Summer 2020: Pick-Your-Own Farm Guide
Here’s some farms where you can bring the kids and get picking, with social distancing protocols in place. Make you sure you check the website or call ahead before visiting, as crop availability is ever-changing, and some farms require reservation.
115 Oak Hill Rd., Harvard
This second generation family farm has 50 acres of rolling green fruit trees and a 25-year-old blueberry patch, a raspberry patch, frog pond, and a retail store. Offering pick-your-own blueberries and raspberries. Check the website or social media for details.
Carver Hill Orchard
101 Brookside Ave., Stow
Pick-your-own season starts in July and runs through October. In the summer you’ll find blueberries, peaches, raspberries, cherries, and assorted vegetables. Check the Facebook page for updates.
4 Kendall Hill Rd., Sterling
Set atop Kendall Hill, this farm boasts a clear view of Mount Wachusett. PYO season starts in June with strawberries, blueberries in July and peaches and raspberries in August. Apples and pumpkins late summer into the fall.
301 Sanders Rd., Oakham
Blueberry bushes 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.
327 Ayer Rd., Harvard
This family-run farm grows blueberries, raspberries, peaches and apples and Christmas trees. You can buy fruit from the farm stand or pick your own blueberries and raspberries, starting on July 7.
Douglas Orchard & Farm
36 Locust St., Douglas
Pick-your-own blueberries starting in mid July. The farm grounds are open to walk around and get a sighting of their chickens and ducks.
1300 Richardson Rd., Ashby
Pick your own blueberries from over 700 bushes while enjoying the beautiful quiet country setting in the small town of Ashby. Typically open Friday through Monday, check ahead for season opening and hours.
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. Check their Facebook page for details.
Gianetti’s U-Pick Blueberries
557 Union St., Franklin
This family-owned blueberry farm is open Fridays and Saturdays in July and August (most likely by appointment this year). Follow their Facebook page for updates.
20 Nixon Rd., Framingham
The farm stand here is stocked with nearly 200 different varieties of fresh fruits and vegetables. 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 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. Open for PYO blueberries beginning in mid-July.
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, though they may offer store purchases only this year. Check their Facebook page for updates.
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. Raspberries ready in early July will be the first of their pick-your-own offerings this year, then blueberries later in the month. PYOpeaches, nectarines, grapes, pears, concord grapes, apples and pumpkins come later summer and into the fall.
209 Chace Hill Rd., Sterling
A farm store, bakery, and restaurant is situated on 100 acres of rolling farmland. The PYO season starts with blueberries in early July, and raspberries later in the month. Check their Facebook or Instagram for updates.
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 on Thursday, July 30 with a farmer’s market and food truck. Blueberry picking starts bright and early at 6 a.m.
95 Farwell Rd., Tynsboro
You can pick your own strawberries, blueberries, cherries, peaches and flowers at this family-owned farm featuring a farmstand, country kitchen, animals and family fun. Five varieties of strawberries are available for picking from mid-June to mid-July, and over 10 acres of PYO blueberry plants available from mid-July through early September. Check “today’s farm news” for times and prices.
Red Apple Farm
455 Highland Ave., Phillipston
This century-old family farm and store will offer a reservation system for PYO slots to ensure social distancing. Raspberries are available to pick in July, blueberries in July and August, and peaches in late summer.
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.
38 Root Rd., Hubbardston
This 100-acre third-generation family farm sells hay, cordwood, and plump, juicy blueberries. U-Pick blueberry season kicks off in July. 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 in early July. Call ahead for hours: 508-234-9859.
Tougas Family Farm
234 Ball St., Northborough
This family farm will use a reservation system for PYO this year to ensure social distancing. Strawberries and cherries in June, blueberries in early July, peaches and blackberries in August and apples from late summer through October. Check “today’s pickings” on the website before you go or call the picking number: 508-393-6404.