The summer of 2016 was unseasonably dry and unfortunately tough on our local farms. That’s why it is more important than ever that we head out and enjoy all that they have to offer! Here is a round-up of some of our great farms in our area. Be sure to visit their websites for a complete list of seasonal festivals and activities.
Tendercrop Farm: Fresh produce, baked goods, meats, poultry and gorgeous seasonal flowers make Tendercrop Farm a favorite. There is even a small petting zoo area where kids can feed and interact with animals. Pumpkins and mums will soon be in for Fall! Locations in Newbury, Dover and Wenham. Tendercrop Farm, 108 High Road, Newbury, MA. http://www.tendercropfarm.com/
Cider Hill Farm: Apple picking season is underway! Walk through the orchards, enjoy a hayride and visit the Farm Store. Cider Hill farm is famous for their fabulous cider donuts, and their bakery is full of other amazing treats. Bring a picnic or visit the concession stand (open on weekends) to make it a day at the farm! 45 Fern Avenue, Amesbury MA http://www.ciderhill.com/
Spencer Peirce Little Farm: The Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm is a Colonial American farm located in the midst of 231 acres of open land bordering the Merrimack River and Plum Island Sound. They have wonderful vintage baseball games and food festivals in the summer and fall for visitors. Check the calendar at: http://www.historicnewengland.org/ for more information about events and visiting the farm. 5 Little's Lane, Newbury, MA.
Smolak Farm: An ice cream stand, a bakery, a candy apple maker, tractor rides and even farm supplied picnics can be enjoyed at this scenic New England farm. There is apple picking currently underway and educational tours of the farm are scheduled regularly (learn about planting, harvesting and even bees.) They also offer birthday parties. 315 South Bradford Street, North Andover, MA http://www.smolakfarms.com/
Applecrest Farm: This farm is the oldest continually operated orchard in America! They have wonderful Harvest Festivals in September and October with hayrides and music. Don’t miss the delicious Farm Bistro restaurant on-site serving lunch and dinner for the ultimate farm-to-table experience. 133 Exeter Road, Hampton Falls, NH http://www.applecrest.com/