Trace the path of the Ottauquechee River from Quechee to Hartland and you’re sure to stumble upon Clay Hill Corners. This 10-acre farm is small and mighty, producing not just the sun-ripened blueberries you seek, but also heirloom tomatoes, beans, broccoli, garlic, salad greens, summer squash, cucumbers, handmade jams and honey, and even duck eggs!
Pull down the gravel drive, park, and enter the small farm stand (be sure to wear a mask!) to grab a bucket and begin your foraging. The blueberry fields lie below, spanning rolling hillsides with stunning views in all directions.
There’s more to this roadside farmstand than meets the eye.
At first glance, you’ll find an abundance of fresh-picked produce from flowers, fruit, peppers, squash, salad greens, and kohlrabi, to jarred goods and even 38 varieties of tomatoes! But stick around for a moment, and you’ll find more than a few surprises, including:
- Thousands of blueberry bushes mean an ample supply of pick-your-own berries (2020 season ending soon)
- A tent “hotel” complete with air beds, WiFi, outdoor shower, toilet, and cooking area offers an upgraded camping experience
- Hiking trails
- Farm animals
- Location: 294 Allen Hill Road, North Pomfret, VT 05053
- Hours & season: The blueberry season is late July through August Monday through Friday 8 AM to 5 PM, contact for weekend hours. Click here for protocols. For apple picking, Mid-September through October.
- Picking options: Blueberries (late summer), apples (fall)
- Contact: Call 802-457-2994 for updated hours and protocols prior to picking
The PYO experience gets a heaping helping of Vermont charm when you head to Sherburne Farm and Moore's Orchard.
In the quiet countryside of North Pomfret, just 15 minutes from downtown Woodstock, you’ll discover a picture-perfect family-run farm overflowing with fresh summer blueberries and a variety of PYO apples (think Honeycrisp, McIntosh, Macoun, Cortland, Empire, Northern Spy, and more) come autumn. A farm stand with Vermont maple syrup and seasonal squash, cider, and plants sweetens the deal.
Note: At this time during COVID-19, children, pets, and on-premises eating are not permitted. Click here for the full list of protocols.
- Location: Wheelock Rd. Quechee, VT 05091
- Hours & season: The 2020 season opens September 12th and continues weekends through early November. Saturdays 11 AM to 4 PM, Sundays 10 AM to 3 PM.
- Picking options: Apples
Apple connoisseurs, this one’s for you. Established in the 1920s, abandoned in 1968, and restored in 1995, Whitman Brook Orchard is what you-pick dreams are made of.
In Vermont, we always take the scenic route. That means crossing the historic Taftsville Covered Bridge and traveling along Quechee Main Street, and twisting upward till you reach Wheelock Road, a stone’s throw from the Quechee Ski Hill.
There, you’ll find a hillside dotted with over 100 varieties of apple trees, their gnarled arms overflowing with varieties you won’t find in the grocery store. Prepare your taste buds for a Duchess of Oldenburg, Pomme D'Or, Red Gravenstein, St. Edmond's Russet, and Centennial. Want to try “the apple that thinks it’s a pear”? Look no further.