Apple Picking In Massachusetts

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I like to go to Honey Pot Orchards in Stow to pick apples and select a pumpkin every Fall. This is a list of all the apple picking locations in MA so you can find one near you.

Essex County

  • Barker’s Farm Stand – apples
    1267 Osgood Street, North Andover, MA.  Phone: (978) 683-0785. Directions: Route 495 to exit 48, Route 125 Ward Hill, go south on 125, 2 miles on left.  Or Route 93N, take exit 41.  Follow Route 125N for 10. 3 miles, stand on right at top of hill.  Open: daily from 10am to 5pm.  Apples are usually ready to pick starting in mid August. Offer a petting zoo all summer and hayrides in the fall.   (UPDATED: July 14, 2009)
  • Boston Hill - U-pick Strawberries, Apples and Pumpkins
    Route 114, North Andover, MA. Phone: 978-681-8556. Directions: In North Andover, MA on Route 114. Hayrides and festivals in the fall with fresh pies and cider donuts. Fresh vegetables and fruit all season in the Farm Store.
    A visitor writes on October 14, 2008: “We went to Boston Hill this weekend (Oct 13th), and it was perfect for my 9-year-old “Little Sister” from the Big Sister program. The apples were easy picking, since all the trees are dwarf trees, they were absolutely delicious, and the pumpkins were easy to pick out from the field. There was a hay ride for those who didn’t want to walk, a playground she absolutely loved, animals to pet and look at, ice cream, and a bakery with home-made apple donuts. We had a good time!”
  • Brooksby Farm – apples, blueberries, cherries, flowers, nectarines, pears, peaches, pumpkins, rhubarb, strawberries, Honey from hives on the farm, and prepicked produce, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, farm animals, birthday parties, school tours, events at your location (call for info)
    38 Felton St, Peabody, MA 01960. Phone: 9785317456. Fax: 9785311631. Email: Brooksby@peabody-ma.gov. Directions: Rt128 to Rt114 Call for more directions Open: June to February from 9-5 Seven days week Strawberry start in mid June. Apples start September 6 Peach mid Aug. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, AmEx.
  • Cider Hill Farmapples, blueberries, strawberries and raspberries.
    45 Fern Avenue, Amesbury, MA. Phone: 978-388-5525.  Directions: Interstate 95 to Exit 1 in New Hampshire. Go West 2 miles Route 107 to Route 150. South 2 miles on Route 150, turn left onto Fern Ave. to barn and farm store. Or, Route 495 to exit 54. Turn right at bottom onto Rt.150. Go North through Amesbury. Turn right onto Fern Ave. Open: June: 8-6pm, July to Oct: 9-6pm, 7 days/week.
    A visitor writes on August 06, 2009: “They do both PYO and harvest for others to sell in their barn/store. Peaches, berries, apples…. most of the rest is harvested and sold in the store. Excellent place. They have a great old donut maker and make the BEST fresh donuts; their apple cider is awesome; a bee hive that kids can look at (behind plexiglass with a tube that funnels to the outside. Pretty cool. In the past few years they have installed 3 windmills and solar panels. Re. organic… I know they spray the berries pre-blossom but not after. Wish they offer more organic. They have a big chicken yard (.50 will buy your child a little cup of chicken feed) and a couple of goats. It’s a beautiful place offering some plants in the spring and a great barn seasonally full of all sorts of things. “
    A visitor writes on August 28, 2008: “I’ve been taking my son here for about 10 years and every year is better. Apple picking at the base of the hill for those who can’t climb or don’t want to take the hayride up. They continually add more types of fresh produce they sell in their store. There are animals and play area for the kids. We’ve moved about 45 minutes away and still drive to Cider Hill. No one will ever beat their hot cider donuts!”
  • Connors Farm – apples, blueberries, peaches, pumpkins, raspberries, strawberries,
    30 Valley Rd rte35, Danvers, MA 01923. Phone: 978-777-1245. Email: info@connorsfarm.com. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Crops are usually available in June, July, August, September, October. Open: see our website for current hours. In June our annual Strawberry Festival Blueberry Picking as well as strawberry picking; Connors Corn Maze is open Saturday Sept 13 to Friday October 31 2008. Payment: Cash, Visa/MasterCard. vegetable seedlings, perennials, annual flowers, hanging baskets, Vine-ripened tomatoes, lettuce, squash, carrots, beets, herbs and other fresh fruits and vegetables fresh eggs, fresh pasta, jams, jellies, breads, cookies, hot coffees, Homemade Ice Cream, frozen chicken an beef patties, and fruit pies, Apple cider Doughnuts Weekend BQ’s Champions BQ team will be serving up the best BQ food Large Groups please contact us ahead of time so that we can schedule a catered lunch. Pony ride will begin every Sat & Sun starting Sept 13th. Pick-you-own crops: Strawberries:  mid-June to mid-July, Peas:  mid-June to mid-July Peaches: mid-July to mid-September Blueberries:  mid-July to mid-August Raspberries:  early July to frost Cut Flowers:  early July to frost Apples:  Labor Day to Halloween; Pumpkins:  October. (UPDATED: September 10, 2008)
    A visitor writes on September 27, 2009: “On 9/26/09, my family & I decided to go apple picking. I wanted some place different. I went on this website and chose Connor’s farm in Danvers, MA. It was a beautiful day and I expected it to be busy. If you were there for the corn maize or the family toddler section then it would of been fine. We were there to pick apples. We found the apple tree’s by a small sign. There were no markings to say which tree’s for which apples. There was no one working out in the fields so we could ask questions. I found the orchard was neglected. Vines and weeds and such were growing over and around the very small trees, sunlight couldn’t even get into the apples to ripen. I wanted to leave and get my money back for the pre-paid bag purchase. We were there so, we filled the bag with what we could gather that were worthy apples. I came home and made apple sauce with them. Not worth eating. Next time I will stick to the farms without all the stuff, and good healthy apple tree’s for the picking. Brenda C.”
  • Crescent Farm – corn (sweet), pumpkins, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, farm animals, school tours
    140 Willow Avenue, Haverhill, MA 01835. Phone: 978-374-4424. Fax: 897-374-4424. Email: debbyd5@verizon.net. Directions: And for a map to our farm, click here. Crops are usually available in April, October. Open: 12:00 noon to 8:00 pm on Monday to Thursday and from 12:00 to 9:00 on Friday to Sunday; haunted hayrides on October 17, 18, 24 and 25th. Payment: Cash, only. (ADDED: September 25, 2008) (UPDATED: October 06, 2008)
  • Fay Farm – apples
    Phone: (978) 373-4874 – 120 Amesbury Line Road, Haverhill, MA.  Directions: Route 495 to exit 52.  Bear right at exit.  Follow 2 miles and take right at Whittier Tech H. S.  sign.  Barn on left. Open: September  15 – October 21, Saturday & Sun, 10-4pm.
    A visitor writes on August 14, 2009: “Just wanted to write a quick comment on Fay’s Farm. My family and I have gone a couple of times, and we love it! The family that runs it is so welcoming! I strongly recommend this farm as a place to take the kids because it’s not too large and the trees are low enough for them to enjoy picking. The kids are looking forward to September to go again!”
