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The large number of unripened blueberries at the Taylor-Bray Farm's blueberry patch means that they'll be be berries to pick for the next couple of weeks - at least!

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.

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Rows of delicious lettuces at Coonamessett Farm

Rows of delicious lettuces at Coonamessett Farm

I knew I needed to rethink my food shopping routine. The majority of the produce that I’ve purchased at the supermarket has been a little lacking in the flavor department. Chilies with no bite, garlic with no zing, pathetic heads of lettuce, and cucumbers with so much wax coating that I’d rather have it in Madame Tussauds than in my salad. I’m not a locoavore – by any stretch of the imagination – and I’ve got a thumb so black that even jade plants die by my hands. So what is a lazy girl, who wants to taste a little food in her food, to do? The answer, I discovered, is Coonamessett Farm in East Falmouth – a hidden gem of bucolic splendor where you can pick your own fresh, flavorful, and delicious veggies, fruits, and flowers. (more…)

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