If you haven’t made an apple picking trip this year it isn’t too late in Central Massachusetts. We recently made a trip out to Stow, Massachusetts where we visited Honey Pot Hill Orchards. We were a bit overwhelmed by the choices of farms we could visit for our first official apple picking trip as a family. It turned out our friend was spot on since not only was there apple picking there were hay rides and plenty to buy at the bakery.
Apple picking can be an annual tradition for many families since it makes for a great trip out doors. I was not aware though that the apple picking season actually can start out in August. I was always under the assumption it was a fall thing since though this was our first family trip we had volunteered on field trips when our kids were young and of course they took place in the fall. It isn’t too late though since currently HoneyPotHill is predicting that it will be open for apple picking through this Saturday October 24th.
Interestingly enough I tried the website ApplePickingBoston.com and was able to get lots of choices if I put in Worcester County but HoneyPotHill was not on that list so I am glad we asked our friend. Many of the farms have other fall activities like Hay Rides and Petting Zoos. At this time of year Pumpkin Picking is also popular at the farms. At HoneyPotHill we visited the bakery for our first ever cider donuts, they were yummy. We also bought home an apple pie and a pumpkin pie.
Something to consider on your visit is how many apples you really want to pick. We bought 2 medium bags for our 2 children to fill. This was more than enough for us. We gave a bag to “Nana” who has made a record number of apple pies in a week. On the brochure we picked up at HoneyPotHill we found some other recipes for the apples including ones for apple sauce, apple crisp and of course a German Apple Pie recipe. Don’t forget to call or check the website of the farm/apple orchard you are thinking of visiting since it is getting late in the apple picking season.