THERE’S NO BETTER PLACE to enjoy the New England landscape than its apple orchards.
No two orchards are exactly alike, but many offer spectacular views in addition to ripening apples on trees bursting with fruit. The orchard’s beauty peaks during harvest.
The orchard is peaceful and quiet; away from traffic, the grass beneath the trees absorbs noise — except for the soft sound of birds fluttering among the branches. Breathe deep.
The sweet fragrance of ripening fruit fills the lungs and air. Breathe deep again.
In addition to dozens of varieties of apples, many orchards have other tree fruits like pears and peaches, plus blueberries, raspberries, and an array of vegetables.
When you enter the farm store, the aroma shifts from apples to baked goods, from pies to cider donuts, and freshly pressed cider.
You can spend an entire day at one orchard, or visit several. Either way, there is no better place to enjoy the outdoors and return home with the delicious, nutritious fruits of farmers’ labors.
Consult our Orchard Finder to learn more, and call ahead to find out what’s picking and to see if the orchard has any special rules for visiting due to the coronavirus.
Here are a few scenes from around the region, ending with a parade of apples.