New England Weather and When You Can PYO Crops

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We thought we would give you a little bit of an update about how the weather this past spring has impacted our crops. As is pretty typical of springtime in New England, the weather was interesting. We had a very rainy and somewhat cool spring spring! However, as is typical of this time of year, the weather during the spring season was definitely unpredictable.

Mark Twain has a very memorable quote that expresses the New England weather perfectly. It was just as true then as it is now!

“If you don’t like the weather in New England now, just wait a few minutes.” – Mark Twain

It is so true that the weather here in New England is so unpredictable. Some people love it and wouldn’t want it any other way, claiming that a predictable weather pattern would be boring. Others find it extremely frustrating, especially for planning purposes!

In Boston, MA the average high temperature for the month of April according to The Weather Channel is 56 degrees Fahrenheit.  This spring, we have also had measurable rain on 75% of the days since April 1!  The cool, cloudy weather has slowed the ripening of the strawberries a little bit. We are still looking at a mid-June opening, most likely during the 3rd week. We will have an exact opening date about 3-5 days before.

Where the strawberries are slightly delayed, the tree fruits (cherries, blueberries, peaches, and apples) are thriving and are right on schedule.  With a little warm weather and sunshine, the strawberries will catch up!

If you want to know what is available for picking, be sure to check our “Today’s Farm News” page ( before visiting!

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This post was written by Parlee Farms