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
July 20, 2019: Now picking - Black Currants
July 11, 2019
Our berries are ripening quickly in this hot, sunny weather, and the shape of the crops is coming into focus. In spite of the dearth of bumblebees, pollination seems to have been good. The black (as well as some red and champagne) currants will start to be ready for harvest next week. The wet fall and spring did take a toll on the black raspberries (and on wild brambles as well), and thus it doesn't look like there will be many available. Blueberries, on the other hand, are plentiful, especially the native high-bush, and the aronia are over-flowing with berries. Of course, our large bird population loves the blueberries but leaves the tart aronia pretty much alone. The 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 early August
Black Raspberries: not much available
Blueberries: late July though mid-August
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