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Picking fruit

chef poncho Aug 29, 2006 03:22 AM

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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    hargau RE: chef poncho Aug 29, 2006 11:33 AM

    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.



    1. MaineRed RE: chef poncho Aug 29, 2006 12:34 PM

      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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        hiddenboston RE: MaineRed Aug 29, 2006 01:08 PM

        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.

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        DoubleMan RE: chef poncho Aug 29, 2006 12:45 PM

        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).


        1. pamalamb RE: chef poncho Aug 29, 2006 01:30 PM

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


          1. Chris VR RE: chef poncho Aug 29, 2006 07:12 PM

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

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              HeatherT RE: chef poncho Aug 29, 2006 07:45 PM

              How about Nashoba Valley Winery?


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

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                DavisSquare RE: HeatherT Aug 29, 2006 07:56 PM

                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. finlero RE: chef poncho Aug 29, 2006 08:29 PM

                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.

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                  HeatherT RE: chef poncho Aug 29, 2006 08:29 PM

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

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                    chef poncho RE: chef poncho Aug 30, 2006 02:57 AM

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

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                      taxi RE: chef poncho Sep 3, 2006 12:46 AM

                      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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                        chef poncho RE: taxi Sep 26, 2006 05:38 AM

                        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.

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