The Wellwood Orchards’ Pick Your Own operation offers beautiful sweeping views from its hilltop location in Springfield, a chance to gather carefully grown fruit high-quality ingredients for cooking projects. Now is the time, to gather an opportunity to catch to gather fleeting fruits like strawberries in bulk and preserve them for the rest of the year.
Wellwood Orchards also offers something else very, very important: a way to keep your kids entertained (or your grandkids, or nieces, nephews, young cousins, your friends’ kids . . . you get the idea).
The Wellwood Strawberry Festival happens June 23rd this year. It’s one of two festivals at Wellwood that regularly draw a crowd - the other is Customer Appreciation Day in the fall. It’s is a true festival atmosphere, too, with activities for all ages. Live music, childrens’ games, face painting, petting zoo, local craft vendors, prepared foods, and other local businesses.
While the activity on festival days may be particularly energetic, Wellwood Orchards is a great destination across the growing season. They have over 100 acres of apples, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, plums, pears, peaches, and have even started cultivating table grapes.
All of their fruit gets sold as Pick Your Own or in the Country Store, located on the farm. The store offers many products from local producers, and even though it’s expanded three times in recent memory there’s so much good food to feature that the owners are contemplating expanding again. There are wagon rides in apple season. Plus, for 50-cents, kids (and adults) can visit the petting zoo that operates through the summer.
Wellwood Orchards is open seven days a week during the season.
The Wellwood Orchard Strawberry Festival is scheduled for Saturday, June 23rd, 2018 10:00am - 3:00pm.