Blueberry Picking Guide for Greater Lowell

By Tessa D'Ippolito, Publisher June 2, 2023

A beautiful sunny Summer means a gorgeous and early blueberry harvest! See the guide below for Pick-Your-Own locations and information. Most local farm stands also have quarts of fresh blueberries, if pick-your-own isn't your thing. 

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A note from Ellen Parlee at Parlee Farms:
Blueberry picking is a great activity for families with children, as there are many blueberries that a child can pick on their own. And at Parlee Farms, our blueberry fields are stroller friendly. When you come to Parlee Farms, you can make the most of your visit by getting a warm blueberry crisp from Mary’s Country Kitchen, enjoying our new Sandbox, and feeding our friendly animals at Annie’s Animal Barn.

Here are some tips from Ellen Parlee at Parlee Farms to help make your picking experience the best for your family and for the delicate plants on the farm:

  • pick only the fully ripe berries that are round, blue, and not cracked in any way
  • blueberries that are the darkest in color are often the sweetest
  • avoid berries that are not fully blue in color because they aren’t yet ripe and will not be sweet.
  • a blueberry that is ready to be picked will easily roll off of the stem. These perfectly ripened berries have a superior flavor and it is worth it to take the extra step to pick only the best!


Parlee's Farm, 135 Pine Hill Rd, Chelmsford. 978-256-2859
(Note: this is a different farm than Parlee Farms in Tyngsboro.)
Picking schedule is dependent on various conditions. Check the daily schedule on Facebook before heading to the farm.


Farmer Dave's, 437 Parker Rd, Dracut   978-454-3434  

Blueberry picking early July. Fields are open 9 AM - 5PM Tuesday through Sunday. Picking schedule is dependent on various conditions. Check the daily schedule on Facebook or their website, before heading to the farm. Pre-picked blueberries are also available at the farm stand. What to know more at Farmer Dave's read our article, Pick-Your-Own Blueberries at Farmer Dave’s in Dracut.


Autumn Hill Orchard, 495 Chicopee Row, Groton   978-448-8388

Autumn Hill Orchard offers pick-your-own blueberries beginning in July and open Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday from 10 AM - 4 PM and Thursday 10 AM - 6 PM. Autumn Hill Orchard is expecting a great harvest of raspberries, blueberries, pears, grapes, and apples (sadly no peaches this year). Please check their updated Facebook page updated daily with what is available each day. 


Carlson Orchard, 115 Oak Hill Rd, Harvard   978-456-3916  

Carlson Orchard offers pick-your-own blueberries and apples. They are open daily from 9 AM - 4 PM. Please check their updated Facebook page updated daily with what is available each day. 


Spring Brook Farm, 2 Bruce St, Littleton  978-486-3249

The Bruce St location is separate from the Great Rd farm.  Stop in at 2 Bruce St to pick blueberries and shop fresh produce at the Barn farm stand.


Tougas Family Farm, 234 Ball St, Northborough 508-393-6406

Blueberry Season at Tougas Family Farm has begun, and generally lasts through July. Picking at Tougas Family Farm can be a whole day of fun!  After picking, enjoy farm fresh homemade baked goods, apple cider donuts, and ice cream at the Tougas Farm Kitchen, and then visit the barnyard to see the goats climb their mountain of stone.Plus, their barnyard, playground, and farm kitchen are great activities for young kids to enjoy.


Kimball Fruit Farm, 184 Hollis St (Rt. 122), Pepperell. 978-433-9751  

Check their Facebook page for the latest picking conditions.  Quarts of freshly-picked fruit are already available at the farm stand.

Kimball Fruit Farm practices Integrated Pest Management which results in a reduced use of chemicals. They offer pick-your-own strawberries, raspberries and apples and have a farm stand with a wide variety of produce grown on-site.


Parlee Farms, 95 Farwell Rd, Tyngsborough  978-649-3854

Pre-picked quarts are available in the farm stand.  Blueberry and flower pick-your-own; check their Facebook page or website for the latest picking conditions.  While at Parlee Farms kids can enjoy time in the giant sandbox, seeing the farm animal and snacking on tasty treats!


Honey Pot Hill Orchard, 138 Sudury Road, Stow  978-562-5666

Blueberry pick-your-own and apple picking are available. Orchard is open daily from 9 AM - 6 PM. Check their Facebook page or website for the latest picking conditions. 

Do you know of another local farm that offers blueberry picking? Let us know via email!  

Thanks again to Parlee Farms for keeping Macaroni KID Lowell a free resource for families!

Blueberries are a great crop for the entire family to pick. Today, Parlee Farms has over 10 acres of pick your own blueberries. They offer 10 different varieties of blueberries at Parlee Farms in Tyngsboro. By growing so many varieties, their blueberry season lasts from early July to mid-August. Here are when some of their most popular blueberry varieties are available:

Early Season: 

  • Patriot and Bluetta – medium size and good flavor


  • Toro – outstanding berry
  • Blueray: very popular variety. Very good flavor and large size

Late season:

  • Chandler: the perfect blueberry. Very large (quarter) size and good flavor.

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