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Here in New England we tend to think about visiting area farms to pick fruit and vegetables in the fall when its apple picking season, but there’s also plenty to harvest during the summer months. We’ve just passed the cherry and strawberry picking month of June as well as spinach picking. But don’t despair; July brings blackberries, blueberries and peaches. Vegies are also plentiful now. Beans, broccoli, cabbage, cucumbers, eggplant, peas, peppers, tomatoes and potatoes are available, and if you go soon you may still be able to score some rhubarb and snap beans. Come the beginning of August sweet corn arrives along with fall raspberries, peaches and nectarines. By mid to late month you’ll be able to pick pears, collard greens,and okra.

Weather plays a major role in determining when fruits and vegetables will be ready for picking. Harvest times are approximate and you should check with the farm you want to visit regarding availability before heading there.

So now that you’ve decided what you want to pick, where can you go?If you’re looking to stay close to Boston then you’ll want to check out the farms in Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk counties. Here are some nearby farms:

  • Boston Hill Farm located in North Andover grows strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, peaches.
  • Brooksby Farm in Peabody has apples, blueberries, cherries, flowers, nectarines, pears, peaches, pumpkins, rhubarb, strawberries.
  • Cider Hill Farm located in Amesbury has apples, blueberries, strawberries and raspberries for picking.
  • Silferleaf Farm – located in Concord has raspberries
  • Wright-Locke Farm – located in Winchester will have raspberries in August

For more options check out the PYO website where you can find pick your own farms across the country. Make sure to call before heading out to any farm to confirm they have produce available for picking on that day. If you’re planning to bring your children or the family dog please confirm that dogs are welcome and that your children aren’t under the age they accept.

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