We met in Boston for a trip up to Ipswich to visit Russell Orchards. The temperature was still what felt like 140 degrees, so we didn't get to dress in festival autumn aesthetics, but we did manage to get more than enough sweet, crunchy, juicy apples to make the most wonderful pie with.
If you're headed to Russell Orchards this harvest season, or any orchards...here are a few of our best tips.
1) Check the season and make sure the apples you're hunting for are in season. Nothing is worse than having to settle for apples you don't like.
2) Find out if the orchard is cash only. Russell is cash only for their you-picks.
3) Do they allow you to roam to get the best photography moments. Russell allows for a good bit of roaming. Here in Kentucky we have an orchard that only allows picking. Skip those and go for the ones that provide all the Instagram shots you desire.
4) What other activities do they offer. Russell has a petting area, pumpkins, tractor rides, and a delicious selection of apple cider donuts.
5) Don't forget the apple cider. From cakes, to drinks, to everything in between. Apple cider is the under loved, but insanely versatile go to for the fall season.