Strawberry Season! | Kids VT | Seven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice

Published June 16, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.


Picking berries at Last Resort Farm
  • Picking berries at Last Resort Farm
Blink and you'll miss Vermont’s short-but-sweet strawberry season. To get you and the little ones into the fields, we’ve complied a list of pick-your-own farms particularly suited for families. When heading out for your berry expedition, here are a few pointers to bear in mind:

  • Always call or visit the farm's website ahead of time to check time. Often, farms close for a few days if ripe berries are picked out, or for weather reasons. Most list relevant info on their answering machines or online.
  • Go early to beat the heat.
  • Bring cash or check. Not all farms accept plastic.
  • While many places offer boxes for collecting berries, bringing your own baskets or buckets is a smart idea. 
  • Bring a hat, apply sunscreen generously and don’t forget your water bottle!
  • Most importantly, enjoy the unique beauty of each farm and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Farmers love what they do and usually relish an opportunity to share their knowledge.
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Cedar Circle Farm & Education Center
encourages families to take their time and enjoy the sandbox, kid-friendly chickens and a self-guided farm tour. Enjoy lunch at the café or bring your own picnic fixings. 225 Pavillion Road, East Thetford. Info, 785-4737

River Berry Farm has offered organic vegetables and small fruit (including strawberries) for 23 years. 191 Goose Pond Road, Fairfax. Info, 849-6853



Last Resort Farm raises certified organic berries, with “toddler rows” perfect for small hands. 2246 Tyler Bridge Road, Monkton. Info, 453-2847

Sam Mazza’s You-Pick Berries is part of their 350-acre farm, which includes a retail market, bakery and greenhouses. 277 Lavigne Road, Colchester. Info, 655-3440

Hartshorn Farm features a maple sugarhouse in addition to berries. This vegetable and flower farm also offers educational summer camps. 54 Quarry Road, Waitsfield. Info, 496-3081

Charlotte Berry Farm has limited picking but welcomes families with wee ones in tow. 4702 Route 7, Charlotte. Info, 425-3652

This article was originally published in Seven Days' monthly parenting magazine, Kids VT.