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Hello,

I am planning on setting off tomorrow morning for some pick-my-own action. I picked blueberries a few weeks ago and was disappointed with how sour they were where I went - not sure if it was the farm or just a seasonal thing - but I'm hoping to avoid that tomorrow. Has anyone been pickin' in the past few days, or does anyone have a standby favorite that they definitely vouch for? I'll pick anything, though raspberries would be a highlight, as would figs. Coming from Somerville, willing to drive about an hour each way... Extra points awarded for being reasonably priced or having deals for bulk purchases...

Thanks!

jeda

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  1. Raspberries are out of season, and blueberries are just about gone now. The berries are at peak in early August. Apple and peach picking would be good bets right now. I am off to Carver Hill Farm today. Will report back on the quality.

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    1. re: smtucker

      Fall raspberries are actually just starting, so there's time for them still. The Big Apple in Wrentham has pick your own raspberries and blueberries, and of course, apples, but they're always so limited on the PYO apples. Also, Ward's Berry Farm in Sharon also has PYO still. I'd call ahead though and just flat out ask them if the berries are on the sweet side or not. I think that maybe your were bumping into a varietal problem, rather than a growing problem, but maybe not.

    2. I stand corrected. The Small Farm in Stow is doing self-pick raspberries this week. $4 a pint if you buy pre-picked. I got this by word-of-mouth so you might want to call before heading out there.

      http://www.small-farm.org/index.html

      1. I picked my own raspberries and blueberries at Cider Hill Farm in Amesbury very recently and think they probably still have raspberries, though their blueberries were looking a bit thin - still delicious though! We also got peaches which are fantastic as well as some sort of ripe apples. They could use another week though.

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        1. re: gini

          we went to cider hill farm last weekend; we got blueberries, raspberries, peaches and a handful of necatrines and apples. we only got a few apples--the gingergold variety. i thought these were totally spectacular. peaches & necatrines (didn't note variety) were plentiful. raspberries were just coming in, so this weekend would probably be a good weekend for them. blueberries were hard to find, but the ones we did find were small and super-sweet. but there was a blueberry patch close to the raspberries which we didn't discover until later which (as of last weekend) had loads of berries. the folks in the shop didn't mention this patch so i don't know if it was closed to picking or what.

          we are also in somerville and cider hill farms is about an hour or so.

        2. Smolak farms in North Andover is advertising PYO peaches, fall raspberries, tomatoes and apples. Got some peaches there last week ( did not do PYO), and they were good. MY SIL told me it is great to go with kids, too- they have a playground, some animals, a pond and an ice cream stand. Here is the link:

          http://www.smolakfarms.com/crop.html

          1. When I went this time 2 years ago, blueberries and raspberries were available but definitely not at their best. Not sure if this is the end of their season, or the harvest that year. Apples are starting, but really don't come into their peak until end of the month to early-mid October, so I'd recommend holding off on apples unless you just want to have fun and the experience of picking apples. Some orchards will also start to have pears and I've always found those to be fantastic.

            1. Thanks to everyone for writing! I am sorry I wasn't able to post a report until now. We ended up going to Cider Hill Farm in Amesbury, which was awesome and definitely will be my new go-to PYO spot! It was a beautiful day and an idyllic farm. We picked 50 pounds of fruit - 19 pounds of peaches and nectarines, 25 pounds of apples (half pie, half eating), and 5 pounds of blueberries and raspberries. Even though the employees said there weren't many blueberries, we still managed to pick over 2.5 pounds in probably less than or around 30 minutes (time flies when you're picking berries and eating half of them...). Note: we did pick these from the patch near the raspberries. These blueberries were so delicious and much sweeter than the berries I picked a few weeks ago- leading me to believe it was a varietal issue at the other farm. The raspberries were PLENTIFUL and big and juicy and sweet and delicious. They had several patches, and the vines had outgrown their trellises due to the rainy summer, so there were tons to be picked. The peaches were also plentiful, and I have already made a cobbler... jam is on the horizon. The apples were good - we picked Ginger Gold and about seven other varieties. Also delicious: the apple cider doughnuts. Thanks, Chowhounders! I will be back a bit later in the fall for more apples and a hay ride!

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              1. re: Jeda

                oh yeah, forgot about their cider doughnuts--we got some fresh & piping hot and man were they good! they also have unpasteurized cider (which you can buy by the cup) which tasted like really fresh crisp apple juice to me.

                actually wanted to ask--your original post mentioned picking figs. is there anywhere nearby where you can do that? because that would be awesome.

                1. re: autopi

                  Hi autopi,

                  The home page of the pick your own massachusetts site said there were figs to be had: http://www.pickyourown.org/mass.htm but when I tried to find farms that said they had figs, I came up empty on the you pick front. This place: http://www.farmfresh.org/food/farm.ph..., Agraria Farm in Rehoboth, says they specialize in soft fruits like figs. You could try giving them a call? Report back!

                2. re: Jeda

                  Sounds lovely. We may have to go this weekend! Can you remember what they are charging for apples, raspberries, and peaches?

                  1. re: DavisSquare

                    As I recall... apples were $1.60/lb, peaches were $2/lb, blueberries $2.50 and raspberries, $4.95. I would definitely recommend making a trip this weekend. We ate lunch after in town at a cafe with dog in the title - I had a surprisingly good falafel!

                3. wow, great thread! someone at my office had mentioned the belkin family farm in natick, and i have to say i was a little surprised to read on their website that they charge $15/person admission for PYO. is that typical in this area?

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                  1. re: lettezilla

                    No, admission fees are not typical. They have a huge train that takes you out into the orchard which is nice for the kids. That and the locale to Boston allows them to get this rate. Then they charge $2.50/lb for the fruit.

                    You can do much better (~$25 per 1/2 bushel). Drive a bit furthur and go out on the 495 belt in Havard or Bolton.

                    1. re: mjg0725

                      great, that's good to know. no kids, so don't need the train, and some of the places mentioned on this thread sound better anyway. will report back once we go!