Saturday, September 29, 2012

Smolak Farm

Smolak Farm, in North Andover (Mass.) offers a great selection of apples and ancillary activities in a beautiful setting.

On Fall weekends the joint is jumping with families attracted by acres of you-pick trees, plus ice cream, car shows, cider donuts, duck races, and celebrity chef dinners.

Way to pack them in! The draw for me, however, is Smolak's heirloom orchard.

These heritage apples are not always available on a pick-your-own basis, but on a recent visit I got some Esopus Spitzenberg and, just for grins, a Sheepnose at Smolak's on-site farmstand.

Visit midweek to avoid the crowds, or on a weekend in the fall for all the hoopla.

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