Before you leave for picking, call the farm. Some have websites so you can check apple varieties and other activities. You can also call the Massachusetts Department of Food and Agriculture (877-627-7476) or go to mass.gov/agr/massgrown/apple_pyo.htm.
Amesbury: Cider Hill Farm, 45 Fern Ave. (978-388-5525). Daily 8 a.m.-6 p.m. From I-95 take Exit 58B (Amesbury) onto Route 110 west. Right at the rotary onto Market Street (Route 150). Go 1 mile. Right onto Fern Avenue. Farm on left. www.ciderhill.com.
Berlin: Berlin Orchards, 310 Sawyer Hill Road (978-838-2400) Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Take 495 North to Route 62 (exit 26) toward Berlin/Clinton. Go left at the end of the ramp. Drive for a half mile and take a right onto Lower Sawyer Hill Road. www.berlinorchards.com.
Bolton: Bolton Spring Farm, 159 East Main St. (Route 117) (978-779-2898). Daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. I-495 to Exit 27 on Route 117. Go east toward Stow for 2 miles; orchard on left.
Bolton: Nashoba Valley Winery and Orchard, 100 Wattaquadoc Hill Road (978-779-5521). Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mass. Pike or Route 2 west to I-495 to Exit 27. Go 1 mile west on Route 117 to Bolton Center, left at the yellow light on Wattaquadoc Hill Road; orchard on left. www.nashobawinery.com.
East Bridgewater: C.N. Smith Farm, 325 South St. (508-378-2270). Wed.-Fri. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat.-Sun. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. I-93 south to Route 24 south. Exit 16A (West Bridgewater). Stay on Route 106 east about 8 miles. Right onto South Street at the YMCA. www.cnsmithfarminc.com.
Fitchburg: Marshall Farm, 340 Marshall Road (978-342-4100). Daily 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Route 2 west to Route 13 north to Route 2A west. Right at lights. Right at blinking light. Follow signs. www.marshallfarm.com.
Groton: Autumn Hills Orchard, 495 Chicopee Row (978-448-8388). Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Route 119 to Groton, right on Hollis Street (it turns into Chicopee Row). Orchard on left. www.autumnhillsorchard.com.
Harvard: Carlson Orchards, 115 Oak Hill Road (800-286-3916). Daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Route 2 west to Exit 38B. Go 1/4 mile. Right on Poor Farm Road. Follow signs. www.carlsonorchards.com.
Harvard: Doe Orchards, 327 Ayer Road (Routes 110/111) (978-772-4139). Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Route 2 west to Exit 38B (Routes 110/111, Ayer/Groton exit). Go about 1 1/2 miles north. Follow signs. www.doeorchards.com.
Harvard: Westward Orchards Farm Store, Massachusetts Avenue (Route 111) (978-456-8363). Daily, except Tuesdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Route 2 west to Route 111 south; go about 4 miles. www.westwardorchards.com.
Ipswich: Russell Orchards, 143 Argilla Road (978-356-5366). Daily 9 a.m.-6 p.m. I-95 north to Route 128 north. Follow Route 128 to Exit 20A (Route 1A) to Route 133 in Ipswich. Follow signs for Crane Beach. www.russellorchardsma.com.
Lunenburg: Lanni Orchards, 294 Chase Road, Route 13 (978-582-6246). Daily 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Route 2 west to Route 13 north, 2 miles past Whalom Park. Follow signs. www.lanniorchards.com.
North Andover: Barker’s Farm, 1267 Osgood Street, (978-
North Andover: Smolak Farms, 315 South Bradford St. (978-682-6332). Daily 8 a.m.-5 p.m. I-93 north to Exit 41 (Andover/North Andover, Route 125). Right at end of ramp. Follow Route 125 about 7 miles. Left at the light at Route 114. Right at the next light onto Route 125. Right at the light after the 99 Restaurant. Go through North Andover. Bear left at fire station. Go 1 mile. Left at yellow light. Go 2 miles. Farm on left. www.smolakfarms.com.
North Brookfield: Brookfield Orchards, 12 Lincoln Road (877-622-7555). Daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mass. Pike west to Sturbridge exit. Route 20 east, left to Route 49, left on Route 9. Follow signs. www.brookfieldorchardsonline.com.