  • Green Meadow Farms -
    650 Asbury Street, South Hamilton, MA. Phone: 978-468-2277. Directions: Exit 20A off Route 128 to 1A North, go through North Beverly into Wenham, 1.5 miles past Wenham Lake take left after large white Church on left onto Arbor Street, go 2 miles to Asbury Street on left. Farm is 1.5 miles on left. Open: Daily 9-6pm.
    A visitor writes on July 27, 2008: “After having been a CSA member, readers may want to know that this farm is Organic and usually has pick-your-own of blueberries, cherry tomatoes, string beans, peas, various herbs and sometimes raspberries. They also have excellent meats and eggs from their own free-ranging chickens. They have excellent programs, events, dinners and social activities which are great for adults and kids alike! Awesome farm all around.”
  • Ingaldsby Farm – apples, raspberries, strawberries, vegetables.
    14 Washington Street, Boxford, MA. Phone: 978-352-2813. Email:
    ingaldsbyfarm@comcast.net. Directions: 1 mile off Route 133 in West Boxford. Open: Stand open 8am to 6:30 pm daily; In season, apple picking on weekends after Labor Day 10am to 6pm. A visitor writes on June 11, 2009: “Hello. Just to let you know I called Ingalsby farm to get blueberry picking info and was told there was no blueberry picking. (UPDATED: June 11, 2009) “
  • Leonhard & Eldred Farm – Raspberries, strawberries. 
    1000 Dale Street, North Andover, MA. Phone: 978-683-1158. Directions: At the end of Dale Street in North Andover, and at the end of Ipswich Road in Boxford, look for U-Pick signs on road. Open: Monday through Friday from 8am to 8pm; weekends 8am to 6pm.
  • Long Hill Orchards - apples, strawberries, vegetables
    520 Main Street, Route 113, West Newbury, MA. Phone: 978-363-2170. Directions: Exit 57 off Route 95. Left off exit, farm is 4 miles on right. Open: seven days a week from 9-6pm, including holidays.
  • Maple Crest Farm – strawberries, prepicked produce, snacks and refreshment stand, picnic area
    102 Moulton Street, West Newbury, MA 01985. Phone: 508-641-5955. Email: johnelwell@verizon.net. Directions: From I95, exit 56, head west on South Street and veer right on to Moulton Street. Farm entrance is on the right, across from the turn to Brickett Street. If you pass the reservoir on your right, you have gone too far! And for a map to our farm, click here. Crops are usually available in June, July, August. Open: Everyday, dawn to dusk. Strawberries: June 15 to July 3. Payment: Cash, only. (ADDED: June 20, 2008) (UPDATED: July 14, 2009)
  • Marini Farm – strawberries, Honey from hives on the farm, Fresh eggs, already-picked produce (of the pyo crop), farm market, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, Bouncy castle or moon bounce, birthday parties
    259 Linebrook Road, Ipswich, MA 01938. Phone: 978-356-0430. Alternate Phone: 978-356-3899. Fax: 978-356-3055. Email: mjmarini@yahoo.com. Open: May through November 7th 8am to 6pm 7 days a week. Directions: South Merge onto I-95 N toward N.H. / MAINE Merge onto US-1 N / Newburyport turnpike via Exit 50 toward Topsfield Turn Right onto Linebrook road 259 LINEBROOK RD is on the LEFT. South Merge onto I-95 S toward Seabrook/Boston (Portions toll) (Crossing into MASSACHUSETTS) Merge onto MA-133 E via EXIT 54 toward Rowley Turn RIGHT onto US-1/Newburyport Turnpike. Turn Left onto Linebrook RD Marini Farm is on the LEFT. Click here for a map and directions. Corn maze is open September 11th through November 7th Haunted campfire Stories October 16th Christmas on the Hill opens November 20th. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, AmEx. Click here for our Facebook page. (ADDED: September 03, 2010)
  • McHugh’s – Blueberries and raspberries. 
    439 Linebrook Road, Ipswich, MA. Phone: 978-356-4298. Directions: Go West off Route #1 at the lights at the Intersection of Route #1 and Linbrook Road (at Cumberland Farm). The house is 2 miles on the right.  Open: In season, 8am – 8pm.
  • Morehouse’s Wheeler Brook Farm – Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, vegetables.
    57 Jewett Street, Georgetown, MA. Phone: 978-352-8289. Email: info@WheelerBrookFarm.net. Directions: Route I-95 north to Route 133 to Georgetown square, then right on North St.; 1.6 miles to right on Jewett, .6 miles to farm. 30 miles north of Boston. Open: 7:30-6:30pm daily in season.
  • Natural Way FarmFollows organic practices, blueberries, farm fresh eggs, honey
    79 Hill Street, Topsfield, MA.  Phone: (978) 887-8580. Email: gardendelight3@hotmail.com. Open: call to see what is available for the season. Directions: 2 miles from Topsfield. They are a a small organic (not certified), sustainable farm that specializes in pastured, naturally tinted, colored eggs, raw honey, PYO blueberries, specialty greens and herbs. (ADDED: July 10, 2009)
  • Rogers Spring Hill Farm – Apples, pumpkins, strawberries
    133 Neck Road, Ward Hill, Haverhill, MA 01835. Phone: 978-372-4305. Fax: 978-372-7821. Email us at: Brogers133@comcast.net. Directions: 495 to exit 48 (Route 125 connector) take a right at the first light onto Shelly Road Take your next two lefts which will put you onto Neck Road And for a map to our farm, click here. Crops are usually available in June, September, October. Open: We offer school tours only for both pick your own apples and pumpkins from the middle of September until the end of October. Strawberry U-Pick is open 7 days a week from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Strawberries June 15 to July 4 school tours September 11-October 31 Payment: Cash, Check.
  • Russell Orchardsapples, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and raspberries.
    143 Argilla Road, Ipswich, MA. Phone: 978-356-5366. Directions: On the road to Cranes Beach-Castle Hill, 3 miles South of Ipswich Center. Off Routes 1A or 133.  Open: 7 days, 9am to 5pm during picking season; Call for picking dates.
  • Smolak Farms – apples, blueberries, cherries, currants (red and black), gooseberries, nectarines, peaches, plums, pumpkins, raspberries (red), strawberries, tomatoes, Honey from hives on the farm, already-picked produce (of the pyo crop), gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, face painting, Bouncy castle or moon bounce, farm animals, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties, school tours
    315 South Bradford Street, N. Andover, MA 01845. Phone: 978-682-6332. Alternate Phone: 978-688-8058. Email: smolakfarms@aol.com. Open: Monday – Sunday – 9:00am to 5:00pm. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Please visit our website for our Strawberry Festival Information and more information about our farm. Fall Festivals begin September 12 and 13 and run every weekend through October 31; Choose and Cut Christmas trees will be available the first weekend after Thanksgiving. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard. (UPDATED: June 04, 2010)
    A visitor writes on September 26, 2009:
    (negative) “September 25, 2009 We just returned from this farm. We went to go apple picking. We got no apples. On their website they talk about all this stuff for kids. The only thing they say that costs is the hayride. They have a bouncy house and slide. They were charging $4.00 for one slide down the bouncy slide. They say go to the red barn for pyo we walk all the way up there to be told apple picking is all the way on the other side. Their are cars every where. People are able to drive right in the middle of were everyone needs to walk to get to pick apples. It is very expensive and disorganized. Accident waiting to happen with all these people driving every where. If you go Please be very careful with the kids.”
