Ward's Berry Farm in Sharon, MA integrated pest mgmt
Some of what we grow is available year-round.
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Ward's Berry Farm is a family run farm in Sharon, MA. In addition to our ever-expanding wholesale business, we have a roadside market featuring the finest in fruits & vegetables. Our specialties include home-baked goods, artisan breads, gourmet cheeses, homemade jams & fruit baskets made to order. We also have a very popular sandwich counter & deli, smoothie bar w/ soft serve ice cream & slush. Our shelves are stocked w/ a large selection of gourmet grocery items and prepared foods to go.
We offer PYO berries & pumpkins, and have public hayrides during strawberry & pumpkin seasons. Birthday parties & school tours are available yr-round by reservation. There are many picnic and children's play areas, as well as farm animals that are open to the public.
Corn maze and hay pyramid in the fall; fresh native Turkeys, Christmas trees, wreaths and garland for the holiday season. Please call ahead for seasonal information.
We are open year-round! Call for our winter hours.
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Sharon, MA - Travelers on Route 95 between Boston and Providence have a fresh alternative to typical roadside fare. Just minutes off the highway on Sharon’s South Main Street, Ward’s Berry Farm offers fresh, local fare year round. Originally a small roadside stand, Ward’s Berry Farm has expanded into a full-service café and market offering homemade baked goods, artisan sandwiches, smoothies and more. Commuters heading home after a long day’s work can pick up fresh produce along with other accompaniments to round out the meal, such as gourmet pastas, Bristol Bakery artisan breads, and Narragansett Creamery cheeses. On a recent visit to Ward’s, the cases were stocked with cranberry chicken walnut salad and red bliss potato salad, ready to take home or pack in the cooler. Ward’s tries to stock as many locally sourced products as possible besides the ones they produce, including items from Boston Honey Company honey (Holliston, MA) to Crescent Ridge Dairy milk and ice cream (Sharon, MA).
The farm’s operations have expanded significantly since brothers Jim and Bob Ward took it over in 1982. However, the Wards stay true to their roots and constantly seek to grow and improve the farm. One hundred and seventy eight acres of vegetables and fruit yield a tremendous variety of produce each season, from radishes and rhubarb to brussels sprouts and bok choy. They supply their fresh produce to many highly acclaimed area restaurants, such as Providence’s La Laiterie. Ward’s runs a CSA from June until late October, available for pickup at the farm, Crescent Mill Dairy in Sharon, and several locations in Boston. Their bustling farmstand stays open all year round, as they bring in produce from many regions of the country throughout the winter months. Fruits and vegetables from the farm can also be found at the farmer’s markets in Wellesley, Norwood, Medfield, Boston, and Cambridge throughout the peak season.
Jim and Bob Ward consider diversity and sustainability to be crucial to growing and maintaining their farm. Eighteen acres grow certified organic crops, and they use the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) methods on the remaining 160 acres. IPM uses extensive data on the life cycles of pests to judiciously determine when to use pesticides, with the ultimate goal of causing the least possible disruption to humans, animals, and the environment.
The farm offers pick-your-own strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and pumpkins, and is a popular spot for birthday parties and school tours. Families can enjoy soft serve ice cream on the outdoor patio, take advantage of the on-site playground, and meet the sheep, goats, chickens, rabbits, miniature horses and cows in the 4H barn. Ward’s is a destination for gardeners and garden enthusiasts, too, with greenhouses stocked year round with bedding plants, hanging baskets, and perennials.
Ward’s Berry Farm has the rare advantage of remaining open year round thanks to the diversity of their offerings. They have hayrides, a corn maze, and pumpkin picking in the fall, fresh native turkeys for Thanksgiving, and trees, wreaths and garlands for Christmas. During the cold winter months, they feature a different homemade soup every day, and have fresh, sustainable seafood from Jordan Brothers Seafood (Brockton, MA) available every Friday.
The large scale of the farm and variety of fun family activities make Ward’s Berry Farm a full day’s destination in itself, but, if nothing else, be sure to make a quick stop the next time you find yourself driving by Sharon on Route 95. Ward’s is open seven days a week from April to December, and stays open as late as 7pm Monday - Friday and 6pm on the weekends. Fresh, local food doesn’t get more convenient than this!