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Picking fruit

Anyone have a recommendation for a fruit picking place? I recently went to the look out farm in, of all places, Natick. It wasn't bad, especially if you take the kids to the petting zoo. I used to go to Alyson's Apple Orchard in Walpole, NH and it was the best experience. Any new farms that I haven't found yet out there?

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  1. In Harvard there are many nice places to pick your own apples, also blueberries , raspberries, peaches, necterines, pumpkins when in season.
    Carlton Orchards and Westward Orchards are the big ones but there are several smaller ones as well.

    http://www.westwardorchards.com/upick...

    http://www.carlsonorchards.com/

    1. Honeypot Hill Farms, Stowe is pretty nice, as is Carlson. Also
      Parlee Farms has a great animal petting zoo, ice cream stand and PYO up in Tyngsboro

      The best listing: http://www.pickyourown.org/mass.htm

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      1. re: MaineRed

        Oh yeah, Honeypot is my new favorite. We used to go to Kimball Farms in Pepperell for years (great views of the mountains from there), but Honeypot is the only place we go now.

      2. I've always loved Goodale Orchards (now Russell Family Farms) in Ipswich. They've managed to keep it from getting too commercialized, which is a problem for all the good farms.

        They have a great selection of apples, a nice petting zoo area, and the best cider donuts I've had (incredibly greasy and delicious).

        http://www.goodaleorchards.com/

        1. I'll second Parlee Farms. They're very easy to get to and have great variety. And the goat ramp is worth the trip!

          www.parleefarm.com

          1. I've picked apples at Brooksby Farm in Peabody and plan to pick peaches there this week.

            1. How about Nashoba Valley Winery?

              http://www.nashobawinery.com/

              Right now the peaches are ready, you can take winery tours, and they have festivals for the whole family.

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              1. re: HeatherT

                Great for apple picking as they have lots of heirloom varieties. DO NOT drink the fruit wines, though, they're really awful. When we took the tour, all three of us had to sneak out the side door after a single sip to dump our free samples. The remaining samples were as bad or worse.

              2. In the same general vicinity as Alyson's, Harlowe's Sugar House near Putney, VT has easily the best blueberry "patch" (kind of an understatement) I've seen around. As of last weekend, pyo were at $1.75/lb.

                They also have strawberries, raspberries, and apples.

                1. Maybe it's a matter of opinion. I love the Chrysleton and their dry blueberry wine - and the perry (pear cider).

                  1. Awesome. Hopefully we'll have some sun this weekend to enjoy some of the suggestions.

                    1. I picked blueberries at Blueberry Bay farm in Stratham, NH recently. They have other stuff, also. Plus, you can also pick flowers and make your own arrangement.

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                      1. re: taxi

                        Cool, I'll try it out. Maybe my daughter and I will make Blueberry Ice cream. I've grown tired of telling her you can't make it out of ketchup.