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Best NH Pick-Your-Own Apple Farms By Region, Apple Picking Tips, & Fall Family Fun

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

We may have already stumbled into “Pumpkin Flavored Everything” season, but in September, apples still reign supreme!

Pick-your-own apple farms are ripe with red, green, and yellow fruits! Many farms also offer petting zoos; hayrides; fresh, farm stand snacks, and even more fun for everyone! Some of my best childhood memories include sucking on flavored honey sticks after apple picking with my family—this is a tradition I intend to pass along to my children.

Apple Picking Tips

– Pick firm, bruise-free apples.

– Apples are considered ripe about 130+ days after the tree flowers (depending on variety). Ask the farmer which tree is likely the ripest.

– Apples ripen from the outside of the tree, inward. So, the outer apples are the ripest.

– Twist the apple in an upward direction, and tug.

Pick-Your-Own Apple Farms in NH

Here are some of our favorite pick-your-own apple farms in New Hampshire. Find more pick-your-own apple farms in our helpful guide or visit our NH Pick-Your-Own Farms Page and browse our interactive map!

Is your favorite PYO apple farm missing here? Email us at jjordan@nh.com and tell us where it is and why you love it so we can add it to our list!

Merrimack Area Apple Farms

Brookdale Fruit Farm
Hollis, NH

We sell everything we grow plus an assortment of gifts and New Hampshire Made Items. We offer our Fruit and Vegetables directly from our fields and we have a large organic selection to choose from. New items seem to arrive daily so please stop by to see what’s new!

Gould Hill Orchards
Contoocook, NH

Antique tractors, museum displays, nostalgic barn and orchard store on 225 year old family farm. Nine varieties of apples are available.

Lull Farm
Hollis, NH

Quaint farm stands in Hollis & Milford. Featuring fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh cut flowers, beautiful plants, local maple syrup and honey, locally baked goods and our own Lull Farm Bakery goods, gourmet food, “pick-your-own” seasonal produce, small animal petting barn, corn maze in the Fall, Halloween Pumpkin Display (in the evening) & Carving Days & Much More!

Mack’s Apples
Londonderry, NH

This is THE place to “Pick Your Own”! Orchard after orchard of ripe apples, and next to almost every one, a pumpkin patch! It’s one FUN Pick Your Own experience. We open around mid-August and our season typically runs through November 1st. There are lots of places to picnic, trails to hike, and in certain orchards, observation decks for you to take in all the glory of harvest in New Hampshire.

Sullivan Farm
Nashua, NH

Sullivan Farm is a 50 acre working farm offering fresh plants, locally grown foods, knowledgeable staff, garden accessories and a growing family of chickens and other creatures soon to come!

Carter Hill Orchard
Concord, NH
Whether you’re a little kid or a big kid, you’re sure to have fun! Our country store is loaded with the flavors of summer! Stop by to pick up peaches, plums, tomatoes, corn, cucumbers, summer squash, and potatoes. And our bakery is focusing on providing customers with fresh-baked cookies.

“We have been going to Carter Hill Orchard for six years. They have a play area for kids with a rope swing, and lookout area. They have a great selection of homemade baked goods including donuts, pies, whoopie pies. The people at the Carter Hill Orchard make you feel like family when you are there. They also do wagon rides!” –NH.com Fan, Christina C.

Seacoast Area Apple Farms

DeMeritt Hill Farm
Lee, NH

This farm was founded around 1820 by the DeMeritt family as a family farm. As such it would have produced the dairy products, meat, wool and vegetables necessary to sustain. In 2007, the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food named us a ‘Farm of Distinction’. This award has only been given out to a handful of exceptional New Hampshire farms in the past 10 years. We are very proud to be included in this select group. This recognition makes all of the hard work we do each season worth it!

Apple Annie
Brentwood, NH

Low-spray apples (pick your own or picked by us), unpasteurized cider, fall vegetables, jams and jellies from our own produce, baked goods. We believe that the flavor of an apple, or any other food, is enhanced by connection with the place where it was grown, and we hope that you will feel that connection here. Nearly everything we sell in the store is made here, as much as possible from our own produce, and we sell only here at the orchard and at a few local outlets.

Monadnock Area Apple Farms
High Hopes Orchard
Westmoreland, NH

Farm adventures entertainment park during apple and pumpkin season, many rides, animals, haunted barn, gift shop and bakery.

Washburn’s Windy Hill Orchard
Greenville, NH

Come pick apples and pumpkins, and on weekends, enjoy a hay ride to our apple orchard and pumpkin patch. Bite into a juicy caramel apple, while navigating through our 4.5 acre corn maze.

McLeod Brothers Orchards
Milford, NH

A family owned and operated farm for over 60 years. Our farm is located in the foothills of New Hampshire’s Monadnock region along the Souhegan River in Milford NH. We offer pick your own apples in the fall and you can find us at the Bedford farmers’ market. Our orchard farm stand is open throughout the apple harvest season, offering our own fresh already picked apples, vegetables, and pumpkins, as well as other fall items.

Dartmouth / Lake Sunapee Area Apple Farms

Riverview Farm
Plainfield, NH

We are a classic New Hampshire farm, family owned and run. We combine a warm and friendly atmosphere with fantastic produce and fun activities to make Riverview Farm a great place to bring the family for a whole afternoon. Our main attraction is our 10 acre apple orchard where you can pick your very own fresh apples straight from the trees. We grow several varieties of apples typical to New England, including McIntosh, Cortland, Red Delicious, Gala, and many others.

Poverty Lane Orchards
Lebanon, NH

At Poverty Lane Orchards, we grow a huge range of apples, many just for curiosity’s sake. We specialize, however, in certain varieties that reach their very best right here on this particular place. If you’d like to come up, taste and take home some sensational fruits, try our Pick-Your-Own and Farm Stand. Poverty Lane Orchards also produces great cider at Farnum Hill Ciders.

Mount Pleasant Orchard
Grafton, NH

Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, apples, pumpkins, already-picked produce (of the pyo crop), snacks and refreshment stand. We will also sell pies, and some pumpkins from our garden.

Lakes Area Apple Farms

Surowiec Farm
Sanbornton, NH

Surowiec Farm in Sanbornton was once a dairy farm and now it’s a bustling vegetable, berry, cut flower and fruit farm that markets its products through an attractive farmstand and local farmers’ markets. Meadows yield hay that’s sold to horse and livestock owners in the area. Come and visit our farmstand and select freshly picked vegetables and fruits. Our Pick Your Own Apple Season extends from Late August until mid October (Please call ahead for picking conditions).

Stonybrook Farm
Gilford, NH

Apples, blueberries, U-pick and already-picked, farm market, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, and picnic area! Pumpkins, mums, maple syrup, old fashioned hay wagon rides into the orchard.

McKenzie’s Farm
Milton, NH

McKenzie’s Farm is a family farm on the top of beautiful Plummer’s Ridge in Milton, New Hampshire. We carved our farm out of fertile, but rocky soil more than two decades ago. On a clear day, you can see Mt. Washington! Our farm is kid and pet friendly (leashes and cleanup required).

White Mountains Area Apple Farms

Windy Ridge Orchard
North Haverhill, NH

Windy Ridge offers 18 varieties of apples in season. Due to the unpredictability of Mother Nature our apple harvest may not follow the predicted schedule; please check online for updated harvest details. Enjoy picking your apples with a view of surrounding mountains and spectacular fall foliage.

Hatches Orchard
Center Conway, NH

Pick your own apples, cider, pumpkins, winter squash, farm market and picnic area.


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