"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.