Scituate’s Apple Orchards, Scituate, RI  » Travel  »
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  • They have Macintosh, Red Delicious, Cortland, Granny Smith, Rhode Island Greening, Fuji, Rome Beauty, Empire, Golden Delicious, Honey Crisp and many others
  • Nothing quite like the experience of a ride through the country, the whiff of apples in the in the crisp fall air

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      As a child growing up in Rhode Island, it was always part of our family traditions to make a trip out to Scituate, RI in the fall to visit the Apple Orchards at Apple Picking time. Between the beautiful fall foliage on the ride out there and the choice to either “Pick your own” or go to one of the many fruit stands and buy whatever variety of apples you preferred as well as whatever grade of apple you preferred, it was a fun afternoon for both parent’s and children alike. We, as kids, of course would beg our parents to buy some fresh apple cider, candied apples, homemade apple pie or preserves or one of an assortment of other homemade goodies to be found at the Apple Orchard

      farm stands.

      You had a lot of choices when it came to apples. A significant savings of course if you chose to pick your own, but even at the farm stands, they had what they called “Pie Grade” or “drops”. These are apples that actually fell from the tree before they could be picked. They may have some bruises or dings but they are perfectly fine for cutting up for pie or homemade applesauce. You could get these for much less than the grade “A” apples and for cooking, my Mom thought they were perfect. She would get us some good eating apples and then she’d get a bushel or more of drops to make pies and applesauce.

      You can buy them by the bushel, the half bushel, or by the peck.


      • I can’t even begin to impress upon you the huge difference in taste there is when you buy apples fresh from the orchard as opposed to the supermarket. There simply is no comparison! Apple Season in RI starts in September and runs pretty much through the end of October.

        Rhode Island apple orchards grow a wide range of varieties. They have Macintosh, Red Delicious, Cortland, Granny Smith, Rhode Island Greening, Fuji, Rome Beauty, Empire, Golden Delicious, Honey Crisp and many others.

        In addition to going to the Orchards to get in season apples and apple products, we used to go to the orchards once in awhile to do a hay ride or sleigh ride. Nothing quite like the experience of a ride through the country, the whiff of apples in

        the in the crisp fall air. Sometimes we’d have Hot chocolate on our rides or afterwards.

        Nowadays, they also have Apple Festivals annually which not only promote the apples and apple products but they also have arts and crafts vendors, kid’s activities, an apple pie competition, train rides, music and more.

        Some childhood memories like this are worth more to me than all the Disney trips and video games in the world. I wish more families took the time to do things together traditionally as a family like I had the privilege of growing up in rural Rhode Island. Going to the apple orchards in the fall was something my siblings and I truly looked forward to all year long. Almost hard to imagine with kids being hard to entertain in today’s world.




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    Norm Ouellet says :

    Where can I purchase Rhode Island greenings for baking pies? Elsewhere I read that there are RI greenings that are referred to as sweet greenings, is this a differenr RI greening? Lastly when do you think the crop of greening will be ready for picking this year. Thank you Norm

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