Visiting Ward’s Berry Farm in Sharon,MA has become a family tradition for our family across three generations. Sure part of the reason is that Ward’s Berry Farm, Sharon, MA is located only a short distance from home, but more important, we have been visiting Ward’s Berry Farm for decades now because of what they offer nearly year round.
For example today I visited the farm in early autumn with my grandchildren and friends. There was so much to do we could have spent the better part of a morning or afternoon. The children were content for a long time just to play on the swings, high slide, embedded tractor tires, and other riding toys. The youngest members of the group were delighted to find excellent kid friendly toy trucks and pails and shovels in a community style sandbox with clean, inviting sand. The adults really didn’t have to do much except supervise, the fun had all been put in place by the folks at Ward’s Berry Farm who apparently know lots about kids.
After spending time on the apparatus and in the sandbox we invited the kids to come and visit the animals. What I love about Ward’s Berry Farm is that the animals are, as you might expect, all farm animals and in general pretty friendly. No scary reptiles, wild cats or overpowering elephants. When you come to Ward’s Berry Farm your kids really feel at home with the animals that live there, almost like they are visiting friends. Kids love the ducks, goats, cows, chickens and there is a special fondness for the miniature ponies and the bunnies. What kid doesn’t love bunnies.
While coming to Ward’s Berry Farm may start out being about swings and farm animals we usually remember that the other reason we come to the farm is for the wonderful assortment of fresh farm produce. How cool is it to be able, in season, to walk out and pick your own strawberries, raspberries. blueberries, even peaches right off the tree. How fun to come back and find that special pumpkin right out in the field. Wonderful too is the air-conditioned farm stand that has a fine assortment of fresh picked, in season fruits and vegetables. We are especially partial to the tomatoes and can’t get enough of the corn.
On days when our stay requires nourishment on the spot, we know that Ward’s Berry Farm has graciously spread out small tables and chairs so that families can rest and refuel. Just take a peak at all the baked goods, ice cream, smoothies and other snack favorites waiting inside the farm stand. You can get a snack or pick out something from Ward’s “Sandwich, Soup and Salad” menu without ever leaving the roadside farm stand.
It was great visiting Ward’s Berry Farm today and fun remembering other visits we have taken over the years. Ward’s is open from April -December 7 days each week and Jan-Mar., Wednesdays through Sundays. The offerings here change with the season. Even though we visited today at the beginning of fall, we know we will be back during the days of autumn yet to come to get our pumpkins, mums and cornstalks and to give the grand-kids time to climb the haystack pyramid, follow the maze and enjoy a hayride. Did I mention all the kids’ stuff is just there for your enjoyment at no extra charge!
When Jim and Bob Ward opened their roadside farm back in 1982 they could never have known how many families would eventually come back again and again to visit and savor everything about Ward’s Berry Farm, Sharon, MA . Thankfully they have continued to develop their farm and expand their offerngs making Ward’s Berry Farm a local family fun place for sure.