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Shelburne Farm Reviews
There is another big spot down the road, but this place has it all: variety of apples, piping hot cider donuts, live music on the weekends in season, mini hay maze, bouncy house, a variety of kid play... more »
Lovely farm stand with very nice staff. We went to buy apples last week. They were DOUBLE the price of apples at Bolton Farms on Rt. 117. Do not buy your apples at Shelburne Farms. more »
Visited in September so a couple of weeks before peak crowds. Still was busy but no long lines. Several kid-focused activities; wish they had adult-sized pedal tractors. Did not get the hoped for cide... more »
I've been coming here ever since we had kids. And love it. 2015 was awesome - plenty of apples to pick from the trees and plenty for kids to do. They have a little tractor area where kids can ride tricycle styled tractors or human powered scooters. And they've got a hay maze & small farm where kids can see some of the animals; there's also a tractor ride. Sometimes they have a bouncy castle by the store. Speaking of the store, it's a quaint little farm store with a variety of things like cheeses, apples, ciders, pumpkins, pies, breads and various items you can even use for cooking. Little known secret... you can order your food and apples from the store instead of the huge line outside. Only downside is that yeah, it is a bit pricey and if you're outside for food, you may have to wait a little bit. And while in 2015 apples were plentiful through the end of October (at least), the drought in 2016 meant tiny apples and far fewer, with them pretty much picked by the second week of October. Also, for us the hayride didn't stop at different types of apple sections, which a few farms close by actually do (like Honey Pot). Still, it's a great farm with terrific apples. I'd recommend it. Nice picturesque scenery and a true New England feel for the fall.
We went early in the season this year and it was great, no crowds at all! Donuts are a must have. Tons for the kids to do, all for extra $$. Bouncy house, peddal cars, small hay maze, slide. Bathrooms are a large row of porta potties, no diaper changing area.
This is a huge operation and as such it can get crazy here during the high season for apple picking. It seems like their orchards and lines to get the bags are well equipped for the volume, but their food operation has some catching up to do. Nevertheless, great views, great variety of apples, and a fun time had by all. Don't skip the cider donuts!
I brought four of my grandchildren last Sunday and was very disappointed. The hay play area was looking like it had been there for years without any new hay added. The tractor play area was only good for toddlers, that is fine if the charge wasn't $6 per child and I feel the playground should be free for the kids. When we went to pay for our three pumpkins, weighing a total of 43 pounds, the cost was $40 plus dollars! I decided not to buy them and now have some nice ones that cost me $15 total for three beautiful pumpkins. The only thing we enjoyed seeing were the farm animals.
Shelburne Farm's offers apple picking (of several varieties) and pumpkin picking. I bought the larger of the bag size and ended up with about 20-25 pounds of apples for $35. I recommend going early. Lastly, they sell burgers, pork sausages, semi warm soup, and other simple lunch items.
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