Apple Picking on the South Shore, Massachusetts

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Hi, guys! Happy Tuesday to you!

On Saturday afternoon, our little family went apple picking at C.N. Smith Farm in East Bridgewater, Massachusetts and, as expected, we had quite the nice time. We visited for the first time last year, and we were pleasantly surprised by how much it had to offer. It’s definitely our go-to place for family fall fun now! 🙂

First up, of course, was apple picking. There were only a few varieties ready for picking (Macintosh, Macoun, Honey Crisp), but they were some of our favorites, so we headed into the orchard and got right to work!

Of course, we needed to sample a few apples right off the trees! 🙂

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On the way out of the orchard, Quinn and I snapped this photo. He really liked the idea of being a “good apple!” Haha!

After apple picking, we visited the farm store, which was a short drive from the orchard. The farm store might actually be Quinn’s favorite part of C.N. Smith Farm because there’s an entire room devoted to Halloween decorations and other creepy stuff – like mechanical spiders with light-up eyes and cackling witches that jump out at you when you walk by. Quinn loves anything related to Halloween, so we spent quite awhile inside checking out everything. I also had a chance to pursue all of the delicious seasonal food items – everything from caramel apples and pie to fresh corn and squashes. The farms store even had quite the selection of jarred goodies, including salsas, jams, spreads, hot sauces, and more. I didn’t end up buying anything, but I could have seriously done some damage!

After spending some time in the farm store, we headed outside again to get cider donuts and apple cider, which were obviously a necessity for a family fall fun day! 🙂

We took our donuts and cider to enjoy on a hayride around the farm. It was quite the nice ride with treats in hand! 🙂

It was such a nice way to spend the day with my boys, especially after not seeing them for 8 days. And, of course, we love all things fall, so we were very happy to enjoy all of the activities available at the farm.

Question of the Day

What are your thoughts on apple picking? Love it? Think it’s a waste of money?

I had a friend who refused to go apple picking because it’s so expensive, but you pay for the experience, right? I love apple picking! 🙂

P.S. Did you go apple picking recently and have one million apples to eat? Make THIS RECIPE for apple crisp! It’s seriously THE BEST. I actually made 3 batches on Sunday afternoon!

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  1. This looks like it must have been so much fun! Apple picking is one of my favorite Fall activities and one I’ve been partaking in since childhood! I’m so glad that there are numerous local farms by me who have great orchards to pick from. I’m looking forward to going again this year!

  2. What a fun day! When I lived in Vermont I used to go apple picking every weekend because it was on the way home from the mountain I hiked. There was no fee to pick and they had deals like $1 per pound for “drops” – even honey crisp. Always had the apple cider doughnuts too! I was shocked to learn places charge a fee for picking here in South Jersey – and the apples aren’t even organic/low pesticide 🙁

  3. I grew up in CT and couldn’t get enough of Macouns and cider donuts! Although I love the weather in the south, I do miss New England fall treats 🙂

  4. I now live in FL, where we tend to get a very narrow selection of apple varieties in grocery stores. This year even those seem particularly low quality, so I just dropped a chunk of money ordering Cortlands from the orchard by my hometown in CT. I’m probably going to do it again for some Macouns! I’m going to have to make my own cider donuts, though, since Lyman’s won’t ship those.

  5. Never have gone apple picking but it looks fun and I totally would go – esp if it ended with cider and donuts! Love the pics you got of Quinn at the farm – looks like he had a blast!

    Also apple crisp has to be one of the best desserts out there., good idea on the triple batch!

  6. When I was single, one friend and I decided to go apple picking one weekend. It was a really fun day, they did a haywagon ride to the apple orchard, they had the big maze set up and different activities, even a fun little haunted house and a petting zoo. We fed the goats and bunnies. Then we got together the next weekend and made a bunch of apple pies and such. I think we wound up giving away a bunch of stuff, but it made for 2 memorable weekends.

  7. We used to go apple picking when kids were young and I’d try to plan for when golden delicious were ready but then we’d get there and they’d all be gone. I was always disappointed with the apple picking part but there were other parts of our venture that were enjoyed. We usually did some sort of maze or petting zoo and of courses cider donuts! It is expensive but it is the experience that you are paying for.

  8. I went apple picking with my friends a few weeks ago. For $18 we got A TON of apples. Like almost 70. It was so much fun, but we still have a huge bowl of apples. I’ve made a ton of apple recipes, but usually they only call for 1 or 2! I’ve started bringing them with me and handing them out whenever I go somewhere!

  9. I love C and N Smith Farm!! I used to live right down the road and would run by the orchard and wonder, until I checked it out. My boys and I also love picking blueberries and peaches there during the summer months, and they’re QUITE delicious! Hopefully we will make the trek off Cape to apple pick soon.

  10. I love apple picking! I generally go multiple times in the fall. It’s just a great way to commemorate the transition from summer to fall. We make it a family event. I will go with other family members then turn my house into a delightful apple baking factory. My daughter (age 2) just realized what we’re doing when we go to the orchard and she wanted to sample ALL the apples. Funny to see a toddler trying to hold a half dozen apples. Glad your family had a great time.

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