Northborough: Tougas Family Farm, 246 Ball St. (508-393-6406). Daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m. I-495 to Exit 25B (Route I-290 west) to Exit 24 (Church Street). Turn right toward Boylston, take right onto Ball Street, then proceed 1 1/2 miles up the hill. www.tougasfarm.com.
Peabody: Brooksby Farm, 38 Felton St. (978-531-7456). Daily 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Route 128 north to Exit 25 west to Route 114. Go through three sets of lights. Left on Cross Street. Second right onto Felton.
Pepperell: Kimball Fruit Farm, 184 Hollis St. (Route 122 north on Mass.-N.H. border) (978-433-9751). Daily 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Route 3 north to Tyngsboro-Dunstable exit. Bear right off ramp onto Route 113. Go 8 miles to rotary in center of Pepperell. Make 1/4 turn onto Route 111. Follow almost to N.H. line; farm on left. www.kimballfruitfarm.com.
Phillipston: Red Apple Farm, 455 Highland Ave. (978-249-6763). Daily 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Route 2 to Exit 19 from the east, Exit 18 from the west. Follow signs. www.redapplefarm.com.
South Natick: Belkin Family Lookout Farm, 89 Pleasant St. South (508-653-0653). Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Exit 21B off I-95/Route 128. Go 5 miles on Route 16 west into South Natick Square. Left onto Pleasant St. Go about 1 mile. www.lookoutfarm.com.
Sterling: Clearview Farm, 4 Kendall Hill Road (978-422-6442). Daily 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Route 2 west to Route 190 south or Mass. Pike west to I-495 north to Route 62. Go through Clinton. Follow signs. www.clearviewfarmstand.com.
Sterling: Davis’ Farmland, 145 Redstone Hill Road (978-422-6666). Thurs.-Sun. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Route 2 west to I-190 south to exit 6. Follow signs. www.davisfarmland.com.
Stow: Carver Hill Orchard, 101 Brookside Avenue, off Route 62 (978-897-6117). Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Routes 117 and 62 to Stow Center. Left at lights, 1/2 mile to Brookside Avenue on left. Follow signs. www.carverhill.com.
Stow: Honey-Pot Hill Orchards, 144 Sudbury Road (978-562-5666). Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Route 2 west to Route 62 exit. Go 7 miles into Stow. Follow signs. www.honeypothill.com.
Stow: Shelburne Farm, 106 West Acton Road (978-897-9287). Daily 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Route 117, right on Crescent Street (about 1/4 mile after the Stowe Shopping Center). Go to end. Right on West Acton Road. Farm on left. www.shelburnefarm.com.
Sturbridge: Hyland Orchard & Brewery, 199 Arnold Road, Sturbridge (774-200-1909). Sat.-Sun. 1-5 p.m. Mass. Pike west to Exit 9. Take Route 20 west. Go 1.7 miles to Arnold Road. Go 2 miles. www.hylandorchard.com.
Sutton: Keown Orchard, 9 McClellan Rd. (508-865-6706) Daily 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mass Pike west to Route 146. Go south, then left on Central Turnpike. Left on Dodge Hill Road. Follow signs. www.keownorchards.com.
Tyngsborough: Parlee Farms, 95 Farwell Road (978-649-3854). Tues.-Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Route 3 north to Exit 34. Right onto Westford Road. Go 1 mile to the lights. Left onto Middlesex Road. Second right onto Farwell Road. Go 1 mile. Farm on right. www.parleefarms.com.
Warren: Breezelands Orchards, 1791 Southbridge Road (413-436-7122). Daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Take Mass Pike West to Exit 9 (Sturbridge). Follow 20 west for 2 miles, then follow Route 148 north for 4 miles. First left after the high school. www.breezelandsorchards.com.
Westford: Drew Farms, 35 Tadmuck Road (978-807-0719). Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. I-495 to Exit 32. Take Boston Road to Route 110. Left onto 110, left onto Tadmuck Road. www.drewfarms.com.
West Newbury: Long Hill Orchard, 520 Main St. (978-363-2170). Daily 10 a.m-6 p.m. I-95 north to Exit 57. West on Route 113 for 3 miles; farm on right. www.longhillorchard.com.