Tougas Family Farm: U-Pick apple orchard

U Pick apple orchards Massachusetts: An autumn tradition for many families, Tougas Family Farm in Northboro, Massachusetts offers some of the best apple and peach picking in the Northeast, as well as family harvest activities and harvest baked goods for purchase, such as apple cider doughnuts, freshly baked pies, and cookies.

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Plan your visit to coincide with the harvest you’d like to pick by using Tougas’ picking schedule. You can also see picking conditions and best fruit selection right on the site. Throughout the summer, pick berries, then switch to peaches and apples in autumn, followed by pumpkins. Only 40 minutes from Boston, families can enjoy a city escape without needing to make a weekend or family trip of it.

Unlike some harvest festivals and farms that are more like carnivals than working produce suppliers, Tougas is still the real deal: their farm is authentic, and while you’ll find some family fun on site, the main focus here is the fruit and the communal experience of picking it yourself. Get recipes on site, and head home for a day of baking. The Tougas family has owned the farm since 1981, and it’s been a family operation exclusively since.

Find more apple picking around Boston!

Admission/Rates:

No admission charge. Rates are by the pound, and vary by fruit and season.

Distance from the interstate:

Several minutes from I-290.

Directions:

From Boston, take the Massachusetts Turnpike, I-90, west to exit #11A for I-495. Take I-495 north to exit #25B for I-290 west. Follow toward Worcester. Take exit #24, Church St., Northboro/Boylston. Turn right towards Boylston, take your first right on to Ball Street, and follow the signs up the hill!

Photo credit: Flickr/lakelou

About the author

Pit Stops for Kids AUTHOR: Amy Whitley is the founding editor of Pit Stops for Kids and content editor of Trekaroo. She writes on staff monthly at a number of travel publications, and contributes to OutdoorsNW magazine as an outdoor adventure traveler. Find Amy at Google.

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