Right now is the perfect time of year to go fruit picking in the Berkshires! A great way to spend quality time with the family, stock up the pantry and get ready time bake up a storm or just enjoy them fresh with a little whipped cream.
The area abounds with farms and PYO farms, a lovely mouthwatering way to take home a taste of the Berkshires not far from the 1896House and great Saturday or Sunday bit of fun in the sun.
A great tip to hold your fresh berries and keep them fresh a little longer. Mix 1 tea. white vinegar with 1 cup fresh water, rinse the berries briefly and pat dry. Store in the refrigerator in a glass container. The berries don’t pick up the vinegar flavor but kill the mold spores on the berries.
The Apple Barn & Country Bake Shop (20 minutes from the
Strawberries, blueberries, Fall red raspberries
Rt 7 South,
Pick Your Own, Weather Permitting; Everbearing Strawberries - Mid June until October; Blueberries - Early July - Early August; Red Raspberries - Mid August to late September. Open: Call for PYO hours and availability.
Lakeview Orchard (25 minutes from the
Sweet and Tart Cherries, Apples, plums, raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (Autumn, red), raspberries (black), Honey from hives on the farm, Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises)
Early July to October 31; Tuesday through Sunday 9 am to 5:30 pm; Columbus Day Monday.
Open: Monday to Friday, from 8am to 6pm; Saturday and Sunday, from 8am to 4pm. http://mountainviewfarm.org/
Apples, raspberries and flowers
575 Swamp Road, Richmond,
PYO, call for hours; Stand open 8-5pm, 7 days a week
Hilltop Orchard / Furnace Brook Winery (45 minutes from the
Open: Wed to Sunday, 9am to 5pm Labor Day until Columbus Day for PYO
Containers provided, children welcome, picnicking and free hayrides on weekends. View cider mill and offer hard cider. Year round stand and bakery
Kirchner's Farm (45 minutes from the
Blueberries and raspberries
Open: Mid July thru early September Call for appointment.
The Maple Connection/the Harvest Pride (45 minutes from the
Apples, maple syrup
Route 143, PO 565,
Crops are usually available in February, March, April, September, October, November. Open: year round please call ahead for times and crop we are picking and or boiling maple syrup; Please call ahead for PYO
Strawberry Acres Farm (45 minutes from the
Open: 9am to 5pm daily.