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

Frequently Asked Questions


Q1: Do you have any COVID-19 policies in place?
Yes. We are taking measures set in place by the state to maintain physical distance between customers and other changes to protect those at risk in our community. Click here for our list of policies.

Q2. 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.

Q3. Do you have bathrooms?
Yes!  We have outhouses and we have running water and soap for hand washing

Q4: Do you accept credit cards?
Yes, we accept all major credit cards as well as cash and checks.

Q5: Is there an entrance fee?
While there is no additional entrance fee to enter the farm, pick your own activities do involve a purchase or "prepay" before entering the fields to pick. Please see the answer to Question 16 regarding an entrance fee if you do not want to pick any of our delicious fruit or beautiful sunflowers.

Q6. Are backpacks allowed?
No.  Please leave large handbags and back packs in your vehicles.  Camera bags and diaper bags are the only exceptions.

Q7. Are you handicap accessible?
We have designated parking, ramps into our farm market and orchard areas that are handicap accessible.

Q8: Will my kids be able to reach the apples?
Yes,  Many of our fields have dwarf trees on trellises allowing for apples within easy reach.

Q9: Can I eat an apple while I am picking?
Yes. We encourage you to sample the apples so you know that you will like the flavor, and enjoy the experience. Please dispose of your core in the trash, or along the edge of the woods at the edges of the orchard. Please do not throw apple cores or apples that you do not like in the orchard. People have had broken noses as a result.

Q10: Can I bring my dog or pet?
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.

Q11: Will I be able to push a stroller in the orchard?
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

Q12: Do you spray?
A: Yes.  All professional growers must protect their crops whether they are “Organic” growers, “IPM” managed crops  or “Conventional”.  The only time you will ever see unsprayed crops is when they are labelled “unsprayed”.  Generally these are operations that do not make their living from growing food.  “Organic” crops are managed using organic (non-synthetic) based pesticides and fertilizers, so although they are organic, they are still sprayed. 

Q13: 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 are still considering transitioning some of our orchard back to organic.

Q14: 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.

Q15:  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.

Q16: What if I don't want to pick anything, but just want to walk around the farm? 
We do allow people to enter without purchasing a pick your own bag; the cost is $12/adults and $7/child on the weekends and $10/adults and $7/child on weekdays.

Q17: Are you open if it’s raining?

Q18: When is the perfect time to go apple picking?
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.

Q19: Do I have to wash my fruit before I eat it?
Yes.  We recommend washing fruit before you eat it.

Q20: Can I keep my apples on the counter?
We do not recommend storing apples outside of the refrigerator.  Apples, berries and soft peaches should be refrigerated. Hard peaches should be kept outside of the refrigerator until they are  soft. When soft, they can be stored up to two weeks in the fridge if they have not yet been refrigerated (a benefit of picking your own!). Blueberries can also be refrigerated for a week or two; but, like peaches, will develop a mealy texture after being refrigerated for too long.

Q21: Do you have peaches? Can I pick my own?
Yes, we do have some yellow and white peaches. Unfortunately, pick your own will not be available for the 2020 season.

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