Strawberry Picking in the Greater Boston Area

Picked by us this morning

I have such wonderful childhood memories of June strawberry picking, and the truth is, there is nothing like the taste of a native strawberry that has just been picked.  Once you try it, you realize the out-of-state versions we get year round are just poor substitutes.

On this beautiful Saturday morning, my family just headed out for some strawberry picking of our own, at the Strawberry Festival at Land’s Sake farm in Weston.  The festival is over, but there’s still plenty of strawberry picking to be had.

Check out some of these places:

Belkin Lookout Farm. Lookout Lane. Natick.
It’s not cheap, since you have to pay for the train and for admission, but Belkin’s Lookout Farm definitely is more than just strawberry picking.

Connors Farm. 30 Valley Rd Rt 35. Danvers.

Kimball Fruit Farm. 184 Hollis Street. Pepperell.

Rogers Spring Hill Farm. 1269 Boston Road, Ward Hill. Haverhill.

Russell Orchards. 143 Argilla Road. Ipswich.

Sunshine Farm. 135 Kendall Ave. Framingham.
Come for the strawberry picking, but stay for the homemade ice cream.

Tangerini’s Spring Street Farm. 139 Spring Street. Millis.

Verrill Farm. 11 Wheeler Road. Concord. 978-369-4494.
Don’t miss the huge farm stand, with made-to-order sandwiches and delicious desserts.

Ward’s Berry Farm. 614 South Main Street. Sharon.

New England Pirate Faire

Gloucester’s Stage Fort Park will be transformed into “Pirate Island” for the story of “Felicity Dane and the Pirate Treasure.” This light-hearted adventure pits the spunky young heroine of the title against four of history’s most notorious pirates – Edward “Blackbeard” Teach, Anne Bonney, and the Barbossa Brothers – in a race for lost pirate booty.

The New England Pirate Faire features a daylong storyline full of action and comedy, interactive scenes that make the audience part of the show, food and refreshments, and the “Tortuga Marketplace,” where guests may purchase handcrafted wares ranging from clothing to jewelry to their very own pirate cutlass – all in a unique seaside setting that sets the perfect stage!

Dates: June 19-20 and 26-27

Times: 10am – 5pm (rain or shine)

Cost: $12 for adults; $10 for senior citizens, students, and military personnel (positive ID required!); and $8 for children age 12 and under

Parking: premium parking at Stage Fort Park – $15 per car.  Free on-street parking.

Web site: http://www.pastimesentertainment.com/PASTIMES/New_England_Pirate_Faire.html

Hardy Beach Party in Wellesley

Hardy Beach Party in Wellesley, MA

Date: Saturday, June 12th

Time: 10am-2pm

Description: Rides,food,games,prizes,dunk tank

Address: 293 Weston Road, Wellesley

Cost: Free, with fees for rides and games

Web site: www.hardyelementary.org

New England Road Trips: Mystic, Connecticut

This summer, I plan to write about a variety of destinations that are mere road trips away from Boston.  First up?  Mystic, Connecticut.

Located right off of Route 95 just past the Rhode Island border is Mystic, CT, home of Mystic Pizza.  There you’ll find loads of quaint shops in Old Mistick Village, and kid-friendly activities in Mystic Seaport and the Mystic Aquarium.

Want to save money?  Consider the Mystic Pass!  Here are the details!

  • adult $59, senior $55, child $45 (age 6-17), child 3-5 $23
  • With each ticket you get:
    1 admission to Mystic Seaport
    1 Planetarium Show
    1 admission to Mystic Aquarium
    1 Free Soda at Mystic Aquarium’s Penguins Cafe
    1 Aluminum reusable water bottle
  • Value is Over $250, Pass can also be applied to a membership if you want to keep coming back
  • Up to 15% off your stays (promos vary by hotel) at national chains, local inns and campsites with pass
  • Discounts and freebies at 25 local shops
  • Discounts at 5 additional area attractions: Florence Griswold Museum, The Dinosaur Place, Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, Essex Steam Train & Riverboat, Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center
  • Discounts at 10 local restaurants.

To learn more about Mystic, CT, visit the Mystic County Web site.

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