Apple picking season begins is in full swing from now to late October. Apple varieties ripen in a sequence beginning with summer apples such as Lodi and ending with late varieties like Northern Spy, says the Maine State Pomological Society, which provides this list of Lakes Region apple orchards.
Apple Acres Farm
363 Durgintown Road, South Hiram
In the beautiful rolling hills of western Maine.
Berry Fruit Farm
361 Crash Road, Livermore
They offer the classic U-Pick apples as well as pumpkins and raspberries in September and October.
366 Boothby Rd, Livermore
Farm has pick-your-own apples and free wagon rides on the weekend. They also ship nationwide.
224 Sokokis Ave., Limington
Visit one of Maine’s oldest family owned and operated apple orchards. Pick-your-own apples and pumpkins most every weekend in September and October. Free hayrides.
27 Bethel Road, West Paris
Located on Route 26. Farm stand features many Maine-grown, and Maine-made items. They are open year-round.
187 Doles Ridge Road, Limington
Pick-your-own fruits. Free live concerts during the height of apple season.
Five Fields Farm
720 South Bridgton Road, Bridgton
The site of Five Fields Farm was settled by Enoch Perley and his family in 1776. Operating as a diversified farm for 130 years, it was set to apple trees in the late 1920s by John Gyger. The farm derives its name from the first five fields planted as orchards.
Giles Family Farm
139 Waterboro Road, Alfred
Pick-your-own orchard open daily to mid-October on weekends and holidays.
44 Sweetser Road, North Yarmouth
Enjoy the pastoral setting while picking your own McIntosh, cortland and macoun apples. Great picking for children and a choice of five different bag sizes let you choose from just a few apples to a bushel. Freshly picked apples are also available.
82 Sanborn Rd., Acton
Pick-your-own apples, peaches and blueberries, retail and wholesale. Apple gift packs shipped in season. Seventeen varieties of apples including gingergold, gala, macoun, jonagold, honeycrisp, mutsu/crispin, lady apples, spencer and northern spy.
Libby & Son U-Picks
86 Sawyer Mountain Road, Limerick
Pick-your-own apples, September-October. Don’t forget about pumpkins and freshly pressed old-fashioned apple cider. Small trees loaded with large apples for easy picking.
201 Hanson Ridge Road, Springvale
McDougal Orchards is a seventh generation family farm specializing in high-quality tree fruit production. With more than 20 varieties of apples, pears and plums, there’s something for everyone to pick.
Orchard Hill Farm
36 Orchard Road, Cumberland
Pick-your-own and farmstand. Open every day from 8 a.m.-6 p.m., September-December. Gift shop is open seven days. Free hay rides on the weekends from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Handicapped accessible.
236 Sebago Lake Road, Gorham
Acres of low-spray u-pick specialty apple varieties. Maine-grown products on the farm store. Call the farm before you come to pick to confirm availability.
803 Waterford Road, Sweden,
Located in the western Maine foothills with spectacular views of the White Mountains. A family orchard growing classic Maine apples and a variety of other fruits and vegetables, asparagus to peaches.
24 Pulsifer Orchard Drive (Bracket Road), Cornish
Pick-your-own apples and farmstand. They offer many popular apple varieties including jonagold and honeycrisp, as well as classic apples, McIntosh and cortland. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays and Mondays by appointment.
1 Randall Road, Standish
Located off Route 25 at the Gorham and Standish line. Open from late August to the middle of November seven days a week. They have many varieties of apples, peaches, pumpkins, gourds and squash.
Ricker Hill Orchards
295 Buckfield Road, Turner
Ricker Hill Orchards has been growing apples for more than eight generations. They grow everything from crisp red apples and sourly sweet cranberries.
Snell Family Farm
1000 River Road (Route 112), Buxton
Open mid-September through October every day. A diversified farm with apples, vegetables, pumpkins, herbs and cut flowers.
85 Spiller Farm Lane, Wells
U-pick apples and tomatoes through late October. Hayride tours of farm at 1 and 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24 and Sunday, Sept. 25.
144 Ferry Road, Lewiston
Ready picked apples available plus pick-your-own. Fresh pressed cider. No preservatives. Pears and plums also available. Open every day through Thanksgiving.
Sweeter’s Apple Barrel and Orchards
19 Blanchard Road, Cumberland Center
Farmstand only. They ship gift packs. You will find old-fashioned and new varieties of apples to try, plus other fruit and cut flowers.
276 Gloucester Hill Road, New Gloucester
Thompson’s Orchard has been a family-owned business since 1906. They have several apple varieties available for pick-your-own as well as ready-picked. They press fresh cider on site. The donut shop is a customer favorite.
Wallingford’s Fruit House
1240 Perkins Ridge, Auburn
Farmstand and store open from early August through December daily. Pick-your-own and pre-picked apples. Fabulous bakery. Petting zoo and hayrides, too.