When the pace of life in the city and suburbs starts to wear on you, sometimes the only cure is a dose of old-fashioned natural beauty. There’s something so satisfying and beautiful about learning where your food comes from, and seeing how people have been working the land in Massachusetts for hundreds of years. Check out this list of some of the most charming farms in the state.
1. Makepeace Farms, Wareham
This cranberry farm has recently opened restaurant and shop locations in Plymouth and Wareham. Stop by for organic coffee sourced from Uganda, delicious farm-grown cranberry products, and one of the best Thanksgiving sandwiches to be found anywhere.
2. Cider Hills Farm, Amesbury
Stop by this family-run farm and pick your own strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, peaches, plums, nectarines, pears, pumpkins and apples. Don't miss their fresh unpasteurized cider and warm cider donuts, which are available from May through November!
3. Davis Farm, Sterling
This seventh generation family-run animal farm encourages interaction with pets and livestock. They offer pony and hayrides, as well as a GIGANTIC corn stalk maze with over three miles of pathways and bridges.
4. Langwater Farm, North Easton
Langwater Farm grows an abundance of vegetables, fruits, flowers, herbs, berries and pumpkins using organic growing practices and methods. The farm's products are Certified as organic, and can be found at the farm's stand in Easton and farmer's markets in Easton and the Boston area. They also offer hayrides through their beautiful fields. Pro-tip: their Christmas tree farm (pictured above) is a really magical spots to pick up a holiday tree.
5. Waters Farm, Sutton
This hilltop farm boasts a pond view and 120 acres of lush, fertile land. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The farmhouse was built in 1757 and the farm staff do a great job of teaching visitors about rural farm life in the 19th century.
6. Hopestill Farm, Sherborn
Hopestill has been farmed since the mid-1600s and has been growing organic produce for decades. The farm offers a variety of fruits, vegetables, flowers, and herbs, and is also home to a "cut your own" organic Christmas tree farm.
7. Eastover Farm, Rochester
This is a great spot to pick your own pumpkins and blueberries. Their gorgeous barn is a feast for the eyes, as well.
8. Appleton Farms, Ipswich
This is a great place to bring the kids. They'll learn about cheese-making, where maple syrup comes from, how to milk a cow, and so much more. You can say hello to Jersey cows, goats, sheep, pigs and chickens before picnicking on their beautiful grounds. They also have a plentiful selection of fruits, vegetables, and other plants for sale.
9. Saltbox Farm, Concord
Started in the 1940s as a small, traditional family farm, Saltbox Farm now provides a variety of services. Offering full-service catering, a CSA program, and cooking classes, Saltbox is a unique blend of family tradition and modern culinary innovation. Grab a few bottles of their fresh honey for a sweet addition to any pantry.
10. Clarkdale Farms, Deerfield
Incredible fresh fruit is really the star at Clarkdale Farms. Their produce is award-winning and can be found in all sorts of delicious forms, such as jams, candy, pies, pastries, and fresh from the bough. A great place to pick your own fruits and stock up on mouth-watering homemade pantry goods.
11. Atkins Farms, Amherst
Atkins has been growing apples for over 100 years, and it shows. Their orchards are set against the scenic Holyoke mountains in the historic Pioneer Valley. Stop by their country food market for fresh flowers, produce, and delectable handmade apple cider donuts.
12. Sholan Farms, Leominster
This 169-acre farm mostly produces apples (over 20 varieties throughout the season) as well as blueberries and raspberries.
13. South Face Farm, Ashfield
This is the place to go for authentic Massachusetts maple syrup! They use their own maple trees and craft the sweet stuff according to traditional methods.
14. Kimball Farm, Carlisle
This place is packed with things to do. Besides serving up homemade ice cream that will haunt your dreams, they have a country store, outdoor grill, driving range, bumper boats, and a 36-hole mini-golf course. The country store is open year-round.