    A visitor writes on August 14, 2009:
    (negative) “I took the kids to go peach and raspberry picking today. I called ahead to make sure everything was available. The peaches were not ripe at all! We found 2 peaches among 50 trees that were actually ripe. Also they were charging a ridiculous $7/pint to pick your own raspberries. Absolutely ridiculous. What a waste of a trip. the whole point of going to these farms is getting ripe fresh fruit/produce. if i wanted hard peaches i would just go to the grocery store.”
    Visitor feedback: (negative) They have a playground with sandbox-although it needs updating. They have tractor rides, tours, birthday parties, and animals. There are deer, llamas, goats, peacocks & peahens, chickens/hens/roosters, and a cow (all fenced in). You’ll also see wandering turkeys and geese.
    Visitor feedback (September 26, 2007)
    : (negative) “WE VISITED SMOLAK FARM TODAY AND WERE TERRIBLY DISAPPOINTED. WE FOUND THE WEB SITE AND THEN decided TO GO. WE PACKED UP THE CHILDREN AND WENT. THEY WERE VERY EXCITED TO GO APPLE PICKING.  WHEN WE GOT THERE WE WERE INFORMED THERE IS NO APPLE PICKING DURING THE WEEK. IT WAS NOT ONLY US BUT SEVERAL OTHER FAMILIES WERE ALSO QUITE UPSET. TO GET CHILDREN READY TO GO AND THEN DRIVE FOR 1/2 HOUR AND THEN JUST TO BE TOLD THAT THEY WERE NOT GOING TO DO WHAT THEY SAY THEY WOULD ON THEIR WEBSITE SEEMS VERY UNFAIR”.
    NOTE: ALWAYS CALL BEFORE YOU GO TO ANY FARM.
  • Turkey Hill FarmBlueberries, blackberries and raspberries.
    380 Middle Road, Haverhill, MA. Phone: 978-372-9474. Directions: From Route 495 take Exit 52, go 1 mile East on Route 110 East to Middle Road which is on the right. Open: 8am until 6pm.
    A visitor writes on July 27, 2010: “Visited Turkey Hill on 7/27/10 and picked some wonderful blueberries. They had many, many bushes with ripe berries. The field staff were friendly and responsive, opening a section for us when they could see that the bushes we were working on were well-picked. They even drove an older customer out to the area being picked that day. Price was $2.90 per pound, they have containers to use.”
    A visitor writes on July 28, 2009: “i was disappointed to see such a poor review about Turkey Hill Farm. Although I’ve only gone there once to pick blueberries, I was impressed with how clean it was. While we were picking (two adults, 3 kids), nobody ever bothered us or stood over us, watching what we did. Once we got our bucket, we were on our own. I was actually quite impressed with the farm…and no, I’m not even related to them!”
    A visitor writes on July 30, 2008: “I visited this farm last weekend with a friend, hoping to catch up with her on life and spend a pleasant afternoon blueberry picking as we did so. I obviously chose the wrong place. I have picked at some of the other places on this list and others that I found myself and they were great, and I’ve never had such a strange experience. This place was like being on a school field trip! Don’t get me wrong, this was not because the place was full of kids. I take no issue with that, and consider fruit picking good family fun. No, it was because of the people that work there, their attitude, and their school-marm scolding and corralling policies. Everyone was roped into one small area, precluding us from have any private, (or adult) conversation, practically on top of one another and loudly instructed to “pick every ripe berry from a single bush” before moving. We were nearly assigned to this bush by the worker that loudly instructed each newly arriving party while making sure we didn’t stray outside the area. Also, we were asked to refrain from eating any berries before paying for them. I understand the farm’s interest in turning a buck and would gladly pay extra not to be robbed the eat-as-you-go part of the pleasure! Too many signs with too many rules! I would never go there again. and last but not least, Thanks for putting up this great site!”
    A visitor writes on August 23, 2008: “Feel free to edit this if it is too flaming. I have been going to Turkey Hill with my children for three years. I would like to clarify the impression conveyed by the visitor comment from July 30 2008. We have probably gone 20 times this summer alone. The staff is very friendly, laid back, and helpful. For anyone needing assistance the staff will provide a ride in a golf cart to and from the fields. The staff asks newcomers if they have been to the farm before and if they have not, the staff member typically escorts the new comer to the field and suggests a bush that has a suitable number of berries. They have several varieties of blueberries and if a picker is not experienced they will overlook a good bush. The rules are very simple and similar to other pick-your-owns. At any one time, most of the field is roped off to let the bushes fill out and ripen. Pickers are asked not to cross over or under the ropes. The sign says that they expect you to eat berries while picking but to save “serious eating” for when you get home. Finally they ask, and this is always posed a polite request, that you pick all the ripe berries from a bush before moving on to the next. The reason of this reasonable request is that the tendency of many people is to pick all the biggest ripest easiest to get berries from a bush and then move onto another bush and so on. This leaves a depleted bush that new pickers will pass over and the farm looses the berries left behind. I have never seen this rule enforced except by concientious pickers The staff frequently comes into the field and opens new sections as the bushes are depleted. They announce in a raised voice so that everyone can hear that they are opening a new section but to please finish picking all the ripe berries on your current bush before moving on. Despite often seeing people abandon their bush immediately I have never heard anyone scolded or spoken to in a schoolmarm fashion. The one point I would agree with is that this is not the place to go for private adult conversation. It is not that the pick your farmers are trying to “make a buck”, they are trying to make a living. “
    A visitor writes on June 06, 2009: “I would like to comment on Turkey Hill farm in Haverhill. It is a beautifully kept farm. But like the person who wrote on July 30 2008, it is a miserable picking experience due to the owner’s attitude. I have picked here for many many years and put up with being corraled and watched and reprimanded if I strayed an inch. Finally I told the owner that I would never be back and have not in 5 years. I am a very consciencious and experience picker (have been picking for 45 years) and am respectful of the farmers and their produce. But it is not at all pleasant to be watched suspiciously while you are picking no matter how tasty the berries are. There are other much more pleasant places to go. Try Wheelerbrook farm in Georgetown, it is night and day different. The person who wrote in on the Turkey Hill site saying that the owners are “laid back” must be a relative. It is completely and totally the opposite. Sorry but true.”

