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Berry Picking Around Boston :: 16 Farms to Check Out This Summer

As soon as the warm weather is here to stay and the flowers are in full bloom, one of my family’s favorite summer activities is to go berry picking. My boys eat berries by the carton on a daily basis throughout the year, so it’s a special treat to visit the very places where native berries grow — and pick them off the trees (after popping a few in our mouths along the way, of course!). The Boston area is ripe with farms that feature U-pick berries when they are in season. Here are our favorites, plus a list of berry farms we’d love to check out soon!

North Shore

Russell Orchards :: 143 Argilla Road, Ipswich

We love spending warm summer days at Crane Beach in Ipswich and then venturing over to the orchard and country store (featuring wine tastings and ice cream!) to pick berries and browse homemade goods. Russell Orchards offers picking opportunities for strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries throughout the warmer months, plus a handy guide to know when everything is in season and ready to pick — strawberries as soon as school is out in June, raspberries around the Fourth of July, blueberries in mid-July, and blackberries later on in the summer. Russell Orchards will be hosting a strawberry festival June 23 and 24!

Brooksby Farm :: 54 Felton Street, Peabody

Featuring blueberry, raspberry, and peach picking, this farm has something for everyone throughout the year — and especially in the summer months. Brooksby is also home to a variety of animals, so kids can explore the farm and pet and feed the sheep, goats, and other animals in the barnyard!

South Shore

Tree-Berry Farm :: Route 123/Neal Gate Street, Scituate

We cut down our own Christmas tree on this farm a few years ago, and now that we live in Scituate we’re so excited to check out the blueberries! Farmed by the same family for four generations, this special spot is a mainstay on the South Shore.

C.N. Smith Farm :: 325 South Street, East Bridgewater

Ever since my oldest son was a year old, we’ve visited C.N. Smith every fall for apple picking. But this 80-year-old farm has so much to offer in the summer months too! You can pick strawberries, blueberries, and peaches and enjoy the farm animals, garden center, and farm stand selling freshly picked asparagus and rhubarb too. Bonus: They sell fresh cider donuts every weekend!

MetroWest

Belkin Family Lookout Farm :: 89 South Pleasant Street, South Natick

This spot is on my family’s summer bucket list for sure. As one of the oldest working farms in the U.S. (it was founded in 1651!), Belkin has over 180 acres of farmland and 60,000 fruit trees! Featuring strawberries, peaches, nectarines, and plums, this farm has plenty of space to allow the little ones to explore and play. In addition to the U-pick variety, there is also a children’s play area, complete with train rides, a hay pyramid for climbing, a farm maze, and visits with sheep and goats. There’s also imagination playground blocks and face painting every Saturday from 12–4 p.m. For the grownups, there’s also the Lookout Taproom, featuring beer tastings and a place to relax after a bustling day of activities!

Ward’s Berry Farm :: 614 South Main Street, Sharon

Here you can pick strawberries and blueberries and enjoy a hayride through the fields along the way! The farm store at Ward’s also features a variety of home-baked goods and artisan breads, and you can grab lunch at the sandwich counter and deli or a smoothie and ice cream when you’re done picking berries. Feel like packing a picnic? Spread your blanket out in any of the picnic areas while your kids visit the barnyard animals and play areas.

Other Boston-area berry farms

Blue Meadow Farm :: 118 Nobscot Road, Sudbury

PYO blueberries

The Blueberry Farm :: 698 W. Washington Street, Hanson

PYO blueberries

Bogastow Farm :: 245 Ridge Street, Millis

PYO blueberries

Boston Hill Farm :: 1370 Turnpike Street, North Andover

PYO blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries

Carver Hill Orchards :: 101 Brookside Avenue, Stow

PYO blueberries, raspberries, and cherries

Connors Farm :: 30 Valley Road, Danvers

PYO blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, and blackberries

Hanson’s Farm :: 20 Nixon Road, Framingham

PYO strawberries

Honeypot Hill Orchards :: 144 Sudbury Road, Stow

PYO blueberries

Parlee Farms :: 135 Pine Hill Road, Chelmsford & 95 Farwell Road, Tyngsboro

PYO strawberries, blueberries, and cherries

Patt’s Blueberries :: 577 Gorwin Drive, Holliston

PYO blueberries

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3 Responses to Berry Picking Around Boston :: 16 Farms to Check Out This Summer

  1. Kendra June 7, 2018 at 6:14 am #

    I’m surprised that Parlee Farms in Tyngsboro (different from the one in Chelmsford) didn’t make the list!! They have PYO strawberries and blueberries, as well as peaches, cherries, apples, cut flowers, and pumpkins. Fun for kids with the animal barn, mini-tractor rides, ice cream stand, and bakery.

  2. Parlee Farms June 8, 2018 at 9:09 am #

    Thanks Kendra for mentioning us – we really appreciate it! Parlee Farms in Tyngsboro is a separate business from Parlee’s Farm in Chelmsford (cousins). Thanks Boston Moms Blog for the addition ~ strawberry season is right around the corner!

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