As the hues of the leaves slowly begin to change before our eyes, the first thing that comes to mind is heading out to do some apple picking. With the autumnal air slowly but surly permeating the weather, we thought we would give you a list of great farms to hit up for a taste of the rural life that can be located using only public transport. Make sure to check out these top spots for an afternoon enjoying farm fresh goodies and the open atmosphere.
|Shelburne Farm 106 West Acton Road, Stow, MA|
Directions: Being a farm, Shelburne is a little out of the way. Grab a bike and head to North Station. Take the Fitchburg/South Acton Line and hop off at South Acton. From there take a right onto Central Street and then a slight right onto Main Street. Take your second right onto Maple Street. Keep left onto Stow Street. Cruise for 1.7 miles until you take a right onto West Acton Road. Your destination will be on your right. Enjoy!
|Belkin Family Lookout Farm 89 South Pleasant Street, South Natick, MA|
Directions: Hit up North Station and grab the Framingham/Worcester line towards Worcester/ Union Station. Jump off at Natick Center. At the station grab the NDly towards Central Hub for two stops. Get off and take a left onto Pleasant Street. Less than a mile later you’re there!
|C.N. Smith Farm 325 South Street, East Bridgewater, MA|
Directions: From South Station take the Middleborough/Lakeville line. Get off at Bridgewater. Follow Great Hill Drive until it turns into Hayward Street. Continue left onto Hayward again and then take your third right onto High Street. Stay left onto Bridge Street and take your second left onto South Street. Voila, you have arrived.
|Brooksby Farm 38 Felton St, Peabody, MA|
Directions: At North Station grab the Newburyport/Rockport line and hop off at Lynn. Head down Market Street and turn left onto Harrison Court. At the Lynn Commuter Rail Busway take bus 435 towards Danvers Square. Get off at Essex Center Drive/ Kids R Us. Walk up Essex Drive and take a left onto Essex Lane. Take a left onto Prospect Street. Take a right onto Felton street and you’re in business.
|Russell Orchards 143 Argilla Rd. Ipswich, MA|
Whatever you are down for, they have you covered. Hayrides, farm stand, fresh apple cider, pumpkins abound and yup, you got it, farm animals!
Oh, those pigs! Not only is Big Darryl the pig a signature part of the farm, but also there are goats, ponies, chickens, rabbits, ducks and much more. Come hang out by the pond and chill with old Bessie. Now, onto the most important part of your visit to the farm, the apple cider donuts.
They are worth the wait, let us tell you. Grab some fresh apple cider, a bag of hot donuts and find a pretty spot by the pumpkin patch for a treat worth devouring. These babies are what dreams are made of and are worth battling your way through the lines to get. Heavenly and hot, they melt in your mouth like the butter they were made with. Once you’ve enjoyed your treat, make sure you head out on the hayride to pick some apples.
Directions: Grab your bike and head over to North Station. Take the Newburyport/Rockport Line to Ipswich. Head north onto Peatfield Street. It turns into Market Street. At the main intersection take a right onto Main Street. Take a right onto Rt. 1A/County St. and the next left onto Argilla Road. 1.8 miles of pretty scenery later and you are taking a right into the farm.