2016 PYO Apple Season is Over

Last day for Picking was Saturday October 15th  —  No Apple Picking Sunday or After

We will have Extremely Limited Picking of Apples which may included Baldwin  Granny Smith, Golden Russet,  Golden Delicious,  Roxbury Russetts and limited others.   Because of the drought, many are small but if you have the patience there are still apples to pick at least at the start of the day.

For people that want easy picking or have high expectations we strongly recommend one of the orchards listed below.

There are also some great farms run by out neighbors so if we do not have the variety that you like, please consider picking apples this weekend at Nicewitz Family Farm located at 116 Sawyer Road, Bolton, MA just 2 miles past the winery. It is the 3rd road on the left.  Click here for more information about Nicewicz Family Farm

For great fun, consider a visit to Schartner Farm located 279 West Berlin Road, Bolton MA.  Click here for more information about  Schartner Family Farm While the Schartner Farm is out of apples, they have a great Maze and Hay Rides. Located just 2 miles from the winery, take the second right after the winery onto West Berlin Road and travel about 1.5 miles to Schartner Farm.

Another local Farm for picking apples this weekend at Bolton Spring Farms located at 159 Main Street (Route 117), Bolton, MA Bolton Spring Farm is located 1.5 miles past the Route 495 access ramps, east(heading towards Stow) on Route 117. They are cash only but also have a great country store.  Click here for more information about Bolton Spring Farm

For pre-picked fresh local apples, fresh local apple cider, sandwiches and more visit the great family owned farm stand of Bolton Orchards.    Click here for more information about Bolton Orchards

Note:  Our crop is light this year and it is difficult to accurately predict our potential yield but we are confident that it will be lighter than most years and that this weekend will be the last weekend for picking.  It is very likely that we will run out of certain varieties on certain days even though we do our best to predict the number of people that will arrive and the number of apples on the trees, our counts and predictions this year might be very inaccurate.   Please appreciate that our inventory consist of what God blessed us with this year and we do not have the ability to place an order for more apples.  We will always do our best to keep you informed but would appreciate your patience with our limitations.

Apple Picking
10 pound Peck Bag, admits 4 people into the orchard $20
20 pound 1/2 Bushel Bag, admits 6 people into the orchard $30

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If you purchase a bag before 4:00 pm you are allowed to pick until 4:30 pm but we do not sell bags after 4:00 pm

Except where a specific picking date is noted, the dates listed below are anticipated harvest dates not the dates that we will actually be picking specific varieties. Each and every year varies based on the weather conditions. To see the apples that we are allowing to be picked today, please see directly below this paragraph. You do not need an appointment to pick any of the following apples.  Except for the general dates noted below we do not make predictions for the actual dates as we have found the dates vary from year to year based on whether and our prediction of the dates for picking apples are less accurate than predicting the weather.

ORCHARD SNACK SHACK OPEN ON WEEKENDS  11:00 to 4:00 – DOGS, PULL PORK, CIDER DONUTS AND MORE

 

We do not offer group or quantity discounts

For information what is a Bushel or a Peck and what this means- Click Here

Picking conditions will be updated Daily at 9:30 am for the current day’s picking conditions.  We open at 11:00 am and allow picking until 4:30 pm provided that you purchase a bag prior to 4:00 pm.  Please do not call before 9:30 am as our staff does not have any information which is not posted on this site.

Zestar
Zestar™ is a medium sized, sweet-tart balanced apple with a hint of brown sugar flavor. Light, crispy and juicy. Great for eating out of hand and for baking.

Gravenstein Apples – Early September

Gravenstein (Danish: Gråsten-Æble) is a variety of apple native to Gråsten in South Jutland, Denmark. The variety was discovered in 1669 as a chance seedling.   The Gravenstein apple has a tart flavor. It is picked in  August to Early September and is heavily used as a cooking apple, especially for apple sauce and apple cider. Like most varieties, there are different types of Gravenstein apples and at Nashoba we are the home of both traditional Gravenstein and Red Gravenstein apples.The Gravenstein apple is still considered the choicest apple by many Nova Scotians.

McIntosh – Mid- September

The McIntosh is most commonly cultivated in Canada, the United States, and eastern Europe. The parentage of the McIntosh is unknown, but the Snow Apple (or Fameuse), Fall St Lawrence, and Alexander have been speculated. Today there are over 100 clones and varieties of McIntosh having been engineered or from natural mutation. The usual picking date is Early September. (First Week of September) However, please look above to see exactly what apples we are picking at a certain time as our picking season varies each year with the weather.

