Q&A: Local Strawberries

QUESTION AND ANSWERS

Ed Stockman's Summit Farm in Plainfield, MA is a favorite PYO strawberry spot for families living in the Hilltowns. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

It’s Strawberry Season! Share your secret pick-your-own spot to go to with the kids, or favorite farm stand for stocking up on these delicious red jewels!  Here are a few recommendations from families in the area:

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  • Sylva Menard writes: Still looking for organic pick-your-own in the area! All searches are turning up fruitless!!
  • Mark Pollard writes: There’s a great organic berry place in Plainfield- u-pick strawberries, raspberries, blueberries. They come into season a little later up here. It’s called Summit Farm and run by Ed Stockman. Call to see when things are available.
  • Robin Sidel writes: Upingil Farm!
  • Amanda Florek writes: Sadowsky farms in Granby on Rt 202.  We went this weekend and there were lots and lots of strawberries!
  • Kosse Feral writes: Our own farm is my favorite spot. 68 acres, all organic. We’re in Westfield if anyone’s interested.
  • Bobbi Tassone writes: Mountain View Farm in Lanesboro, MA – at least I think that’s the right name!!
  • Dana Pilson writes: If you’re ever up in Southwestern VT, Darling Farm, at the end of Palmer Road, has organic strawberries. Mighty Food Farm sells organic strawberries at the Bennington Farmer’s Market, and they are delicious! The Apple Barn in Bennington has pick-your-own, but they’re not organic.
  • Jody Hadden writes: Lakeview in Lanesboro always has wonderful strawberries to pick!!

Still looking for places to pick strawberries with the kids in Western Mass? Check out CISA’s 2010 Locally Grown: Farm Products Guide.

10 Comments

  1. June 4, 2012 at 9:38 am

    The CISA FArm Products Guide for 2012 is at: http://www.buylocalfood.org/upload/resource/FPG2012.pdf

  2. CD said,

    June 13, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    Please tell me where the Westfield farm is… we’re seriously lacking on farms over here on this side of the hilltowns (Russell, etc.)!

  3. Diane Kanzler said,

    June 11, 2011 at 10:51 am

    Just spent the morning at Upinngil Farm’s berry field on Main Road in Gill. I’ve been picking there for nine years, and this is the best berry harvest opening weekend I’ve ever seen. Strawberries are $2/pound you-pick. Website for Upinngil, including up-to-date picking status:
    http://www.upinngil.com/
    They also Tweet picking status updates, apparently.

  4. Jackie Dolby said,

    June 10, 2011 at 5:14 am

    @ Kosse – I am very interested in the location of your farm in Westfield. I live in Blandford and have been looking for somewhere close. I usually go to Mountain view in LANESBOROUGH and it’s a great place but a long drive for strawberries! Thanks!!

  5. June 25, 2010 at 7:21 am

    Place in the Berkshires for berry picking:

    Green River Farm, Williamstown (413) 458-2470
    Ioka Valley Farm, Hancock (413) 738-5915
    Lakeview Orchard, Lanesboro (413) 448-6009
    Noble’s Tweenbrook Farm, Pittsfield (413) 443-2210
    Windy Hill Farm, Great Barrington (413) 298-3217

  6. June 23, 2010 at 6:30 am

    Here’s a list of NOFA farms which are currently selling fresh ORGANIC strawberries:

    http://hilltownfamilies.wordpress.com/2009/06/10/cisa-7/#comment-31010

  7. June 15, 2010 at 4:53 am

    Erin – We’re waiting for Kosse Feral to clue us in to the location. Will share address/contact once/if we get a response.

    The great news is there is an organic PYO patch in the Hilltowns! Thank you Amy for posting info about Leaping Frog Farm!

  8. June 14, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    Where in Westfield is the Organic Strawberry Picking?

  9. Amy Cullen said,

    June 12, 2010 at 9:52 am

    Leaping frog farm in Buckland on Depot rd. has organic pick your own strawberries. Mark Benjamin plants varieties for
    taste rather than size. Picking is best during the beginning of the harvest
    season, so that means now. Prices for a PYO quart are $4.50.

  10. marianne said,

    June 12, 2010 at 7:11 am

    Uppingils are tasty this year!


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