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Boston, Mass. – September 15, 2014 – It's almost fall in New England, one of the most stunning times of the calendar year. It’s the season when vibrant colors pop all around, crisp autumn temperatures bring out layers of fall fashion and visitors to New England flock to nearby orchards to enjoy the delicious, fresh flavors of apples, from Mcinstosh to Cortlands to Baldwins and Roxbury Russets.

In honor of one of autumn's time-honored traditions – apple-picking with family and friends – The Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common gets to the core of the season with a 'pop-up apple orchard' so guests can enjoy the ‘fruits’ and flavors of the season, without having to drive miles away from the hotel or city.

“Our pop up apple orchard was created with our guests and local residents in mind,” says Executive Chef Frank Kassner. “We’re bringing the flavors and excitement of apple picking to those who are visiting and living here in Boston. Not everyone has the time to visit an orchard, so we brought the elements of the orchard to The Ritz-Carlton. The appealing scents of mulled cider and homemade apple pie greet guests immediately as they enter the hotel with an authentic seasonal welcome.”

Starting Saturday, September 27th, and on consecutive Saturdays in the month of October [4, 11, 18, 25] from 12 Noon - 4pm, the hotel presents an urban apple orchard, where guests can enjoy apple beignets, caramel apples, mini apple pastries and Spiced Apple Cider for a taste of fall. Festive tins filled with these seasonal delights are available for purchase; a tin for two guests is $25.00; a tin for four guests is $40.00. Farm-picked apples by the half-dozen and dozen will be sold as well. As part of The Ritz-Carlton’s Community Footprints social and environmental responsibility to better local communities through native plant restoration projects and to help fight hunger, partial proceeds from items sold in the hotel’s Apple Orchard will benefit The Food Project [].

The Food Project’s mission is to create a thoughtful and productive community of youth and adults from diverse backgrounds who work together to build a sustainable food system. The non-profit produces healthy food for residents of the city and suburbs, provides youth leadership opportunities, and inspires and supports others to create change in their own communities.

The Food Project envisions a world where youth are active leaders, diverse communities feel connected to the land and each other, and everyone has access to fresh, local, healthy, affordable food. The Food Project donates and distributes about 40 percent of the produce it grows on its farms in Boston, Lincoln, Lynn, Beverly, and Wenham to underserved communities through its innovative subsidized CSA program Farm to Family and donations to hunger relief programs.

For more information, contact The Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common, 10 Avery Street, Boston at (617) 574-7100 or visit Guests visiting The Ritz-Carlton’s Apple Orchard in Boston are invited to share fall moments: #RCMemories.