11 Places to go Apple Picking in Rhode Island

Some of the best orchards around Rhode Island offering pick-your-own apples and other activities for you and your family.

Apple picking at Jaswell’s Farm.

This blog was updated on September 21, 2018 with current hours.

Summer may now be a distant memory, but we’ve only just begun to have fun outdoors. Pull on a bulky sweater and wrap yourself in a scarf, then head to the nearest orchard or farm. Around the state, orchards are welcoming apple pickers and farm stands are still filled with fresh produce. Below are some of the best orchards around Rhode Island offering pick-your-own apples and other activities for all fall lovers.

Dame Farm and Orchard

Hours: Mon.–Fri. 8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.; Sat., Sun. and Mon. holidays. 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

Location: 91B Brown Ave., Johnston, 401-949-3657, damefarmandorchards.com

With more than seven acres of land, Dame Farm and Orchard cultivates a variety of trees for the apple season. You can find McIntosh, Cortland, Gala, Honeycrisp, Macoun, Jonagold, Braeburn, Ida Red and Red Delicious. Each tree is tagged with the date and suggestions for cooking and eating. Gala and Honeycrisp are excellent for making sauces. They also offer twenty-minute wagon rides around the farm ($6 per person) and a two-mile-long corn maze for getting lost in ($6 per person). Children younger than two are free.

 

Hill Orchards

Hours: Sat. and Sun. in September and October. 10 a.m.­–5 p.m.

Location: 86 Winsor Ave., Johnston, 401-949-2940, hillorchards.com

The farm’s original orchard from the 1920s grows eleven types of apple trees throughout the season, eight of which are ready to be picked now: Gala, Macoun, Empire, Fuji, Red Delicious, Granny Smith and Rome apples. Horse-drawn hayrides tour the entire orchard on select weekends so please call before planning your trip. Click here to see the 2018 Hayride Schedule.

 

Cider doughnuts at Jaswell’s Farm.

Jaswell’s Farm

Hours: Daily. 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Location: 50 Swan Rd., Smithfield, 401-231-9043, jaswellsfarm.com

Apple picking began in early September and will continue throughout October, while pick-your-own pumpkins are also happening through the end of October. Jaswell’s offers hayrides and a weekend concession stand with hot apple crisp, apple cider doughnuts, doughboys and French fries. The farm also presses and pasteurizes its own fresh apples on the largest apple cider mill in the state. Don’t forget to try Jaswell’s candy apples (red candy, caramel, chocolate-covered caramel and gourmet-topped treats), made daily on site. And stop in the farm stand for fresh baked goods and groceries from local purveyors.

 

Hayride at Steere Orchard. Photo from steereorchard.com.

Steere Orchard

Hours: Daily. 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Location: 150 Austin Ave., Greenville, 401-949-1456, steereorchard.com

One of the biggest orchards in the state, Steere Orchard remains open through late fall for picking twelve different types of apples including McIntosh, Cortland, Red and Golden Delicious, Empire and Rhode Island Greening. Each week they alternate picking sections, while offering free hayrides to visitors on weekends. Apples are also available in the farm stand. Join them on Oct. 7–8 for Apple Fest with live music, baked goods and various vendors from 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

 

Apples at Barden Family Orchard. Photo from bardenfamilyorchard.com.

Barden Family Orchard

Hours: Mon.–Fri. 9 a.m.­–5 p.m. for picking (store closes at 6 p.m.); Sat.–Sun. 9 a.m.–4 p.m. for picking. Store closes at 5 p.m.

Location: 56 Elmdale Rd., North Scituate, 401-934-1413, bardenfamilyorchard.com

This orchard is read for apple pickers, and much of what they grow is in season now. Walk up the big hill and wander the sprawling grounds to fill a bag with varieties such as McIntosh, Gala, Cortland, Jonagold and Honeycrisp. The farm also presses its own cider, and offers a selection of big pumpkins and sherbet-hued gourds. Some peaches are also still hanging on trees and tomatoes are available for purchase, too.

