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Try your hand at picking your very own fruits and veggies at our picks for 18 fresh, family-friendly farms that offer PYO (pick-your-own) produce outside of the city from now until late October. Blueberry and peach season usually lasts until early September, but there are still chances to take home the last of the harvest. You’ll also find plenty of opportunities for September tomato picking, fresh flowers, and other delicious veggies. Iconic New England apple picking usually begins now, and lasts through late-October, and many farms are also gearing up to open their pumpkin patches too! At these farms, there’s something for everyone— including hard cider taprooms, food trucks, live music, and more.
Where: Amesbury | 42.6 miles from Downtown
When: Sa-Su, 8am - 5pm
Info: Cider Hill Farm’s the best place for family fun. Whether you’re shopping at the farm market, picking produce, enjoying a fall hayride, or grabbing food (either at the daily food trucks or their very own restaurant, The PitchFORK), there’s something for everyone. Now, you can come home with a carload of apples (Red free, Earligold, Paula Red, Zestar and Gingergold!), pumpkins, peaches, and the last of the blueberries— or even better, stay all night at the hard cider bar and jam out to live music.
Where: Harvard | 34.1 miles from Downtown
When: Mo-Su, 9am - 4pm
Info: Carlson Orchards is the apple of our eye. In early September, they offer Gloria and Bounty peaches, Ginger Good apples, and limited blueberries for picking. When the blueberry and peach season ends, don’t worry. Their expansive orchard offers plenty of apples, so you can pick to your heart's content. Plus, all their products are all 100% natural, so check out their farm stand— their sweet cider is the best of the best. Also, grab a hard cider cocktail or flatbread pizza at their Cider Barn taproom.
Where: Millbury | 46.5 miles from Downtown
When: Starting Sep. 10, Sa-Su, 10am - 5pm
Info: Gear up for opening weekend at Stowe Farms! Starting Sep. 10, you can dance along to live music every weekend throughout the fall, as well as pick-your-own apples and pumpkins. This classic New England farm also typically offers horseback riding lessons, a petting zoo, and tons of upcoming fall festivals.
Where: Douglas | 56.9 miles from Boston
When: Th-Su, 9am - 4pm
Info: Douglas Orchard and Farm has delicious apples throughout the orchard, but picking your own fruit is hard work. After filling your basket, why not unwind with some yoga on the farm? Here, you can stretch it out every Saturday.
Where: Leominster | 45.6 miles from Downtown
When: Mo-Su, 10am - 5pm
What: Sholan Farms is back and better than ever this year. Starting August 27, this adorable farm offers hiking trails and an abundance of pick-your-own-apple opportunities. Currently, you can pick Marshall and McIntosh apples, or buy Ginger Gold, Zestar and Paula Reds at the Farm Stand. Don’t miss out on weekends with Bullspit Brewing Company or the Cream of the Crop “Macoun” Celebration!
Where: Hudson | 28.2 miles from Downtown
When: Mo-Sa, 9am - 6pm; Su, 12pm - 6pm
Info: Although Ferjulian’s Farm doesn’t offer any pick-your-own produce opportunities, it's worth a mention for their beautiful, fresh-cut flowers. You can pick your own bouquet— a perfect gift for a loved one. If you want something extra special, don’t miss out on the October Sunflower Festival! And when you get hungry, the market offers all the squash and pumpkins that your heart desires, plus some other seasonal veggies.
Where: Stow | 27.7 miles from Downtown
When: Mo-Su, 9am - 5pm
Info: Blueberries and apples are currently ripe and ready at this adorable farm. Make sure to head over now— the blueberries are almost all gone. But even if you miss your chance, the apple season stretches through October, so there will be plenty of opportunities to bake that fresh apple pie. Make sure to say hi to the farm animals and taste the self-proclaimed “addictive” and freshly pressed apple cider.
Where: Ipswich | 33 miles from Downtown
When: Tu-Su, 9am - 5pm
Info: No matter your age, you’ll find fun at Russell Orchards. Even though the season’s about to end, you can pick the last of the blueberries and blackberries. Starting Sep. 3, apples are available! And after your active day, relax on the outdoor wine patio. Kids can enjoy a cider slushy while parents sip on a tasting flight of award-winning fruit wines.
Where: Sterling | 44.9 miles from Downtown
When: Mo-Su, 8am - 5pm
Info: Meadowbrook Orchards has crisp fall apples available now. Through October, you can pick four varieties: Cortland, McIntosh, Macoun and Empire! The Orchards are also well-known in Sterling for its iconic Thursday night BBQ (vegetarian options included!). And when you’re not devouring food at the restaurant, you might be playing disc golf on their 100-acre property.
