Bug Hill Farm is a small berry farm in Ashfield, MA. We are best known for our PYO berries, fruit cordials, shrubs, and conserves. We craft our products from local fruit (including some of our black currants, raspberries and aronia) other mostly organic berries, and honey or organic sugar. We manage our land following organic and regenerative practices to grow nutrient dense berries and to foster native habitat for wildlife and pollinators.
Starting our third year....
We are very excited to be starting our third year living and working at Bug Hill Farm.
Hope to see you at the farm!
- Sam and Charlotte
August 8, 2019
Last Call for Currants!
We've had a good run with our black, red and champagne currants this season. Pickers - new and old - are always overjoyed to spend some time among our currant bushes and to go home with baskets overflowing with berries. We love to ask what they plan to do with them: make jam for their winter larder, make their own cordial, have them on hand in the freezer for baked goods and sauces. My 'currant' favorite recipes are currant (black or red) lemon bars and homemade black currant ice cream. Perfect end to any summer evening! There are still plenty of berries (black only - red and champaign are finished) to pick, and, although they are quite hardy on the bush, they are probably not going to last much beyond this weekend. So come on up!
Our young cultivated blueberry bushes were less productive than we expected this year, but we do have some picked berries - fresh and frozen - available this weekend. (Please call for availability.) The birds have not (yet?) devoured all our native high bush blues, and you are welcome to wonder through the maze of bushes and pick those for $3 a pint.
The aronia bushes are over-flowing with berries and are beginning to ripen. They should be ready in a week or so, and fall raspberries appear to be on track for late August.
New to currants? They are great for jam and jelly and added to fruit pies and other baked goods, but they are also wonderful fresh and tart. Loaded with vitamin C and anti-oxidants, fresh black currants make a great addition to fruit salads - or any salad. We love them with blueberries and black raspberries mixed into whole milk plain yogurt - along with a drizzle of our Black Currant Cordial.
Hours: weekends 9 to 5; Closed Mondays. Tuesday - Friday by appointment or chance. Always best to call ahead to check on availability.
Currants: mid-July through August 11
Black Raspberries: finished
Blueberries: pretty much finished
Aronia: mid-August to early September
Fall Raspberries: late August to early November
Elderberries: late August - mid-September - if the birds don't get them first