12 Best Apple Picking In Vermont To Try Today

There are lots of great orchards and farms in Vermont where you can pick your own apples.

12 Best Apple Picking In Vermont To Try Today

We have put together this list of the best places to go apple picking to help you decide where to visit.

1. Shelburne Orchards – Shelburne

Shelburne Orchards offers apple picking alongside apple tree sales so that you can start your own orchard. They also make their own apple brandy in their on-site distillery which you can purchase.

The picking season begins in late summer with peaches and sour cherries. In September the apple picking season begins which runs until late October.

During picking season, the opening hours are Tuesday to Sunday 9am until 5pm and Mondays 12 noon until 5pm.

2. Burtt’s Apple Orchard – Cabot

Burtts Apple Orchard is a fantastic place for apple enthusiasts to go apple picking.

There are lots of different apple varieties (along with some pears and cherries) and the website has a handy map of the orchard showing you which trees are which.

There is also a season guide, so you know when each variety is in season. The picking season begins in August with a few early varieties and ends in late October.

The trees in the orchard are grown in a specific way to make it easier for customers to pick the fruit. There are wagons to help with transport, tools, and lots of signage so you can find your way around.

The apples vary in flavor from sweet to sour and there are plenty to choose from.

Dogs are welcome on the farm (on a leash) but are not allowed on the orchard. You can also visit the pumpkin patch where you can pick your own pumpkin, or get lost in the corn maze.

You can visit the creamery, use the playground, have a look at the maple farm, or hike up Nichol’s ledge. There is also seasonal fun like apple slingshot and the golden apple hunt.

Make sure you check out the farm shop where you can buy cider, fresh donuts, apple cider vinegar, honey, organic maple syrup and more.

3. Adam’s Apple Orchard & Farm Market – Williston

Adam’s Apple Orchard & Farm Market is in a quiet and scenic location with the backdrop of the Green Mountains. The market is open every day from May through to December 24th, with a fantastic range of products.

You can find locally grown produce, plants, and herbs as well as locally made products including maple syrup. There are also seasonal specials for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

On Truckin’ Tuesdays there are food trucks at the farm so you can sample some tasty hot prepared meals.

The apple orchard is open for picking from early September through to mid to late October. The exact dates vary from season to season.

Golden apples are also hidden throughout the orchard and finding one gets you a voucher for a free apple pie!

4. Hackett’s Orchard – South Hero

Hackett’s Orchard is a family run operation with 47 different varieties of apples to pick. They also sell freshly made apple cider donuts, freshly pressed cider, apple crisp, and cider slushies.

From July to late October the apple orchard is open for picking your own fruit. You can also pick your own strawberries in June, raspberries in July, and peaches in August.

There is a picnic area and a playground which makes it the ideal spot for a family day out.

The winter opening hours are 10am until 2pm on Saturdays only. You can buy produce from the farm as well as other local products including maple syrup, honey, sauces, spices, jam, pasta, marinades and more.

5. Chapin Orchard – Essex Junction

Chapin Orchard can be found just 20 minutes outside of Burlington. From early September through to the end of October the orchard is open every day between 9:30 am and 5:30pm.

There are lots of different varieties of apples grown in the orchard including some antique varieties and some disease resistant varieties. You can find information about each variety on the website.

Chapin Orchard also makes their own cider, and you can watch demonstrations on Thursdays throughout apple season to see how they do it!

6. Green Mountain Orchard – Putney

The Darrow family have been growing apples and other fruit at Green Mountain Orchard since 1914. The Green Mountain Orchard is one of the oldest and largest orchards in the state of Vermont, and is also very accessible.

The scenery is outstanding, and as well as picking apples you can also pick your own blueberries, peaches, plums, raspberries and pumpkins.

The picking season begins in July with blueberries, the peaches start in August, and the apple picking season runs from late August to the end of October. During picking season the orchard is open every day from 8am until 6pm.

The Green Mountain Orchard farm stand is open from mid July through until Christmas, providing fresh produce as well as local products like meat, cheese, and organic syrups.

Between Thanksgiving and Christmas there is a winter farmers market at the orchard every Sunday between 11am and 2pm.

7. Happy Valley Orchard – Middlebury

Happy Valley Orchard is home to Mountain Mac Cider Company as well as having 17 acres of beautifully maintained orchards. There is an excellent variety of apples grown, as well as pressed cider and freshly made apple cider donuts.

They also sell local produce from smaller growers and makers in the farm shop. You can also get freshly made pies to order, which are especially popular during the holiday season.

In September and October the orchard is open to the public for families to come and pick their own apples. The farm shop stays open until just before Christmas.

8. Champlain Orchards – Shoreham

Champlain Orchards is one of the oldest orchards in Vermont and they grow over 175 different varieties of apples and other fruits.

Some of the other produce on offer includes peaches, plums, pears, cherries, nectarines and various types of berries. As if this wasn’t impressive enough, they focus on eco-friendly growing and harvesting practices.

You can buy syrup or honey made in the orchard, or even apple trees to help you set up your own orchard.

The pick your own season begins in the summer with strawberries and cherries and goes right through to late fall with the last of the apples. When picking season is over you can still visit the farm shop.

9. Sunrise Orchards – Cornwall

Sunrise Orchards is a great place to visit from late summer through to the end of Fall to pick your own apples. You can also buy produce from the farm stand. Other products available include clothing, coffee, locally made honey, and gift baskets.

There are fresh baked goods including cookies, apple pies, turnovers, and even apple cider donuts that are still warm.

If you want to stop for lunch you can enjoy gazpacho made with produce from a neighboring farm and a special apple and cheddar focaccia bread.

10. Allenholm Farm – South Hero

Allenholm farm is the oldest operating commercial apple orchard in Vermont and it has been run by the Allen family since 1870. It is open from Memorial weekend right through until Christmas, with plenty of things to see and do.

You can visit the animals in the petting paddock or browse the farm shop. There are plenty of Vermont made products including cheeses, maple syrup, honey, spiced apple butter and handmade jam.

During the summer and fall there is plenty of farm produce for sale, and you can also pick your own apples while they are in season.

11. Northcourt Orchard – Enosburg

Northcourt Orchard opens to the public for apple picking season. It is open from 10 am until 6pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

As well as apple picking, you can indulge in pressed cider or even a batch of freshly made apple cider donuts. You can take some cider home, and it lasts for up to 12 months in the freezer.

Keep an eye on the facebook page for updates on which varieties of apples are ready to be picked throughout the picking season.

12. Dwight Miller Orchards – Dummerston

Dwight Miller Orchards is an eighth generation family owned organic orchard and farm. They are the only Northeast orchard that uses solely organic practices to grow their apples, despite the challenging climate.

From late summer through to fall you can visit the orchard and pick your own apples. You can also buy ready picked fruit at the farm shop, along with lots of other products.

They sell pork raised on their own pastures, fresh eggs, maple syrup, honey, and small patch jams and pickles. These items are available while stocks last so you might see different stock depending on when you visit.

They also make their own cider on site as well as the organic maple syrup.


All of these Vermont orchards are ideal places to pick your own apples. They also have other activities and products available.

Amelia Haslehurt
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