Where: Sturbridge | 61.8 miles from Boston
When: Starting Sep. 17, Sa-Su, Hours TBA
Info: Hyland Orchard opens on Sep. 17, and will offer apple picking every Saturday and Sunday! The orchard grows everything from Galas to Granny Smiths. Also, we’ll let you in on a little secret: it has some of the best brews around. Here, you can take a tour of Rapscallion Pub before enjoying a pint of local lager. The farm also offers tractor rides and live music!
Where: Phillipston | 65.7 miles from Downtown
When: Mo-Su, 9am - 8pm
Info: Prepare for one of the best events all year: The Appleseed Country Fair! Over Labor Day Weekend, Red Apple Farm hosts one of the coolest farm festivals in Mass. With over 40 vendors, food trucks, beer and wine barns, live music (including a fiddle contest), and even a human-tractor pull, this is a must-go event! There are also plenty of pick-your-own opportunities for apples, sunflowers and pumpkins. Blueberries are almost gone, but you can still pluck the last of the summer berries before the season ends.
Where: Peabody | 19.4 miles from Downtown
When: Tu-Sa, 9:30am - 2pm
Info: Brooksby Farm offers festive fall events and delicious picking opportunities. Current crops include plenty of apples, cherry tomatoes and fresh flowers! Starting Sep. 1, apple cider will be available in the farm store, so make sure to grab a cozy cup. Once autumn hits, you can also explore the Fall Fairytale Trail, ride on fun hayrides, enjoy campfires (and s’mores) on the weekends, meet the barnyard animals, and munch on their famous cider donuts.
Where: Sharon | 27.2 miles from Downtown
When: Mo-Su, 9am - 6pm
Info: You won’t need to go grocery shopping for weeks. At Wards Berry Farm, carrots, cherry tomatoes, plum tomatoes, beans, snack peppers and lots of flowers are in excellent picking condition. Raspberries are reopening for picking on Sep. 2; and peaches, nectarines and grapes are reopening for picking on Sep. 3. These fruits won’t last quite as long, so make your way over before the height of autumn. They also have hayrides, picnic areas, play areas for the kiddos, and plenty of food opportunities, including a smoothie bar and sandwich counter.
Where: Millis | 31.5 miles from Downtown
When: Mo-Su, 9am - 5pm
Info: Tangerini’s Farm has a heavenly harvest. Head over now to pick your own apples, tomatoes, and the last of their sunflowers. On Sep. 17, pumpkin picking opens for the season, plus fun hayrides for family fun.The farm also offers some of the best ice cream around— scoops straight from Maple Valley Creamery. Plus, don’t forget to check out their amazing restaurant, The Farmer’s Porch.
Where: Tyngsboro | 37.5 miles from Downtown
When: PYO Hours Vary
Info: Apple, pumpkin and flower picking galore! There’s so much to choose from at Parlee Farms. Apples are available now, and pumpkins open mid-september (ideal for pies or doorstep decorations). Plus, check out the animal barn and Mary’s Country Kitchen, where you can grab an apple crisp!
Where: Bolton | 44.1 miles from Downtown
When: Mo-Su, 11am - 4pm
Info: Why not go apple-picking at a winery? Yes, you heard us right. McIntosh, Gala, and Honey Crisp are all available now. Plus, try their vino: there’s no better way to cap off a farm day than with a fruity wine tasting. You can also take a tour of the grounds and dine at The Vintner’s Knoll.
Where: South Natick | 19.4 miles from Downtown
When: Tu-Su, 10am - 4:30pm (last entrance)
Info: Make sure to be on the lookout for South Natick’s Lookout Farm. This week, they’ll offer the last of their asian pears as well as delicious Earligold and Macintosh apples. Head over soon if you want some yellow peaches: they’re nearing the very end of their peach season. Also, make sure to check out the brews and tunes at the farm’s restaurant—The Greenhouse — which serves country comfort food and yummy BBQ dishes after a long day in the orchard.
Where: Northampton | 104.9 miles from Downtown
When: We-Su, 8am - 6pm
Info: At Pie in the Sky, you’ll soon be weighed down by armloads of fresh-cut dahlias. You can make your own bouquet of reds, yellows, pinks, and purples!
Where: North Andover | 28 miles from Downtown Boston
When: Mo-Su, 7am - 6pm
Info: Enjoy activities such as hayrides and picnics after you pick your own apple, peaches, plums, blueberries, and/or sunflowers.