Pick Your Own
Saturday weather is looking iffy but here's what's picking on Sunday.
See below for current picking FAQs.
Will there be more picking dates available than what I see here?
Yes! we add more dates as we monitor fields and weather. Blueberry picking will go through July into August. Stay tuned as we release more picking dates in the upcoming days!
Do I have to pre-purchase tickets? Can I just show up to pick?
Pre-purchasing tickets is required at this time.
Do I need to wear a mask?
MDAR requires anyone in pick-your-own areas to wear a face covering. Masks are required at all times on Cider Hill Farm property until further notice. Per the CDC, children under 2 do not require (and recommend not to wear) masks. Please be extra mindful to increase hand washing and eliminate unnecessary touching where ever it may be possible.
May I bring my own picking container?
Personal picking containers are prohibited per MDAR requirements. Upon check-in, you will receive picking containers. Additional containers will be available for sale on the farm.
How long may I pick?
Stay and relax. Assume at least 1.5 hours for your picking experience.
Arrival - How to Check In
Follow Pick Your Own signage. Here, you will pick up your 1.) pre-purchased picking containers and wristbands 2.) retrieve your designated field assignment. When you arrive at your assigned field, an attendant on location will assign you specific rows. This allows for safe distancing + access to the best picking spot! Allow for 1.5 hours for your total picking experience.
Will pre-picked berries be in the farm store?
Absolutely. If you don't feel like picking, just head into the farm store.
I would like to pick large volumes of fruit. What are my options?
When you arrive, you may choose a larger picking container that holds large amounts.
Safety & Sanitation
If you are not feeling well, please stay home.
Follow all PYO signage and assigned picking locations
Per MA Bulletin 2020-16, pickers must keep your mask on at all times. Customers who do not have masks or cloth face coverings are not allowed to pick.
Wash your hands at wash stations prior to picking
Maintain social distancing space of at least six (6) feet from one another, or between family groups
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
Children must maintain proximity to family members and guardians while in PYO areas
Minimize any unnecessary touching - look for ripeness before you pick fruit (this is an important picking practice anyway :)
No sampling or consuming strawberries or other foods while picking strawberries
Strollers & Wagons
We encourage strollers that are suited for dirt roads. Minimal gray wagons will be available. Use DIY stations to sanitize each wagon between use.
Plan accordingly. The farm offers port-o-johns with wash stations. All port-o-johns will be space apart with sanitation guidelines posted.
All individuals over 3 years of age in PYO fields must have a ticket.
Additional picking containers will be available for purchase at picking location.
No outside picking containers allowed.
Keep personal items to a minimum including backpacks - diaper bags permitted.
Picking is rain or shine - wear those cute farm boots!