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.
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.
Do you want to meet the latest additions to the Zhu Zhu Pet family? Kung Zhu battle hamsters, little Zhu Zhu pets that get kung fu “powers”, are making their debut this summer, and they are traveling through the US. Catch them in Boston this July at the Revere Beach New England Sand Sculpting Festival.
Dates: July 16-18th
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.
Hardy Beach Party in Wellesley, MA
Date: Saturday, June 12th
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
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.