Fall is here, and farms across the state have opened their doors to those looking for a taste of the season. Here’s a list of farms in the area and the services offered.
The Big Apple Farm
207 Arnold St., Wrentham
Store Hours: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. every day from July to Thanksgiving Eve
Pick Your Own Apples has ended for the season, but there is a variety of items available in the store, including pumpkins and sugar pumpkins, Bosc Pears, Butternut Squash, Blue Hubbard Squash, Buttercup Squash, Acorn Squash, Cabbage, Green Beans, Broccoli, and of course, several types of apples.
C.N. Smith Farm
325 South St., East Bridgwater
Store Hours: 9 a.m.–5 p.m., seven days a week
Apple picking starts Labor Day Weekend and generally goes through Columbus Day or into the middle of October depending on crop conditions. Reservations are required for apple picking. This can be done on the web site and must be done a few days in advance. Due to COVID-19, no sampling in the orchard this year.
4 Town Farms
90 George St., Seekonk
Farm stand hours: Monday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
4 Town Farms wraps out Pick Your Own season with pumpkins. The tractor will take people out to the field, drop them off at the start of a small corn maize, and pickup after selecting a pumpkin.
The season opens mid April with a large selection of perennials, annuals, hanging baskets, and mixed containers. The farmstand is open through the holidays, selling fresh cut trees and wreaths, as well as products from a number of local vendors.
Oakdale Farms Country Barn
61 Wheaton Ave., Rehoboth
Hours: Tuesdays, 2-6 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays, 12-4:30 p.m.
Items available in the store include: fresh picked fruits and veggies, farm fresh eggs, homemade baked goods, jams, and preserves. Plus, Oakdale Farms shirts, sweatshirts, and tote bags and pumpkins, hay bales, and mums.
For the first time, the farm has begun a home delivery service for Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts. The farm store has made necessary adjustments to comply with social distancing measures for the safety of customers visiting the Country Barn. Local farmers’ markets which we attend have also begun practicing social distancing between vendors and customers.
50 Swan Rd, Smithfield, R.I.
Apple picking procedures have changed for 2020 due to COVID. If anyone in your party are experiencing any symptoms of illness or have been recently exposed to COVID, please stay home and plan to visit at another time.
To make a reservation please refer to the calendar on the web site. Each reservation can hold a max of 6 people (please include all children over the age of 3). For more than six people, make multiple reservations. There is no cost per person, just the cost of the bag(s). Staff are asking for the number of people in a party to limit the number of individuals in the orchard per time slot.
The farm stand and bakery offers the freshest picked seasonal fruits and vegetables as well as fresh baked goods. Fresh fruits pies, pastries and other desserts are available alongside fresh apple cider donuts and gourmet muffins. They carry a complete line of preserves, jellies, salad dressings, prepackaged baking mixes, R.I. honey, local milk, and eggs
Fairmount Fruit Farm
887 Lincoln St., Franklin
Store hours: Monday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
There are a few changes for the apple picking season. This year, due to COVID-19 regulations and safety concerns, there will be an online reservation system. Starting at 10 a.m. until 3:30pm, every half hour, reservations can be made to attend. Please make sure to register and buy tickets online. They wil accepting a limited number of walk-ins each day.