Barden Family Orchard | 56 Elmdale Road | North Scituate, RI 02857 | (401) 934-1413

Frequently Asked Questions

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Q. How can I find out what you are picking today?
A: Take a look at our apple variety chart, follow us on Facebook for updates or give us a call! (401) 934-1413.

Q. Do you have bathrooms?
A. Yes!  We have both outhouses and a small restroom.

Q: Do you accept credit cards?
A: Yes, we accept all major credit cards as well as cash and checks.

Q: Is there an entrance fee?
A: No.

Q. Are backpacks allowed?
A: No.  Please leave large handbags and back packs in your vehicles.  Camera bags and diaper bags are the only exceptions.

Q. Are you handicap accessible?
A. We have designated parking, ramps into our farm market and orchard areas that are handicap accessible.

Q: Will my kids be able to reach the apples?
A: Yes,  Many of our fields have dwarf trees on trellises allowing for apples within easy reach.

Q: Can I eat an apple while I am picking?
A: Yes. We encourage you to sample the apples so you know that you will like the flavor, and enjoy the experience.

Q: Can I bring my dog or pet?
A: Unfortunately, we cannot allow dogs or pets into the orchards.  We are certified under the Good Agricultural Practices program implemented by RIDEM to comply with Food Safety criteria.  We do respect the need for service animals.  However, any animal waste must be collected by the owner immediately and disposed of properly.

Q: Will I be able to push a stroller in the orchard?
A: It is very difficult to maneuver a stroller in most areas.  We recommend the use of wagons and infant carriers to go further than the farm stand vicinity.  Strollers are easy to use in areas surrounding our Farm Market

Q: Do you spray?
A: Yes.  All commercial growers must spray their apples whether they are “Organic” growers or “Conventional”.  The only time you will ever see unsprayed apples is when they are labelled “unsprayed”.

Q: Are you organic?
A: No. However, we have tried growing apples non-synthetically and were successful.  We have learned and incorporated some of these techniques into our current growing practices.  We’re still considering transitioning some of our orchard back to organic.

Q: How much does it cost to pick apples?
A: Look for the pricing on our website in August.  Pricing varies based on the amount of apples you want to pick and the number of people in your group.

Q:  Do you have any activities or events for kids?
A: Yes we offer hayrides on Sundays after Columbus Day weekend until Halloween.  We also have rope swings for kids. In the past we have offered events for children such as pumpkin painting.  Please check our Facebook page for future events.

Q: Are you open if it’s raining?
A: Yes.

Q: When is the perfect time to go apple picking?
A: Depends what kind of apple you want to pick. Please see our crop availability chart and our About the Apples PDF to see when your favorite apple is ripe.

Q: Do I have to wash my fruit before I eat it?
A: Yes.  We recommend washing fruit before you eat it.

Q: Can I keep my apples on the counter?
A: We do not recommend storing fruit outside of the refrigerator.  Fruit keeps the best in the refrigerator.

Q: Do you have peaches? Can I pick my own?
A: Yes and No.  Our orchards have been replanted and are young.  Our trees only provide enough for us to pick and stock our Farm Market.  We will have enough to provide pick your own peaches in the 2020 pick your own season.

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56 Elmdale Road | North Scituate, RI 02857  | (401) 934-1413

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