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!
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!
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!
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
The Blueberry Farm :: 698 W. Washington Street, Hanson
Bogastow Farm :: 245 Ridge Street, Millis
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
Honeypot Hill Orchards :: 144 Sudbury Road, Stow
Parlee Farms :: 135 Pine Hill Road, Chelmsford & 95 Farwell Road, Tyngsboro
PYO strawberries, blueberries, and cherries
Patt’s Blueberries :: 577 Gorwin Drive, Holliston