Sure, there’s bushels of apples to be picked in the fall, but summertime offers its own pick-your-own pleasures. This time of year, many area farms allow the public to pick a variety of berries (plus other yummy seasonal produce) from their fields. Here’s some farms where you can bring the kids and get picking!

Carlson Orchards

115 Oak Hill Rd., Harvard

Voted one of 1,000 Great Places to Visit in Massachusetts, this second generation family farm has 50 acres of rolling green fruit trees, a 25-year-old blueberry patch, a charming frog pond, and a retail store. Offering pick-your-own blueberries and raspberries.

Carver Hill Orchard

101 Brookside Ave., Stow

This family-run orchard in the heart of apple country offers a relaxing escape from the daily grind. The farm store has fresh produce, as well as cider, cheese, meats, eggs, jams, syrup, honey and gifts. Pick-your-own season starts in July, and in the summer you’ll find blueberries, peaches, raspberries, cherries, and assorted vegetables.

Clearview Farm

4 Kendall Hill Rd., Sterling

Set atop Kendall Hill, this farm boasts a clear view of Mount Wachusett, and an inviting, traditional farm culture. Fresh produce and baked products are available at the farm store. Walk along fields and orchards filled with fruit, flowers and herbs while picking your own fresh berries.

Derrick Farm

301 Sanders Rd., Oakham

Thousands of blueberry bushes and hundreds of raspberry bushes await hungry pickers at this family-owned farm. Chairs are provided if you’d like to sit and pick. Typically opens mid-July, call 508-882-5591 for information about opening day and hours.

Doe Orchards

327 Ayer Rd., Harvard

This beautifully maintained, family-run farm grows blueberries, raspberries, peaches and apples. You can buy fruit from the farm stand or pick your own blueberries and raspberries in the summer.

Douglas Orchard & Farm

36 Locust St., Douglas

Fresh produce, raw honey and farm-raised meats aren’t all you’ll find here – the farm also hosts concerts, farm-related talks, yoga and even the Douglas Farmer’s Market on Saturdays with music, a picnic area, corn hole and tetherball. Pick-your-own offered.

Fay Mountain Farm

12 Cemetery Rd., Charlton

Located on a town-designated scenic road, this working farm also offers passive recreation opportunities via the section of the Midstate Trail that runs through the site and at Snow’s Pond. Produce, farm-fresh meat and other items for sale in the farm store.

George Hill Orchards

582 George Hill Rd., Lancaster

This historic farm is home to the Apple Tree Theater and “Tree-mendous Maze” – a popular field trip destination for children. Offering pick-your-own blueberries, peaches, nectarines in the summer, with the picking season typically starting in early July.

Gianetti’s U-Pick Blueberries

557 Union St., Franklin

This family-owned blueberry farm is open Fridays and Saturdays in July and August. It's recommended that you bring your own container, but containers are available for use.

Hanson Farms

20 Nixon Rd., Framingham

The farm stand here is stocked with nearly 200 different varieties of fresh fruits and vegetables. Children can visit with farm animals including chickens, horses, sheep, and a turkey. Summer pick-your-own offerings include flowers, blueberries and blackberries. Call ahead for hours.

Hollis Hills Farm

30 Marshall Rd., Fitchburg

This farm hosts live music, corn hole tournaments and has an ice cream and retail store with everything from local honey and fresh eggs to homemade soaps and gifts. In the summer, you can pick your own flowers and raspberries, beginning in early July.

Honeypot Hill Orchards

138 Sudbury Rd., Stow

Watch sheep and goats graze in front of the farm store here or get a look at their adorable bunnies and baby chicks. The farm store sells fresh produce as well as jams, butter and local honey. Blueberry picking season starts on July 17. Call ahead for hours.

Howe’s Farm & Garden

225 Hardwick Rd., New Braintree

This expansive farm boasts over 10 acres of pick-your-own blueberries and raspberries. The farm stand is stocked with fruits and an assortment of vegetables picked daily. 

Indian Head Farm

232 Pleasant St., Berlin

This historic farm dates back two centuries and has been family-owned and operated for seven generations. Each summer, they offer pick-your-own strawberries, blueberries and raspberries. PYO is typically offered all day on weekends and during the mornings on weekdays.

Lanni Orchards

294 Chase Rd., Lunenburg

Set on 250 sprawling acres, this farm has a stand that sells everything from pies and cakes to meat and dairy – and, of course, fresh produce. Summertime pick-your-own offerings include strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, pears, peaches, and grapes.

Meadowbrook Orchards

209 Chace Hill Rd., Sterling

Situated on 100 acres of rolling farmland, here you’ll find a farm store, bakery, and restaurant open year-round. In the summer, they offer pick-your-own blueberries and raspberries, with picking season usually starting in July. When fruit is available, Meadowbrook Orchards is open for PYO daily 8 a.m.- 5 p.m., except in bad weather.

Nourse Farm

70 Nourse St., Westborough

At the edge of berry, vegetable and flower fields, you’ll find a farm store with jams, pies, fresh-cut herbs and flowers, honey and seasonal produce. In the summer, you can pick your own strawberries, raspberries and blueberries. While you’re there, take a walk on their self-guided hiking trail, which passes by barns, a pond and Nourse Brook.

Odd Pine Farm

122 Ferin Rd., Ashburnham

This 5-acre blueberry farm will host its Opening Day and Celebration Market on August 1, with berry picking, beer tastings, food trucks, chainsaw carvings, and a market with dozens of arts, farmers and craftsmen. 2019 picking hours TBD.

Parlee Farms

95 Farewell Rd., Tyngsboro

Fun for kids at this farm includes a “Tractor Training Course” where little ones can drive heavy duty electric tractors around a track, and Annie’s Animal Barns, featuring nearly 100 farm animals to feed and pet such as baby goats, sheep, chickens, and bunnies. In the summer, you can pick your own strawberries, cherries, blueberries, flowers, and peaches. Check “today’s farm news” on the website for times.

Red Apple Farm

455 Highland Ave., Phillipston

A century-old New England family farm that offers BBQs, hayrides, and a chance to visit with farm animals. Pick your own blueberries, raspberries, peaches, pears and potatoes in the summer, beginning in July. Celebrate all things blue at the Blueberry Jamboree, July 20, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.


Russell Orchards

143 Argilla Rd., Ipswich

A bakery, farm store and winery are all here, but perhaps the biggest draw for little ones is the menagerie of farm animals. Grain is sold for 25 cents a handful to feed the barnyard critters. Summertime pick-your-own attractions include strawberries, cherries, raspberries, currants, blueberries and blackberries.

Sawyer’s Farm

38 Root Rd., Hubbardston

This 100-acre third-generation family farm sells hay, cord wood, and plump, juicy blueberries. U-Pick blueberry season kicks off on July 1. Enjoy nine acres of blueberry bushes.

Sunburst Blueberry Farm

44 Rawson St., N. Uxbridge

This pick-your-own blueberry farm is surrounded by open fields with horses grazing in pastures and paddocks. It features over 1,000 blueberry bushes of seven different varieties, allowing for a longer picking season. Opening for the season on July 4. Call ahead for hours.

Tougas Family Farm

234 Ball St., Northborough

A barnyard, playground, and farm kitchen will give you plenty to do after picking berries here. Pick your own offerings in the summer include strawberries, cherries, blueberries, peaches, nectarines, and blackberries. Hours are determined by the supply of ripe berries; check “today’s pickings” on the website before you go.