McDougal • Orchards


Join us for an introductory workshop to winter pruning of apple trees that will include a conversation covering basic concepts and technical aspects, a demonstration, and plenty of hands-on experience. Matt & Polly will walk you through the process to help you feel more comfortable with the concepts and practice of winter pruning! Then, you will get to prune your own tree here at the orchard and mark it so you can come back and visit it in the fall or during one of the summer workshops that we are planning! 

The workshop dates are as follows, click on your preferred date to register:

All dates are currently full, keep an eye out for future workshops!

Questions? contact Matt:

Apple ladder in an apple tree
After Apple Picking by Robert Frost
“My long two-pointed ladder’s sticking through a tree.
Toward heaven still.
And there’s a barrel I didn’t fill
Beside it, and there may be two or three
Apples I didn’t pick upon some bough
But I am done with apple picking now…”
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Drone shot of the farm buildings, raspberries, Matt, Ellen, Jack & Polly, hand pressed cider quart, heirloom apples
“McDougal Orchards is a seventh generation (going on eighth!) family farm specializing in the production of tree fruit available for sale to u-pick and farm store customers from early August thru October.
We invite families of all ages to step back in time, slow down, relax and enjoy the farm’s healthy, high-quality agricultural products and low-impact recreational opportunities.
We grow over 40 varieties of apples, as well as peaches, nectarines, plums, pears, fall-raspberries, pumpkins and winter squash. We have a corn maze, a fairy village and miles of walking trails, too!”
U-Pick season graph
View of the barn and Housefield orchard


We currently rotate our maze and squash/pumpkin plantings among four fields on the farm. When not being cropped (or played in!), all fields are planted to cover crops to increase soil health. New apple tree plantings are mulched with hardwood chips to discourage rodents, conserve moisture, increase soil bioactivity, and help with weed control. We follow integrated pest management (IPM) strategies to limit pesticide use and efficiently control orchard pests and diseases.
Also…Biodiesel made from donuts! Solar panels! Discounts for bringing reusable bags! Click here to read more
Kimberly G.
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Wonderful orchard not too far off the beaten path. Great for little ones with nice walks and a fairy village to explore. Highly recommend!
Misty C.
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Great family atmosphere and very friendly staff. We go every year as a family tradition. More to do and see every year.
Nicole R.
Nicole R.
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It’s tradition for us to visit the orchard with family, pick delicious apples, go on a fun hay ride with the kids, pick out our favorite pumpkins and enjoy delicious apple cider donuts and hot cocoa while the kids play on the playground. We love everything about it! The atmosphere, the friendly staff and all the authentic touches that make us feel at home... We ❤️ McDougals!
Laurie T.
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I love that you can drive right out into the orchard and there are all types of apples to choose from. They offer picking sticks to use for the high up apples you can’t reach (which I should have took advantage of) and the people that run the orchard are super friendly.
Mary B.
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We received our apples today. Thank you so much. William just opened the boxes and is eating his second one.
Stephanie J.
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Our first time there and it was such a nice experience. Everyone was so very nice. There were so many different apples to pick and different sections (wagon rides for kids in back section). All the apple donuts and cider and slushees were amazingly yummy! You can pick raspberries and other fruits as well! There were other things for kiddos to do too! I definitely recommend this orchard!

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