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America's Best Apple Picking Farms

Courtesy of Weston's Antique Apple Orchards

Unique small farms, from Massachusetts to Washington, where apple pickers can take part in the fall harvest.

Weston’s Antique AppleOrchard, New Berlin, WI

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Originally planted by orchardist Ken Weston’s grandparents as a hedge against the Depression, this orchard grew to inspire such respect that it once hosted Julia Child for a visit. Weston’s offerings have grown over the years to include more than 100 apple varieties, many of them rare.

What to Pick: Among the orchard’s most unusual heirlooms are the Old Church and Lemonade apples, two of about a dozen varieties that grow nowhere else on earth; another, the Strawberry Chenango, is “so fragile you have to pick it with gloves,” Weston says. “It smells and tastes just like a rose.”

Most Unusual Offering: The orchard’s 16 lush, panoramic acres and 1901 Dutch farmhouse are part of the New Berlin Historic Settlement, a National Register rural landmark. Apples aside, the orchard is worth wandering just for the scenery.

Bells & Whistles: Regular horticulture and grafting classes; a petting zoo; open-farmhouse tours; barrel rides for kids.

America's Best Apple Picking Farms

Weston’s Antique AppleOrchard, New Berlin, WI

Originally planted by orchardist Ken Weston’s grandparents as a hedge against the Depression, this orchard grew to inspire such respect that it once hosted Julia Child for a visit. Weston’s offerings have grown over the years to include more than 100 apple varieties, many of them rare.

What to Pick: Among the orchard’s most unusual heirlooms are the Old Church and Lemonade apples, two of about a dozen varieties that grow nowhere else on earth; another, the Strawberry Chenango, is “so fragile you have to pick it with gloves,” Weston says. “It smells and tastes just like a rose.”

Most Unusual Offering: The orchard’s 16 lush, panoramic acres and 1901 Dutch farmhouse are part of the New Berlin Historic Settlement, a National Register rural landmark. Apples aside, the orchard is worth wandering just for the scenery.

Bells & Whistles: Regular horticulture and grafting classes; a petting zoo; open-farmhouse tours; barrel rides for kids.

Courtesy of Weston's Antique Apple Orchards
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