6 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.
- 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 8. There is a $15 bucket minimum for blueberry picking.
Hours: Mon.–Fri., 8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.; Sat., 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Call the farm for updates on availability before you go.
2. Rocky Point Farm
130 Rocky Point Ave., Warwick, 401-737-4017, rockypointblueberries.com
Pick-your-own blueberries at Rocky Point Farm opens on July 13 this year, so get there while they last! At a palatable price of $2.95 per pound, you’ll be back for more freshly grown berries throughout the whole season. Pickers are required to wear masks and groups should remain socially distanced. When paying, there should only be one adult from your party waiting in line. Additionally, washing stations will be available. heck 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 starts soon…. no official date has been set yet, however, the farm will check their fields on July 10 and provide and update. Head over to the Washington County farm for blueberries that may grow up to the size of a quarter. When picking, individuals should follow the directional signs that will be posted in each row of the fields to help with social distancing. Masks are required and one-time use containers will be used until further notice.
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. All customers should wear masks and follow social distancing guidelines while visiting the farm and market.
Hours: Daily, 9 a.m.–6 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 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 picker program. The price to pick blueberries is $3.75 per pound as a loyalty picker and $4.00 per pound for non-loyalty pickers. Individuals should wear masks and are asked to please take every berry they touch while picking. Those who are sampling berries should not be within six feet of another customer. A handwashing station is available for use before going into the fields.
Hours: Mon., Wed., Thurs. 8 a.m.– 7 p.m.; Fri.–Sun. 8 a.m.–5 p.m.