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Some Berry Good Local Pickin’

Jun 30, 2011 07:23AM ● By Casey McAnn

 

While the health benefits of berries are numerous, it’s their sweet, juicy goodness that makes them summertime favorites. Picking berries can add to the fun, and eastern Massachusetts abounds with places to pick your own, including organic options. Natural Awakenings rounded up some local favorites:
 
Belkin Family Lookout Farm, 89 Pleasant St. South, South Natick
One of the oldest working farms in America, Lookout has strawberries and other summer fruits, along with Rainier cherries in early July. They also offer lots of activities for kids. For more information, call 508-653-0653 or visit LookoutFarm.com.
 
Carver Hill Orchard, Brookside Ave., Stow
If growing conditions allow, Carver Hill will have strawberries, cherries, blueberries and raspberries this summer, along with ice cream treats to refresh pickers. For more information, call 978-897-6117 or visit CarverHill.com.
 
Honey Pot Hill Orchards, 144 Sudbury Rd., Stow
The blueberry-picking season at Honey Pot Hill Orchards begins in mid-July. Carry cash for payment. For more information, call 978-562-5666 or visit HoneyPotHill.com/index.php.
 
Land’s Sake Farm, 90 Wellesley St., Weston
This farm and environmental education center offers organically grown strawberries,
raspberries, and blueberries, along with vegetables, flowers, and a guided tree walk. For more information, call the Farm Stand line at 781-609-2456 or visit LandsSake.org/farm/farmstand.
 
Silferleaf Farm, 460 Strawberry Hill Rd., Concord
Organic raspberries are the specialty at Silferleaf, where cash is accepted for the berries. Before heading out, it’s good to check on availability by calling 978-369-3624 or emailing [email protected].
 
Sunshine Farm, 41 Kendall Ave., Sherborn
Raspberries, blueberries, ice cream, and peaches can be found at this third-generation New England family farm, along with fresh flower bouquets and sunflowers. For more information, call 508-655-5022 or visit SunshineFarmMa.com.
 
Wright-Locke Farm, 78 Ridge St., Winchester
Organically certified raspberries are available for picking in late summer and visitors are  welcome to stroll around the farm and its adjacent conservation properties year round. For more information, call 781-721-7128 or visit WLFarm.org.
 
There are several helpful websites for locating other “pick-your-own” berry farms in the area. Visit Mass.gov/agr/massgrown/map.htm, PickYourOwn.org/mass.htm or MassFarmStands.com to search by location.

 

 

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