Summer 2020: Pick-Your-Own Farm Guide

Staff Writer
Baystateparent Magazine

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. 

Carlson Orchards

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. 


Clearview Farm

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. 


Derrick Farm

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.


Doe Orchards

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. 


Elm Shade

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. 


Hanson Farms

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.


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. 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. 


Meadowbrook Orchards

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. 


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 on Thursday, July 30 with a farmer’s market and food truck. Blueberry picking starts bright and early at 6 a.m. 


Parlee Farms

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. 


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, 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.