Before you leave for picking, call the farm. Some have websites so you can check apple varieties and other activities. You can also call the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (877-627-7476) or go to www .mass.gov/agr/massgrown/apple_pyo.htm.
Cider Hill Farm, 45 Fern Ave. (978-388-5525). Daily 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. From I-95 take Exit 58B (Amesbury) onto Route 110 west. Right at the rotary onto Market Street (Route 150). Go 1 mile. Right onto Fern Avenue. Farm on left. www.ciderhill.com
Berlin Orchards, 310 Sawyer Hill Road (978-838-2400). Daily from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Take I-495 north to Route 62 (exit 26) toward Berlin/Clinton. Go left at the end of the ramp. Drive for a half mile and take a right onto Lower Sawyer Hill Road. www.berlinorchards .com
Bolton Spring Farm, 159 East Main St. (Route 117) (978-779-2898). Daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. I-495 to Exit 27 on Route 117. Go east toward Stow for 2 miles; orchard on left.
Nashoba Valley Winery and Orchard, 100 Wattaquadoc Hill Road (978-779-5521). Daily from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mass. Pike or Route 2 west to I-495 to Exit 27. Go 1 mile west on Route 117 to Bolton Center, left at the yellow light on Wattaquadoc Hill Road; orchard on left. www.nashoba winery.com
C.N. Smith Farm, 325 South St. (508-378-2270). Wed-Fri from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat.-Sun. 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. I-93 south to Route 24 south. Exit 16A (West Bridgewater). Stay on Route 106 east about 8 miles. Right onto South Street at the YMCA. www.cn smithfarminc.com
Autumn Hills Orchard, 495 Chicopee Row (978-448-8388). Weekdays by appointment, schedule by e-mailing info@autumnhillor chard.com, Sat-Sun 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Route 119 to Groton, right on Hollis Street (it turns into Chicopee Row). Orchard on left. www.autumnhillsorchard.com
Carlson Orchards, 115 Oak Hill Road (800-286-3916). Daily from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Route 2 west to Exit 38B. Go 1/4 mile. Right on Poor Farm Road. Follow signs. www.carlsonorchards.com
Doe Orchards, 327 Ayer Road (Routes 110/111) (978-772-4139). Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Route 2 west to Exit 38B (Routes 110/111, Ayer/Groton exit). Go about 1.5 miles north. Follow signs. www.doeorchards.com
Westward Orchards Farm Store, 188 Massachusetts Ave. (Route 111) (978-456-8363). Daily, except Tuesdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Route 2 west to Route 111 south; go about 4 miles. www.westwardor chards.com
Russell Orchards, 143 Argilla Road (978-356-5366). Daily from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. I-95 north to Route 128 north. Follow Route 128 to Exit 20A (Route 1A) to Route 133 in Ipswich. Follow signs for Crane Beach. www.russellor chards.com
Lanni Orchards, 294 Chase Road, Route 13 (978-582-6246). Daily from 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Route 2 west to Route 13 north, 2 miles past Whalom Park. Follow signs. lanniorchards.com
Barker’s Farm, 1267 Osgood St. (978-683-0785). Daily 10 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. I-93 north to Exit 41 (Andover/North Andover, Route 125). Stay on road 10.3 miles. Farm on right.
Smolak Farms, 315 South Bradford St. (978-682-6332). Daily from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. I-93 north to Exit 41 (Andover/North Andover, Route 125). Right at end of ramp. Follow Route 125 about 7 miles. Left at the light at Route 114. Right at the next light onto Route 125. Right at the light after the 99 Restaurant. Go through North Andover. Bear left at fire station. Go 1 mile. Left at yellow light. Go 2 miles. Farm on left. www.smo lakfarms.com
Brookfield Orchards, 12 Lincoln Road (877-622-7555). Daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mass. Pike west to Sturbridge exit. Route 20 east, left to Route 49, left on Route 9. Follow signs. www.brookfieldor chardsonline.com.
Tougas Family Farm, 234 Ball St. (508-393-6406). Tue-Sun 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. I-495 to Exit 25B (Route I-290 west) to Exit 24 (Church Street). Turn right toward Boylston, take right onto Ball Street, then proceed 1.5 miles up the hill. www.tougasfarm.com
Brooksby Farm, 38 Felton St. (978-531-7456). Daily 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Route 128 north to Exit 25 west to Route 114. Go through three sets of lights. Left on Cross Street. Second right onto Felton.
Kimball Fruit Farm, 184 Hollis St. (Route 122 north on Mass.-N.H. border) (978-433-9751). Daily 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Route 3 north to Tyngsborough-Dunstable exit. Bear right off ramp onto Route 113. Go 8 miles to rotary in center of Pepperell. Turn onto Route 111. Follow almost to New Hampshire line; farm on left. www.kimballfruitfarm.com
Red Apple Farm, 455 Highland Ave. (978-249-6763). Daily 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. Route 2 to Exit 19 from the east, Exit 18 from the west. Follow signs. www.redapplefarm .com.
Belkin Family Lookout Farm, 89 Pleasant St. South (508-653-0653). Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Exit 21B off I-95/Route 128. Go 5 miles on Route 16 west into South Natick Square. Left onto Pleasant Street. Go about 1 mile. www.lookoutfarm.com
Clearview Farm, 4 Kendall Hill Road (978-422-6442). Daily 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. Route 2 west to Route 190 south or Mass. Pike west to I-495 north to Route 62. Go through Clinton. Follow signs. www.clear viewfarmstand.com.
Davis’ Farmland, 145 Redstone Hill Road (978-422-6666). Thu-Sun 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Route 2 west to I-190 south to exit 6. Follow signs. www.davisfarmland.com
STOW Carver Hill Orchard, 101 Brookside Avenue, off Route 62 (978-897-6117). Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Routes 117 and 62 to Stow Center. Left at lights, half mile to Brookside Avenue on left. Follow signs. www.carverhill.com
Honey-Pot Hill Orchards, 144 Sudbury Road (978-562-5666). Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Route 2 west to Route 62 exit. Go 7 miles into Stow. Follow signs. www.honeypothill.com
Shelburne Farm, 106 West Acton Road (978-897-9287). Daily 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. Route 117, right on Crescent Street (about a quarter mile after the Stowe Shopping Center). Go to end. Right on West Acton Road. Farm on left. www.shelburnefarm.com
Keown Orchards, 9 McClellan Road (508-865-6706). Daily 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. Mass Pike west to Route 146. Go south, then left on Central Turnpike. Left on Dodge Hill Road. Follow signs. www.keownorchards.com
Parlee Farms, 95 Farwell Road (978-649-3854). Tue-Fri 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Route 3 north to Exit 34. Right onto Westford Road. Go 1 mile to the lights. Left onto Middlesex Road. Second right onto Farwell Road. Go 1 mile. Farm on right. www.parleefarms.com
Breezelands Orchards, 1791 Southbridge Road (413-436-7122). Daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Take Mass Pike West to Exit 9 (Sturbridge). Follow 20 west for 2 miles, then follow Route 148 north for 4 miles. First left after the high school. www.breeze landsorchards.com
Drew Farms, 31 Tadmuck Road (978-807-0719). Daily 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. I-495 to Exit 32. Take Boston Road to Route 110. Left onto 110, left onto Tadmuck Road. www.drewfarm.com