The Autumn season is a great time in Boston to be out doors and admire one of the most beautiful seasons in Massachusetts. A fun activity this time of year is visiting farms around Boston for apple picking, pumpkin picking, hay rides, corn mazes and more…because (although it is delicious) pumpkin spice iced coffee isn’t the only way to experience Fall. So put on your best flannel and enjoy the finest foliage (and cider donuts) that New England has to offer.
Boston Hill Farm, North Andover MA
Boston Hill Farm is a PYO orchard and farm stand located thirty minutes from the city
in the quaint suburb of North Andover. The farm is open for berry picking in the
summer and pumpkin and apple picking in the fall. Beginning in mid September through
October the Farm hosts Apple Festivals every Saturday and Sunday and offers
pumpkin picking until Halloween. After
you’ve decided on the perfect future Jack o’ Lantern you can visit the farm
stand for homemade treats like honey, jelly, fudge, and ice cream.
Connors Farm, Danvers
When I looked at the map of Connors Farm is reminded me of
an amusement park. There aren’t roller coasters or anything like that but it definitely
has more entertainment attractions that your average little red barn. In
addition to apple picking and a fresh farm stand, Connors Farm is famous for
their Giant Corn Maze which opens
this year on September 10th – and this year its Charlie Brown themed. During October they open the Hysteria Scream Park
(think: Giant Corn Maze but scary) in celebration of Halloween. Like I said before, there’s no roller coasters, but there is
rides! Hay rides that is….you can take one around the whole farm!
Russell Orchards might be well known for their apple picking, but the best part about the farm (in my opinion) is definitely their cider donuts. They are well worth the drive from Boston and are freshly made at the store everyday. Actually, one of the things that makes the Orchard’s store so special is that everything is made fresh and all of the produce they see is grown right there on the farm. Right now, the store also features produce, honey, and eggs. My other favorite part about Russell Orchards is the animals 🙂 You can visit all of the barnyard animals and even feed them too. If you don’t visit for the cider donuts at least come for the bunnies.