What are you doing this weekend? Might we suggest, bundling up against the crisp fall air and go visit one of the dozens of apple picking farms in Massachusetts? Apple picking has been a part of life in New England since 1623. Apple orchards were a part of how a farmer’s family made a living as they harvested fruits and vegetables for every season. Now, growing apples with the intention of having visitors pick the apples has become a thriving business.
Apple picking is a great activity for several reasons. First, it gives people something to do on a weekend. To enjoy the fall weather before it gets too cold and experience an outdoor activity. Second, visitors learn about how farms work and how integral they are to local economies. A family who visits an orchard for the first time, may not realize that picking apples is just a small part of a larger farm. Finally, these customers are supporting local farms/businesses. Many times farmers will also sell other products that will allow them to invest more money into their enterprise.