Al Rose's grandfather founded Red Apple Farm in 1912 as a wholesale apple grower. Al's father made the prescient decision to transform the property into a retail operation. "Our business has changed from selling apples to selling an experience," Al says. In the fall, picking apples is still central to that experience, and Red Apple Farm's planting strategies and location at 1,250 feet above sea level make it one of the longest-producing orchards in New England. Red Apple Farm offers more than 50 varieties for picking, from historic varieties like Baldwin to traditional favorites including McIntosh and Macoun to relatively new types of apples such as Ginger Gold.
Apple picking begins at Red Apple Farm in late July and typically runs all the way until October's end, when the Winter Banana apples are ready for picking.