2024 Worcester County, Massachusetts Plum U-Pick Farms and Orchards - PickYourOwn.org
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Plum U-Pick Orchards in Worcester County, Massachusetts in 2024, by county
Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for plums that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have plums orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!
Remember to always check with the farm's own website or Facebook page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with the farm directly before you go! If I cannot reach them, I DON'T GO!
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George Hill Orchards, Inc - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, apples, blackberries, blueberries, grapes, nectarines, peaches, plums, pumpkins, rhubarb, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, face painting, pony rides, petting zoo, farm animals, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties, school tours, events at your location (call for info) 582 George Hill Road, South Lancaster, MA 1561. Phone: 978-365-4331. Open: Check our website for PYO harvest conditions and hours. Directions: From Route 495, take exit 27 \(Bolton Stowe\). Take Route 117 \(west\) and drive 5.5 miles. Turn left onto Langen Road and drive 1.7 miles. Turn right onto George Hill Road. George Hill Orchards is up the hill on the left side. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover. . Alternate Phone: 800-699-4331. Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. From Route 495, take exit 27 (Bolton/ Stowe). Take Route 117 (west) and drive 5.5 miles. Turn left onto Langen Road and drive 1.7 miles. Turn right onto George Hill Road. George Hill Orchards is up the hill on the left side. Check out our website for upcoming festivals, activities and harvest dates. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. (UPDATED: April 26, 2022, JBS) Comments from a visitor on September 02, 2011: (positive) "This is the most amazing fall family experience! They have awesome parking (not far away from everything like some orchards). You take a hayride (free) out to the orchards, and it's a really pretty ride. You get off at whatever spot you want and then just wait when you're done for a wagon to come by. We went all the way to the Fram House Grille, where there was a band playing outside and people were sitting at picnic tables. Inside, the Grille is decorated like an outdoor farm (very kid friendly). My only complaint is that it was kind of dark inside. There are nice clean indoor bathrooms there! The food is really good and cheap too! We actually were able to eat a whole meal, and my son colored at the kids table with provided pages and crayons while we chatted. The macintosh apples were right there next to the Grille, so we picked our apples and headed back on the wagon. We of course stopped at their gift shop and discovered homemade cider and hot apple cider donuts (again, really resonably priced). Every staff person was friendly and seemed happy to be there. This was our first trip to this orchard but we will be back every year now!!"
Nashoba Valley Winery - apples, peaches, plums 100 Wattaquadoc Hill Road, Bolton, MA . Phone: 978-779-5521. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Open: daily from 10am to 5pm during harvest season. Directions: Exit 27 off Route 495, take Route 117 West l mile to blinking light, then left one half mile on left. . Click here for a map and directions. . Call for calendar of special events. All containers provided. Large groups by appointment, wine tours and tastings on Saturdays and Sundays. Comments from a visitor: " no longer offers strawberry picking"
Tougas Family Farm - Apples, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, flowers, nectarines, peaches, plums, pumpkins, raspberries, rhubarb, winter squash, strawberries, pumpkin patch-pick in the field, pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field and prepicked produce, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, tractor-pulled hay rides, wagon rides, face painting, petting zoo 246 Ball Street, Northboro, MA 1532. Phone: 508-393-6406. Email: email@example.com. Open: From May through Halloween, Hours vary by season; Always call or check picking conditions on our web site. Directions: From I290 take exit #24 \(Church St\), turn towards Bolyston, follow signs up Ball St 1.5 miles . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover. . picking stand: 508-393-6470. Fax: 508 393 1834. . From I290 take exit #24 (Church St), turn towards Bolyston, follow signs up Ball St 1.5 miles Click here for picking updates. We have been declared a "Family Friendly" business, in addition to fruit to pick we operate a farm kitchen which features fresh fruit desserts, ice cream, baked goods and light lunch. Barnyard animals and a "Farmyard" playground keep the kids happy.Note: visitors (September 22, 2008) reported that there are purchase requirements in order to enter the orchards. Be sure to verify their website (see this page) for the costs and current picking conditions. For photos and a blog from one visitor to the farm, see this page. Comments from a visitor on October 11, 2010: (neutral) "Yes, this farm is well run and has everything--animals, hay/wagon rides, food, and good PYO fruit, however, it will be a long time before I go back, especially for apples. It is SO crowded, the lines are ridiculously long, and the prices are sky-high. If you want to take your kids, they each have to get a tote or tray (applies or strawberries) for a flat rate; you could easily drop 50 bucks, and you feel like you're at a theme park, not the country. Choose one of the smaller, less popular farms if you want a lovely, reasonably priced PYO experience." Comments from a visitor on August 23, 2010: (positive) "We love to visit pick your own farms. I have been going to Tougas since I was a kid and take my son several times a year. We love to pick strawberries, cherries, and peaches and enjoy their cider donuts and playground. They are very kid friendly but do get extremely busy on weekends particularly in the fall.
