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Peach Picking

makonna Aug 6, 2008 08:17 AM

Any favorite spots? The season is starting and we think it might be fun to take the kids. We are in Arlington, but we willing to drive. It would be nice to have a nice bakery or food spot if it's a hike away.

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    chowmel RE: makonna Aug 6, 2008 06:22 PM

    Nashoba Valley Winery in Bolton is picking peaches.


    I haven't been but my daughters have gone both peach and apple picking there. Its a beautiful place, can picnic there I think, a restaurant (no idea about the food).

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      Lilibet RE: chowmel Aug 7, 2008 07:00 AM

      The food at J's at the Winery is very good. Everytime we've been there, everything they serve is fresh and bright. It's also a pleasant setting; the dining room is situated in an old farm house with views of the orchards. Right now they are offering a chilled Peach Soup at lunch and dinner. I also just read that they grow six different varieties of peaches. I'd say it'd be a place to think about visiting.

      Harp, good to see you back on the CH board. I have so missed reading your posts. You always have such an erudite way of expressing yourself!

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        Harp00n RE: Lilibet Aug 7, 2008 08:06 AM

        Troglodyte, luddite or what???

        Thanks Ms. Elizabeth!


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          Lilibet RE: Harp00n Aug 7, 2008 08:11 AM


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        eLizard RE: chowmel Aug 13, 2008 04:27 PM

        went to nashoba today...no peach picking or picking of any kind there or at any other local orchards.....hail ruined the picking. unfortunately, the website was not updated. so i tasted beer and wine instead.

      3. Harp00n RE: makonna Aug 6, 2008 07:21 PM

        This isn't peach picking per se, rather a great family-oriented festival/celebration of Bay State grown apples & peaches in Acushnet. This will be their 29th annual Apple/Peach Festival and will take place on Sept. 6th & 7th. Lots of home made fruit pies, cakes, etc. along with traditional Portuguese offering will be available. There is always entertainment as well. Here's a link to one of Louis' previous postings on the Festival. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/321119


        BTW, they grow white Georgia Peaches down on the South Coast, who knew?

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          maggie may RE: makonna Aug 7, 2008 12:19 PM

          Mohawk farms off rt 2 an the Coleraine border has what they call "three napkin peaches" and they truley do require several napkin to catch all the juices. The best I have ever had. Also the best maple sugar, apples etc.
          Near Shelburn Falls Bridge of Flowers with all sorts of restaurants ,glassblowing, odd rock formations etc. Great day out for the family.

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            dibbida RE: makonna Aug 9, 2008 10:57 AM

            Smolak farm in North Andover has peach picking and a festival I think at the end of August ( they have a website that has more info on it). They have an icecream stand with Treadwells Icecream, a bakery and small store , a small playground and farm animals. Our family loves going there.

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              emilief RE: makonna Aug 9, 2008 12:07 PM

              Lookout Farm in South Natick has peach picking now.

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                gltsoi RE: emilief Aug 13, 2008 07:33 AM

                Their U-pick hotline says that they are picking ginger gold apples and nectarine, but that peaches aren't ready yet. . .did you actually pick peaches?

              2. Aromatherapy RE: makonna Aug 9, 2008 07:23 PM

                I was at Red Apple Farm in Phillipston today and they have PYO peaches. I just bought a few pounds, they need a few days in the bag yet but I've enjoyed their peaches and nectarines over the past few years. They also have blueberries (bushes are loaded and should go another couple weeks, plenty of unripe ones at various stages) and some early apples (not Gravensteins yet though). They have a few baked goods but I've never tried them. A simpler experience than many places, especially this early. Not sure it's worth a special trek but if you're out there...

                1. hiddenboston RE: makonna Aug 10, 2008 03:43 PM

                  We went to Connors Farm on Route 35 in Danvers today, initially with the idea of picking peaches, but never made it past the blueberry bushes. We picked a bunch of blueberries and went back to the farmstand to check out the peaches that had already been picked. To be honest with you, they didn't look all that great.

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                    gyppielou RE: makonna Aug 10, 2008 06:11 PM

                    I think Wards in Sharon has peach picking available

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                      foodiefromfl RE: gyppielou Aug 11, 2008 02:13 PM

                      I believe Lookout Farms in Natick just started the U-Pick season and I'm pretty sure the have peaches. Haven't been picking yet, but bought some from the market and the peaches were yummy.

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                        marilees RE: foodiefromfl Aug 14, 2008 11:11 AM

                        From Boston Magazine today...

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                        tbiscaia RE: gyppielou Aug 13, 2008 04:37 PM

                        I stopped in at Ward's yesterday for corn and other veggies and asked about this, they said pick-your-own peaches has not yet begun and will probably start next week.

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