NH’s best pick-you-own apple orchards farms

A list of the best pick-your-own apple orchards and where to go apple picking in New Hampshire

Seas of flannel shirts and vivid blue skies can only mean one thing: it’s finally time to go apple picking. September and October can fly by in New Hampshire, so don’t delay and make the time to head to a local apple orchard. Here’s a list of our favorite places in New Hampshire where you can pick your own apples.

Alyson’s Orchard

57 Alyson’s Lane
Walpole, NH
www.alysonsorchard.com/
Why we love it? Alyson’s has more than 450 acres of beautiful farm land (and boasts more than 50 varieties of apples across 50 acres or orchards) and offers pumpkins, plums, blueberries and raspberries. Besides the orchards, there is a great pond area and playground for children. Don’t forget to visit with the goats! Alyson’s also offers event space for weddings and other special occasions.


Applecrest Farm

133 Exeter Road (Rt.88)
Hampton Falls, NH
www.applecrest.com/
Why we love it? This fourth generation farm has been operating for more than 100 years and attracts thousands of visitors each weekend. Beginning in September and running through October, there are weekly fall festivals with live music, hayrides, pie eating contests, cider donuts and more.


Brookdale Fruit Farm

41 Broad Street
Hollis, NH
www.brookdalefruitfarm.com
Find available produce here: www.brookdalefruitfarm.com/NOWPICKING
Why we love it? Brookdale dates back to 1847 and has involved 7 generations of family farming. The farm has been awarded “best in NH” and has 19 varieties of apples to choose from. Plants, herbs, honey, berries and ice cream are available at their large farm store. They also have an impressive selection of organic produce.


Carter Hill Orchard

73 Carter Hill Road
Concord, NH
www.carterhillapples.com/
Why we love it? If you visit Carter Hill make sure you bring a little extra money so you can splurge in the bakery. Their cookies, sweet breads, cider donuts and whoopie pies are out-of-this-world delicious. You also must pick up a gallon of their freshly pressed cider (NH Cider Works is on the premises and uses Carter Hill’s apples).


DeMeritt Hill Farm

20 Orchard Way (Route 155)
Lee, NH
www.demeritthillfarm.com/
Why we love it? DeMeritt Hill Farm will have you coming back for every season. Stock up on apples, pumpkins and veggies during the fall and be sure to come back in December to check out their locally grown Christmas trees. DeMeritt Hill also has a number of great trails to walk and explore so bring your sneakers. Your kids will love visiting with the farm animals (chickens, goats and horses) they have.


Gould Hill Farm

656 Gould Hill Road
Contoocook, NH
www.gouldhillfarm.com/
Why we love it? Gould Hill Farm’s apple cider donuts are delicious and addictive. The views from the grounds are outstanding and offer 80 mile views on clear days.


Hackleboro Orchards

61 Orchard Road
Canterbury NH
www.hackleboroorchards.com/
Why we love it? Hackleboro has 9 varieties of apples to choose from as well as a robust farm stand with veggies, pumpkins, honey, peaches, blueberries and more. There’s also a great picnic area (so bring your lunch or a post-picking snack!) and they’re dog friendly.


Mack’s Apples

230 Mammoth Road
Londonderry NH
www.macksapples.com
Find harvest date info here: www.macksapples.com/harvest-dates/
Why we love it? Mack’s is one of the most popular apple orchards in NH because the staff is always friendly and helpful, the orchards are huge and spread out and there’s an ice cream stand on site. Be sure to also check out their farm market store with already-bagged apples, pies, snacks, cider and goodies.


Poverty Lane Orchards

98 Poverty Lane
Lebanon, NH
www.farnumhillciders.com/
Why we love it? Poverty Lane is part of Farnum Hill Ciders, so after you go apple picking with the kids make sure to stop by and sample some of Farnum Hill’s (hard) ciders. Once you find a cider you love be sure to take a growler home with you. Did you know that the apples used for Farnum Hill’s cider are inedible (and, yes, they’re supposed to be inedible).


Stone Brook Farm

128 Glidden Road
Gilford, NH
www.stonebrookhillfarm.com
Why we love it? Stone Brook Farm has more than a dozen apple varieties to choose from and offers a wagon ride to the orchards. The farm store offers cider, cider donuts, maple products, mums and more.


Washburn’s Windy Hill Orchard

66 Mason Road
Greenville, NH
www.washburnswindyhillorchard.com
Why we love it? Hop on and enjoy a hayride that brings you to pick-your-own apples and pumpkins. After you’ve found the perfect pumpkin for your jack-o-lantern stop by and make your way through the 4.5 acre corn maze. Farm animals, a bakery and country store also await your visit.


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