Plum Picking Tips, Recipes and Information
the U.S., Plums typically peak during July for Sugar Plums; August for Blue, Yellow and Red Plums. In order to produce good local
depend on ideal spring and early summer weather conditions, and no late frosts.
If you are looking for a plum
festival, see this page.
Before you leave to go to the farm:
Always call before you go to the farm - Plums are affected by weather
(both rain and cooler temperature) more than most crops. And when they are
in season, a large turnout can pick a field clean before noon, so CALL
early. On weekends, then fields may be picked clean by NOON!
Some growers furnish picking containers designed for plums, but they may
charge you for them; be sure to call before you go to see if you need to
If you use your own containers, remember that heaping Plums more than 14
inches deep will bruise the fruit on the bottom.
Plastic dishpans, metal oven pans with 3 inch tall sides and large
pots make good containers.
something to drink and a few snacks; you'd be surprised how you can work up
a thirst and appetite! And don't forget hats and sunscreen for the sun. Bugs
usually aren't a problem, but some deet might be good to bring along if it
has been rainy.
You might want to ask whether the plums are! There are two major types of
plums: "Freestone" and. "Clingstone". Freestone plums
have flesh that slips easily away from the pit. Clingstones are a REAL pain,
because the fruit tenaciously clings to the stone or pit! Most plum
varieties grown today are freestone and are usually available (depending
upon your location) from June through September. Some nectarines are
freestone and some are clingstone. Freestone nectarines are available in
June and July. Most plum varieties are clingstone.
Tips on How to Pick Plums
plum is softer than most fruit, so it is important to pick a plum gently, with
little pressure. Using the sides of your fingers rather your fingertips helps to
avoid bruising. Grab the plum firmly and pull it straight off the branch.
DON'T drop the plum into the basket, but set it in gently!
2019 Orchard Plum Pricing:
Average price is
How to tell if the plums are ripe!
Attached to the tree: Plums are best picked when the fruit
separates easily from the twigs. If it is hard to pull off the tree, it
isn't ripe! Plums will not ripen further once removed from the tree (they
Color: Green is definitely unripe, but you can't use red color as
an indicator of how ripe a plum is. Different plum varieties have
differing colors, darker is usually better in any variety. Pick them when the
ground color changes from green to yellow, orange, red or even blue or
purple (or a combination).
Softness: unless you
like your plums very firm, pick your plums with just a little "give"
when gently pressed. Plums at this stage are great for eating, freezing,
and baking. Plums won't ripen very much after picking!
Odor: It should smell sweet and ripe!
Larger plums are riper.
Sugar plums grow in clusters, so carefully select the plum you
want out of the cluster.
Place them gently in a shallow wide container, no more than
8-inches deep, to avoid
crushing the fruit.
Marks on the Plums: Bugs (particularly squash bugs and stink bugs)
bite fruit during development and this results in some imperfections in the
plum. This is especially the case with organically raised fruit. These
look like dents in the plums if the plums were bitten by a bug when they
were young. This causes a spot that does not grow properly and makes a wrinkle
in the plum. There's nothing wrong with these plums. They may look funny, but
they will taste just as good as blemish-free plums, and it's better not to
have the pesticides!
When you get home
Spread the fruit out on towels or newspapers and separate any mushy or
damaged fruit to use immediately.
Put a couple of days supply into the fridge, wash and cut the others and
freeze them up!
Even under ideal conditions plums will only keep for a week in a
refrigerator, so for best flavor and texture, use them as soon as possible
It's best to remove plum pits before you cook the plums. Cherry, plum,
and apricot pits also contain amygdalin; the latter two, in potentially harmful
amounts. Fortunately, plum and apricot pits are sufficiently large and hard
that few people intentionally swallow or chew them. (The unapproved anti-cancer
Laetrile is a semisynthetic derivative of amygdalin; a cheaper version of
laetrile produced in Mexico came from crushed apricot pits.)
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plums are virtually fat free. A medium size plum contains less than
one gram of fat.
plums are naturally sodium free.
plums have no cholesterol.
plums are a low calorie snack. A medium size plum contains only 40
plums contain vitamin A which helps us see in dim light.
plums are considered a good source of fiber. The skin of a plum
provides both roughage and fiber.
Temporary Storage Tips
Ripe plums have a creamy or golden undertone and "plumy-sweet"
Plums should be refrigerated and used within a few days.
Putting plums in a loosely closed paper bag at room
temperature for a day or two can help soften firm fruit - but they won't
become sweeter or ripen further - that stopped when they were removed from
For best flavor, allow the fruit to ripen fully on the tree.
Store at 33�F to 40�F and high humidity (a vegetable drawer in the