It’s nearing the end of CHERRY Picking Season & the start of BLUEBERRY PICKING SEASON! We have the best crop of cherries we have ever had! Dark Sweet, Blush and tart pie cherries all for picking. Cherry season is short and sweet , running late June to mid-July – don’t miss them. Blueberry Picking runs early July to mid-August. Please check our Picking Conditions page for daily picking information before visiting. Information on how to handle your strawberries and lots of great fruit and recipes.
Our barnyard, playground, and farm kitchen are family friendly activities all will enjoy. After apple picking, come visit the barnyard to see the goats climb their mountain of stone and then enjoy farm fresh homemade baked goods, ice cream, and apple cider donuts at the Tougas Farm Kitchen. Fun for the whole day, a perfect Massachusetts vacation & New England experience.
Strawberries are ready in June, but do you know when our Honeycrisp™ apples are ripe for picking? Check out our fruit seasons page and join our mailing list to see when our fruit crops are ready for you to come out to the farm to pick
CHERRY PICKING TIPS
Always check the Facebook feed or call the picking information line (508) 393-6406 for up to date picking information before coming out to the farm
1. Cherries ripen from the top of the tree down, the ripest cherries are at the top.
2. The first cherries to ripen are the largest cherries.
3. Look for the darkest burgundy color for ripest fruit (see color chart) for dark sweets, blush cherries should be 50% or more red with yellow/orange background. Take off the sunglasses to see the cherries real color.
4. Cherries get crispier with refrigeration.
5. For longest shelf life pick cherries with the stem on and refrigerate them.
6. Pick cherries like turning ON a light switch, lift the stem up until it gently releases from the branch. Do not pull the stem or clusters of fruit off the tree, it will damage the buds for next year’s crop.
7. We cover our cherries with rain tarps to prevent rain cracking. This means the cherries have a bit of dust and pollen on them because the rain does not rinse them off.
8. Sweet cherries are best for fresh eating, while tart cherries are great for processing – pies, juice, jams
9. Cherries are extremely healthy for you, but too much of a good thing has its side effects! Don’t OVER EAT in the cherries, it can cause upset stomach.
Please observe all rules for the benefit of all of our customers and our farm
Always check in at the PYO shed first to get picking locations and information. Please pick only in designated areas, which are carefully selected based on the ripening schedule of our fruit.
We provide picking containers for a small fee or you may bring your own, just have it weighed at our check-in before entering the field.
Wear appropriate clothing for the weather, don’t forget hats, sunscreen, and a bottle of water!
We recommend wearing close-toed shoes good for walking on uneven ground, as bees, hornets and yellow jackets may be present on fallen fruit.
If you drop any fruit on the ground, we ask that you please make every effort to pick it up and purchase it so that no fruit is wasted. Many labor-intensive hours go into the care of our crops.
Children must be accompanied by an adult, and must stay within arms reach at all times.
Please dispose of trash in proper receptacles
Please be considerate of all of our customers and observe our non-smoking policy.
Pets are not allowed on the farm due to health regulations
See our Recipe Book for more handling, processing, and strawberry recipes!