9 berry good farms in Massachusetts


Pick-your-own berries at Ward’s | Photo via @hangryinnewengland

Your weekend just got a whole lot sweeter.

We’ve finally hit perfect berry season, and it’s never been a better time to score the fruit of the summer. Strawberries are in season now and raspberries + blueberries are just around the corner, beginning in July. Here’s a list of nine places where you can pick-your-own berries or buy fresh + local and the drive time from Boston.

Pick ‘em

Smolak Farms, 315 S. Bradford St., North Andover, ~45 minutes

If you don’t have time to pick, you can grab quarts at the Farm Stand. Stop by daily from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and the last field entrance will be 4:15pm. Pro tip: don’t skip a scoop of strawberry ice cream.

Ward’s Berry Farm, 614 S. Main St., Sharon, ~45 minutes

The Sharon farm is open daily from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. When you arrive, head straight to the pick-your-own tent for instructions. Pro tip: raspberries are ready for picking.

Sunshine Farm, 41 Kendall Ave., Sherborn, ~35 minutes

Select if you want to pick one or more quarts — the wagon ride to the field is included. The farm is open daily from 9 a.m.-12 p.m., however it is recommended to check Facebook for updates.

Brooksby Farm, 54 Felton St., Peabody, ~35 minutes

Pick-your-own or visit the farm stand for fresh strawberries, cherries, and other local produce from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Parlee Farms, 95 Farwell Rd, Tyngsborough, ~75 minutes

Until the pick-your-own berries are ready, stop by the farm stand for apple cider donuts, farm made bakery items, ice cream, and friendly farm animals.

Buy ‘em

Stillman’s Farm, Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St.

Delicious farm-grown berries are available for purchase in downtown Boston. Pro tip: you can sip while you shop at the newly opened Pine Bar.

Copley Square Farmers Market, Copley Square

Numerous vendors sell fresh produce from local farms on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Allandale Farm, 259 Allandale Rd., Brookline

Purchase fresh strawberries + enjoy a Hayride for Pride today from 5-8 p.m.

Conner’s Farm, 30 Valley Rd., Danvers

This farm has been in operation since 1904 and hosts numerous events over the summer.

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