Enjoy area’s acres of apple bounty – Sentinel and Enterprise


This COVID-19 pandemic have left many of us searching to find something to do with our spare time, especially activities that adhere to social-distancing guidelines.

With the onset of cooler temperatures and a hint of fall, the area’s many apple orchards and farm stands present an opportunity to enjoy the fresh air and the harvest of the season.

Those in the Twin Cities area need look no further than Hollis Hill Farm in Fitchburg. Many families took advantage of Sunday’s spectacular weather to roam through the Marshall Road layout’s rows of fruit-laden apple trees.

Jim Lattanzi, owner and founder of Hollis Hills, senses the need in people to break free from their coronavirus-created routines. “The public is wanting to stretch their legs, and we have a great place for them to go with space that’s nothing like a grocery store,” Lattanzi told the newspaper.

Other local orchards faced similar challenges, but also believe, thanks to some recent beneficial rain, that autumn’s apple bounty will lure customers to the wide-open spaces.

“People are still hesitating to come but if they do, they can still do their thing without being surrounded by people,” Lisa Lanni, owner of Lanni Orchards in Lunenburg, told the newspaper.

At Autumn Hills Orchard in Groton, owner Ann Harris agreed that the recent dose of rain was just what heat-stressed apple trees needed. Customers there can browse the produce under an outside canopy.

And Frank Carlson, owner of Carlson Orchards in Harvard, vowed the summer heat and a cranky irrigation system won’t prevent his farm from offering an appealing, if somewhat smaller, apple crop.

We urge area residents to visit the these and the other apple orchards that dot North Central Massachusetts.

After all, we should all be true to our apple heritage.

The country’s most famous apple ambassador, John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed, was born in Leominster.



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