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Apple And Pumpkin U-Pick Orchards in Central New Hampshire in 2022, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for apples and pumpkins that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have apples and pumpkins orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Belknap County

  • Stone Mountain Farm - apples, peppers, pumpkins, tomatoes, Honey from hives on the farm, Maple Syrup from trees on the farm, concessions \\/ refreshment stand, porta-potties, picnic area, school tours
    522 Laconia Road, Belmont, NH 03220. Phone: (603) 731-2493. Email: [email protected]. Open: Monday to Sunday, from 10 am to 6 pm; Our season runs from August 1st to November 1st. Directions: Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, AmEx.
    Stone Mountain Farm Facebook page. . Highbush blueberries. Summer brings Blueberries. Pick your own Mid July to Labor Day or visit the Farm Stand! Fall, from Labor Day to end of October. Foliage and Apple harvest, our specialty! Farm Stand open daily with Weekend hayrides! (ADDED: July 02, 2020)

Merrimack County

  • Appleview Orchard - apples, pumpkins, raspberries (red), strawberries, other vegetables, U-pick and already picked, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, Bouncy castle or moon bounce, petting zoo, farm animals, birthday parties, school tours
    1266 Upper City Road, Pittsfield, NH 03263. Phone: 603-435-3553. Email: [email protected]. Open: Daily from 10 am to 6 pm for picking Late August through Late November; Late May to Late November Ice Cream and Gift Shop open Daily!. Directions: Located just over a mile off New Hampshire Route 28, situated atop beautiful Jenness Hill. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard. . : is . We are only about 20 minutes from downtown Concord; yet we are a world away from it all!. Applefest Columbus Day Weekend with live music! New in 2010 Haunted Halloween!.
  • Carter Hill Orchard - apples, blueberries, pumpkins, raspberries, Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises), prepicked produce, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, school tours
    73 Carter Hill Road, Concord, NH 03303. Phone: (603) 225-2625. Email: [email protected]. Open: daily July to December,: seven days a week; 9 am to 6 pm in September and October, and 9 am to 5 pm from November 1 to December 22; Directions: From I-93 take Exit 15W, go to the end of the exit and take a right (this is North State Street). Directions: From I-93 take Exit 15W, go to the end of the exit and take a right (this is North State Street). At the second set of lights (between the Sovereign Bank and Irving Gas Station) take a left onto Penacook Street. Follow road straight fro approximately 4 1/2 miles. Stay to the left of the V in the road. A half mile later, you'll see Carter Hill Orchard on the left. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa/MasterCard, Discover. . . daily July to December,: seven days a week; 9 am to 6 pm in September and October, and 9 am to 5 pm from November 1 to December 22; Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. Crops are usually available in August, September, October, November. We close for the season at noon on December 23. Blueberries and Raspberries: July; Peaches, plums, and berries: August; Apples and pumpkins: September and October; The bakery is open from August 1 through December 23. When the orchard opens in August, so does our bakery! We offer a variety of pies, sweet breads, cookies, donuts, and of course, Annette's world-famous whoopie pies. Everything is baked fresh on the premises. However, when people get a sniff of the oven, we have a hard time keeping our baked goods on the shelf. (UPDATED: July 14, 2020, JBS)
  • Gould Hill Orchards - apples, pumpkins, blueberries, peaches, farmstand
    656 Gould Hill Road, Hopkinton, NH 03229. Phone: 603-746-3811. Email: [email protected]. Open: July-Christmas, Apples from Labor Day to late October - daily 10am to 5pm. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover. . Seasonal - late June through Christmas - Daily from June to Thanksgiving and weekends from Thanksgiving to Christmas; Summer through mid October- Late October through November open from 10am to 5pm and December weekends from 10am to 4pm. Open weekends in December. PYO starts Labor Day Weekend for Apples. We have over 85 varieties of apples and 14 varieties of peaches. Check our website for special events. aka . 80+mile panoramic view. . Picked seasonal vegetables and garlic also available at farm stand. Contoocook Cider, hard cider tasting room and production on site.
  • Great Brook Farm - - Apples & pumpkins
    335 Hackleboro Road, Canterbury, NH 03224. Phone: 603-783-4126. Open: 10am-5pm, daily, mid-September-November 1; weekends, November 1-Thanksgiving. Click here for a map and directions. Fax: 783-0027. Special Events: Every weekend.
  • Hackleboro Orchards  - - Apples, blueberries, gourds, pumpkins
    Hackleboro Road, Canterbury, NH 03224. Phone: 603-783-4248. Email: [email protected]. Open: part-time for Strawberries and Blueberries. Click here for a map and directions. for picking times and dates, 9 am to 6 pm daily full time once early apples are ready, Mid August - Thanksgiving. 9-6 daily, closed only on Tuesdays. September & October are peak apple picking times, free weekend hayrides, visiting the farm animals and climbing the viewdeck. Free parking. Pretty view & picnic area. When in season, we have: Strawberries, blueberries, peaches, nectarines, apples, cider, pumpkins, winter squash, gourds, honey & maple products, sewn, canned and baked goods, cookbooks, note cards, and much more! From I-93: Take exit 18, and follow our big red apple signs. From Rte. 106: Take Shaker Rd. in Loudon,NH, and follow our big red apple signs. We are 10 minutes from The Smoke House, and The Shaker Village. 5 minutes from the beautiful center of Canterbury. Very "New England"! Bring your camera. PYO, Macs, Cortland, Macoun, Empire, and N. Spy. Hayrides are running, at least on Sunday. Yummy baked goods and tasty delicious cider donuts, making a fresh press of cider in the AM. Plenty of room to roam, and picnik tables to kickback at and enjoy some country air. Farmstand with pre bagged apples, veggies, tomatoes, squashes, fresh cider and other goodies, sweet juicy watermelon and a great assortment of pumpkins.

