Apple picking is a great way to kill a fall day, but BlueTrain84 wants to avoid the farms that “make you feel like you have accidentally gone to a children’s amusement park.” Where are the orchards without kiddie rides and magic shows?

Hounds had many suggestions, including Russell Orchards in Ipswich, which Blue Train84 said had wonderful hot apple cider doughnuts, and a great variety of apples: Cortland, Gala, Empire, McIntosh, Honeycrisp, and Macoun.

Because Nashoba Valley is also a winery, “it attracts more adults,” says kobuta. It offers another interesting feature: If you email the winery owners, you can request notification when antique or unusual varieties are ready for picking. Since those pickings are by appointment only, the crowds are minimal.

Right up the road from Nashoba is the Nicewicz Family Farm, which is uncrowded and friendly. You may know its apples already from the stands it runs at local farmers’ markets.

Russell Orchards [North Shore]
143 Argilla Road, Ipswich

Nashoba Valley Winery [MetroWest]
100 Wattaquadock Hill Road, Bolton

Nicewicz Family Farm [MetroWest]
116 Sawyer Road, Bolton

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