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Central Massachusetts/Sturbridge is filled with enticing pick your own (PYO) Farms

Red Apple Farm

455 Highland Avenue Phillipston, MA Phone: 800-628-4851

PYO Produce: Blueberries (mid-summer), apples (end of July through fall). Reservations required for PYO for blueberries, Sundays through Thursdays, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call farm to confirm picking conditions.
Hours: Farm store open daily year-round, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Sunday; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Also: Farm stand, farm animals, forest and field walking trails, hay rides, wagon rides, weekend barbecue in September and October, fresh cider, picnic pavilion, pies and dumplings, cheeses, ice cream. Events in include a Sunflower Fest on August 8, nature walks, Appleseed Country Fair on September 6, Thanksgiving Harvest Festival on November 21 and Country Roads Christmas on December 4, 5
Vandervalk Tree Farm

25 Lovell Street Mendon, MA Phone: 508-473-7418

PYO Produce: Blueberries in mid-summer and cut your own Christmas trees in December.
Seasons: Blueberries begin early July.
Hours: Blueberry picking, Wednesday and Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon.
Also:The farm has a winery, with indoor and outdoor places to sip fruit wines, and a Christmas Barn with holiday goods and decorations.
Westward Orchards Farm

178 Mass Avenue Harvard, MA Phone: 978-456-8363

PYO Produce: Pick your own blueberries starts in mid-July; pick your own apples from early September to mid-October. Wagon rides to PYO pumpkin patch September. 28-October 18, weekends only, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; apples are September 12-October 18, daily, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Hours: June through December; open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For PYO apples, open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Tuesdays.
reservations for PYO blueberries.
Also: As off summer 2020, the farm store is closed; farm offers online and curbside pickup only. During healthy times, this farms has a converted turn of the century dairy barn is filled with gourmet food, fresh fruits and vegetables, cider, cheeses, baked goods, lunch sandwiches and soups, as well as a wide selection of gifts.
Tougas Family Farm

234 Ball Street Northboro, MA Phone: 508-393-6406

PYO Produce and Seasons: Strawberries, early June to early July; cherries, late June to mid-July; blueberries, early July to late August; peaches and nectarines, early August to early September; blackberries, early August to early September; apples, late August through late October; pumpkins, mid-September through late October. Reservation for PYO blueberries
Hours: Call for hours, which vary with seasons
Also: Farm includes a bakery featuring fresh made fruit desserts, ice cream, and refreshments. Children's play area and barnyard animals.
Carlson Orchards

115 Oak Hill Road Harvard, MA Phone: 800-286-3916

PYO Produce and season: Blueberries, July and August; raspberries, August and September; nectarines, peaches, August and September; apples, August through October.
Hours: PYO, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily; cider barn, Thursday, Sunday, holiday Mondays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; retail store, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Also: Farm stand with apple cider, gourmet lemonade for sale, pre-picked produce.
Doe Orchards

327 Ayer Road, Route 110 and 111 Harvard, MA Phone: 978-772-4139

PYO Produce and Seasons: Berry picking begins the weekend after the Fourth of July and runs at least through mid-August. Call for specific days and hours. Apple picking begins Labor Day Weekend and runs daily through late October, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Christmas tree cutting begins Friday after Thanksgiving and continues on weekends from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. until sold out.
Hours: Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. starting Labor Day weekend, rain or shine (apples). Call after July 4 for blueberry hours
Also: Peaches are available at the farm stand from the middle of July until mid-September. Cider and honey and Christmas trees. Farm has 60 acres to wander and enjoy.
Covid information
Smolak Farms

315 South Bradford Street North Andover, MA Phone: 978-682-6332

PYO Produce: Strawberries (mid-June); raspberries (July to end of September or frost); sweet purple and tart red cherries (late June to end of July); blueberries (mid-July to late August); peaches (August to mid-September); plums (mid-August to mid-September); apples (September to end of October); pumpkins (mid-September-Oct. 31); Christmas trees (Thanksgiving to Christmas).
Hours: The farm stand is open 7 days a week, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call ahead to confirm picking days and hours.
Also: Farm stand with fresh produce, baked goods, lunch items, meals-to-go, cut flowers, cider donuts, pies and gingerbread houses, dining area, and free Wi-Fi. Petting barn with farm animals, family photos, seasonal festivals. Offering hop-on hayride tours, birthday parties, children’s events
Covid info.
Lanni Orchards

294 Chase Road, Route 13 Lunenburg, MA Phone: 978-582-6246

PYO Produce and Seasons: Strawberries (June); taspberries (July); blueberries (July); apples, start the end of August.. Varieties include MacIntosh, Cortlands, Macouns, Royal Gala, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Honey Crisp and Paula Reds. Pumpkins in the fall.
Hours: Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Also: Farm store with kale, herbs, greenhouse tomatoes, greenhouse cucumbers, Swiss chard, snap peas, rhubarb, strawberries. On sale in cold-weather months: fresh-baked pies, fudge, cider, soups, hot mulled cider
Reservations required.
Covid info.
George Hill Orchards

582 George Hill Road South Lancaster, MA Phone: 978-365-4331

PYO Produce and seasons: Blueberries (mid-July to mid-August), peaches (mid-July to late August), nectarines (late July to late August), apricots (mid-July), plums (mid July to early August), apples (mid-August to end of October), pumpkins (October)
Hours: Fall hours: Sunday, Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m to 6 p.m.; closed Mondays except Columbus Day
Call ahead for picking conditions. Picking hours: Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., but there are Extended self-serve hours, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., for those “good at reading instructions and understanding maps.”
Also: Cider donuts, home-baked pies and goodies, candy and caramel apples, pies, live music
Sholan Farms

1125 Pleasant Street Leominster, MA Phone: 978-840-3276

PYO Produce: Apples, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries
Season and Hours: August through November; daily; 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Also: Apple and berry picking.
Old Frog Pond Farm & Studio

38 Eldridge Road Harvard, MA Phone: 978-456-9616

PYO Produce: Fall raspberries and apples in late summer and autumn.
Hours: This self-serve farm stand is open, selling broccoli, beans, squash, cucumbers, blueberries, fresh eggs and honey. Pay in the box or on your phone with Venmo.