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U Pick Strawberry Recommendation?

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Hi all,

It's strawberry season! There's quite the list of farms at http://www.pickyourown.org/massbluera..., but I don't know where to start. Has anyone been strawberry picking this season? I'm looking for a recommendation for a good farm within 30-60 minutes from downtown Boston.

Thanks!

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  1. I have not been yet this season, but last year Verrill's in Concord was spectacular picking.

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    1. re: greenzebra

      I second Verrill Farm - last year was supposed to be a terrible year for strawberries, but we picked an entire flat in about half an hour, and the berries were amazing.

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      Verrill Farm
      11 Wheeler Rd, Concord, MA, MA 01742

      1. re: greenzebra

        Another vote for Verrill - it's our usual spot. You should call/check websites though for availability of crops before you go. And if greenzebra and sallyt liked the berries @ Verrill last year, you guys'll be delighted in any "normal" year - we thought that they were *terrible* last year. Despite being plentiful, they were watery and tasteless . . . wait'll you try them again! They'll knock your socks off. Happy pickin'!

        GG
        http://www.semisweetonline.com

      2. I'm going to throw in Smolak Farms, which has great pastries and donuts. Although last year we also went to Verrill.

        1. I usually go to Cider Hill in Amesbury (their Facebook page says they opened for U-pick yesterday at noon or so) which has the added benefit of freshly made cider donuts. I've picked great ones at Russell Orchards in Ipswich as well. This year we're going to try Connors Farm in Danvers, in recommendations from other hounds here.

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          Russell Orchards
          143 Argilla Rd, Ipswich, MA 01938

          1. Anyone know any good organic ones?

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            1. re: bee

              Cider Hill is IPM, I believe. Russell Orchards definitely is.

              http://theorganicfoodguide.com./farms... gives a listing of organic local farms.

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              Russell Orchards
              143 Argilla Rd, Ipswich, MA 01938

                1. re: gansu girl

                  Thanks. We went to Verrill today and they were the little sweet berries (my grandmother would have called them "jam berries"). It was quite busy even early.

                  1. re: bee

                    since I posted, I was at Verrill for a farm tour (w/my brownie troop - another story!) and Steve Verrill said it was a tough year for them for strawberries - surprise frost + some issue w/their irrigation system out there in the field means they're expecting far fewer berries this year. get 'em while they're hot!

                    GG
                    http://www.semisweetonline.com

              1. I love going to Sunshine Farm in Sherborn. It's low-key and quiet, and while it's not the biggest place, you can usually pick more than enough strawberries during the peak weekends.

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                Sunshine Farm
                41 Kendall Ave, Sherborn, MA

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                1. re: hiddenboston

                  I second Sunshine Farm in Sherborn. We go every year. Great ice cream when you're done too!

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                  Sunshine Farm
                  41 Kendall Ave, Sherborn, MA

                2. Just out of curiousity, what is the ballpark cost for a flat of PYO strawberries.
                  I'm thinking about making jam, but don't want to break the bank.
                  My CSA (red fire farms) has free PYO, but it's a much longer drive and I want to balance the time and gas costs vs somewhere closer.
                  Finally, has anyone gone to the strawberry festival at Verril?
                  I don't know whether I need to stay away to avoid crazy crowds..Am going with a 2 year old.

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                  1. re: cpingenot

                    A quart of PYO strawberries were $2.99 at Connors Farm, and there are 6 to a flat, I believe. They have a strawberry festival as well, June 19. http://www.connorsfarm.com/

                    1. re: cpingenot

                      We went last year to Verrill during the strawberry festival (with our 3 yo) - it was very busy, but we had no problem picking - we just avoided all of the crazy festival stuff (long lines for food, long lines for pony rides, etc).

                      1. re: cpingenot

                        I picked them last weekend at Sunshine Farm, a little small but sweet, 2.50 a pound about 2 lbs/quart. This weekend is their strawberry festival also. http://www.sunshinefarmma.com

                      2. If you are south of the city, there is Wards in Sharon.

                        For all the places mentioned, I would call before I go.

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                        1. re: okra

                          Lookout Farms in Natick has some beautiful strawberries this year.

                        2. Parlee's Farm in Tyngsboro was awesome today, and had homemade, fresh, warm strawberry donuts too.
                          http://parleefarms.com/

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                          Parlee's Farm
                          133 Pine Hill Rd, Chelmsford, MA

                          1. We returned to Sunshine Farm in Sherborn yesterday, picking strawberries in the drizzle. They had a good amount of strawberries and we were about the only ones there.

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                            Sunshine Farm
                            41 Kendall Ave, Sherborn, MA

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                            1. re: hiddenboston

                              Was at Verrill for lunch today. June 19th is the U pick strawberry festival.

                            2. Went to CN Smith in East Bridgewater on Saturday and picked a couple pounds. They were fantastic....