An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor away!

Famous for its four apple orchards, Londonderry offers a wide variety of apples for U-Pick.  Located 45 minutes from Boston, the Seacoast, and the White Mountains, this town still offers the feel of our farming history.  Londonderry historically has always been a leader in the production of apples.  One of the first refrigerated apple storage facilities in New England was operated by the Pillsbury family, here in Londonderry.  With beautiful farms and glorious acres and acres of trees, what a great place to let you children walk the trails, pet the farm animals, try fresh foods, enjoy a try in the corn maze, or just pick different varieties of delicious juicy apples.

To pick a ripe apple, coloring really doesn’t enter the equation. When you get to the orchard, a staff member can advise you on what varieties are ripe, so there’s no need to nibble on every apple.   Apples stay fresh longer when kept in a cool place, like the refrigerator. To help them last even longer, don’t wash the apple until you’re ready to eat it, and be careful not to bruise your apples – bruised apples will rot more quickly.

Did you know…
The pectin in apples lowers LDL (“bad”) cholesterol. People who eat two apples per day may lower their cholesterol by as much as 16 percent. Boron, another ingredient in apples, also strengthens bones.  Quercetin in apples may protect brain cells from the kind of free radical damage that may lead to Alzheimer’s disease.  The pectin in apples supplies galacturonic acid to the body which lowers the body’s need for insulin and may help in the management of diabetes. Apples have also been know to assist in the prevention of Breast, Liver, Colon and Lung cancer. Apples is some studies have also had an positive effect on those that have Asthma.

Don’t peel your apple. Two-thirds of the fiber and lots of antioxidants are found in the peel. Antioxidants help to reduce damage to cells, which can trigger some diseases. Two pounds of apples make one 9-inch pie. Apples have five seed pockets or carpels. Each pocket contains seeds. The number of seeds per carpel is determined by the vigor and health of the plant. Different varieties of apples will have different number of seeds. A Brazilian study found that women who ate three apples or pears per day lost more weight while dieting than women who did not eat fruit while dieting

Apple Picking Facts

  • Before you select the apple you want to pick always look, and find the perfect apple.
  • Gently place the whole palm of your hand around it. With slight pressure, squeeze the apple and start to twist if from the tree.
  • Sometimes, if you roll it upside down, the stem will gently release from the branch.
  • It’s important to try to pick the apple without the leaves.
  • Make sure to leave the small fruit bud intact on the tree for next years crop.

Farms that have fresh U-Pick Apples in Londonderry:

Sunnycrest Farm, fields open 7 AM to noon

Elwood Orchard, fields open 8 AM to 6 PM

Merrill’s Farm, fields open daylight hours daily

Mack’s Apples

Picking season begins in late August and extends well into late October.