is red & green, juicy & delicious and fits in your hand?
Why, a Massachusetts
grown apple, of course! We at Tougas Family Farm invite your class
to join us this fall for an informative, hands-on educational
experience learning about local agriculture. Tougas Family Farm,
a family owned and managed farm, has been in the forefront of
area growers in using new production techniques, such as dwarf
apple tree plantings, and Integrated Pest Management (IPM). During
your trip to the orchard, you and your students will learn more
about our IPM program ("the Bug Talk") from Farmer Mo
(who finally found a use for his Master's Degree in education!),
as well as enjoy a wagon ride and apple picking in the orchard.
Your group will be picking apples from our dwarf apple trees.
These apples are of the highest quality grown in the world, and
the apples are always within easy reach of the children. The children
pick enough to fill a small bag (1/4 peck) and also pick an apple
to eat while in the orchard. Also included is a sticker, and a
coloring book for each child. Apple Trip: $
person; minimum charge $75.00.
in New England is Pumpkin Time, too!
Family Farm also offers a similar trip to the pumpkin patch,
where each child picks a sugar pumpkin from Mo's Pumpkin Patch
after taking a wagon ride around the orchards. The sugar pumpkins
are great for painting and decorating, as well as cooking.
Also included is a sticker and coloring book. Pumpkin
Trip:$ per person; minimum charge $75.00
you are having difficulty deciding on which trip to do, we
also have a combination trip that includes the apple picking
trip to the orchard as well as pumpkin picking! Combination
Trip: $ per person; minimum charge $75.00
you and your group to relax after their harvest at the play area
and visit our animal friends at the Barnyard Zoo. Also offered is
the option of a small cup of our pasteurized cider and apple cider
donut for a small additional price. Cider
and Donut: $1.00 each in addition to trip charge.
must be placed at least 48 hours in advance; have a total
number of people for the order. Since we offer this
option at a discount, any last minute changes are not possible.
Any additional cider and donuts purchased for your group on that
day will be charged at the regular price.
Trips are booked for
Mondays-Fridays, September 10 through October 26, except weekday
holidays, such as Columbus Day (Oct. 12) Yom Kippur (Sept. 28). Available hours are between 9:30 am
and 2:00 pm. Trips are scheduled every 15 minutes. Please allow
a minimum of one and a half to two hours for your trip, with large
groups requiring more time. We are located approximately 60 minutes
by bus from downtown Boston, and approximately 20 minutes from downtown
Worcester. We are located 1.5 miles from the Church St. Exit (#24)
off I-290, ten minutes from I-495.
To reserve your
desired time, we recommend booking early. We start booking fall
school tours in May. If you are interested in booking a trip, please
call 508-393-6470 or fax your request to 508-393-1834, or mail to
246 Ball St., Northborough, MA 01532.
do not require a deposit; we request that payment be made by check
upon arrival at the farm.
reservations, please give us a firm number of students and adults
in your group. We will not be able to accommodate additional adults
and siblings who have not been included in your reservation numbers.
We require an
adult to student ratio of one to five. These chaperones are needed
to keep track of your students, help them pick apples and pumpkins, supervise
them in the Barnyard and playground, and tidy up after snack or lunch time. All adults and siblings will be charged; we allow one free Teacher per 15 students.
be made by check, one payment
per group or teacher. Personal, school or PTO checks are all acceptable.
Cider Donut ingredients
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