How do I reserve berries? The process is simple. If you would like to reserve berries, just go to the Reserve Berries page and fill out the form. You will then be able to choose to reserve Pre-Picked Berries or select a time & date to Pick Your Own. If you would like to come to pick on the weekend you do not need an appointment.
What are your weekend PYO hours? We are open for PYO with an arrival time from 9am-2pm on weekends. There can be long waits on weekends for use of our rakes and sorting machines. Please feel free to bring a picnic, musical instrument, a game, etc. and enjoy this beautiful land while you wait.
Are your berries organic? Yes- as of 2015, our berries are certified organic. The fields owned by the Benson Place have been organically managed since 2001. A small amount of organic herbicide has been sprayed in the past on a few areas of the fields that we lease, but no chemicals have been used since 2010.
How many quarts are in a twenty pound box? A quart of blueberries weighs about 1.4 pounds. A twenty pound box, therefore, is about 14 quarts of berries.
What are your farming practices? We aim towards sustainable management of our fields, including organic practices as well as reducing the use of fossil fuels. We aim to go "beyond organic" and are transitioning the fields to nutrient dense farming practices. The 35 acres of blueberry fields are managed almost entirely with human power. We burn the fields every spring on a rotation, a traditional practice to biennually rejuvinate the blueberry plants. We also believe in sharing the harvest with the bears, birds and other wildlife for whom the low-bush blueberry is an important food source. We have completed the first phase, and have begun the second phase, of a long-term pollinator habitat project to create additional habitat for our native bees, butterflies, moths, and hummingbirds.
Can I visit the farm on the off-season? Yes! You are welcome to come walk the land at any time. There is a trail easement held by the Franklin Land Trust and created by the previous owners of the farm, Dave Gott and Ted Watt, that allows anyone to come and walk the farm roads. Please park at the barn or on the road and stay on the farm roads. Leashed dogs are also welcome as long as they also stay out of the fields. In the winter, feel free to come cross- country skiing or snowshoeing. For more information feel free to call us: 337-5340.