Today we took a trip to Burtt's Apple Orchard on the road to Cabot. For us, it's only three or four miles, I'm guessing, over the Plain and almost to Route 215. As we had suspected, they were very busy. There were cars coming and going all the time we were there, and whole families in the orchard picking apples, others playing tether-ball or exploring the nearby fields. I took a few pictures while we were there, and we stocked up on apples, cider and doughnuts.
The orchard has a FaceBook page where they keep visitors up-to-date on what's ready for picking. Seems to me Greg and Stephanie Burtt have done everything right since the start of the orchard in about 2009. Greg has added pears and cherries to the orchard, and told me today each year the trees produce more fruit.
It's a pleasure to see the old Maple Glen Farm being so active and productive. The farm was a show piece back in the day, and while they were a productive general farm, their maple production was what they were know for. They had marvelous sugaring-off parties every spring. Click on the pictures to make them larger.
This is a picture of the farm in about 1879. The sugar-woods on this farm was used in Alfred Hitchcock's movie, "The Trouble with Harry." There are several identifiable scenes of Cabot landscape in that movie, taken from the maples on the hillside behind the farm.
The farm was previously owned by Barbara Davis and Bob Davis. Bob was president of the Cabot Creamery Cooperative; Barbara, ran a successful dairy and maple operation at the farm. They lived in the house about a mile up the road at the corner of Cabot Plains Road and Bayley Hazen Road.