Middlesex County

  • Applefield Farm - vegetables
    Route 117, Stow, MA. Phone: (978) 897-2699. Directions: 3 miles west of Stow Center, farm is on Route 117. Open: Monday through Sunday, 10am to 6pm; Open for PYO vegetables 9am to 5pm.
  • Autumn Hills Orchard – Apples, grapes, pears, raspberries, pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field, and prepicked produce, restrooms, picnic area, tractor-pulled hay rides
    495 Chicopee Row, Groton, MA 01450. Phone: 978-448-8388. Email us at: info@autumnhillsorchard.com. Directions: From Groton Center on Route 119. Heading north take Hollis street (right turn out of Groton Center just after Town Hall) about 3.5 miles. (Hollis changes name to Chicopee Row at the Cemetery, but there’s no street sign.) Our driveway is on the left after Wilson Way. Click here for a map to our farm. Crops are usually available in September, October. Open: September through October; weekends 10AM to 5PM and weekdays by appointment. Payment: Cash, only.
  • Belkin Lookout Farm – Strawberries, Peaches, Nectarines, Plums, Asian Pears, Apples, Pumpkins (Fall only) petting zoo, rides, hayride
    Lookout Lane, Natick, MA 01760. Phone: 508-653-0653. Our fruit is based on availability and costs $2.50 per lb (in 2008). Open: daily from 10am – 5pm. You can pick your own fruit, enjoy our train rides, 2 petting zoos and children’s play area! Summer Admission: August 9th – August 31st: $8 Per Person (all Ages) Daily. Fall Admission: September 1st – November 1st: Weekday Rate (Monday thru Friday) – $8 per person (all ages). Weekends (Saturday & Sunday & Columbus Day Holiday) – $14 per adult, $12 for Children under 12 years old and Senior Citizens. Remember Children Under 2 years old are ALWAYS FREE! Also has an organic food store with ice cream A visitor writes on September 04, 2008: “Loved it” (Suggested by a visitor, ADDED: September 04, 2008)
  • Blue Meadow Farm - Blueberries.
    118 Nobscot Road, Sudbury, MA. Phone: 978-443-3880. Call after 6pm for next day picking conditions, no children under 6, no dogs, containers provided.  Directions: Route 128 to Route 20 west, over Sudbury River, take left after Friendly’s (on left) onto Nobscot Road. Sign on left. Open: Wednesday through Sunday from 8am to 6pm, early July through early September (Closed Monday and Tuesday).
  • Butter Brook Farmvegetables
    982 Main Street, Acton, MA. Phone: (978) 263-1936. Directions: From Boston Route 2 West to Route 27 North (Main St.) # 982. From 485 to Route 2 East to Route 27 North (Main St.) #982. Open: Call ahead for hours and conditions; Saturdays 10am-4pm.
  • Carver Hill Orchard – Apples, blueberries, cherries, corn (sweet), flowers, pears, peaches, peppers, pumpkins, strawberries, tomatoes, other vegetables, Christmas trees-you choose and you cut, Precut Christmas trees, Christmas wreaths and boughs, Christmas decorations, saws provided, pumpkin patch-pick in the field, pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field, and prepicked produce, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, wagon rides
    Brookside Ave, Stow, MA 01775. Phone: 978-897-6117. Email us at: cclord@hotmail.com. Directions: Take Route 117 to Stow, MA. Take Route 62 South for .2 miles and Brookside Ave is on your left. Follow the road to the end. And for a map to our farm, Click here.  Click here for picking updates. Crops are usually available in June, July, August, September, October, November, December. Open: Mid June to August Monday through Saturday 10 AM to 5 PM. September through December open 10 AM to 5 PM 7 days a week. Payment: Cash, Visa/MasterCard. Kitchen available for hotdogs, chips snacks and Ice Cream!
    A visitor writes on September 26, 2009:
    (negative) “I visited the Carver Hill Farm today and was sorely disappointed. It was not the quiet, idyllic place that was referred to. It was a perfect apple picking weekend to be sure so that explains some of it, but the place was packed. They have added a overgrown wagon ride pulled by a tractor that goes through the orchard. The apples were not that good, not too ripe, with lots of brown spots. Based on my experience I would not recommend this place or visit again. “
    A visitor writes on September 02, 2009:
    (positive) “We went apple and raspberry picking here today. It is a lovely quiet farm with very very nice people. Only one other couple while we were there, as opposed to the two dozen minivans at Honeypot Hill (we stopped there for their donuts and mazes). Right now picking Mac’s, with Cortlands to follow in a few weeks. Prices decent – apples are $12 for a peck, $20 for a bushel, and raspberries are $5 per quart.”
    A visitor writes on July 23, 2009:
    (positive) “I visited this farm on July 23rd, 2009. An incredibly friendly and welcoming farm. This is a small quiet farm for those who are not looking for a circus act as part of their farm visit. The setting is very peaceful and beautiful with a pretty little pond and brook running through the property. I would highly recommend it, though make sure to call ahead because as they are a smaller operation they might be picked out on certain days.”
    Comments from a visitor, October 28, 2007:
    (positive) “Carver Hill is one of the nicest pick-your-own establishments in the area. The staff is always friendly and willing to help. The best thing about Carver Hill is that it is, to a certain extent, “off the beaten path,” so usually there won’t be many other people. It’s a more peaceful and less crowded alternative to the nearby Honeypot Hill Orchards. They also have an ice cream counter, and sometimes you can get nice, warm apple crisp.”
  • D. J. Hussey Farm -Blueberries
    20 Burgess Road, Townsend, MA. Phone: 978-597-6891. Directions: Route 119 to Townsend center- north on Route 113 for one half mile then left on Dudley Rd for 1. 5 miles and look for signs.  Open: Call for hours and picking conditions. UPDATE from a visitor on June 29, 2008: “No longer offering strawberries”.
  • Derby Orchard – apples
    438 Great Road, Stow, MA.  Phone: (978) 897-7507. Directions: Route  117 to Pompositticut St.  (near Stow shopping center). Open: Weekends and Monday holidays: September & Oct. , 10-4:30pm.  Farmstand located on Route 117 (438 Great Rd).
  • Dowse Orchard – apples
    98 North Main Street, Sherborn, MA.  Phone: (508) 653-2639. Directions: From North/West: Mass Pike to exit 13, take Route 30 East to Route 27 South, follow through Natick center 2. 5 miles into Sherborn on left.  From East: Route 9 West into Natick and take Route 27 South into Sherborn. Open: Call for hours and conditions.  Apples September and October.  Weekends only.  Claims to have “America’s best crunchin Apples since 1778. “
    A visitor writes on June 17, 2010: “We went to Dowse Orchards last fall (October 2009) and took our 2-year-old and she really loved it. They had a TON of apples (many different varieties and LOTS of trees. There isn’t much besides the actual orchard, but they do have a tractor (actually more like a loader) that can pull you around and my daughter loved that. If you’re looking simply for picking good apples, this is a perfect place to go. And prices were reasonable too. They also have a stand that sells lots of goodies but that is up the road and across Route 27 – Don’t miss it! We got a great looking pumpkin from there and a couple of fantastic pies. I definitely recommend Dowse Orchards!”
  • Drew Farms – Apples, pumpkins
