It's Time To Pick Fresh Strawberries In New England
Get out this weekend and take advantage of the many farms offering fresh PYO (pick-your-own) strawberries.
It’s Strawberry Season!! Sure, that’s not technically a proper noun, but here in New England it might as well be capitalized like other holidays. Strawberry Season is fleeting and the fresh, local fruit is considered as precious as the jewels they resemble. The weather is finally cooperating, and while the strawberries arrived a little late this year the picking is now in full swing at local farms.
The Mass.gov site has a comprehensive listing of PYO farms throughout New England. You can find an extensive list of farms currently picking strawberries here.
As a quick primer, here are few of my favorites around MA. Head out this weekend for some peak-season strawberries!
I was lucky enough to spend part of Father’s Day here with my Dad and husband. We went for their Strawberry Festival, which continues this weekend. It’s a wonderful family spot with tons of strawberry picking, and convenient hayride-style transportation out to the farther fields. Strawberry Festival, June 24th & 25th: Hayrides, play land, bouncy house, crafts, make-your-own strawberry shortcake, and dip strawberries in chocolate! Plus, you can grab some of their fresh rhubarb in the farm store to pair with all those strawberries.
294 Chase Rd. Rt. 13, Lunenburg, 978.582.6246, www.lanniorchards.com
Kimball Fruit Farm
Kimball Fruit Farm is one of my favorite spots to visit throughout picking season for quality berries, tomatoes, apples, and the best cider donuts ever (seriously, I’m not exaggerating here!). Go now for strawberries, go back for blackberries in August, and then for apples and pears throughout September and October. Don’t miss out on all their special varieties of heirloom tomatoes at the farm stand. They make for the most delicious tomato salad! (Note, this is different from the Kimball Farm ice cream makers.)
184 Hollis St. (Rt. 122), Pepperell (on Hollis, NH border), 978.433.9751, kimballfruitfarm.com
In Tyngsboro (near Lowell), and with the added bonus of an animal farm! Annie’s Animal Barns (8am-4:30pm) ~ stop by and say hello to goats, sheep and bunnies!
95 Farwell Rd., Tyngsboro, 978.649.3854, parleefarms.com
Tougas Family Farm
After you pick, this farm is also a great spot to have a picnic. And don’t miss out on feeding the goats!
234 Ball St., Northborough, 508.393.6406, tougasfamilyfarm.com