By Maya Devereaux, Staff Writer
Fall is in full swing, which means it’s time to break out the pumpkins if you haven’t done so already. Massachusetts is a great area to go pumpkin picking, so make it goal to go at least once during your time here in Boston. Unfortunately, most of the farms that offer pumpkin picking are away from the city and toward less urban areas. But don’t let that stop you!
Situated in Brookline is Allandale Farm, Boston’s last working farm. Accessible by the bus and even the Green Line, Allandale offers beyond your basic pumpkins. They sell pumpkins of all sizes, mini to monstrous, in addition to gourds, squash, a variety of pies and fresh cider.
For those of you who have access to a car or are willing to go on a public transportation adventure, you should check out some of the farms that Middlesex County has to offer. As a recent visitor of Shelburne Farm in Stow, I assure you that the 20-mile trek there is worth your time. Shelburne is nestled on a large plot of beautiful land, and you can pick your pumpkin right off the patch. They have a pleasant little store where they sell some of their other produce. Though it’s a little late in the season for apples, they still have a small portion of them left ready to be picked right off the tree.
Right down the road is Stow’s Honey Pot Hill Orchards, another pumpkin picking hotspot worth the trip. The scenery is great and the variety of pumpkins to pick from is even better. Honey Pot is known for its scrumptious warm cider donuts that are apparently to die for!
Moreover, you should make it a goal to get to one of these farms this fall season if you haven’t already. What better to than spending a crisp fall afternoon on a farm picking pumpkins that you can bring back home and carve for Halloween!
(Because the Jack Chop video never does get old.)