Family Lookout Farm in South Natick is one of the oldest continuously maintained farms in the United States and a tucked-away South Natick gem. Family pickers will delight in a dozen apple varieties to choose from over the course of the apple season, while adults who would rather get their fruit serving in the form of a crisp hard cider can venture to the orchard’s own taproom on site. Lookout Farm Hard Cider is the result of mingling flavorful apple blends with raw honey from Belkin Farm bees.
Under an hour from Brockton in Sherborn, Dowse Orchards offers acres of trees lined with sweet and crunchy apples, farm-fresh veggies in their store, and plenty of pumpkins and mums for sale to help you welcome autumn in a brilliant fashion. Dowse’s pick-your-own apple trees are dwarf varieties that are low to the ground so parents and kids alike can take their pick without the need for a stepstool or ladder. With a 200-year history of farming quality crops, 20 varieties of apples available in the fall, Christmas tree chopping come winter, and gorgeous spring flowers in their greenhouse, Dowse is your one-stop shop for decorating and celebrating the seasons year-round.
About an hour away in Holliston, MA, Highland Farm offers pickers 11 apple varieties to choose from, including the always-popular Honey Crisp, Pink Lady, Fuji, and Cortland. In addition to pick-your-own apples, Highland Farm customers can pick up four varieties of plump and juicy pears available in their market throughout the fall. Load up on farm-fresh produce on your Highland visit and enjoy other post-pick treats including fresh apple cider, ice cream, and caramel apples. From September to November, Brockton area apple pickers can enjoy a basket-filling good time at any of these orchard destinations that make for a fun morning, afternoon, or day-long event.