slides: Best Pick-Your-Own Apple Spots In Rhode Island
Saturday, October 06, 2012
This orchard is the perfect fall destination for families. Sunset Orchards offers McIntosh, Cortland, Red and Yellow Delicious, Macoun, and Rhode Island Green apples for pick-your-own. It also boasts candy apples, fresh-pressed cider, tractor rides, a moonbounce and barrel train rides for the kids on the weekends, and a bakery full of cookies, pastries, and pies. This orchard has it all!
244 Gleaner Chapel Rd, North Scituate. (401) 934-1900. Open 9am-5pm weekdays, 9am-6pm weekends. More info here.
Barden Family Orchard
This orchard has about 12 varieties of apples to offer for picking this season, including McIntosh, Macoun, Cortland, Gala, Honeycrisp, and Red and Golden Delicious. Take a break from picking to enjoy a hayride this holiday weekend and Sundays, 1pm-4pm. When you've picked to your heart's content, visit the market farm where the Barden family makes sweet apple cider from the orchard's own apples. The market also sells home-grown vegetables, jams and jellies, salsa, barbecue sauces, local honey, and local cheese.
56 Elmdale Rd, North Scituate.
(401) 934-1413. Open Monday-Friday 9am-6pm, weekends 9am-5pm.
"You Pick 'Em" includes Cortland, McIntosh, and Baldwin apples among others on the 6-acre Leach Farm. This family-owned, family-friendly farm also offers pumpkins, vegetables, tomatoes, and a farm stand. Photo: WDNR/flickr
147 Austin Ave, Greenville, (401) 862-5156. Open weekends 10am-6pm.
Steere Orchard is the largest orchard in Rhode Island and offers Cortland, McIntosh, Braeburn, Red Delicious, and Golden Delicious apples as well as free tractor-drawn hayrides on the weekends when you pick your own. Pumpkins, gourds, squash, indian corn, jams and jellies, apple butter, apple cider, donuts, and locally-produced honey are also available for purchase. Steere Orchard's Apple Fest will feature baked goods and samples, burgers, and the Applehead String Band.
150 Austin Ave, Greenville, (401) 949-1456. Open daily 9am-5pm. Go here for more info.
Dame Farm & Orchards
As Dame Farm and Orchard puts it, "You can be sure it's American grown when you pick your own!" McIntosh, Cortland, Gala, Honeycrisp, Macoun, Jona Gold, Braeburn, Ida Red, and Red Delicious are available for picking on this over 7-acre land. Trees are tagged by apple type for ease and convenience. Dame Farm and Orchard sells numerous fruits and veggies for purchase as well as horse-drawn wagon rides and the 4-acre A-Maize-ing Corn Maze. Photo: The Birkes/flickr
94 Brown Ave, Johnston, (401) 949-3657. Open Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, weekends and Monday Holidays 9:30am-5pm. More info here.
Take a horse-drawn hayride into the trees where Red and Gold Delicious, McIntosh, Cortland, Gala, Macoun, Empire, Granny Smith, and Rome apples await their picking. Peaches, pumpkins, and cider are also available on this 20-acre orchard.
86 Winsor Ave, Johnston, 401-949-2940. Open weekends through Nov 4, 10am-5pm. Open weekdays by appointment for school trips and other groups. Visit the Hill Orchard website for details.
Young Family Farm
This farm boasts a 5-acre orchard and more than 8 varieties of apples for your picking pleasure, as well as potatoes, butternut squash, acorn squash, and lovely flowers to gaze upon such as dahlias, sunflowers, zinnias, oriental lilies, and hydrangeas.
Don't miss Young's Apple Fest Oct. 6 and 7, 10:30am-4:30pm, which will feature not only apple picking, but also hayrides, face painting, scavenger hunts, various apple recipes, tasty grilled goods, bluegrass music, and Farmer Ty's Famous Fries. Photo: ironypoisoning/flickr
260 West Main Rd, Little Compton, (401) 635-0110. Open Monday, Thursday through Sunday 9am-5pm. Check out the Young Family Farm website for more info.
Old Stone Orchard
Old Stone Orchard is one of the only high-density trellised apple orchards in New England and is in the heart of its season for pick-your-own. Pick your own apples with trees low enough for your toddlers to join in on the fun. This orchard also offers pick-your-own for four kinds of pumpkins as well as eggplants. Melons, mums, gourds, and squash are also available for purchase. Photo: ironypoisoning/flickr
33 Colebrook Rd, Little Compton, 401-635-2663. Open Thursday-Sunday 10am-5pm. Go here for more info.
Rocky Brook Orchard
Bring a picnic and enjoy the beautiful scenery when you come to Rocky Brook Orchards for "UPick" weekends. With trees low enough for toddlers, this orchard boasts over 60 varieties of apples, enough for even the most pickiest of apple pickers. Tree types are cleverly identified by spool color–look for yellow, green, blue spools for the best picks well into November. Check out how the UPick System works and an extensive apple profile.
997 Wapping Rd, Middletown, (401) 851-7989. Open weekends and Columbus day, 10am-4:30pm. Open weekdays for groups by appointment.
Jaswell's Farm offers about 8 varieties of apples for picking, including Cortland, McIntosh, Red Delicious, and Yellow Delicious. A farmstand/bakery sells candy apples, fruit baskets, and more daily from 8am-5pm, and this weekend Jaswell's concession tent will have hot dogs, french fries, doughboys, delicious hot apple crisp, and more available from 11am-4pm. Hayrides are given from 1pm-4pm Sundays, and this Columbus Day take a ride for a good cause! Jaswell's will be offering free hayrides with donations of canned goods for the Rhode Island Community Food Bank.
50 Swan Rd, Smithfield, (401) 231-9043. Open daily 10am-5pm.
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