    35 Tadmuck Road, Westford, MA 01886. Phone: 978-807-0719. Email: keithbohne@verizon.net. Directions: Exit 32 off Route 495 From the north, turn left off the ramp, from the south, turn right off the ramp. Turn left at the light. Go about two miles to Tadmuck Road. Turn left. Drew Farms is about one mile on the left. Click here for a map to our farm. We are open September, October. Our hours are: Daily 10 am to 5 pm, weather permitting. Children welcome, containers available. Trailer rides on weekends. (UPDATED: September 20, 2008)
  • Hanson’s Farm - Blueberries, strawberries and raspberries.
    20 Nixon Road, Framingham, MA. Phone: 508- 877-3058. Directions: From 495 take route 20 East to Wayside Inn, at Wayside Inn Country Store turn right onto Hager Street, farm 2 miles on right. Or from Route 9 to Edgell Road, 1 mile to lights, left onto Edmunds Road, 2 miles to Nixon Road. Open: Monday through Saturday, 9am to 6pm. Sundays, 9am to 5:30 pm.
    A visitor writes on June 04, 2010: “Yesterday, June 3, 2010, my boyfriend and I went to pick strawberries at the Hanson’s Farm in Framingham, MA. We called about a dozen local places and most were not having pick-your-own strawberries until the weekend or the middle of the month. Hanson’s Farm is a very small operation and I would not suggest it for big groups. The field was very small. I could not see more than 8 people picking from that field to get a large amount of berries. The berries were good. The cost was $2 per person, and $2.50 per pound. They also had a large selection of flowers and herbs to buy. Pre-picked strawberry quarts were $6. They also supplied containers. We had a decent experience but would probably try someplace else next time.”
    A visitor writes on August 16, 2009: “Hi, Thanks for putting together such an extensive and useful resource! We called Hanson’s farm this morning and were told by the young woman at the farm stand that they were picking blueberries and raspberries. Well, when we arrived shortly after that, she told us there were none to be had. We went out to check. It is a very small operation; I don’t think a rush of pickers was the problem, just a lack of information. I wouldn’t recommend this farm for their pick your own based on our experience. Maybe their farm stand is good, but we didn’t feel like spending any money there.”
  • Highland Farm – pick-your-own apples, hay rides, and Christmas trees .
    635 Highland Street, Holliston, MA.  Phone: (508) 429-8370. Directions: From 495: take Upton – Hopkinton exit.  Head east; this is Main Street, which turns into Rte 135.  Follow into Ashland and turn right onto Chestnut St. Follow up hill to light and bear right; this turns into Highland St.  Continue on one half mile, farm is on right. Open: year round, 7:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday thru Friday and 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Saturday and Sunday. We offer nursery stock — trees and shrubs — annuals, perennials, firewood,  vegetables in season. Note: They close at 5:00 pm for the PYO and 6:00 pm for the farm stand.
  • Hill Orchard - apples
    Chamberlain/Hunt Road, Westford, MA.  Phone: (978) 692-9894. Directions: Exit 32 off Route 495, left on Boston Road  to Westford center.  Right on Main Street, 1. 8 miles to left onto Chamberlain Road. Open: September to Oct. , 10-5pm;  Open Tuesday  thru Sun.  and holidays. Wagon rides on weekends.
  • Honeypot Hill Orchard – apples, blueberries, pumpkins, cider mill, apple cider (pressed on site), hedge maze, hayrides
    144 Sudbury Road, Stow, MA. Phone: 978-562-5666. Email: julie@honeypothill.com. Directions: Route 2W to Route 62W into Stow and watch for signs on Route 62; or from Route 20W to Route 27 north for 3. 5 miles straight through Sudbury center, one third mile beyond center bear left onto Hudson Rd for 3. 5 miles into Stow, and take a right onto Sudbury Road. Open: Picking daily 11am to 5pm; Stand opens mid July to Christmas from 9-6pm, daily. Payment: Cash, only. Visit our farm animals or have a picnic. Hayrides & Hedge-maze weekends from 11- 5pm. Birthday parties by appt. 
    A visitor to Honey Pot Orchard writes on October 7, 2007:
    “Went on Sunday, October 7, 2007… The BEST place to pick apples, they already have ladders, so you don’t have to climb the trees, they had SOOOOOOO many apples to choose from it wasn’t funny… You didn’t have to go looking, they were all right there for you…. Would HIGHLY recommend it, it is by far my best place to pick apples, and my NEW PLACE, would not go anyplace else…..”
    A visitor writes on August 05, 2008: “Hi….Just took my 3 boys to honey pot today to pick blueberries. It was wonderful. We picked to our delight and then enjoyed AWESOME cider doughnuts from their store on the way home. We’ve also been there for apple picking last fall and plan on going again this year. However, I think an important note to add is to let people know that they need to carry cash, as they don’t accept any credit/debit cards. Thanks!”
  • Kimball Fruit Farmapples, strawberries, raspberries. 
    184 Hollis Street, Pepperell, MA. Phone: 978-433-9751. Directions: Exit 5 West off Route 3, North to Route 111 into Pepperell, take right at yellow blinking light, farm is 3 miles on left. Open: Daily 9am to 6pm.
    Containers provided.
  • Lawndale Farm - vegetables
    91 Frost Road, Tyngsboro, MA. Phone: (978) 649-7629. Directions: From center of Tyngsboro (at bridge), take Route 3A north towards Hudson, N.H. We are 1 mile from bridge, 1st farm on road. Open: Daily from 10am-7pm
  • Marino Lookout FarmIs now the “Belkin Lookout farm”,
    see above
  • McLoon Farms - ORGANIC, Raspberries, strawberries, vegetables.
    Corner of Route 113 & Thorndike, Dunstable, MA. Phone: 978-649-3656. Fresh organic produce and crafts also. Breads and Pies.  Directions: From Route 3 take Exit 35. Route 113 West towards Pepperell, one quarter mile on right, look for large old barn.  Open: weekdays from 10am until dusk.
  • Newton Community Farm – Raspberries
    303 Nahanton Street, Newton, MA. Phone: (617) 916-9655. Email: newtoncommunityfarm@comcast.net. Open: July-September. Call ahead. (ADDED: July 10, 2009) (UPDATED: May 09, 2010)
  • Parlee FarmsBlueberries, raspberries, strawberries, apples, flowers, and pumpkins
    95 Farwell Road, Tyngsboro, MA 01879. Phone: (978) 649-3854. Directions: Route 3 to Exit 34, Westford Road, Tyngsboro. Go . 75 miles East to Route 3A, take left at light, then 2nd right onto Farwell Road. Farm is 1 mile down on right. open: For blueberries, raspberries, apples, flowers, and pumpkins, call ahead for hours and conditions. Strawberry picking daily from 7am-6pm. Mary’s Country Kitchen offers fresh fruit desserts and ice cream. Annie’s Animal Barn offers animals to feed and pet. Parlee Farms is a 93-acre pick-your-own farm with a 7500 sq. ft. post and beam farmstand. Annie’s Animal Barns house young farm animals for our customers to visit with and feed. We practice Integrated Pest Management (IPM) on all of our crops.
  • Parlee’s Farm – different from above? -
    135 Pine Hill Road, Chelmsford, MA. Phone: (978)-256-2859. Directions: Route 128 to Route 3, exit 31W, follow Route 110 out of Chelmsford center toward Littleton for 2 miles to set of lights and turn onto Hunt Road. From Route 495, exit 34W, right toward Chelmsford center, follow Route 110 toward Littleton, look for arrows. Open: daily, 7-7pm. Containers available for purchase, or bring your own.
  • Patt’s Blueberries - Blueberries.
    577 Gorwin Drive, Holliston, MA. Phone: (508) 429-6795. Directions: Call for directions.  Open: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sun, from 8am to 7pm. Containers provided for picking, please bring your own to take home.
  • Shelburne Farm – pyo apples, strawberries, pumpkins, weekend hayrides, hay mazes, pony rides, farm animals
