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suzysue2 Jul 8, 2010 08:31 AM

I am looking for options for some pick-your-own berries locations so that my boyfriend's mother can teach us to make jam.

Raspberries would certainly be great, but I am open to other ideas as well, organic would be an even bigger bonus. Thank you in advance!

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  1. Ernie Diamond RE: suzysue2 Jul 8, 2010 09:04 AM

    Russell Orchards near Crane Beach in Ipswitch. I think that the timing is right for Black, Blue and Raspberries. Strawberries may be over. The farm is beautiful, lots to do, great scenery and great food nearby (Clam Box).

    Look them up online. They should have a picking schedule.

    Word of warning; if the greenhead flies are out en masse, it will be very very unpleasant.

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    Russell Orchards
    143 Argilla Rd, Ipswich, MA 01938

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      Gabatta RE: Ernie Diamond Jul 8, 2010 01:36 PM

      Russel Orchards is a good suggestion. You can find some more here http://www.pickyourown.org/mass.htm.

      The greenheads are not an issue at this time. This past weekend there were not enough on Crane's beach to be a nuisance, and they invade the beach to a much greater extent than the nearby interior lands where the orchard is located. If you are going this weekend, the greenheads shouldn't be a problem. That should start to change by next week at least at the beachfront.

      You will get great blue and raspberries at Russel now.

      I have don't think they designate themselves as organic, but I really wouldn't know. I don't pay much heed to the organic label as it doesn't always tell the true story and has become marketing jargon as much as anything. The link I provided does designate some locations as having 'organic practices'. Not to open a can of worms, but be wary of that label. Unless somewhere is certified organic (I believe the USDA 100% organic label is thought to be legit), you really don't know what you are getting, or how pervasive the organic practices are.

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        Bob Dobalina RE: Gabatta Jul 8, 2010 01:43 PM

        My ankles might disagree with you.

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      hargau RE: suzysue2 Jul 8, 2010 09:20 AM

      Doe Orchards in Harvard http://www.doeorchards.com/

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        keencook1 RE: suzysue2 Jul 8, 2010 11:41 AM

        Ward's Berry Farm in Sharon is picking both raspberries and blueberries. Their phone is 781-784-3600, and they're online, too.

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          chowmel RE: suzysue2 Jul 8, 2010 05:50 PM

          Monadnock Berries has blueberries, raspberries, currants and gooseberries. Its a beautiful place to pick with a fantastic view of Mt Monadnock. Parlee Farms has blueberries and raspberries but some comments on their facebook page sounds like they have some strict rules. Monadnock Berries is very relaxing and welcoming.

          http://www.monadnockberries.com/
          http://www.parleefarms.com/

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            dulce de leche RE: suzysue2 Jul 8, 2010 07:56 PM

            Definitely call ahead, though, as the fields can get picked out.

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              suzysue2 RE: suzysue2 Jul 11, 2010 03:19 PM

              Thanks for all the help, great suggestions, the jam turned out very well!

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