Johnny Applseed Country
This spring, it's time to visit Johnny Appleseed Country, our beautiful area of north central Massachusetts. Come see hillsides dotted with explosions of white. Drive the back roads and see where the apples come from in the area given its name by apple cultivator and peripatetic folk hero Johnny Appleseed.
Our wallet-friendly B&Bs and small family farms beckon in this spring alternative to apple-picking time.
Peak blooming time is predicted to be around May 9 to 15 - but remember Mother Nature is never predictable. A rainstorm one day, a cool snap for a few days, and voila, the schedule changes!
While you're at it, check out the small-town apple festivals that dot the region - the Apple Blossom Festival at Sholan Farms (www.sholanfarms.com), on Pleasant Street in Leominster is on May 9th and celebrates the coming of spring with crafters, a marching band, rock, jazz band and bagpipe procession, and butterfly release. Or visit the Apple Blossom Festival also on May 9th (appleblossom [at] jumpiinc [dot] org) at Harvard Common, in Harvard, where fine arts and crafts, antiques, entertainment and more attract the crowds.
Mother's Day events include the whole weekend at Davis' Farmland (978-422-MOOO), in Sterling, where kids bring Mom for free Saturday and Sunday, May 9 and 10. Make Mom a necklace or watch her relax with a complimentary chair massage.
Spring, apple blossoms, Mother's Day - a perfect combination!