    106 West Acton Road, Stow, MA. Phone: 978-897-9287. Email us at: office@Shelburnefarm.com. Directions: Route 2 West to Route 111.  Left at second light.  Next block, bear right onto Willow St.  Farm is 2. 5 miles on right. Open: Starts late August, Daily 9-6pm; Farm store open until Christmas. We have more than 20 flavors of farm-fresh ice cream! (UPDATED: June 23, 2009)
    A visitor writes: “There is also a great store and a little stand where you can buy all sorts of apple related goodies! We live in the area and have tried all the farms locally, and they make the best donuts by far. They also have cooked/frozen pies, cookies, lunch things, hot dogs, fudge and a bunch more.  There are restrooms and a bunch of picnic tables spread out all over the farm. It’s a beautiful place, with lots of happy families and a wicked friendly staff. It seems like it’s mainly run by a younger staff, but the girl who is in charge is always there and ready to answer all questions and help customers with anything. My son touched a wheel of a tractor last year and got mud all over him. She took us back into the kitchen, washed him off, and gave him a chocolate pop shaped like an apple! She also told my wife that they practice IPM, which I guess means they use good bugs to fight bag bugs. There are also hay rides, pony rides, a moon bounce, a hay maze/mountain and an area for kids to ride around on small tractors. They accept credit cards!”
  • Silferleaf Farm – Raspberries
    460 Strawberry Hill Road, Concord, MA 01742. Phone: 978-369-3624. Email: silferleaf@gmail.com. Open: Call for for hours and availability. Directions: Call for directions. Payment: Cash, only.. They’re organic.  (Suggested by a visitor, ADDED: August 27, 2010)
    A visitor writes on August 27, 2010: “Lot’s of fun for both adults and kids – tons of raspberries. The people who work there are very nice. They also sell raspberry jam, syrup, etc.,
  • Small Farm - pyo vegetables, herbs and flowers
    184 Gleasondale Road (Route 62), Stow, MA. Phone: (978) 897-5996. Email: sipler@small-farm.org. Directions: From Stow center, take Route 62 west/south towards Hudson. Farm is .9 miles from traffic light. Click here for a map. Open: July through September, on Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm, and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm.  (UPDATED: July 06, 2009)
  • Sunshine Farm - Raspberries, strawberries.
    135 Kendall Ave, Framingham, MA. Phone: 508- 655-5022. Directions: Off Speen Street, Natick, 3 miles South. Exit 13 off Mass Pike, 2. 5 miles South of Route 9, Natick. Take Speen Street to end, right onto Kendall Ave. Open: Raspberries on weekends in September, 10am to 4pm; Call ahead for information in June for strawberries. Call ahead for pumpkins. Containers provided, children under 10 must be accompanied by adults. Shortcake and ice cream available at our Dairy Bar. Fall raspberries only.
  • Verrill FarmFlowers, strawberries, strawberry festival
    11 Wheeler Road, Concord, MA. Phone: 978-369-4494. Directions: Located between Route 117 and Route 2 on Sudbury Road, or take Route 2W to intersection after 126, left onto Sudbury Road. Open: Call for hours and conditions. Containers available or bring your own. Mass. Specialty foods, bakery, and kitchen which offers soups, entrees, pies. Restrooms, handicapped accessible, tented area for picnics.
    A visitor writes on July 23, 2009: “I went to Verrill Farm’s strawberry festival on June 19, 2009–great time and great berries. This farm had a fire last September, 2008 and they are operating business as usual with temporary quarters while the new building is under construction”
  • Western Ave U Pick Blueberries – No pesticides used, blueberries
    46 Western Ave, Sherborn, MA, Open: every day from early July until the season is over (late August?).
    A visitor writes on August 10, 2009: “We went there last weekend (Aug 9). There are a lot of ripe berries. We picked over 10 pounds with 2 people in about an hour. There are still a lot of green berries as well, so I think it hasn’t reached the peak yet. Price is 1.50/lb.”
    A visitor writes on July 11, 2009: “Went by this place today. They still go by the honor system, though price per lb is now $1.50. They provide buckets which are marked and make it easy to tell what you have. Its ok to taste the berries, they don’t have an issue with that (I do it to tell if I want to bother picking that bush or not) but you may want to leave the heavy eating for when you’re at home. The bushes are quite heavy with unripe fruit right now, but given how lovely the Summer has been in this area, totally understandable. The ripe berries are a bit tart right now, so we’re hoping by next week they’ll be just right. Also, they do ask that you please leave your pets in the car or better yet, leave them at home. Totally understandable given the amount of natural wild life around there. The turkey’s from last year haven’t made an appearance. They may we hope!. Human families are welcome. I walked around quite abit, no poison ivy that I could see but they do make an effort to get rid of it when they can. I didn’t see any wasps nests but I did see a lot of them flying about. The ground is very wet so you may want to bring some waterproof shoes.”
    A visitor writes: “There’s a little sign inside the driveway, which you could easily miss, so drive slowly. You can go from early in the morning until nightfall. This is a wonderful no-name farm with hundreds of high-bush blueberries. They supply buckets, and payment is honor system, with a scale to weigh and bags to carry home your berries. They use no sprays. Children are welcome, but not dogs. The price is very reasonable, at $1.25 per lb during summer 2007. “
    A visitor writes on August 10, 2008: “Fantastic place to go! Off the beaten path and not overrun with people. We went today, and blueberries are still 1.25/pound. Parking can be a bit of a problem on the weekends, so make sure you come early. Bring sunscreen, wading boots (the ground is pretty wet), and some insect spray for the little ones. There was a bush with a pretty active wasp nest, but they also have spray out for that. Also, you do have to watch out for poison ivy. At this time of year (beginning of august) you can still get quite a lot though most of the bushes toward the front of the property are picked clean. Berries are really good and tart. We saw a herd of turkey’s today that shadowed our picking. They were picking up whatever got dropped. They’re also pretty tolerant of humans as long a you keep your distance. They don’t allow dogs on the property, I’m thinking its because the dogs may harrass the natural wild life. Berry picking is based all on the honor system, You weigh and pay on your own, they do provide some buckets though you can bring your own if you want. Also, its all cash, so bring plenty of 1 dollar bills. For us it was a 5 mile drive. Totally worth it being what you pick tastes better than any grocery store berry.”
  • Wright-Locke Farm – Certified Organic, raspberries (Autumn, red),
    78 Ridge Street, Winchester, MA 01890. Phone: 781-721-7128. Open: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, from 9 am to noon; Friday, Saturday, Sunday, from 1 pm to 4 pm; Monday, CLOSED. Directions: From Winchester center, take High Street to Lockeland Road to the intersection with Ridge Street. Near West Side fire station and Saint Eulalia’s church. Click here for a map and directions. Our Pick Your Own Raspberries typically opens in late August, and continues through September and much of October; daily from  9 am to noon. We are certified organic for all crops! Payment: Cash, only. (ADDED: August 23, 2009) (UPDATED: September 02, 2009)

