It’s fall, and the living is tasty in Rhode Island. This is the time of year for ample pick-your-own opportunities from the top of the state to the bottom, particularly apples and pumpkins, as well as peaches, raspberries and other sweet treats. Planning a picking day is also a pretty cool adventure for the kids, and for many families a fall tradition.
One terrific round-up site for all your picking needs is www.pickyourown.org/RI.htm, where you’ll find not just a comprehensive list of farms to pick fruit and/or veggies, but home-canning directions, recommended books and guides about farms and foods, types of farms to get honey, meat, eggs and milk, and places you can catch hayrides, meander through corn mazes and even, we kid you not, encounters for all-things zombie, like zombie paintball, zombie “meets” (be careful) and zombie walks.
It’s a pretty good representation of picking places, which includes Bascombe Farms & Orchards in Cumberland; Barden Family Orchard in North Scituate; Old Stone Orchard in Little Compton; and the aptly named Sweet Berry Farm in Middletown.
There are tons more, so check them out at www.pickyourown.org/RI.htm Then pack up the kids, loosen your fingers and get busy picking.
(Photos from Sweet Berry Farm website)