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School Field Trips and Tours

Carlson Orchards is pleased each year to host many area school children and teach them about the many value-added processes we are involved with here on the farm.  School groups come to the farm and get to experience first hand our farm operations.

We also have a very active packing house where the apples are sorted, sized, bagged and boxed. Food doesn't just arrive in the store for us to buy. Watching our productions in operation make a lasting and, we think, valuable impression on young minds about the local food source and its economic importance here in the Commonwealth. Of course, for the smaller ones, it's also fun just to pat the pumpkins in their bins.

Tours on the farm consist of :

  • 15 minute lecture on apples, growing conditions, and the equipment used for commercial picking.
  • Quick demonstration on the proper way to pick apples and its importance on new growth apples.
  • Trip into the orchard for apple picking (1/4 peck per child.)
  • Tour of the line operations as they are in productions --- packing house, cider jelly evaporator, apple slicing machine.
  • Quick refreshing taste of fresh Carlson Orchards Premium Blend apple cider.


To schedule a tour,
please call Monday -Friday
 
9am-5pm
800-286-3916. 
We can make arrangements for
special needs children.

 

 

 

A REAL TESTIMONIAL
"Dear Carlsons --We love your farm and your pumpkins. And we love your hayride it's the
best in the world. We love you. We loved picking your pumpkins. And we loved your apple cider.
And we loved your machines. And we loved when we saw the person dump the apples in the white bin.
We liked seeing those guys bottle the cider.And we want to do it again. And we'd like to see you again.

The four year old class at Village Nursery School Harvard, MA"

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The Important Stuff:
 Conveniently located off Route 495 and Route 2 in Harvard, Ma, the Orchards are 45 minutes due West of Boston and 20 minutes East of Worcester. Our hours for fruit picking are 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM seven days a week (we are farmers after all) and our retail store is open until 6:00 PM Mon - Fri, 6:00 PM Sat and Sun. We gladly accept MasterCard, Visa, American Express and readily accept cash.



We love our orchards and know you will too.
We regret that we cannot allow animals into the orchard.
Please visit us soon and remember to eat fruit at least five times daily!

Bring Home the Good Life!

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For information about what crop is available and when, please visit our Growing Schedule.
 



 

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115 Oak Hill Road, Harvard MA 01451
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