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The Farmstand at Cold Spring Orchard

When you buy fruit, you help research

Profits of fruit sales from the UMass Cold Spring Orchard along with State moneys, contributions from commercial orchardists, and grants from the Massachusetts Fruit Growers' Association are used to manage our research and education facility.

At the orchard store, you can taste and buy a variety of fruit, some not available anywhere else in the region. More than 100 varieties of apples are grown at the orchard, with 18 varieties produced in quantity. Each time you visit the store you may see new kinds of fruit for sale.

The store also sells peaches, nectarines, pears, blueberries, sunflowers, and eight varieties of pumpkins, including white Luminas, and Cinderellas (said to resemble the storybook carriage). Orchard-made jams and jellies are for sale too, and include strawberry, blueberry, raspberry, blackberry, sour cherry, grape, and peach.

We use the most environmentally friendly pest-management approaches available. Whenever possible non-chemical methods are used to reduce insect populations and control weeds. In the pick-your-own areas of the orchard, special care is taken to reduce the level of pesticide spraying and to use non-chemical alternatives even when they cost more.

Visit the Cold Spring Orchard farmstand website

Retail Store Hours

8:30am-3:00pm, Monday - Friday.  Closed weekends and holidays.
We are open on a self serve basis until we run out of apples.

Cash and check (over a $10 purchase) only

Pick Your Own

Closed for the season. 

School Tours

The University of Massachusetts Cold Spring Orchard is a research facility as well as a "working farm." During the fall, the farm crew is harvesting the fruit they cared for all year. During this time we offer informational tours to school groups. All tours are age appropriate and include various aspects of the fruit cycle, harvesting, cider making and marketing. Children will pick a bag of apples to take home.
Tours are given throughout September and October.  Tours will be offered on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday only. Tours are at 9:30 and 11:30. 9:30 tours will require a minimum of 40 students and 11:30 tours require a minimum of 15 students. Tour reservations should be made early; our schedule fills up quickly when the school year begins!

Schedule a school tour at UMass Cold Spring Orchard using our online sign-up form
or call the UMass Cold Spring Orchard at (413) 323-6647 to leave your name, phone number, number of people in group, and the desired date or contact Janet at

If you have questions regarding tours during the off season, November thru July, please contact the orchard directly @ 413-323-6647

Seasonal Availability

We currently are selling:

  • A variety of apples
  • Orchard Cider
  • Orchard Honey
  • Orchard-made Jams

Apple Harvest Calendar

First half of September:

  • Zestar
  • Paula Red
  • McIntosh
  • Silken
  • Akane
  • Sansa

Second half of September:

  • Empire
  • Macoun
  • Shamock
  • Cortland

First half of October:

  • Jonagold
  • Red Delicious
  • Spencer
  • Spigold (first of two pickings)
  • Roxbury Russet
  • Hudson

Second half of October:

  • Spigold (second picking)
  • Mutsu
  • Golden Delicious
  • Baldwin
  • Fuji
  • Winter Banana
  • Golden Russet