Apple picking is such a quintessential fall activity in New England and despite this being my fifth fall in New England, I’ve never been! And since Duke is also new to New England (a Southern transplant) we decided to bring him along as well. Since apples are dog safe (minus the seeds!) and apple picking is an outdoor activity, it seemed silly not to bring him. However, many orchards are not dog friendly. After some searching, we found a few that were. After reading some Yelp reviews from other dog owners who had successful brought their pups, we settled on Drew Farm in Westford, Mass.
The orchards around here vary greatly. Some are practically amusement parks and others are more backyard orchards. Drew Farm falls into the backyard category. There was no building, just a tent set up in a field-type parking lot where you buy your bags for picking. Then, you hike or take a tractor up to the orchards. We hiked, but dogs are allowed on the tractor! We were able to grab some apple cider and cider doughnuts to keep us going through our picking but there are also plenty of picnic tables for you to pack a lunch!
Drew Farm allows “well behaved dogs”. The only requirement is that you bring your own poop bags which they refer to as your dog’s admission ticket. There was no admission fees for anyone – human or canine! They only ask that you purchase an appropriately sized apple bag for your party (about 5 lbs. per person, or $7). We picked up a 10 pound bag and walked off with 26 apples for $14! And let me tell you, these apples are delicious. So crisp, they are practically candy sweet! And there is nothing like the satisfaction of eating apples that you personally picked off the tree. You know exactly where they came from! No big trucks, mass warehouses, just our own two hands!
There were quiet a few pups at Drew Farm the day we went. Duke got to say hello to many of them. From those without dogs, he got a lot of attention! We ran into a group of high school girls who just fell in love with Duke, his leg started shaking when they were all petting him – love overload!
I am hoping to get back to Drew Farm before the end of the season. It was a wonderful day for the entire family!
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