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Pick Your Own at Tougas Family Farm

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Looking to keep those kids occupied this summer? A place with healthy snacks, activities, somewhere they can run around, that’s all we really want right? Answer: put those kids to work and pick your own fruit!

We recently discovered Tougas Family Farm in Northborough, MA at the recommendation of a friend and we are loving it!

Pick Your Own at Tougas Family Farm

Best pals enjoy strawberry snacks in the field

Best Friend's Day at Tougas Family Farm

Tractor rides to and from the strawberries fields were enjoyed by kids and this pregnant mama.

Truth: we are spoiled. When it comes to places to Pick Your Own, the options in New England are pretty vast. We love our friend Emily’s farm in Westborough – Harvey’s Farm & Garden Center – for blueberry picking, their amazing CSA program, and super fun planting night events. Not to mention their amazing store for local artwork. For all things apple we trek out to Stow, MA at Honey Pot Hill Orchard.

While most do require a short drive outside the city, if you’re willing to go the distance, Tougas Family Farm offers a ton of varieties of fruit!

Fresh picked Strawberries

Pick Your Own at Tougas Family Farm

They literally have all the fruit. Strawberries, cherries, blueberries and the closer to fall fruits like peaches and apples. Here’s why we love them:

  • Well organized – lots of direction from staff members about how to pick, where to pick and how to store your fruit
  • Frequently updated social media with picking conditions
  • Playground, swing, and lots of kid fun
  • Animals – goats, llamas and sheep, oh my!
  • Snacks – the store has fresh picked fruit, jams, cider, apple butter, local business baked goods, and picnic tables to consume all your spoils.

And then of course there’s nap time in the car on the ride home. But that might just be a reason for me to love them.

Strawberry picking at Tougas Family Farm

Picking availability and hours vary depending on the day and conditions of the weather and fruit so definitely check before you go. We like to pack a lunch, usually something on the cooler side to beat the hot summer weather. This Beach Dreaming Grilled Pineapple Kale Salad is one of my favorites and travels really well. Plus you can always add some of your fresh picked fruit!

Once you get home with your tasty treats try one of these recipes to use all that delicious fresh, local fruit!

Red White & Blue Cheesecake Bars

Red White and Blue Cheesecake Bars are a delicious Patriotic sweet treat with fresh summer fruit, creamy filling and crispy gluten free crust.

Crisp + Cream Strawberry Brie Grilled Cheese

Strawberry Brie Grilled Cheese

Peach + Burrata Toasts

Peach & Burrata Toasts

Or just search for ‘fruit’ on the Hunger Thirst Play homepage!

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Kid friendly summer fun at Tougas Family Farm in Northborough Massachusetts. #pickyourown #localproduce #freshberries #summerfun #newenglandsummer #thingstodomassachusetts

 

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