Whether it’s baking strawberry rhubarb pie or giving freshly picked flowers to your loved one, summer in Massachusetts is filled with local farms that have pick your own fruits, veggies and flowers.
Pick your own options allow customers to not only be able to support local farms but also have fun and pay less.
There’s something so fulfilling about picking the food that you later use — take advantage of the summer months.
Here are a few of the best spots in Massachusetts for pick your own. Make sure to call ahead before going to the farm as hours sometimes change.
Pie in the Sky Berry Farm — Northampton
Hidden in the back roads of Northampton at a dead end street, this small organic farm sells pick your own strawberries, blueberries and flowers against the roaring mountain views. Although the season is over for berry picking, the farm is reopening in August for u-cut dahlias! Check their social media for updates.
The address is 139 Fair St. Extension in Northampton. There is a small grassed area to park next to the fields.
Red Fire Farm — Granby
You don’t have to be a part of their CSA to take part in the pick-your-own fun. Red Fire Farm is currently open for picking your own organic blueberries as well as green beans, flowers and herbs.
Blueberries cost $10 per quart, $6 per pint and $4 per half pint, green and yellow beans cost $5 per quart, flowers cost 25 cents per stem and herbs cost $6 per pound or $2 per bunch.
Sweet peppers and cherry tomatoes will be available for pick your own later this summer.
The address is 7 Carver St. in Granby. Make sure to sign in at the pick your own station, wash your hands and check in with staff before going into the fields.
Hours are from Tuesday to Sunday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Monday from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. There are designated customer parking spaces.
Lookout Farm — South Natick
For one day only Lookout Farm will be open for pick your own peaches. The farm will be open on Friday, July 22, starting at 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
With over 65,000 trees on a 180 acre orchard, the farm hand prunes each tree for the best possible summer fruits. It is the oldest continuously working farms in the United States selling not only pick your own fruits but to food to regional restaurants and markets — including fresh hard cider and beer.
Half peck bags of peaches cost $20, which is required for each person. Only ages 4 and above are permitted in the orchard.
In August, there will be pick your own apples and asian pears.
The address is 89 Pleasant St. South in Natick.
Carlson Orchards — Harvard
Open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Carlson Orchards offers pick your own blueberries, cherries and peaches. Set on a 100 acre working farm with 50 acres of green fruit trees, a 50 year old blueberry patch, a frog pond and other fruits, this farm has all that you need.
It costs $10.50 per quart for blueberries, $12.50 per quart of cherries, $28 for four quarts of peaches and $38 for eight quarts of peaches.
Carlson also makes, according to MassLive staff, the best hard cider with a cider barn that offer tastings.
The address is 115 Oak Hill Road in Harvard.
Sobieski’s River Valley Farm — Whately
Sobieski’s has already begun its blueberry pick your own season. Starting on July 6, the farm is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily to customers. Pick from luscious fields of blueberries while looking out on nearby mountains.
The farm uses organic methods and also offers retail and wholesale produce. Blueberries are $4.49 per pound.
The address is 239 River Road in Whately.
Parlee Farms — Tyngsborough
Named the best pick-your-own fruit farm in Massachusetts by Yankee Magazine, Parlee Farm has a wide variety of fruit to choose from including blueberries, peaches and flowers.
Blueberries can be picked from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. until mid-August and cost $12 for a small container box per person, $20 for a medium container for two people and $35 for a large container for four people.
Flowers — including dahlias, sunflowers, zinnias and gladiolus — are available from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m and costs $3 per adult and child over the age of one for admission and $11.99 per pound of flowers.
Picking isn’t open every day, check before going to the farm.
Peaches are coming soon.
The over 90 goats, bunnies, sheep and chickens at Annie’s Animal Barns is also a major plus, where you can visit for free during regular farm hours or pay 25 cents to feed the animals.
The address is 95 Farwell Road in Tyngsborough.
Honey Pot Hill Orchards — Stow
Craving blueberries? Honey Pot Hill Orchards offers pick your own blueberries on their expansive hilly property for $5 per pint, $10 per quart, $20 for two quarts. Each person must buy a pint in order to pick.
There will also be a blueberry festival on July 30 and July 31 — more information will be available on their website.
The peaches grown at Honey Pot are also used in Erickson’s peach ice cream in Maynard.
Apple and pear picking will start in August with hayrides and hedge mazes and visits to their farm animals.
The address is 138 Sudbury Road in Stow and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. everyday for pick your own.
