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Life in Boston is always exciting (our never ending event lists should tell you that), but sometimes getting out of the city can provide relaxation and unique fun. We’ve rounded up some of the most interesting experiences happening this summer at farms around Boston and beyond, for when you need a dose of nature in your day.
When: Saturday and Sunday, August 20-21, 8:30am-4 p.m.
Where: Amesbury | 43.6 miles from Downtown
Info: For two weekends Cider Hill Farm is celebrating the heyday of the peach with live music, an outdoor cider bar, hayrides, food trucks, an enormous spectrum of peach treats, and the opportunity to pick your own of this summer fruit.
When: Saturday, August 20, 10 a.m.
Where: Newton | 12.5 miles from Downtown
Info: Learn about the process of keeping bees, the equipment required, and lots of fun facts about this special species during a beekeeping course. The hives at Newton Family Farm provide a scenic and stimulating setting for the workshop.
When: Saturday, August 27, 9:30 a.m.
Where: Lunenburg | 45.2 miles from Downtown
Info: Get your stretch on with the help of the lovable Alpacas at In the Meadow Farm. An instructor (and the alpacas) will lead you through a relaxing hour long yoga class, then you can snuggle with your furry new friends.
When: Late August
Where: Around Massachusetts
Info: Sunflower season is no joke in Massachusetts. Check out these farms when the flowers are in full bloom to capture that perfect Instagram photo and take in the breathtaking beauty of these seasonal blooms.
When: Saturday and Sunday, September 10-11, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Littleton | 38.8 miles from Downtown
Info: Head to the picturesque SpringDell Farm grounds to shop an extensive market of local crafters, creators, and artists, as well as antique dealers, wellness products, food vendors, and more.
When: Saturday, September 24, 6 p.m.
Where: Cohasset | 27.4 miles from Downtown
Info: This non-profit, organic farm is all about giving back. Proceeds go towards education, feeding the local community, and conservation. By attending Farm Fest, a party with live music, a chef-driven menu, and local liquors, you’re contributing to that mission too.
When: Thursday, September 29, 6 p.m.
Where: Ipswich | 30.3 miles from Downtown
Info: Perfect your apple pie in the culinary education center at this historic farm. Using locally sourced apples you’ll learn the ins and outs of making the crust and assembling the pie, then try the end product a la mode with the rest of your classmates.
When: Sunday, October 2, 11 a.m.
Where: Concord | 23.2 miles from Downtown
Info: Ring in the fall season with a Harvest Festival straight out of Gilmore Girls. Enjoy food, music, games, prizes, pumpkin patches, and a silent auction. Proceeds benefit Pumpkins for Pediatrics at Emerson Hospital.
When: Wednesday-Thursday, 4 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday, 12 p.m.-9 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Where: South Natick | 18.7 miles from Downtown
Info: The Greenhouse at Lookout Farm serves up BBQ dishes and comfort food classics, made from locally sourced ingredients of course, in a beautiful, natural setting. During your meal enjoy live music and beer and cider made on site.
When: July-October, Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Tyngsboro | 37.9 miles from Downtown
Info: Stroll through 2 acres of beautiful flower gardens and pick your own blooms for a one-of-a-kind bouquet. After you’ve cut your flowers (sheers and bucket provided), the farm staff will professionally wrap it up for you.
When: Saturday and Sunday year round, 11:30am-4pm
Where: Bolton | 43.8 miles from Downtown
Info: Each tour includes complimentary wine tasting and will guide you through the entire wine-making process from the pressing of the fruit to the bottling of Nashoba Valley Winery's wines.
When: Every Sunday, 1 p.m.
Where: Swansea | 55.7 miles from Downtown
Info: The Martin House Farm is a unique piece of New England history where you can catch a glimpse of what life and work would have been like on the farm in the 1800s. Tour the historic house and the grounds for a fascinating look into the past.
When: Every other Wednesday at 6 p.m. through 10/19
Where: Swansea | 48.7 miles from Downtown
Info: Show off your cool car at this bi-weekly car meetup at Simcock Farm. Enjoy the quiet evening hours on the farm and scout out the rides your fellow cruisers brought. A hot dog food truck will offer bites and ice cream sales on the farm benefit St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
Photo: Yoga with Alpacas at In The Meadow Farm.