 

Harmony Farms

Hours: Weekends and holidays. 9 a.m.–5 p.m.  (pick-your-own closes at 4:15 p.m.)

Location: 359 Saw Mill Rd., Harmony, 401-934-0741, harmonyfarmsri.com

Two acres of the twenty-eight acre farm are dedicated to apples. Right now they’re picking Macoun, Mcintosh, Gala and Cortland apples. Purchase jams and jellies, Rhode Island maple syrup, harvested honey and their own apple cider at the farm stand along with picked fruit. Purchase pumpkins and gourds to bring home, too.

 

The woodcarver Michael Higgins at Pippin Orchard. Photo from Pippin Orchard’s Facebook page.

Pippin Orchard

Hours: Daily. 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Location: 751 Pippin Orchard Rd., Cranston, 401-943-7096, facebook.com/PippinOrchard

Apple trees are scattered around Pippin Orchard’s land ready to be picked. It grows Macintosh, Empire, Cortland, Gala, Honeycrisp, Macoun, Jonagold and Red Delicious. Trees are mixed and they are not marked. Pick your own is $24 per bag. The orchard has a cider slushie available for purchase (with a shot of caramel or maple for an extra $1) as well as fresh doughnuts, pies, pastries, jams and breads in the store. Admire wood art at the orchard by chainsaw carver Michael Higgins, who creates pumpkins, hummingbirds, ladybugs, snowmen, penguins and more from fallen tree trunks.

 

Knight Farm

Hours: Daily. 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Location: 1 Snake Hill Rd., North Scituate, 401-349-4408, knightfarm.com

Tradition is something that this farm holds dear to its heart. With almost 200 years of family tradition, the forty-acre spot of land offers a variety of apples for picking. On weekends through the end of October, hope aboard a hayride from 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Visit the on-site country restaurant for a hearty breakfast or lunch followed by the ice cream shop to satisfy your sweet tooth. It also has pumpkins and cider doughnuts on site for purchase.

 

Narrow Lane Orchard

Hours: Daily. 10 a.m. –5 p.m.

Location: 213 Narrow Ln., North Kingstown, 401-294-3584, facebook.com/NarrowLaneOrchard

Adults and kids will enjoy a stroll through this orchard’s ten acres while picking McIntosh, Gala, Honeycrisp, Empire and Cortland apples, and there are still some peaches available, too. Take the family around the perimeter of the orchard on the mile-long walking trail. The stand also sells picked apples, peaches and pumpkins.

 

Sunset Orchard Farm

Hours: Daily in September and October. 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Location: 244 Gleaner Chapel Rd., North Scituate, 401-934-1900, sunsetorchardsri.com

Visitors to Sunset Orchard have up to twenty-seven different varieties of apples from which to choose, including Macoun, Cortland, Red and Golden Delicious. The free tractor rides will take you around parts of the farm and kids can also hop on the kiddie barrel train ride (small fee). The farm’s store stocks fresh picked orchard fruit as well as homemade apple pies, non-pasteurized apple cider pressed fresh on the farm, candied apples and other sweet treats.

Sweet Berry Farm farm stand.

Sweet Berry Farm

Hours: Daily. 8 a.m. –7 p.m.

Location: 915 Mitchell’s Ln., Middletown, 401-847-3912, sweetberryfarmri.com

Sweet Berry Farm offers more than just strawberries, blackberries and raspberries. In the fall months, you can wander the orchards to collect all sorts of apple varieties, including McIintosh, Ginger Gold, Gala, Macoun, Cortland, Honeycrisp, Jonagold. Empire and Liberty, and in October, there’s Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Crispin, Cameo and more. For baking pies, the farm suggests Cortland and McIntosh. Before heading into the orchard, stop in at the farm stand to purchase your bag for picking. Sweet Berry Farm also has sandwiches, soups, salads and more for a lunch that can be enjoyed at the outdoor tables. They also have ice cream for purchase inside the farm store.

 

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