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Fall Farm Guide: Apple Picking, Corn Mazes, Pumpkins & Hay Rides

By Barbara Evangelista, Publisher September 22, 2021

Fall is upon us with leaves turning, crisp nights and some of our favorite family activities! Check out these fun, local places offering apple picking, corn mazes, hayrides, pumpkin patches and more.

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.


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BERLIN

Berlin Orchards
Rt. 62 and Lower Sawyer Hill Road
Berlin MA 

978-838-2400  Facebook page

Open 10 AM to 5 PM every day through the end of October. Hay rides. apple picking, pumpkins and farm stand with mums, corn stalks, honey and maple syrup.  Wagons to the orchard run daily.


BOLTON

Bolton Spring Farm
159 Main Street (route 117)
Bolton MA 

978-779-2898  Facebook page

Open daily 9 AM to 6 PM, with apple-picking from 10 AM to 5 PM. Farm stand with fruit, vegetables, baked goods, decor and more. Cash only; no credit or debit cards.  Hayrides to the pumpkin patch start the third weekend of September and run 12-5 PM on weekends.

Schartner Farms
279 West Berlin Road
Bolton MA 

978-779-6293  Facebook page

Opening September 11. Corn maze, apple orchard, animal viewing area, farm stand and pumpkins. Farm animal viewing area included with maze, apple or pumpkin purchase. Open on Saturdays and Sundays only from 10 AM to 5 PM. 


DRACUT

Farmer Dave's
437 Parker Road
Dracut MA  

978-349-1952  Facebook page

Apple picking Friday to Sunday from 9 AM to 5 PM.  Cider doughnuts and other baked items. 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).  Coming in October: pumpkin picking, potato and carrot digging, and a corn maze.


GROTON

Autumn Hills Orchard
495 Chicopee Row
Groton MA  

978-448-8388  Facebook page

Apple picking Tuesday to Friday from 10 AM to 2 PM and weekends 10 AM to 4 PM. Bring your own bag and pick by the pound. Check their Facebook page for daily updates.


HARVARD

Carlson Orchards
115 Oak Hill Rd
Harvard MA 

(978) 456-3916   Facebook page

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 MA 

(978) 772-4139  Facebook page

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 MA 

978-456-8787  Facebook page

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

(Interested in other family-friendly activities in the Harvard/Leominster area? Check out Macaroni Kid Leominster-Clinton!)


PEPPERELL

Kimball Fruit Farm
184 Hollis St
Pepperell MA 

(978) 433-9751  Facebook page

Pick-your-own apples and farm stand open daily 9 AM to 7 PM.  Cider doughnuts and fresh cider available.


STOW

Carver Hill Orchard
101 Boxmill Rd
Stow MA 

(978) 897-6117 Facebook page

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 Road
Stow MA 

978-562-5666  Facebook page

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 Road
Stow MA 

978-897-9287  Facebook page

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.


(Interested in other family-friendly activities in the Stow/Marlborough area? Check out Macaroni Kid Marlborough!)


TYNGSBORO

Parlee Farms
95 Farwell Road
Tyngsboro MA  

978-649-3854  Facebook page

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 MA  

(978) 807-0719  Facebook page

Open daily 10 AM-5 PM. Apples and pumpkins. Mums available for purchase. On weekends apple cider and cider doughnuts are available.  

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

(978) 392-4600  Facebook page

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 MA  

(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.


OUTSIDE GREATER LOWELL BUT A GREAT DAY TRIP!

Mack's Apples
230 Mammoth Rd
Londonderry NH  

(603) 434-7619  Facebook page

This 400-acre farm features 100 acres of apple trees, pumpkin-picking, beautiful walking trails with scenic overlooks, and a Farm Market with local fruits and veggies, maple syrup, and baked items.

Applecrest Farm
133 Exeter Rd
Hampton Falls NH  

(603) 926-3721  Facebook page

This pick-your own farm has a HUGE farm market in a 200-year-old barn, roasted corn and other hot food items, farm animals, tractor rides, and corn mazes.  Follow it up with a drive along the coast in NH and through beautiful foliage.

Russell Orchards
143 Argilla Rd
Ipswich MA  

(978) 356-5366  Facebook page

Apple picking, farm animals, farm market, and a winery too!

Smolak Farms
315 South Bradford St
North Andover MA  

(978) 682-6332  Facebook page 

Pick-your-own apples and pumpkins, hayrides, farm animals, playground and farm market.



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