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Apple Orchard Guide for Greater Lowell

By Barbara Evangelista, Publisher August 30, 2021

Updated for 2021!  

Apple-picking season has started!  A New England Fall wouldn't be complete without spending an afternoon picking apples, taking a hay ride and enjoying cider doughnuts.  Below is a list of pick-your-own apple orchards in Greater Lowell and a bit south.  (Note that we don't list orchards in the Methuen/Andover/Lawrence area -- please check out Macaroni Kid Merrimack Valley MA.)

Note: Please do not bring your dog to the orchards; they cannot allow dogs into the orchards and pumpkin fields per health regulations, so you'll have to leave your four-legged friend in the car. 


DRACUT

Farmer Dave's
437 Parker Rd, Dracut

(978) 349-1952

Apple picking is generally weekends only from 9 AM to 5 PM, although they may add some weekdays during the height of the season.  Check their Facebook page for the latest details.  Cider doughnuts and other baked items and corn maze. Hayrides available on weekends, with limited capacity (those who can walk to the orchard, about 5 minutes, are asked to walk to allow space for seniors, those with limited mobility, and families with young children).


GROTON

Autumn Hills Orchard
495 Chicopee Row, Groton

(978) 448-8388

Apple picking Tuesday to Friday 10 AM to 2 PM and weekends 10 AM to 4 PM. Bring your own bag (they have them, if needed) and pay by the pound.  Check their Facebook page for daily updates.


HARVARD

Carlson Orchards
115 Oak Hill Rd
Harvard

(978) 456-3916

Pick-your-own apples, pumpkins and more daily 9 AM-4 PM. Farm store with doughnuts, ice cream, baked goods, and fruit is open until 6 PM. Check the Pick Your Own page or their Facebook page for daily updates.


Doe Orchards
327 Ayer Rd
Harvard

(978) 772-4139

Pick-your-own apples and peaches Tuesday to Sunday from 9 AM to 4 PM.  Note that days and hours may change as the Fall season starts; check their website or Facebook page for the latest updates.  Also Christmas trees. Farm stand with apples, honey, cider, maple syrup, and pumpkins. 


Westward Orchards
178 Mass Ave
Harvard

(978) 456-8787

Pick your own apples daily 10 AM to 4 PM. Cider doughnuts and farm store (please wear masks inside).  Check their Facebook page for the latest updates.


STOW

Carver Hill Orchard
101 Boxmill Rd, Stow

(978) 897-6117

Open daily from 9 AM to 4 PM. Pick-your-own apples, pumpkins and vegetables. Farm store with picked fruit, vegetables, cider, doughnuts, cheese and baked goods. 


Honey Pot Hill Orchards
138 Sudbury Rd, Stow

(978) 562-5666

Pick-your-own apples 9 AM to 5 PM daily. Farm store with apples, corn, tomatoes, doughnuts, caramel apples, baked goods and ice cream. Hayrides available on weekends (extra fee). Large and small hedge mazes (additional cost) and farm animals.  Check their Facebook page for the latest update and daily specials.


Shelburne Farm
106 West Acton Rd, Stow

(978) 897-9287

Pick-your-own apples, peaches and pumpkins 9 AM-5 PM daily. Farm animals, farm store and cider doughnuts.  Check their Facebook page for the latest update.


TYNGSBORO

Parlee Farms
95 Farwell Rd, Tyngsboro

(978) 649-3854

Families are encouraged to visit on weekdays (Tuesday to Friday 10 AM to 4 PM) when the farm will be quieter, and there will be free hayrides and other weekday-only options. 

Pick-your-own apples, flowers, and pumpkins Tuesday through Sunday 10 AM-5 PM, closed Mondays. Call ahead or check Today's Farm News for current picking conditions and hours as some varieties may be picked out earlier in the day. Farm store and outdoor store annex with doughnuts, baked goods, fruit, vegetables, jams, cider and more. Hayrides have limited capacity; groups who can walk are asked to in order to save space for those who are less mobile. Farm animals and ice cream stand.  


WESTFORD

Drew Farm
31 Tadmuck Rd, Westford

(978) 807-0719

Pick your own apples opens in early September.  Open daily 10 AM-5 PM. Apples and pumpkins. Mums available for purchase. Cider doughnuts available for purchase weekends only.


Farmer Dave's at Hill Orchard
4 Hunt Rd, Westford

(978) 692-9894

Entrance to the pick-your-own orchard is off of Chamberlain Rd. Pick-your-own on weekends only from Labor Day to Halloween, 10 AM to 4 PM. Farmstand with picked fruit, honey, pies, vegetables, jams and more open from 10 AM-5 PM. Check their Facebook page for the latest updates, since hours/days can change.


Scanlan Orchards
22 Texas Rd, Westford
(978) 692-8881

This no-frills orchard is open weekends from 9 AM to 6 PM through late October. 26 varieties of apples are available.



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