  • Snappy McIntosh-  A deep-red blushing Mac. Get all the good McIntosh family traits in SnappyMac®: hardiness, large blushing red fruit and a spicy-sweet flavor perfect for eating fresh or baking. Ripens in early September. Keep in the fridge till January.
  • Nashoba McIntosh – Not really a name but one of America’s most cherished apples — these old standard tall trees represent the first plantings of trees at our orchard around 1923 making them approximately 80 years old! They represent a true McIntosh flavor and aroma. Good for eating fresh or baking.
  • Pioneer McIntosh – Ripens after Snappy McIntosh allowing flexibility in harvest. Fruit quality and size are excellent. Flesh is white and firmer than other Mac strains. Fruit colors to a full 90% bright red.

Gala – Mid September

September (Second or Third week of September)- Gala has a mild and sweet flavor and is ranked at number 2 on the US Apple Association’s list of most popular apples. Gala apples are small and are usually red with a portion being greenish or yellow-green.

Liberty – Mid September

Liberty was first pollenated in 1955 by crossing Macoun with ‘Perdue 54-12’ and is considered to be a premium dessert apple. The size averages 3 inches although it may be smaller on heavily cropping trees. Fabulous for fresh eating, juice and sauce. 

Cortland – Late September

After the many attributes of McIntosh were discovered, plant breeders began crossing it with other varieties to enhance its traits. One of the earliest was the Cortland, combined with the Ben Davis variety. Its flavor is sweet compared to McIntosh, and it has a flush of crimson against a pale yellow background sprinkled with short, dark red stripes and gray-green dots. Cortland has very white flesh and is an excellent dessert apple.

Spencer – Late September

Spencer apples originated in Summerland, British Columbia and were introduced in 1959. Spencer apples come from a cross between the sweet red McIntosh apple and the crispy yellow Golden Delicious. This makes them a delightful crunchy sweet apple, perfect for eating and cooking and a mature red skin flecked with green. Spencers originated in 1959 in Summerland, British Columbia, Canada and have made their way across the US. Their core is smaller than their ancestor the McIntosh and their flesh is very juicy. Spencers mature in early to mid October and can be stored in a cool or cold, dry environment.

Empire – Late September

Empire apples are red, juicy, firm, crunchy and sweet. They ripen during September and October, and will keep until January. The original seed was a cross between the varieties McIntosh and Red Delicious. Empire apples are excellent for eating and salads, and good for sauce, baking, pies and freezing. It is an ideal lunch-box apple, not least because it does not bruise easily

Cox Orange Pippins

830 (seedling of Ribston Pippin) Raised by Richard Cox (1777-1845), a brewer, as a seedling of Ribston Pippin at Colnbrook Lawn near Slough, Bucks, England and was noted in 1830. The skin is thin, yet tough, smooth and colored a dull orange red. As the apple matures, it brightens in color and is often more red than orange. Sometimes there is a surface russeting. The flesh is tender, crisp and yellow with a sweet slightly subacid flavor. This aromatic apple is considered one of the classic dessert apples of the world. Ripening off the tree enhances the flavor. It bears heavily and annually on a moderately vigorous tree that is susceptible to scab and mildew. The growth is upright and slender with small leaves with dull, fine serrations. Cox’s Orange Pippin is a parent of many esteemed varieties, including Ellison Orange Pippin, Holstein, Ingrid Marie, Freyberg, Golden Nugget, Kidd’s Orange Red (which is a parent of Gala), and Cherry Cox

Macoun

Late September to Early October – However, please look above to see exactly what apples we are picking at a certain time as our picking season varies each year with the weather.

Rhode Island Greening

Late September to Early October – However, please look above to see exactly what apples we are picking at a certain time as our picking season varies each year with the weather.

Mutsu

Late September to Early October – However, please look above to see exactly what apples we are picking at a certain time as our picking season varies each year with the weather.

Golden Delicious

Mid October – However, please look above to see exactly what apples we are picking at a certain time as our picking season varies each year with the weather.

Red Delicious

Mid to Late-October – However, please look above to see exactly what apples we are picking at a certain time as our picking season varies each year with the weather.

Baldwin

Mid to late October – However, please look above to see exactly what apples we are picking at a certain time as our picking season varies each year with the weather.