Apple picking tips:

Apples ripen from the outside of the tree towards the center, so the apples out the outside of the tree will ripen first. Once they are picked, they stop ripening. Picking apples directly from a tree is easy. Roll the apple upwards off the branch and give a little twist; don't pull straight away from the tree. If two apples are joined together at the top, both will come away at the same time. Don't shake the trees or branches. If the apple you are trying to pick drops, (or others on the tree) go ahead and pick it up. They're perfectly fine! But do wash them before you eat them! More info: How to tell when apples are ripe

  • Once picked, don't throw the apples into the baskets, place them in gently, or they will bruise and go bad more quickly.
  • Don't wash apples until just before using to prevent spoilage.
  • For an explanation of why apple slices turn brown and how to stop it, see this page!
  • Keep apples cool after picking to increase shelf life. A cool basement is ideal, but the fruit/vegetable drawer of a refrigerator will work, too. A refrigerator is fine for small quantities of apples. Boxed apples need to be kept in a cool, dark spot where they won't freeze. Freezing ruptures all of an apple's cells, turning it into one large bruise overnight. The usual solution is to store apples in a root cellar. But root cellars often have potatoes in them: apples and potatoes should never be stored in the same room because, as they age, potatoes release an otherwise ethylene gas, which makes apples spoil faster. If you can keep the gas away from your apples, they will keep just fine. Just don't store them right next to potatoes.
    Prevent contact between apples stored for the winter by wrapping them individually in sheets of newspaper. The easiest way to do this is to unfold a section of newspaper all the way and tear it into quarters. Then stack the wrapped apples. See more here: How to store apples at home
  • Apples don't improve or "ripen" after being picked - this is an urban myth - see this page for the truth - with references!

Which apple variety is best?

There are tens of thousands of varieties of apples, developed over centuries. They vary in sugar, acoidity, flavors, storing, crispness and many other attributes. See our guides to apple varieties:

Canning apples - fully illustrated, with step-by-step instructions

Recipes, illustrated with step by step instructions

Using fresh apples and miscellaneous

Pumpkin recipes

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)


Above is the
2020 version of
the Ball Blue Book