Weekend Fun: Apple Picking in the Fall

This post is a part of a series of posts about local activities you can participate in and neat places to visit during the weekend.  I will highlight fun and affordable activities.  In this post, you will learn about a fun fall event: apple picking.

During one of my recent visits to a high school in New Hampshire, I passed by an orchard that allowed people to pick their own apples.  I thought that was a cool concept and decided to search for places to pick my own apples in Massachusetts.  After a little research online, I chose to go to Honey Pot Hill Orchards in Stow, MA because it was not too far from Boston and it seemed to be a popular place for apple picking.

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I arrived at the orchard around 10:30 am, but it was already packed with a few hundred people who had the same idea as me to go apple picking on a sunny fall morning.  Before I picked my apples, I made a pit stop to the bakery for some warm cider doughnuts and fresh apple cider.  It was the perfect breakfast and I had to stop myself from eating half a dozen of those delicious doughnuts.

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While on my way to the orchards, I had to make another pit stop.  This time it was to the new hedge maze called The Big Green Monster.  I’ve never been through a maze and thought it would be a neat experience.  One thing I promised myself not to do was to call 911 if I got lost in the maze.  There were 6 bridges and it was extremely challenging!  I kept taking wrong turns, but about an hour later I made it through the maze.

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After my maze adventure, I made my way to the orchards.  There were several varieties of apples to choose from.  I tried to just pick a few apples from different trees.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t tell the difference between each kind of apple once I placed them in my bag.  But, it was a fun experience picking my own apples.  It was also nice to see other people with bags and bags of apples they just picked.  If you are looking for a fun and relatively inexpensive activity, I definitely recommend spending an afternoon apple picking with your friends and families.  Now that I have a whole bag of apples, I have to decide what to make with them.  Maybe it’s time to bake an apple pie…

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Julie

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