Many folks are still in summer mode (believe me, I’m one of them), but if you want to take your family apple picking this season, you should start thinking about apples sooner than later! The orchards are ready and seem to be about ten days ahead of schedule! If you hold off and wait until late September, you just might miss your chance to pick your own! We missed our chance last year altogether due to the storms and weather that affected the crops, so we weren’t going to miss it this year. We got an early start yesterday at Sweet Berry Farm in Middletown, RI.
The post-and-beam farmhouse is gorgeous. They offer sweets and savories of all sorts and the setting is just lovely. It was hot yesterday, and the farmhouse is not air-conditioned, so I want to venture back another day when it’s cooler so I can really poke around. It was even too hot for Susanna’s Ice Cream. It was also 10am. I will be back, Susanna.
The apple picking was just OK. A lot of the apples had already passed their prime in the pick-your-own section we were allowed to roam. We purchased a peck at $16. I was hoping for more varieties of apples, a few animals, a hayride for the kids and some cider donuts. I much prefer The Big Apple in Wrentham, MA. where the experience is really geared toward children.
So, like I said, the apples will most likely be gone before you know it. Plan your apple picking family outing now before it is too late. Where will your family go?
Here is a list of some local Massachusetts orchards where you can pick your own apples: