If you haven’t had a chance to get to the area’s orchards you’d better hurry up. After all, you wouldn’t want to have Grandma’s reputation on the line for the best apple pie recipe handed down as an heirloom without fresh Brookfield Orchards or Charlton Orchards Farm apples.
While the “pick your own” apples period has ended, there’s still time to have fresh picked apples ranging from Empire, Macintosh, Golden and Red Delicious, Spencer (our favorite of course), and, Mutsu and Liberties for mailing.
Pssst—there’s fresh pastries made weekly…(but we won’t tell Grandma’s secret),…. along with dumplings and pies. Cider donuts are available on the weekends. Brookfield Orchard’s store is open year round 9:00AM to 5:00 PM. Mailing apples is a great way to bring a taste of home to anyone unable to make it home for the holidays. So bring some home to them.
Nearby, Charlton Orchards Farm & Winery is a landmark. It was the first settlement in southern Worcester County. King George of England gave Obadiah
McIntyre a 300 acre land grant in 1733 as a farm settlement for his earlier services as town constable. As new roads were built for traveling America, Route 20, the nations longest highway, went through the farm’s acreage.
Following Nelson Wheeler’s first 1949 planting as an orchard, to the present day, rebuilding and replacing everything lost in a winery fire. The pioneering spirit of New England is still going strong through the aftermath of adversity, despite multiple years of ice or windstorms and winter snows.
Today it’s a working farm with 160 acres on the north side of Route 20 that comprise the Charlton Industrial Park and Charlton Landscape Supply while the 140 acres on the south side offer a tasty variety of apples, peaches, pears, plums, nectarines along with blackberries, blueberries, raspberries or strawberries.
Visitors can pick their own blackberries, blueberries and raspberries. Charlton Orchard Farms offer options to get closer to picking areas for those folks with a handicap placard.
Charlton Orchard Farm’s store offers blueberries, fresh apple cider, cider donuts, cucumbers, eggs, honey, jams and jellies, Peaches, peppers, plums, string beans, tomatoes and a lot more depending on the season.
They are open Sunday and Monday from 10:00-4:00,
Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9:00-5:00
The store is closed Tuesday and Wednesday.
At SeeSpencer.com, we admire the courage, spirit of cooperation, and tenacity of our local farmers. We urge you to support all of them weekly by shopping for locally grown foods or visiting their farm stands. Click here for a map of Mass Grown farm locations!