I spend the spring months eagerly awaiting opening day, not at Fenway, but at Adams Park, where on the first Saturday in June, the Roslindale Farmer’s Market begins its summer run. Our farmer’s market outings aren’t just for picking up extra groceries. They are the first sure sign of summer, long lazy mornings spent on picnic blankets watching our daughter play with her neighborhood friends. If you don’t have a local market or farm stand you call your own, check out Tara's post from a few weeks back, or one of these three urban/suburban oases.
There’s nothing like picking your own and enjoying the sweet smell of strawberries warmed by the early summer sun. June is “strawberry month", and most farms are open for picking by mid-month, but some are already open now. Read on for farms where you can pick your own strawberries and tips for getting the most out of the experience. Be sure to scroll through to find out about some fabulous strawberry festivals, and check back later in the summer for our updated blueberry picking post.
There’s nothing quite like getting out of the city and heading to a farm with your little one on a warm spring day. The sounds of sirens are replaced with cock-a-doodle-do’s, the smell of bus exhaust with fresh hay, and the urban skyline with A-frame barns. There’s no place quite like Drumlin Farm in Lincoln for just such an experience - no matter what the season. Before you go, read on for 25 things to do with a preschooler and then check out Rachel's recommendations for pizza and ice cream nearby.
Signs of spring are all around us: People are sweeping out winter’s dust and opening windows to let in the fresh air. The weather is wacky. Flowers are blooming, bees are buzzing, and bugs are bugging. On the farm at this time of year, there is new life everywhere, and it’s also time for the sheep to get a haircut.
That’s right, it’s sheepshearing festival time! Locally, Drumlin Farm and Gore Place make merry and have a whale of a shindig to celebrate. (It’s not that strange, think of the big deal you made about your child’s first haircut – I’ll bet you even kept a lock of hair from that momentous occasion.)
If you can’t make it to the sheepshearing festivals in our area or if your family just can’t get enough of the wooly animals, follow the festivals to New Hampshire and Western Massachusetts and make a day – or even a weekend – of it.
Fall is the perfect time for an outdoor celebration. And there’s no better place than a farm, where the harvest and happenings are plentiful, and a festive feeling is in the air. Whether your child is 2 or 12, a thrill-seeker or an animal lover, there’s a farm party package to fit every taste and budget. We’ve rounded up a few farms – just a short drive from Boston – where you can celebrate the big day with friends, family and a whole lot of fun. Read on for five super party places that offer a range of options, including mazes, campfire s’mores, bouncy houses, hayrides, pumpkin decorating, apple picking, homemade gelato, or even a train ride to the party!
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