Massachusetts may not have a long growing season, but local farms make the most of the few months they have each year to produce bountiful fruits and vegetables. There are a lot of places to strawberry, blueberry, or apple picking near Boston, but don't forget about other summer produce, like peaches, pears, plums, cherries, corn and more—even currants! Here are 20 nearby farms where kids can pick (and sample) lots of different types of luscious dessert and meal fixings, straight from the fields.
Stone fruit, like peaches, are easy for little hands to pick. Photo courtesy of Belkin Family Lookout Farm
1. Belkin Family Lookout Farm — South Natick
You’ll find peaches, nectarines and plums in the summer, plus pears, apples and pumpkins in the fall, for picking at the Belkin Family Lookout Farm. The farm is super family-friendly, with a small train, children’s play area, and farm animals.
2. Boston Hill Farm — North Andover
Starting with strawberries in the spring and ending with apples and pumpkins in the fall, you can pick it all at Boston Hill Farm. Pick-your-own raspberries, blueberries, and peaches are available all summer long, alongside a bounty of eggs, pies, and honey at the farm stand.
3. Brooksby Farm — Peabody
Come to family-friendly Brooksby Farm during the summer to pick your own raspberries, blueberries and peaches. The farm welcomes kids with a large sandbox full of toys and a brand new play area with slides perfectly sized for little pickers.
4. Carlson Orchards — Harvard
This second-generation family farm has plentiful fields of raspberries, blueberries, peaches and even nectarines available for picking in the summer (that’s in addition to fall apples). Stop by Carlson Orchards’ frog pond to see some wildlife, including lots of dragonflies, while you’re at the farm.
5. Carver Hill Orchard — Stow
Carver Hill Orchard lets you select your own peaches, apples, cherries, raspberries, tomatoes, beans, eggplant, corn, peppers, blueberries, squash and pumpkins during the growing season each year. Bring lunch to enjoy at one of the picnic tables on this picturesque farm.
6. Cider Hill Farm — Amesbury
There’s a lot to love about Cider Hill Farm. For starters, you can pick blueberries, raspberries, peaches and nectarines in the summer (come back in the fall for apples). After you work up an appetite picking fruit, snag a freshly made cider doughnut or a whole meal from The Pitchfork onsite food stand.
7. Connors Farm — Danvers
While Connors Farm really wows in the fall with its hay rides, corn maze and other seasonal attractions, there’s plenty to do in the summer, too. The main attractions are blueberry and raspberry picking, which you can do all summer long. Don’t miss a visit to the well-stocked farm stand.
8. Doe Orchards — Harvard
This family-owned farm offers pick-your-own blueberries and raspberries starting after the July 4 holiday and going into August. Doe Orchards doesn’t allow you to pick peaches anymore, but the farm-grown fruits are still available for purchase at its stand.
Hunting for those sweet strawberries. Photo courtesy of Four Town Farm
9. Four Town Farm — Seekonk
There’s a unique mix of things available for picking at Four Town Farm. Starting with strawberries in the summer and ending with pumpkins in the fall, you can pick peas, flowers and raspberries in between.
10. Kimball Fruit Farm — Pepperell
The name says it all with Kimball Fruit Farm. You can pick strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and apples at this third-generation family farm.
11. Nashoba Valley Winery — Bolton
While this next one is a winery, it’s also kid-friendly in that they welcome families to the property to pick peaches and nectarines (and apples). Nashoba Valley has a new snack shack where you can purchase picnic lunches to enjoy outside before or after you pick.
12. Parlee Farms — Tyngsboro
Parlee Farms is practically a one-stop shop for all your summer fruit-picking needs. They’ve got strawberries, blueberries, cherries, peaches, apples, pumpkins and even flowers. The farm is also home to Annie’s Animal Barn, where kids can get up close with sheep, bunnies, chickens and baby goats.
13. Russell Orchards — Ipswich
Just before you get to Crane Beach, you'll find Russell Orchards, a scenic farm where you can pick strawberries, raspberries, currants, blueberries, blackberries and apples. The farm store also sells fresh vegetables, like tomatoes and asparagus, and wine tastings are offered in the afternoons Friday-Sunday (for adults only, of course)!
14. Shelburne Farm — Stow
Head to Shelburne Farm to pick peaches and pears (along with apples and pumpkins) and get one of the farm’s legendary cider doughnuts. There’s also a spot to buy lunch as well as hay rides and a children’s play area that opens in the fall.
15. Smolak Farms — North Andover
You can pick a lot of fruit at Smolak Farms: strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, currants, peaches, plums and apples. You can also hop aboard a hay ride or stop by the animal area, where you can see llamas, alpacas, pigs and more.
16. Sunshine Farm — Sherborn
Come to Sunshine Farm to pick strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and peaches in the summer and stay for a scoop of ice cream or a fresh baked good. The farm also offers community-supported agriculture (CSA) shares and a farm stand with fresh-picked produce.
17. Tangerini’s Spring Street Farm — Millis
Peaches and plums are new this year to the pick-your-own fields at Tangerini’s Spring Street Farm. They join a lineup of summer fruits and vegetables that includes strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, apples and pumpkins.
18. Tougas Family Farm — Northborough
At Tougas Family Farm you can pick strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, cherries, peaches, apples and pumpkins. While you’re at the farm, visit the barnyard, playground and farm store to pick up a treat.
19. Turkey Hill Farm — Haverhill
While Turkey Hill Farm is most known for its beautiful selection of Christmas trees, it’s also open in the summer and early fall for raspberry, blueberry and flower picking. Stop by this bucolic hilltop farm to pick a bouquet and berries for a pie (or just snacking in the car on the way home).
20. Ward’s Berry Farm — Sharon
You can pick your own strawberries, blueberries, and pumpkins at Ward’s Berry Farm. The farm store offers lots more farm-grown fresh produce, fresh baked goods, a deli counter and a smoothie bar.