7 Farms to Visit in Rhode Island for Pick-Your-Own Blueberries
The season for picking blueberries right from the bush has just begun.
If there is one tell-tale sign that summer is in full swing, it has got to be the cartons of ripe and juicy blueberries on roadside stands. Now that the season has officially begun, you can pick-your-own blueberries right from the field and incorporate them into pies, cobblers, muffins and more. Or, if you’re anything like us, pop ‘em in to your mouth straight from the blueberry bush.
- Dame Farm and Orchards
91B Brown Ave., Johnston, 401-949-3657, damefarmandorchards.com
Dame Farm and Orchards in Johnston is the work of seven generations of Dames and offers several types of produce for the picking. Their blueberry season will begin on Wednesday, July 10. There is a $15 bucket minimum for blueberry picking.
Hours: Mon.–Fri., 8:30 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Call the farm for updates on availability before you go.
2. Rocky Point Farm
130 Rocky Point Ave., Warwick, 401-732-6206, rockypointblueberries.com
Pick-your-own blueberries at Rocky Point Farm opened on July 8 this year, so get there while they last! At a palatable price of $2.85 per pound, you’ll be back for more freshly grown berries throughout the whole season. Check the website for directions on how to pick the blueberries or find recipes on how to incorporate them in to delicious dishes.
Hours: Daily, 7 a.m.–noon; Thurs. nights, 4–8 p.m. Check the Facebook page for updates.
- Smith’s Berry Farm
320 Shermantown Rd., Saunderstown, 401-295-7669, facebook.com
Smith’s Berry Farm’s blueberry picking season begins on Wednesday, July 10. Head over to the Washington County farm for blueberries that may grow up to the size of a quarter. Fuel up on your pickings and walk over to the farm’s paintball field for some post-pick-your-own, paintball competition.
Hours: Daily, 8 a.m.–1 p.m., but check the Facebook page for additional updates before you go.
- Sweet Berry Farm
915 Mitchell’s Ln., Middletown, 401-847-3912, sweetberryfarmri.com.
Sweet Berry Farm will open for pick-your-own blueberries in mid-July. However, cartons of pre-picked blueberries are for sale at their farm stand (along with a myriad of other goodies) for those who simply can’t wait. If you prefer to pick, savor breakfast or lunch before or after you comb through the blueberry bushes at the farm’s cafe.
Hours: Daily, 8 a.m.–7 p.m. Call the farm for updates on an exact date for opening day.
- Barden Family Orchard
56 Elmdale Rd., North Scituate, 401-934-1413, bardenfamilyorchard.com
Barden Family Orchard will be opening on July 27 for the season, but the blueberries will not be ready for picking until the first week of August. Don’t fret, however: their sister location, Harmony Farms, is already open for pick-your-own and is also conveniently located in North Scituate.
Hours: Mon.–Fri., 9 a.m.– 6 p.m.; Sat.–Sun., 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Call the farm for updates on an exact opening day.
- Harmony Farms
387 Saw Mill Rd., North Scituate, 401-934-0741, harmonyfarmsri.com
Harmony Farms has a delicious deal for berry lovers alike. Once you have picked ten pounds of berries from their fields, you qualify for their loyalty program. The price to pick blueberries is $3.50 per pound as a loyalty picker and $3.75 per pound for non-loyalty pickers.
Hours: Mon., Wed., Thurs. 8 a.m.– 7 p.m.; Fri.–Sat. 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
- Jaswell’s Farm
50 Swan Rd., Smithfield, 401-231-9043, jaswellsfarm.com
This northern Rhode Island family run farm is hoping to open its doors to pickers the weekend of July 13 and 14 depending on weather. Be sure to call the farm ahead of time to guarantee that the fields will be open for picking.
Hours: Daily, 8 a.m.– 5 p.m.