We are thick into blueberry-picking season and I don’t know of any pick-your-own spot more beautiful than the one to be found at Taylor-Bray Farm – a gorgeous, 22-acre working farm in Yarmouth Port that dates back to 1639. I arrived at the farm early in the morning – tupperware in hand – ready to do some serious picking. As I walked the verdant fields toward the blueberry patch, with views of the Black Flat marsh stretched out ahead of me, I saw two cottontail bunnies hopping about and a multitude of swallows flitting and flying low along the grass. And then I saw the glorious blueberry bushes, standing at about 7 feet tall and heavy with both ripened and unrippened berries. Ah, yes, I thought. This is a perfect summer moment.
I got right into the patch, greedily picking all that my quickly working fingers could grab. My mind emptied and quieted. Much like a ninja (if a ninja picked his own fruit, which I’m sure he does), I was focused; I was quick; I was agile. As soon as my tupperware was full, I climbed into my car, my hands wrapped around my bounty. Then I looked at the time – an hour and a half had passed since I had arrived at Taylor-Bray Farm. Had it been that long? It only felt like a few minutes.
Taylor-Bray Farm is centuries old and it is still around today because the Town of Yarmouth purchased the property in 1987 when the farm was going to be sold to developers. And thank goodness for that because this place is a true beauty and a wonderful example of what most of the Cape used to look like before modern man got our Purelled hands all over it. (The farm was listed in the National Register of Historical Places in 1993.) And a hearty thanks goes to the members of the Taylor-Bray Farm Preservation Association for keeping it in such beautiful shape. The farm has two Highland Cattle named Fiona and Scotty – both long-haired, long-horned, carmel-colored lovelies that were eating their breakfast when I visited, so I was only able to glance at their rumps as they chowed down in their barn. The farm has chickens, sheep, two donkeys, and some goats, a small vegetable garden (which made me wish the farm also offered a pick-your-own-squash-blossom option), and an herb garden. They also harvest salt marsh hay from the Black Flat Marsh that they feed to their animals.
Taylor-Bray Farm is located at the end of Bray Farm Road, which runs off of 6A in Yarmouth Port. And some of the best Cape Cod driving is to be done before or after a visit to the farm along scenic Route 6A from Barnstable to Dennis, with its views of salt marshes and the Cape Cod Bay and through the old-growth trees, which canopy the road. This is where colonial Cape Cod is at its most exquisite – stone fences and wild flowers line the sidewalks and beautiful, perfectly maintained 200 year-old homes sit majestically on their manicured plots of land. I love to drive on 6A. And part of the fun of 6A, is turning off it, to travel the main road’s tributaries – get lost, or detoured at least, in order to find something new and beautiful. Most of my favorite things on Cape Cod were found by accident. And that’s how I stumbled upon Taylor-Bray Farm – a leisurely drive down 6A led me to this treasure and I was so happy to find it and even happier when I saw those blueberry bushes.
Picking is only allowed Tuesdays and Fridays. The farm is open from dawn to dusk. Everyone is asked to donate at least $2 per quart of blueberries picked. There are several donation boxes located on the farm that are hungry for your money.
And bring your kids. Not only are their small statures and clever little fingers good to greatly increase your blueberry yield, but they’d love the farm animals.