With the big blog launch oficially set for September 13th and all the work/stress/excitement that comes with that, this Labor Day caught us Rices by surprise. Although normally VERY organized (ha!) we didn’t have any plans for Labor Day Weekend so I took to the internets for help. Looking for something fun, close by and kid friendly to do around the Boston area we stumbled upon the beautiful Parlee Farms in Tyngsboro, MA about 45 minutes north of Boston.
Parlee Farms is a family owned fruit, vegetable and flower farm that sits on 93 acres of rolling hills. It’s seriously dreamy! It’s also HEAVEN for kids- not only do they have pick your own flowers and seasonal fruits and veggies but they also have a little petting zoo- Annie’s Animal Farm. Chickie was LOVING the baby goats, they were eating right off her hand! It was the sweetest moment. Other favorites included bunnies and chickens. If you’re worried about germs, you’ll be happy to know Parlee provides hand washing stations and gel hand sanitizer right next to the animal feedings stations- absolute life savers!
Although Chick LOVED the animals, I think the highlight of her day was Robb, our friends Caitlin and Grant’s (almost) 3 year old boy who all but proposed to her at Parlee Farms. See exhibit A below.. 🙂 Our friends Nacho and Nicole also joined us for the trip with their 10 month old babe, Bob. Nicole just started her very own family photography studio so she volunteered to take pictures of the day. How good did they turn out? We’ll have these forever! THANK YOU, NICOLE and Huggable Photography!
After the kiddos were done petting the goats it was blueberry picking time! At this time of year, they also offer apple picking but it felt a little premature for us. It’s only Labor Day weekend, after all. Let’s leave fall time activities for when the fall time come around…. in about a week and a half! Welcome to charming New England and it’s seasons, three quarters of which are FULL ON winter.. ???
Blueberry picking was a lot of fun, the kids were loving it. At the entrance to the bushes (that looked more like trees) the folks at Parlee give you a bucket (pictured above) then you head to the bushes and when you’re done, you pay only for what you picked- by the pound. Overall, we found their prices to be fair and accessible. The blueberrys were fun to pick and delicious! As I type this, I am eating a stack of blueberry pancakes.. Yummmm! Thank you, #handsomehubbs- you da REAL MVP! ???
After blueberry picking it was time to head on over to the flower field. This was by far my favorite part of the farm. IT WAS BREATHTAKING! Although not huge, the
flower field at Parlee Farms is big enough so that when you’re in the middle of it you are SORROUNDED by flowers on all sides. If you follow me on insta, you saw I was also surrounded by bugs on all sides- you gotta take the good with the bad, I guess? The flowers were so pretty, I didn’t even mind the bugs… well, I did mind them but it was still nice hahaha..
It was our first time going to Parlee Farms but I’m sure it won’t be the last! Such a fun, kid friendly spot that won’t break the bank. After all the fun at the farm, Chickie was out cold for the drive home. Matty and I grabbed some apple cider mini donuts for the drive home and paired them with Dunkin iced coffee.. add a quiete car ride home and ahhh, what a perfect end to a perfect day! Thanks for having us, Parlee Farms! We will be back!
If you and your fam are decide to head on over to Parlee Farms, make sure you check out their website first- they update it daily with the latest farm news.. This place is seriously out of a dream!