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While we’ve already had plenty of 90+ degree-days, we can now say that summer has officially begun in Massachusetts with the start of blueberry season. Every year we wait patiently (and then not so patiently!) for sweet, plump blueberries to hit the market and make their way into our kitchens. And thanks to this year’s cool, rainy June, the crop promises to be as bountiful as ever.

Did you know that more than 130 local farms harvest fresh blueberries on more than 600 acres each season? Families, restaurants, food producers, and everyone in between are lucky to enjoy an abundance of Massachusetts-grown fruit each summer. And we're thrilled to see blueberries starting to hit farm stands and farmers markets, with farms all across Massachusetts welcoming customers to pick their own blueberries straight from the source.

Berry picking is a quintessential New England activity, and a perfect way to enjoy one of the Commonwealth’s most popular native fruits. To find a nearby farm where you can go berry picking, check out this interactive map provided by the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources. Or, visit one of these pick-your-own locations and get picking today!

Carlson Orchards (Harvard) >> Cider Hill Farm (Amesbury) >> Green Meadows Farm (Hamilton) >> Russell Orchards & Winery (Ipswich) >> Tangerini’s Spring Street Farm (Millis) >> Ward’s Berry Farm (Sharon) >> Westward Orchards Farm Store (Harvard) >>