Derrick Farms, Oakham
Bring your cash and go blueberry picking at Derrick Farms. Open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to noon.
Blueberries cost $2.95 per pound.
The address is 301 Sanders Road in Oakham. Derrick Farms is cash only.
Ward’s Berry Farm — Sharon
Offering a variety of fruits and flowers, Ward’s Berry Farm has pick your own blueberries, currants, raspberries, green and wax beans, sunflowers and flowers.
A pint of blueberries is $6.50, currants cost $10 for a pint, raspberries are $6 for half a pint, beans cost $10 for 1.5 quarts and a mason jar of flowers costs $14 or $12 for sunflowers.
The farm has a variety of flowers including geratum, aster, billy buttons, celosia, coneflower, cosmos, lavender, painted tongue, queen anne’s lace, snapdragons, strawflower, statice and zinnias.
On top of pick your own fruits, veggies and flowers, there are hayrides for people of all ages.
The address is 614 South Main St. in Sharon. Check their website for daily updates but are open daily from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Tangerini’s Farm — Millis
Tangerini’s Farm is now open for pick your own blueberries, wild flowers and sunflowers. Bask in the greenery of over 60 acres of farmland and admire the height of sunflowers that tower over.
Flower picking is $16 per 22oz mason jar. One pint containers of blueberries cost $7.25 for one person and one quart costs $14 for two people.
In late August pick your own tomatoes and apples will begin.
The address is 139 Spring St. in Millis.
Quonquont Farm — Whately
Beyond apples, Quonquont offers pick your own blueberries in July for $5.40 per pound. Also a wedding venue, the beauty of the farm and of Whately is something to take in.
Using national organic standards and deploying chickens in their orchards to help with farm work, the farm focuses on sustainability and protecting native pollinators.
The address is 9 North St. in Whately.
Odd Pine Farm — Ashburnham
Opening weekend for pick your own blueberries is just around the corner. Starting July 28 at 6 a.m. Odd Pine Farm welcomes visitors to visit the peaceful fields of blueberries and to say hello to Hazel and Maybelle, their beloved cows, and Oakley, Maple, Salem, Boots, Ash, Ash, Charlie and Rocky, their Nigerian goats.
The historic farm began in 1931 where the owners once grew cranberries. The farm was later sold in 1959 to the current family of Helenius’ where the family began growing blueberries. Odd Pine now claims to offer the lowest pick your own price for blueberries in the region and has four varieties of blueberries for sale amongst their five acres of high bush blueberry fields.
The address is 122 Ferin Road in Ashburnham. The farm accepts cash or checks only.
Nourse Farm — Westborough
Roam fields of summer fruits at Nourse Farm with their summer red raspberries, black raspberries, blueberries and flowers. Walk to Nourse Brook which provides water for drinking and irrigating crops and walk 460 feet to the top of their hill to view the vegetable plantings below and nearby Fay Mountain.
Raspberries cost $5 per pound, black raspberries cost $6 per pound, blueberries cost $4.50 per pound and flowers are priced on posters and tally sheets at the flower station upon arrival.
The farm was established in 1722 by the descendants of Rebecca Nurse, who was hung for witchcraft in July 1692. It is the 15th oldest continuously operating family business in the country with 140 acres of land and the 8th and 9th generations of family involved in the farm. The farm also has a food trailer that they run called Veg Out.
Hours for pick your own are Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday to Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. if not picked out.
The address is 70 Nourse St. in Westborough.
Tougas Family Farm — Northborough
It’s blueberry season at Tougas Family Farm with pick your own open from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Explore the fields of pick your own blueberries, strawberries, cherries, blackberries, peaches, nectarines, apples and pumpkins throughout the year.
The second generation farm also has a barnyard, playground and farm kitchen. Watch goats climb with family after gazing at ripened berries in the distance.
Blueberries are $20 for admission with a 2 quart box. Guests can pay an additional $13 for 4 quarts of blueberries.
The address is 234 Ball St. in Northborough.
Ferjulian’s Farm — Hudson
Visit the 70 acre family owned and operated farm to pick your own flowers. Ferjulian’s, the only working farm in Hudson, offers over 100 varieties of flowers to cut in their garden until October 15 or the first frost.
Flowers cost $15 for one mason jar or $50 per basket. Whether it is a self care day or a present for a loved one, Ferjulian’s offers two acres of flowers to choose from.
The address is 7 Lewis St. in Hudson. The farm is open daily from Monday to Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
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