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Pick Your Own Strawberries

I'm looking for a good spot near Boston to pick my own strawberries. Does anyone have any recommendations for good P.Y.O. strawberry farms in the area?

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  1. Verrill Farm in Concord or Drumlin Farm in Lincoln. Both are well run. Verrill has started to harvest theirs (I bought some at their store yesterday and they are great), but I don't think Drumlin has yet.

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    1. re: Valyn

      i believe verrill's strawberry festival is next saturday, june 21.

      1. re: Valyn

        Drumlin Farms has a PYO fathers day event this sunday... Thought about taking the kids on the way to my fathers for strawberry shortcake. I just love the sun-warmed strawberries straight from the field.

        Drumlin also has PYO raspberries later in the season. It is one of the few places with golden raspberries - I came across these by accident one year and was astounded at how much better they were than the red raspberries. They made the fresh picked red raspberries taste like Driscolls winter raspberries. Very soft, however, and didn't travel very well.

        1. re: tdaaa

          Went to Drumlin farm yesterday for PYO, 5$/qt - still many unripe berries but plenty of nice, warm sweet ones to pick (and eat). Made jam last night, just delicious.

      2. Also- Boston Hill Farm on Rte 114 in North Andover. They also have ice cream and a small petting zoo. Not sure if they have started picking yet. Here is the link

        http://www.bostonhillfarm.com/

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        1. re: macca

          Noticed the PYO sign was up Friday afternoon- and the field was full of people picking strawberries.

        2. Boston Globe printed a long list of strawberry pickin' places yesterday.
          http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/food/...

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          1. re: shaebones

            Thank you -- That list is great! I just read that there's a Strawberry Dessert Festival going on in the area this week too. 'Tis the season!

          2. Parlee's, literally behind our home in Chelmsford, has picking going on now. Here's another comprehensive website:

            http://www.mass.gov/agr/massgrown/str...

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            1. re: Dinsdale45

              Love Parlees. I was talking to the owner one time and somehow Parlee's farm "tricked" their strawberry plants into producing well into the summer. Have you ever noticed that they are available when their corn is available? They are smaller and very sweet.

              1. re: mjg0725

                just checked the parlee site, and they're only allowing *very* restricted hours--8-10am today, for instance. it might be better to wait a week or so.

                1. re: autopi

                  They are open for the PYO hseason. I was there this evening at 5pm and there was about 25 people picking in the field. I bought a quart for $5.50, but PYO price is closer to $3.50/qt. They said they had about 250 people there today.

            2. I really like Sunshine Farms in Sherborn. It's not a very big place for picking strawberries, but it's in a nice, mostly rural area and not too far from Boston. We went last year and had a lot of fun picking there (and we got a LOT of strawberries--must have hit it just right).