Fall is in full swing all across New England. The leaves are turning and the air is cooler so this calls many New Englanders to the cider mill and apple orchard. We can’t help it, it’s in our DNA. For our first orchard adventure this fall, we chose Berlin Orchards in Berlin, MA. and it was perfection.
Not being able to take my kids apple picking for the years we lived in Colorado was something I never really got used to. When we moved back home, as soon as the calendar said it was fall, I couldn’t head out to an apple orchard fast enough.
Thankfully, they are now plentiful so we can take out pick every year. It will be hard to top our Berlin Orchards experience, though.
VISITING BERLIN ORCHARDS
Located off of 495 on Rte. 62 in Berlin, Massachusetts, Berlin Orchards is a beautiful orchard with many varieties of pick-your-own apples. When we visited in late September, Macintosh, Golden Supreme, Honeycrisp, Jonagold, Cortland, Gala, and Macoun were ripe for picking.
Before getting on the tractor for a hayride out to the orchard, stop at the kiosk to buy a bag for your apples. A half-bushel bag (about 20 pounds) is $35 and a peck bag (about 10 pounds) is $25. On weekdays a bag is a bit less, but they don’t offer the hayride to the orchard on weekdays. During the week a bag will cost you $30 or $20 respectively.
The short ride out to the orchard is stunning. I have been to quite a few apple orchards in my day, and I can honestly say that so far, Berlin Orchards is the prettiest one I’ve visited. The orchard is surrounded by rock walls and large trees that will be nothing short of stunning during peak foliage season. The orchard is well marked and organized so finding your favorite apples is a breeze!
BERLIN ORCHARDS FARM STAND
If you’re short on time or just aren’t feeling up to picking your own apples, you can visit the farm stand to buy a bag without the effort. In the farm stand, you will also find homemade applesauce, jellies, sauces, fresh apple cider, pumpkins, and gourds.
But whatever you do, don’t forget the apple cider donuts before you leave! You can eat them there at the picnic tables or bring them home.
FUN FOR THE KIDS
As if a hayride and picking apples wasn’t fun enough for the little ones, there are kid-sized houses to play in and farm animals to visit. My youngest son is seven and loved playing inside the tiny houses; we had a hard time getting him out!
THE PETTING ZOO AT BERLIN ORCHARDS
If you have an animal lover on your hands, they will love to visit with the farm animals Berlin Orchards has on-site. They have pigs, chickens, donkeys, goats, even an emu.
Berlin Orchards will be one of our must-visit orchards from now on and I think your family will love it, too.
310 Sawyer Hill Rd.
Berlin, MA. 01503
Open 7 days a week from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Closes for the season at the end of October.
Half bushel bag (about 20 lbs.) – $35
One peck bag (about 10 lbs.) – $25
Half bushel bag (about 20 lbs.) – $30
One peck bag (about 10 lbs.) – $20
* No hayride on weekdays