Autumn in New England is by far one of the most beautiful times of year, and one in which I tend to feel most grateful to call this region home. The bright colors engulf the landscape, making even a stroll to the park feel more appealing. The change in season brings more than just a feast for you eyes, it is also a great time of year to indulge in one of my all time favorite fall activities, apple picking!

Apples were first introduced to the New England region of the U.S. by early settlers, who primarily harvested the apples to use in Cider. Over time, apples grew in popularity throughout the nation, and are now a very vital part of our economy.

“The United States is home to approximately 7,500 apple producers, which grow around 48,000 tons of apples per year, generating some $2.7 billion annually.” ~History.com

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I love apples, and nothing compares to the crisp taste of freshly picked apple. It is fun to scan the rows and rows of trees, looking for the perfect apples, the ones that stand out from the rest and call to you. Lucky for those of us who dwell in cities or suburbs, farms across the U.S. open their doors to allow everyone the chance to experience eating freshly picked fruit.

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With the season at it’s peak I packed my camera and headed to my local Pick Your Own (PYO) Farm. Boston Hill Farms, located in North Andover, MA has a wonderful selection of pick your own fruits throughout the year, strawberries and blueberries in the summer, peaches in August and September, apples and pumpkins in the fall. This fantastic small farm is a great destination for a day trip throughout the year, and for those of us in the Merrimack Valley, it’s proximity makes it all the more appealing.

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Boston Hill Farm also has a great Farm Store, that offers other fresh veggies and produce, as well as baked goods, a nice selection of gourmet foods, and of course warm and delicious apple cider! In the warmer months you will also find ice cream you can enjoy with some of the farm’s other fantastic attractions.

 

 

The fantastic fall views,  make the farm the perfect place for a romantic date. The Farm Store has everything you need for a perfect picnic, and since they also offer Hayrides you won’t have to cart your basket too far if you don’t want to.

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Families wit small children are also in for a treat at the farm, as it features a charming authentic New England Play House, and a wooden tractor, a ship, and a train for children to play on, in addition to some pretty cool horse shaped tire swings.

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One of my absolute favorite parts of the farm was the petting zoo! You can get up close with the animals, and they even sell feed at the Farm Store if you fancy getting really close to them. It had been years since I had been close to an animal that isn’t someone’s pet, and it is a great experience to remind ourselves of our connection with nature.

If you are not near North Andover or New England, not to worry, there are many different farms that allow you to pick your own fruits, so no matter what part of the region you are from you should be able to find a farm near you. Check out, pickyourown.org for help finding a farm near you anywhere in the U.S.

What is your favorite fall activity or date?

 

 

Boston Hill Farm North Andover MA-38 Boston Hill Farm 

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Phone: 978-681-8556

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Open Year Round from 9am to 6pm

Address: 1370 Turnpike Street., North Andover, MA 01845

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Written by Karina -mylettersoftransit.com

45 Comments

shantelrousseau

Gorgeous Karina! I mean anyone that has real seasonal weather always complains when it’s cold, but if we didn’t have Winter and Fall – we wouldn’t have beautiful weather like the kind you showed in your pics! These pictures will definitely get me through when we’re getting our 1st of many ‘Cold Weather Warnings’!

xxo.
http://www.simplyshantel.com

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Karina -mylettersoftransit.com

That is absolutely true. I am usually one of the first lamenting winter. Already I feel cold and am dreading the temperature drops that are yet to come, but you’re right, without it we wouldn’t have the other seasons. Thanks for stopping by.

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badfish

I haven’t seen an “autumn” in years now, decades maybe. I live in a desert. So there’s no leaves to fall in the Fall. Love your photos! Cool post.

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Karina -mylettersoftransit.com

Thanks! Now that the fall is winding down and winter is getting closer, I’m kind of wishing for a bit of dessert weather. I love New England but I hate winter with such a deep rooted passion that I question why I don’t move to the dessert instead, but then spring comes and I forget all about it.

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Sarah

There are no apple trees in the Phils, so it’s actually one of the things I wanted to do: to pick apples from the tree. The colors are beautiful, btw. And are captured well by the photos. :)

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Karina -mylettersoftransit.com

We didn’t have apples in Dominican Republic either and now that you mention it, my grandmother, who never got the chance to leave the island, always talked about visiting an apple orchard since we used to have them imported for Christmas. She used to say she only wanted a passport so she could do three things, see Venice, taste a peach and have her fill of all the apples she could pick from a tree. I didn’t remember that until your comment, thank you so much for your comment, it made my day :)

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Anne Cohen

What a great post, and beautiful pictures! I used to go berry picking with my father when I was young. This bring back such nice memories of my dad. I had no idea that there were places to go apple picking too! That would be fun! Apples are one of my favourites as well, and SO good for you! -Anni

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Karina -mylettersoftransit.com

Family memories are the best. I saw so many young families at the farm and when I have kids I’m definitely taking them. I havent been berry picking yet, but they do offer it in the summers so I’ll add it to my bucket list for next summer.

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Karina -mylettersoftransit.com

Thanks Monika, if you ever do visit I’m sure you’ll love it, the whole region is awesome and I don’t just say that becase New England is home. I’d also love to visit Colorado, it’s definitely on my list so I’ll have to hit you up for reccomendations on where to go!

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mariavlog103

Hey there just read your post i don’t think like a post it was like a journey :) My advice is instead of making me to read your post make me to travel as a journey to your post…Actually the post was bit of journey never seen apples like this…Thanks for the trip :)
Regards,
Maria

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Karina -mylettersoftransit.com

Thank you so much for the feedback and the advice. I really appreciate it and will view it as an opportunity to grow and improve. I do think that everyone has their own writing style, and the main purpose of the majority of my posts is to showcase my photographs, but if I am not presenting it as a journey I guess I am not doing a good enough job in the structuring of the posts. Thank you again for the feedback.

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Lilly

Wow! I’ve always wanted to live in NE (it started with my passion for Maine from King novels). This post made me want to be there even more! The pictures are gorgeous. Thank you so much for sharing!!

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Karina -mylettersoftransit.com

I love Stephen King! He really does do a great job of transmiting New England through his writting. I’m so glad you liked my pictures and if you ever find yourself heading to New England let me know and I can reccomend some great places.

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