Norfolk County

  • The Big Apple – Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, apples, hayrides
    207 Arnold St, Wrentham, MA, Phone: 508-384-3055. Directions: See this page for a map and directions. Open: See this page for hours. A visitor writes: “They have a very nice store with home made jellies, fresh vegetables, cider donuts, fresh cider, fudge/candy and homemade pies. They also have an ice cream shop, and a model train that runs around the farm store above your head. In the fall, they operate hay rides. They are open 7 days/week until 12/24.. “
    A visitor writes on September 16, 2010: “My family and I visited the Big Apple farm in Wrentham MA this past weekend to pick apples. While there were a lot of people there it did not seem crowded at all. The farm stand had plenty of pre picked produce and baked goods. Also there were great deals on pre picked bags of “2nds”. Three varieties of apples were available for pick your own in the orchard. The staff were very helpful and friendly. We will definitely be going back next year.”
  • Bogastow Farm - Blueberries.
    245 Ridge Street, Millis, MA. Phone: 508- 376-1014. Directions: Call for hours and directions.
  • Fairmount Fruit Farm - apples, pumpkins
    887 Lincoln Street, Franklin, MA.  Phone: (508) 533-8737. Directions: Route 109 to Village St.  (Medway) Take Sanford St.  over Charles River which becomes Lincoln St.  Or, Route 140 to Main St Franklin, which turns into Lincoln St.  3-4 miles on right. Open: Apple picking starts the weekend after Labor day weekends and hours are 10 am to 4 pm, weekdays 1 pm to 5 pm. (UPDATED: September 22, 2008)
  • Gianetti’s U-Pick Blueberries – blueberries
    557 Union Street, Franklin, MA 02038. Phone: (508) 528-9430. Email: rgianetti@verizon.net. Directions:  B Exit 16 off of Route 495. Go East on King Street. At 1st set of lights turn left onto Union Street. Farm is .1 mile on the left. Open: Fridays and Saturdays 8 am to 4 pm from  mid July to Mid/Late August.
    A visitor writes on May 27, 2009:
    “Very family friendly, customer oriented, and well maintained. The berries are HUGE and delicious! Franklin’s best kept secret. Family owned 5 acre blueberry farm located in rural neighborhood. Call for opening day. Look for Blueberry sign out front in early July. Bringing own containers is recommended, but they do have containers for use. ” (Suggested by a visitor, ADDED: May 27, 2009)
  • Jane & Paul’s Farm -Blueberries, strawberries.
    33 Fruit Street, Norfolk, MA. Phone: 508- 528-0812. Directions: Route 115 to Cleveland Street, turn left onto Fruit St.  Open: June to Nov. , call ahead for hours and availability.
  • Tangerini’s Spring Street Farm – blueberries, flowers, pumpkins, raspberries, strawberries, tomatoes, other vegetables, Christmas wreaths and boughs, Christmas decorations, trees bagged, trees tied, pumpkin patch-pick in the field, pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field, straw or hay bale maze, child-sized haybale maze, and prepicked produce, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, tractor-pulled hay rides, wagon rides
    139 Spring Street, Millis, MA 02054. Phone: 508-376-5024. Email: info@tangerinisfarm.com. Directions: See website Click here for a map to our farm. Directions: See website Click here for a map to our farm. Spring Street is off Route 109. Follow three quarters mile, driveway on right. Crops are usually available in May, June, July, August, September, October, December. Open: Spring and Summer Hours 9 am to 9 pm. Daily Fall 9:00-7:00p.m. Winter 10:00 am to 8:00p.m. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa/MasterCard. Greenhouse Classes U-Dig perennials Birthday Parties Haunted Hay Rides.  (UPDATE: October 08, 2008)
    A visitor writes on October 08, 2008: “vegetables, fruit, and flowers for picking and purchasing from April through November. Holiday wreaths and garlands are available in December. There is a small, child-size only hay maze in the barn. There’s also an ice cream stand, small store, and hay rides. Members of the CSA have reported that everything is organic except the corn. “
  • Ward’s Berry Farm – Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, blueberries, peaches, pumpkins, raspberries (Autumn, red), strawberries, prepicked produce, farm market, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, farm animals, birthday parties, school tours
    614 South Main Street, Sharon, MA 02067. Phone: 781-784-3600. Fax: 781-784-1650. Email: wardfarm@aol.com. Directions: Ward’s Berry Farm is located at 614 South Main Street in Sharon Massachusetts, We are located between Boston and Providence off of Route 95. Take Route 95 to exit 8 and head east toward Sharon, the farm is on the right after about a half mile. Coming from Cobbs Corner, take Route 27 north to Sharon center, go straight through the intersection and now you’re on South Main Street. Continue on for about 3 miles. Once you’ve past the farm fields, look for our yellow sign on the left. And for a map to our farm, click here. Crops are usually available in June, July, August, September, October. Open: year round; January through March, we are closed on Tuesday and Wednesdays; We are open 5 days a week; Monday, Thursday and Friday 9 am to 6 pm and Friday and Saturday 9 am to 5 pm; April through December, we are open seven days a week from 9 am to 6 pm; Pick your own Strawberries approximately June 15 to July 4 and Blueberries July 4 to the end of August; Pick your own peaches starts August 15; The hay pyramid is available September 1; The Corn Maze opens around September 19; Pick your own pumpkin hayrides begin around September 19 and run on the weekends through October 30. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. We also have an organic box buying program. Each week we arrange set boxes of organic fruits and vegetables for pre-ordering by club members. For information about our Organic Buying Club, please send an email to food4life@comcast.net. (UPDATED: March 09, 2009)

Suffolk County

  • I’m not aware of any PYO farms in Suffolk. If you know of any, please tell me!

Farmer’s Markets, Farm Stands and Roadside Stands, Etc. (NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)

Essex County

  • Stasinos Farm – Wide variety of seasonal, locally grown fruits and vegetables
    11 Lake Street, Peabody, MA. Phone: 978-994-4315. Email: chris@chrisfarmstand.com. Open: everyday 10 am to 7 pm. Opening for the Season Saturday July 17th – November 1st. Farming Practices: naturally grown, grass fed/pastured, animal welfare/humane certified.
  • Silsby Farm – Wide variety of seasonal, locally grown fruits and vegetables
    436 Salem Street, Bradford, MA. Phone: 978-994-4315. Email: chris@chrisfarmstand.com. Open: everyday 10 am to 6 pm. Opening for the Season Saturday July 17th – November 1st. Farming Practices: naturally grown, grass fed/pastured, animal welfare/humane certified.
  • Anvil Farm – Wide variety of seasonal, locally grown fruits and vegetables
    634 Washington Street, Boxford, MA. Phone: 978-994-4315. Email: chris@chrisfarmstand.com.  Open: everyday 12 pm to 6 pm. Opening for the Season Saturday July 17th – November 1st. Farming Practices: naturally grown, grass fed/pastured, animal welfare/humane certified.

Middlesex County

  • Hopestill Farm – herbs/spices, onions, peppers, pumpkins, raspberries (red), raspberries (Autumn, red), summer squash, winter squash, tomatoes,
    117 Mill Street, Sherborn, MA 01770. Phone: (508) 653-5421. Email: farm@hopestill.com. Open: Summer and Fall Roadside Stand: Everyday from 8 am to 6 pm; December Christmas Trees: Saturdays and Sundays from 12 pm to 4 pm; May change, check website for most accurate hours. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Market updates: Click here for updates. Directions: From Route 27: Turn onto West Goulding Street (Right if going South, Left if going North) and continue for .5 miles. Continue as West Goulding turns into Woodland Street for another .1 miles. Bear left at the fork onto Mill Street and continue for 1 mile. At the four-way intersection of Mill Street and Hollis street continue across and turn left in the first driveway, this is Hopestill Farm. For directions from other locations, or to see a map of our location, please click on the directions link. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. All products sold at Hopestill Farm are certified organic. Hopestill Farm is also a Massachusetts Century Farm. (ADDED: April 21, 2010)

Local Honey Sources:

