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Blog :: 08-2011

Pick your own apples in southern Vermont

"Crunch!" The sound of that first big bite into a fresh juicy apple is unmistakable.

Not only are apples a symbol of wisdom, life and good health, but here in Vermont fresh apples are a clear sign that fall has arrived. With so many varieties available, each with their own distinctive colors, flavors and uses, it's impossible to say which is the 'top pick'. But all apple lovers can agree that the best apples are the ones you pick yourself.

Apple picking is a great fall activity to enjoy with the whole family or just someone special. Pack a basket of snacks and enjoy a romantic picnic in the orchard. Afterall, the apple is also a symbol of love. *wink* *wink*

Peak apple picking in Vermont is from late-August until November, so get an early jump on the season and check out these great orchards, just a short car ride from Wilmington.

Dwight Miller Orchards: Located on Miller Road in East Dummerston. One of the oldest orchards in southern Vermont. All crops are certified organic. They have a huge selection of pre-picked crops at the stand, even honey from their own bee hives. Make sure to enjoy some of their fresh apple cider, pressed at the cider mill on-site.

Green Mountain Orchards: Located on West Hill Road, just 3 minutes northwest of Putney proper. A family owned and operated business since 1914. They offer pick your own blueberries, pumpkins, apples, peaches and plums. The orchard is a beautiful place to hike, pick and even get married. Don't forget to try their warm and fresh apple cider donuts.

Harlow's Sugar House: Located on Bellows Falls Road in Putney. Known best for their maple syrup and sugar house products, this family-run farm blossoms with beautiful red fruit in the sugaring off-season. Enjoy picking apples and see fresh cider being pressed.

Scott Farm: Located on Kipling Road in Dummerston. This hillside orchard produces over 70 varieties of heirloom apples from around the world. Join them for an apple tasting day in October and pick up a mixed bag.

Cortland Hill Orchard: Located just 2 miles off Rte 9 in West Brattleboro. Find a full selection of peaches, plums and more at the farm stand, and a local selection of PYO apples in the orchard.

Apples aren't the only thing ripe in the fall. We've got a handful of beautiful rentals properties for the picking near Wilmington that you'll love 'a bushel and a peck'. Check them out today.


  1. nicole barlett on

    looking for rental 2 night for family of four would love to come and pick apples etc..
    • Patty Killion on

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      Another round please - Mount Snow Brewers Festival 2011

      Update: This event has been cancelled. The Brewfest will return in 2012. http://mountsnow.com/brewers-festival-cancellation/

      Is there anything better than sitting outside in the sun, drinking beer with your friends, listening to music and enjoying the beauty of Vermont? If so, then ignorance is bliss because you can expect all of those things on September 3 and 4 during the 17th annual Mount Snow Brewers Festival.

      This two-day tradition is a salute to all things hoppy and malty. It's a chance for beer aficionados and amateurs to put their differences aside and raise a glass (of whatever they prefer) in honor of awesome craft brews. This year Mount Snow expects over 30 national and local breweries to be on handing pouring a total of over 75 luscious libations to please every taste.

      You'll be able to sample from an assortment of ales, a horde of hefeweizens, a plethora of porters... you get the idea. And for non-beer drinkers, there's great cider to be had from Woodchuck and Farnum Hill. In addition, as if the beer wasn't enough, there will be BBQ, a horseshoe tournament and live music by the Jeff Touhy Band (a brewfest favorite) on Saturday and The Heavy Pets on Sunday.

      Now what you've been waiting for... What's on tap?

      Confirmed brewers include: Switchback Peak Organic Olde Burnside Northshire Woodchuck Magic Hat Sierra Nevada Farnum Hill Ciders Victory Brewing Otter Creek Long Trail Brooklyn Brewery Rogue Ales Stone Brewing Smuttynose Ommegang, plus more are still being added.

      Admission: One Day: $25 - 21+ Adults /$12 - Under 21 / Kids 5 & Under Free Two Day: $35 - 21+ Adults / $20 - Under 21 / Kids 5 & Under Free

      All paid 21+ adult entries receive a one of a kind souvenir pint glass and two free samples on Mount Snow.

      Please remember to drink responsibly and don't drive if you imbibe. Have a designated driver or take advantage of the free transportation provided by the MOOver.

      Don't fear the hair of the dog. Just make sure you have a cozy place to rest your head. We have plenty of rental houses available, just 10 miles down the road from the festivities.

      Salu, Proust, Cheers

      • P.O. BOX 415, 9 Haystack Road, Wilmington VT 05363