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4 Sweet Spots for Berry Picking in Central Vermont

06/26/2017 05:59PM ● Published by Melanie Heisinger

Summer is here and Central Vermont is celebrating the bounty of blueberries, raspberries and strawberries. Here’s where to bring friends and family (or just go solo) to pick berries and make merry.
 

Fruitlands

More than 1,200 feet of neatly trellised raspberry rows, along with 100-plus blueberry bushes, make Fruitlands in Marshfield one of the best places for plucking. The owners also operate a bed & breakfast, and offer kayak rentals, turning Fruitlands into an all-around destination for summer fun.

500 Thistle Hill Road, Marshfield, (802) 426-3889 www.fruitlands.net

 
Hartshorn Farm

June’s Strawberry Festival gives way to an equally buoyant bash at the annual Blueberry Festival held each August at this Waitsfield educational organic farm, which also holds wellness retreats, camps, and more. Pick your own produce while learning about Vermont’s land, legacy, and animals.

54 Quarry Road, Waitsfield, www.hartshornfarm.com

 
Knoll Farm

This historic property in Fayston grows eight varieties of organic blueberries every July and August — two months that are also happily busy with farm dinners, retreats benefit concerts and workshops.

Don’t miss Blueberry Sundays, when warm cinnamon buns are served free to pickers.  

700 Bragg Farm Road, Fayston, (802) 496-5685, www.knollfarm.org

 


Random Gardens

From early July through early August, Steve and Sarah Gallagher open the door to their Random Gardens raspberry bounty; visitors will also find garlic, mushrooms, and mushroom logs to round out a delicious home-cooked, warm-weather meal.

1213 West County Road, Calais (802) 371-9808, randomgardens.com
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