Like fall, fresh apples are crisp and sweet

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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

appleacresfarm.com

In the beautiful rolling hills of western Maine.

625-4777

Berry Fruit Farm

361 Crash Road, Livermore

www.berryfruitfarm.com

They offer the classic U-Pick apples as well as pumpkins and raspberries in September and October.

897-4767

Boothby’s Orchard

366 Boothby Rd, Livermore

mainehoneycrisp.com

Farm has pick-your-own apples and free wagon rides on the weekend. They also ship nationwide.

754-3500

Brackett’s Orchard

224 Sokokis Ave., Limington

www.brackettorchards.com

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.

730-9169

Cooper Farms

27 Bethel Road, West Paris

Located on Route 26. Farm stand features many Maine-grown, and Maine-made items. They are open year-round.

674-2200

Doles Orchard

187 Doles Ridge Road, Limington

www.dolesorchard.com

Pick-your-own fruits. Free live concerts during the height of apple season.

793-4409

Five Fields Farm

720 South Bridgton Road, Bridgton

fivefieldsski.com

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.

647-2425

Giles Family Farm

139 Waterboro Road, Alfred

Pick-your-own orchard open daily to mid-October on weekends and holidays.

324-2944

Hansel’s Orchard

44 Sweetser Road, North Yarmouth

hanselsorchard.com

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.

829-6599

Kelly Orchards

82 Sanborn Rd., Acton

kellyorchards.com

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.

636-1601

Libby & Son U-Picks

86 Sawyer Mountain Road, Limerick

libbysonupicks.com

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.

793-4749

McDougal Orchards

201 Hanson Ridge Road, Springvale

www.mcdougalorchards.com

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.

324-5054

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.

829-3581

Orchard Ridge

236 Sebago Lake Road, Gorham

www.orchardridge.farm

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.

239-0442

Pietree Orchard

803 Waterford Road, Sweden,

pietreeorchards.com

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.

647-9419

Pulsifer Orchard

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.

303-802-6964

Randall Orchards

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.

642-3500

Ricker Hill Orchards

295 Buckfield Road, Turner

rickerhill.com

Ricker Hill Orchards has been growing apples for more than eight generations. They grow everything from crisp red apples and sourly sweet cranberries.

225-5552

Snell Family Farm

1000 River Road (Route 112), Buxton

www.snellfamilyfarm.com

Open mid-September through October every day. A diversified farm with apples, vegetables, pumpkins, herbs and cut flowers.

929-6166

Spiller Farm

85 Spiller Farm Lane, Wells

www.spillerfarm.com

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.

985-2575

Stukas Farms

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.

786-2639

Sweeter’s Apple Barrel and Orchards

19 Blanchard Road, Cumberland Center

www.maineapple.com

Farmstand only. They ship gift packs. You will find old-fashioned and new varieties of apples to try, plus other fruit and cut flowers.

829-6599

Thompson’sOrchard

276 Gloucester Hill Road, New Gloucester

www.thompsonsorchard.com

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.

926-4738

Wallingford’s Fruit House

1240 Perkins Ridge, Auburn

wallingfordsorchard.com

Farmstand and store open from early August through December daily. Pick-your-own and pre-picked apples. Fabulous bakery. Petting zoo and hayrides, too.

784-7958