Take the Family Apple Picking

Apples!

Ireland Orchard Apples-1

Apples are becoming ripe for the picking all over Western Massachusetts. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

Apple season is here and there are many great orchards your family can visit to pick your own peck of apples.

Ireland Street Apple Orchards in West Chesterfield use to be where my family would go, but after 20+ years of being in the apple orchard business Fred and Millie Chick have retired.

You can pick your own apples at a number of Local Hero farms or pick some up at a local retailer. In my search for local PYO apple orchards in the hilltowns and valley, I can across this list of local farms.  Give a call before heading over to confirm availability and time to pick.

Pressing Apple Cider

Pressing apple cider. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

  • Apex Orchards
    153 Peckville Road
    Shelburne, MA 01370
    Tele: 625-2744
  • Atkins Farms
    1150 West Street
    Amherst, MA 01002
    Tele: 253-9528
  • Clarkdale Fruit Farms
    303 Upper Road
    Deerfield, MA 01342
    Tele: 772-6797
  • Outlook Farm
    136 Main Road (Route 66)
    Westhampton, MA 01027
    Tele:  529-9388

    Roasting apples over an open fire

    Baking apples over an open fire. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

  • Pine Hill Orchards
    248 Greenfield Road
    Colrain, MA 01340
    Tele: 624-3325
  • Quonquont Farm
    9 North Street
    Whately, MA 01093
    Tele: 575-4680

UPPER CRUST
Where did the saying “Upper crust” come from? According to the U.S. Apple Association, in early America, when times were hard and cooking supplies were scarce, cooks often had to scrimp and save on ingredients. Apple pie was a favorite dish, but to save on lard and flour, only a bottom crust was made. More affluent households could afford both an upper and a lower crust, so those families became known as “the upper crust.”

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