Instagram Heaven: Here are our favorite flower farms in Massachusetts

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By Aviva Luttrell | [email protected]

Massachusetts offers tons of places to pick your own blueberries, strawberries, and apples, but did you know there are a number of places you can cut your own flowers?

Here, we give you a look at nine of our favorite flower farms across the state, from the North Shore to Western Mass. The colored fields offer a myriad of options for creating your own unique bouquets and arrangements.

Many provide buckets, mason jars and shears. One even offers a BYOB “Flower Happy Hour”.

Talk about Instagram heaven.

Here are some of our top picks:

Parlee Farms

Located in Tyngsboro, Parlee Farms offers cut-your-own flowers and fresh-picked flowers from late July through late September.

The one-acre lot grows 10 shades of Benary Giant zinnias, five varieties of sunflowers, and various shades of dahlias and gladioli. Parlee Farms provides the bucket and shears. Once you’ve created the perfect arrangement, the staff will wrap it up for you to take home.

The farm also creates bouquets of freshly picked flowers each morning which are available at its farm stand.

While you’re there, don’t miss the Animal Barn or Mary’s Country Kitchen, which offers fresh old-fashioned strawberry shortcakes during the summer and apple cider donuts during the fall.

Parlee Farms is located at 98 Farwell Road in Tyngsboro.

love of the land

This Weston flower farm grows over 100 varieties of flowers and fillers from late June to early October.

Flowers typically cost 50 cents per stem and $1.50 for sunflowers due to high demand, but prices can change throughout the season.

Land’s Sake also offers on-farm flower workshops and a BYOB “Flower Happy Hour” where attendees pick their own flowers and arrange a bouquet with the help of a farm florist.

Classes include approximately 25 rods, all cutting supplies, and a mason jar.

Indian Head Farm

Indian Head Farm in Berlin offers U-pick flowers from mid-July to early October.

“Each time you visit the farm, we will have a different selection of bright and vibrant flowers available to you,” the company states on its website. “Refresh your summer with a new bouquet every few weeks, and a bouquet you’ve picked and chosen yourself!”

The farm also encourages customers to reuse their hand-picked flowers by drying them. The farm stand offers a specific selection of flowers, as well as the tools and materials needed to make custom arrangements.

Indian Head Farm is located at 232 Pleasant St. in Berlin.

Ward’s Berry Farm

Located in Sharon, Ward’s Berry Farm lets you fill a 16-ounce mason jar with freshly picked flowers for $10.

Shears come with a $10 cash deposit which is refunded upon return.

The farm also sells U-pick sunflowers for $2 a stem.

To visit the flower field, stop at the white tent behind the farm side parking lot to purchase a mason jar, which you can keep, and get directions to the picking location.

Don’t forget to stop by the 4H Barnyard during your visit to make some four-legged and fine-feathered friends.

Ward’s Berry Farm is located at 614 Main Street South in Sharon.

Quonquont Farm

This farm in Whately offers flowers to pick at Ghillie’s Garden, a half-acre cutting garden named in memory of the owners’ beloved farm dog.

The patch features 200 varieties of flowers in a multitude of colors and shapes. The first begin to bloom in July and continue until October.

The farm worker incorporated pest control techniques, encouraged natural predators of pests, and used organic pesticides when needed.

Pick flowers are priced at $14.50 per pound, which equates to approximately 50 to 75 stems. The farm provides ears and wrappers, and customers are encouraged to bring their own buckets to keep their flowers fresh on the return trip.

The farm is located at 9 North St. in Whately.

Barrett’s Mill Farm

Stroll through the flower garden of this Concord farmhouse and choose your favorite flowers to take home.

The farm provides a wide-mouthed jar to borrow or buy, which can hold anywhere from 15 to 40 stems depending on whether or not you remove the leaves.

Flower varieties include amaranth, ammi, bachelor’s bud, bupleurum, calendula, celosia, cosmos, craspedia, gomphrena, orlaya, rudbeckia, salvia, scabiosa, snapdragons, statice, straw, sweet Annie, sweet William, sunflowers, tithonia, verbena, zinnias and Suite.

The farm is located at 449 Barrett’s Mill Road in Concord.

small farm

This 4-acre farm in Stow offers pick-your-own flowers, herbs and vegetables.

Small Farm grows 100 varieties of flowers for U-pick customers. Standard 32 ounce clear deli containers are provided to customers with scissors.

Groups of 10 or more people are asked to notify the farm by emailing [email protected]

Small Farm is located at 184 Gleasondale Road in Stow.

Stevens Coolidge Square

Every Saturday and Sunday from mid-July to early October, the Cutting Garden is open at Stevens-Coolidge Place, a historic estate in North Andover.

Visitors must first stop by the tent to collect their scissors, goblet, and water before starting their 10-stem bouquet. Each bouquet costs $5 for members or $10 for non-members.

Extend your visit by exploring the other gardens on the property, including a French vegetable garden, a rose garden and a perennial garden.

You can also borrow a blanket and a book to read under a tree or play checkers on the lawn.

The Coupe Garden is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Stevens-Coolidge Place is located at 1 Chestnut St. in North Andover.

Turkey Hill Farm

Turkey Hill Farm in Haverhill offers U-pick flowers from mid-July to early September.

The farm is open Tuesday to Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and also offers pick-your-own blueberries and raspberries.

It is located at 380 Middle Road in Haverhill.

Terisa K. Carn