There are so many reasons to love Sweet Berry Farm in Middletown, RI. In the fall they have pick-your-own apples and pumpkins (they make the best pumpkin muffins on the planet — perhaps, the universe). Also, their farm stand stays open from mid-April through the end of December, which extends the ‘market’ season by several months. Even better, their farm stand doubles as a quaint grocery store that carries mostly local products — you can buy the Sweet Berry Farm jams, honeys and pastries, but you can also buy milk, eggs, cheese, and pasta. They even make their own frozen gourmet dinners. The farm also has a little café (indoors and outdoors) where you can sit and enjoy some of their muffins, soups, sandwiches and salads.
On their 100 acre farm, they grow vegetables (beets, carrots, corn, salad greens, squash, etc.), fruits (apples, peaches, blueberries, raspberries, etc.), flowers, and trees. Their extensive pick-your-own schedule begins with strawberries in early June and ends in December with Christmas trees. (They allow you to tag your tree months in advance, but if you’re like us, it also works to pick one of the unclaimed orphan trees around December 20).
Today, Madeline and I went to pick our own — peaches (firm but tasty), blackberries (beautiful but tart) and the last of the raspberries (perfectly sweet).
Here’s the picking schedule, in case you want to try for yourself…
Strawberries: Early June through early July
Summer Raspberries: July through mid-August
Fall Raspberries: Late August through September
Blueberries: Mid-July through August
Peaches: Late July through early October
Blackberries: Early August through September
Apples: September through early October
Pumpkins: Late September through October
Christmas Trees: Tagging starts in October
Sweet Berry Farm
915 Mitchell’s Lane
Middletown, Rhode Island