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106 West Acton Road, Stow, Ma. 01775 (978) 897-9287

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

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APPLE, PEACH, and PUMPKIN FAQ

QUESTION

ANSWER

Is there an admission charge to visit the farm?

NO.  Not during apple season.  During our apple season you pay only for the fruit that you pick or the attractions that you visit.  Apples are sold by the bag.  Peaches are sold by the box.  Pumpkins are sold by the pound. 

How much does it cost to pick apples?

Half-bushel, approx. 20 lbs., $28

One peck, approx. 10 lbs., $20

How much does it cost to pick pumpkins?

 0.60 cents per pound, from the patch or from the stand adjacent to the apple shop.

How much does it cost to pick peaches?

One half peck, approx. 8 lbs., $23

How much does it cost for the kid’s attractions?

All day “fun pass” includes unlimited admission for one child for the day to the moon bounce, hay maze, hay mountain, tractor playground, pumphouse racers, barnyard bouncing broncos, pedal tractors, and tractor play area, $6.  There is no charge to visit the farm animals.  There is no charge for parents to enter the play areas with children.

How much do hay rides cost?

Hay rides cost $2 per person, for a 15 minute hay wagon tour of the orchards. 

How much do pony rides cost?

Pony rides cost $6 each. 

Do you accept credit cards?

YES.  Mastercard, Visa, and AMEX.  We now accept credit cards at all point of sale locations on the farm, including the field pick your own sales area!

How do we access the orchard and picking areas after arriving?

On weekends, visit the pick your own greeting area adjacent to the large field where the big yellow sign says “Welcome to Shelburne Farm”.  They will help you to get started, and will provide picking bags as well as directions. All of the orchard is within walking distance and is accessible on foot.  Most of our terrain is level for easy walking and easy access from the parking areas.  

Where can I get your famous cider doughnuts?

Visit the apple shop. MMMMMMMM Doughnuts.

How big is Shelburne Farm?

A little over 50 acres

I’m hosting my child’s birthday party at Shelburne Farm on Saturday or Sunday.  Where should I go upon arrival?

Please check in with the apple shop when you arrive and ask for the shop supervisor.  He or she will process your final payment and get you started with the party package you have reserved. 

I’m attending a birthday party at Shelburne Farm.  Where should I go upon arrival?

Visit the cheerful looking red and white striped party tents adjacent to the large field and parking area.  These tents host birthday parties on weekends.

Can we bring a picnic lunch?

Yes, or if you prefer you can choose from our lunch menu on the farm stand concession.

Do you have picnic tables available?

Yes.  Picnic tables are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  A limited number of tables are available by reservation for a non-refundable hourly rental FEE.  Please call the shop 978-897-9287 to book

I’ve never been on an apple picking adventure.  How does it work at Shelburne Farm?

If you arrive on a weekend, just visit the pick your own greeting area adjacent to the parking lot.  The friendly farmers in there will help you to get started.  All you really need to do is purchase a bag, get directions, and go on your way to begin picking. 

If you visit us on a weekday, just visit the apple shop.  One of the friendly farmers in the shop will help you to get started.

Are reservations required for pick-your-own?

NO.  Reservations are not required for for pick your own apples, peaches, or pumpkins. 

Are reservations required for birthday parties?

Yes, if you want to reserve our tent or take advantage of one of our birthday packages.

Are reservations required for school tours?

Yes, if you want to take advantage of one of our school tour packages.  Please call or email to inquire about availability.

What’s the best apple for … ?

Depends on what’s in season.  Ask in the apple shop or pick your own barn when you pick up your bag.

Do you allow dogs?

Dogs are not allowed in the orchard at Shelburne Farm for sanitary reasons.

Do you offer cut-your-own Christmas Trees?

Check our site closer to Thanksgiving for details.

 

 

BIRTHDAY PARTY FAQ

QUESTION

ANSWER

Do you offer birthday party packages?

YES.  Read all about them HERE, including a schedule of fees and party policies.

Do birthday parties include pick your own activities?

OPTIONLLY, YES. Apple picking and pumpkin picking are available as optional extras for all party packages.  For pick your own add ons, all guests who enter the orchard are required to have a pre-paid apple bag purchased as part of the package.

Is there an age limit for birthday party packages?

Party packages are available for children up to age 8.  All guests older than age 8 are counted as adults.

May we bring our own cake or other food to the party?

YES, you may.  We encourage you to consider purchasing food and beverages from our farm stand concession (cider doughnuts, hot and cold cider, gourmet coffee, farm-fresh ice cream, etc.).  But you are not required to do so. You are able to pre-order concession items from the farm stand on the day of booking and include the cost in your pre-paid deposit.  Unfortunately the farm is unable to provide storage or refrigeration for your party food items. 

What is the general procedure on the day of the party?

Check in at the apple shop on the morning of the party.  Please arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the start of the party.  The clerk will take an impression of your credit card, obtain your signature, and then introduce you to your party facilitator, who will work with you for the duration of your party.   

How do party guests access the farm’s attractions and entertainment?

Birthday party guests are able to use their “fun passes” to access the moon bounce, hay maze, hay mountain, pedal tractors, tractor playground, pumphouse racers, barnyard bouncing broncos, and all other attractions during normal operating hours on the day of the party. Birthday guests are also able to redeem their hay ride ticket for a single hay ride at any time during normal operating hours on the day of the party.  Guests may visit the “fun pass” attractions as often as they like.  One hay ride ticket is good for a single ride only.  One pony ride ticket is good for a single ride only.  All attractions are shared among all farm guests.  To ensure the safety and comfort of Shelburne Farm guests, during peak hours it may become necessary to wait in a line prior to accessing one or more of the attractions. 

Are my child’s siblings, the siblings of other guests, or the parents of other guests permitted to attend the party?

YES.  There is an admission fee for guests who exceed the pre-paid package headcount total.  The basic party package includes admission for 15 adults and 15 children.

Does Shelburne Farm provide a party facilitator?

YES.  The dedicated facilitator is assigned to your party for the duration of your event.  

How much is the deposit required to book a party?

The minimum deposit for any party package is $269. 

Is the party deposit refundable?

NO.  Party deposits are charged at the time of booking and are non-refundable, regardless of the circumstances.  No exceptions.

Can a party be rescheduled?

YES, subject to availability of space and other farm constraints, but we cannot guarantee availability of the party tent on a make-up date.  We will provide picnic tables for rescheduled parties.

 

 

 

More Questions?  Contact us via email  office@shelburnefarm.com or by phone

 

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