Essex County

  • Greenwood Tree Farm – No pyo; instead: Honey from hives on the farm, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms
    96 Dudley Road, Billerica, MA 01821. Phone: 978-667-5380. Fax: 978-663-4712. Email: Cardbee@aol.com. Directions: Take Exit 27 off from Route 3 North from Burlington, MA to Nashua NH. Take a left off from the end of the ramp at Exit 27. Take your fourth right turn. Dudley Road, the sign is on the left high up on a telephone pole. The road is on the right directly opposite. Go 3/4 of a mile, go straight at the stop sign, go 1/2 mile further. You will see the parking area on the left side. Click here for a map and directions. Crops are usually available in November, December. Open: Thursday and Friday 12 pm to 4 pm Saturday and Sunday 9 am to 4 pm. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. We Open the Saturday after Thanksgiving; We stay open for four weeks after that; We are open Thursday and Friday 12 pm to 4 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 4 pm. Payment: Cash, Check. (ADDED: October 24, 2008)
  • Marini Farm – Honey (retail), Acacia honey, Comb honey, Crystallized honey, Pasteurized honey, Honey from hives on the farm, Fresh eggs, already-picked produce (of the pyo crop), farm market, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, Bouncy castle or moon bounce, birthday parties
    259 Linebrook Road, Ipswich, MA 01938. Phone: 978-356-0430. Alternate Phone: 978-356-3899. Fax: 978-356-3055. Email: mjmarini@yahoo.com. Open: May through November 7th 8am to 6pm 7 days a week. Directions: South Merge onto I-95 N toward N.H. / MAINE Merge onto US-1 N / Newburyport turnpike via Exit 50 toward Topsfield Turn Right onto Linebrook road 259 LINEBROOK RD is on the LEFT. South Merge onto I-95 S toward Seabrook/Boston (Portions toll) (Crossing into MASSACHUSETTS) Merge onto MA-133 E via EXIT 54 toward Rowley Turn RIGHT onto US-1/Newburyport Turnpike. Turn Left onto Linebrook RD Marini Farm is on the LEFT. Click here for a map and directions. Corn maze is open September 11th through November 7th Haunted campfire Stories October 16th Christmas on the Hill opens November 20th. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, AmEx. Click here for our Facebook page. (ADDED: September 03, 2010)
  • Smolak Farms – Honey (retail), Clover honey, Comb honey, Honey from hives on the farm, already-picked produce (of the pyo crop), gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, face painting, Bouncy castle or moon bounce, farm animals, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties, school tours
    315 South Bradford Street, N. Andover, MA 01845. Phone: 978-682-6332. Alternate Phone: 978-688-8058. Email: smolakfarms@aol.com. Open: Monday – Sunday 7:00am to 6:00pm. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Picking updates: Click here for updates. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Fall Festivals begin September 12 and 13 and run every weekend through October 31; Choose and Cut Christmas trees will be available the first weekend after Thanksgiving. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard. (UPDATED: September 10, 2009)

Farm Dairies

Essex County

  • Richardson’s Ice Cream – farm dairy
    156 South Main Street (Rte 114), Middleton, MA 01949. Phone: 978-774-5450. Fax: 978-777-6863. Email: info@richardsonsicecream.com. Open:  Summer: 9 am – 11 pm daily; Fall, Winter and Spring: Sunday – Thursday: 9 am – 9:30 pm, Friday and Saturday: 9 am – 10 pm. Directions: Click here for Directions and Hours of Operation. Visit Richardson’s Ice Cream in Middleton and Reading Massachusetts and you’ll find that our award-winning, 16% butterfat ice cream is just the beginning.  Start by touring our Middleton farm where it all began in 1695.  Pet a cow.  Sit by a waterfall or at a picnic table under a tree.  See fresh milk being bottled.  Enjoy 36 holes of miniature golf.  Hit homeruns in our batting cages and golf balls on our driving range.  At our Reading dairy bar – located inside Jordan’s Furniture – you can enjoy the perfect ice cream and take in an IMAX movie or wonder at the amazing Liquid Fireworks display, fly from the trapeze, and shop at Jordan Furniture’s newest, state-of-the-art facility. Richardson’s Ice Cream is a fun-filled and friendly experience for everyone. (ADDED: August 31, 2010)
  • Richardson’s Ice Cream – farm dairy
    50 Walker’s Brook Drive (Jordan’s Furniture), Reading, MA 01867. Phone: 978-774-5450. Fax: 978-777-6863. Email: info@richardsonsicecream.com. Open:  Monday – Friday: 10 am – 10 pm, Saturday: 10 am – 11 pm, Sunday: 11 am – 7 pm. Directions: Click here for Directions and Hours of Operation. Visit Richardson’s Ice Cream in Middleton and Reading Massachusetts and you’ll find that our award-winning, 16% butterfat ice cream is just the beginning.  Start by touring our Middleton farm where it all began in 1695.  Pet a cow.  Sit by a waterfall or at a picnic table under a tree.  See fresh milk being bottled.  Enjoy 36 holes of miniature golf.  Hit homeruns in our batting cages and golf balls on our driving range.  At our Reading dairy bar – located inside Jordan’s Furniture – you can enjoy the perfect ice cream and take in an IMAX movie or wonder at the amazing Liquid Fireworks display, fly from the trapeze, and shop at Jordan Furniture’s newest, state-of-the-art facility. Richardson’s Ice Cream is a fun-filled and friendly experience for everyone. (ADDED: August 31, 2010)

Meats, Milk and Eggs:

Essex County

  • Marini Farm – Chicken (free range), Honey from hives on the farm, Fresh eggs, already-picked produce (of the pyo crop), farm market, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, Bouncy castle or moon bounce, birthday parties
    259 Linebrook Road, Ipswich, MA 01938. Phone: 978-356-0430. Alternate Phone: 978-356-3899. Fax: 978-356-3055. Email: mjmarini@yahoo.com. Open: May through November 7th 8am to 6pm 7 days a week. Directions: South Merge onto I-95 N toward N.H. / MAINE Merge onto US-1 N / Newburyport turnpike via Exit 50 toward Topsfield Turn Right onto Linebrook road 259 LINEBROOK RD is on the LEFT. South Merge onto I-95 S toward Seabrook/Boston (Portions toll) (Crossing into MASSACHUSETTS) Merge onto MA-133 E via EXIT 54 toward Rowley Turn RIGHT onto US-1/Newburyport Turnpike. Turn Left onto Linebrook RD Marini Farm is on the LEFT. Click here for a map and directions. Corn maze is open September 11th through November 7th Haunted campfire Stories October 16th Christmas on the Hill opens November 20th. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, AmEx. Click here for our Facebook page. (ADDED: September 03, 2010)

Farm Venues for Events, Activities, Parties and Meetings:

Essex County

  • Marini Farm – Lighting, Banquets / Dinners, Birthday parties, Corporate events, Filming or photo shoots, School and educational groups, Other Private Parties, Catering available, You may bring your own food, Some Tables and chairs are provided, Bring your own linens and table silverware, B&B nearby, Hotel nearby, Vegetables, or bush fruit, Corn maze, Pumpkin patch, Beautiful rural setting, Fishing onsite, hunting nearby, boating nearby, horse riding, golf nearby, fitness/health club nearby, Computer Projector, Copy Machine, Fax, TV available, DVD Player, Free Onsite Lot parking lot, Within an easy drive to an Interstate road, children welcome, No smoking allowed, Honey from hives on the farm, Fresh eggs, already-picked produce (of the pyo crop), farm market, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, Bouncy castle or moon bounce, birthday parties
    259 Linebrook Road, Ipswich, MA 01938. Phone: 978-356-0430. Alternate Phone: 978-356-3899. Fax: 978-356-3055. Email: mjmarini@yahoo.com. Open: May through November 7th 8am to 6pm 7 days a week. Directions: South Merge onto I-95 N toward N.H. / MAINE Merge onto US-1 N / Newburyport turnpike via Exit 50 toward Topsfield Turn Right onto Linebrook road 259 LINEBROOK RD is on the LEFT. South Merge onto I-95 S toward Seabrook/Boston (Portions toll) (Crossing into MASSACHUSETTS) Merge onto MA-133 E via EXIT 54 toward Rowley Turn RIGHT onto US-1/Newburyport Turnpike. Turn Left onto Linebrook RD Marini Farm is on the LEFT. Click here for a map and directions. Corn maze is open September 11th through November 7th Haunted campfire Stories October 16th Christmas on the Hill opens November 20th. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, AmEx. Click here for our Facebook page. (ADDED: September 03, 2010)
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