Home to beautiful orchards and gardens, New England is a mecca for the foodie (or photographer) seeking a farm to table experience. All over the northeast tip of the U.S. you can enjoy pick your own experiences, especially in the fall. Over my lifetime I’ve picked ’em all; apples being my absolute favorite. For many years (literally YEARS) my best friend, roommate & weirdo confident have tried & failed to visit the pick your own sunflowers. It seems that bloggers and instagramm-ers alike have gained access to this mecca, when we have been denied. Of course, it’s not without trying.
In my pursuit of both the perfect fruit AND the perfect ‘gram- I’ve developed some tried & true methods to getting what you came for.
Please, please – CALL AHEAD. I’ve made this mistake too many times. These kind, friendly farmers are better at farming than updating their webpages.Nothing is worse than driving up to a farm in your cutest little outfit with your head full of recipes for your bounty, but the fruit is not ripe or worse, the farm is closed.
Be specific. Be sure to get their hours of operation as well as specific hours to your activity. For example, if you are going apple picking ask what types of apples are ready to be picked and how late the PYO (pick your own) is open until! Many times the hours of the farm stand and the orchards will be different, my roommate and I recently travelled almost an hour out of the city only to learn this the hard way.
Farms Social Network Too!
Check their social feeds. A lot of bigger farms and orchards have Instagram’s where they post daily photos and updates. I also use the “location” feature on Instagram to see what other people are posting!
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