Apple Picking in New England, a right of passage.

20 Sep

Whenever JJ and I venture somewhere new in Massachusetts we always say the same thing, “Massachusetts, you are beautiful”.
JJ and I are in love… With each other, of course, but also with New England.

In my opinion, one of the rights of passage to become a true New Englander is to go apple picking. Trying to find an organic apple orchard without an animal farm on site, petting zoo, or pony rides, was proving to be impossible! Luckily my wife took over my obsessive internet search and found a beautiful, rural, 70 acre orchard in Groton, Massachusetts by the name of Autumn Hills Orchard. There were no farm animals or pony rides, just apples, plums, pears, and grapes. They are not an “organic” farm but they use IPM and no herbicides. Thumbs up.

Autumn Hills Orchard also produces plums, grapes and pears.

We were shocked by how plentiful the fruit was. Neither of us had any idea apples grew in huge clusters and honestly, I didn’t even know plums grew on large trees!!!! Growing up in NYC you don’t get a lot of exposure to anything natural.

We’re all about starting our own family traditions, and this is definitely now one of them. I am so enthralled, oh New England..

Happy *almost* Fall Everyone!


3 Responses to “Apple Picking in New England, a right of passage.”

  1. Lynn September 21, 2012 at 5:37 pm #

    Try Tougas Farm! We were just there 2 weeks ago and picked apples, peaches, and nectarines. They also have berries, pumpkins, etc when they are in season, a tractor ride to the orchard, a big playground for the kids and farm animals 🙂

    • Lynn September 21, 2012 at 5:47 pm #

      Oh wait- you don’t want animals right? Now I am confused lol.

      • Small Space September 21, 2012 at 9:15 pm #

        LOL! Yeah, we try to stay away from farms that have petting stations. I always end up feeling sad about where they’ll end up and don’t like giving them my money (ek! I sound like such a Debbie downer).Maybe when we have kids I’ll make an exception because I know little ones love that stuff. If you have any pumpkin patch suggestions, we’re doing that next month 🙂

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