Friday, August 10, 2012

Now is a great time to go berry and apple picking picking!

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 Inn)
Strawberries, blueberries, Fall red raspberries
Rt 7 South, Bennington, VT 05201.
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 Inn)
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)
94 Old Cheshire Road, Lanesboro, MA 01237.
Early July to October 31; Tuesday through Sunday 9 am to 5:30 pm; Columbus Day Monday.

Mountain View Farm (25 minutes from the Inn)
Blueberries, strawberries
90 Old Cheshire Road, Lanesboro, MA 01225.
Open: Monday to Friday, from 8am to 6pm; Saturday and Sunday, from 8am to 4pm.

Bartlett's Orchard (45 minutes from the Inn)
Apples, raspberries and flowers 575 Swamp Road, Richmond, MA
PYO, call for hours; Stand open 8-5pm, 7 days a week

Hilltop Orchard / Furnace Brook Winery (45 minutes from the Inn)
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 Inn)
Blueberries and raspberries
131 Churchill Street, Pittsfield, MA.
Open: Mid July thru early September Call for appointment.

The Maple Connection/the Harvest Pride (45 minutes from the Inn)
Apples, maple syrup
Route 143, PO 565, Hinsdale, MA 01235
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 Inn)
370 Pittsfield Road, Hinsdale, MA 01235. Phone: 413-655-2672
Open: 9am to 5pm daily.