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“Brooksby Farm”
Review of Brooksby Farm

Brooksby Farm
Ranked #1 of 14 things to do in Peabody
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Peabody, Massachusetts, United States
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19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Brooksby Farm”
Reviewed 25 November 2013

Local city owned and run farm, producing Apple's, pears, strawberries, etc. Head there for Apple picking in September and a wonderful fall harvest festival. Also houses a farm large store selling local produce, condiments and other local handmade items. Features 2 historic houses, a large barn for weddings,etc and the original Peabody Firehouse, as well as a petting farm. All in all a great family place.

Visited October 2013
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Peabody, Massachusetts
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172 reviews
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“Yummy donuts”
Reviewed 25 November 2013 via mobile

Was here in September to see the animals and pick up some treats. Their donuts are excellant as is their pastries. People are friendly and the farm animals are adorable. Inside the store you can buy ice cream cones filled with food for them. Theyll eat the entire cone in one bite if you let them. Cute place.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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“Best Cortland Apples Ever”
Reviewed 25 November 2013

This is an amazing part of the History of Peabody. The historic houses, pick-your-own orchards and general community contribution are amazing. The store sells everything they grow. You can find early and late season fruits and veggies in a wide variety of types. Kids can watch and feeds the animals. You can get compost in the spring for free, just bring your own bucket. They have cider donuts that are second to none. Bring home some cider to enjoy later. Go and enjoy this little oasis right next to the Northshore Mall.

Visited September 2013
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Revere, Massachusetts
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“Cute and Quaint”
Reviewed 30 September 2013

I was shocked at how much this has to offer! Best known for apple picking in early Sept - October they also have strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and peaches. They even have cut-your-own Christmas trees in December. It really is a hidden gem.

There is also a cute little shop in an old barn where you can buy home made candles and apple cider donuts that you can smell before even entering the building - Amazing!

Very family friendly!

Visited September 2013
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North Shore, MA
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“Great outdoor activities, close to urban areas”
Reviewed 12 April 2013 via mobile

Brooksby Farm is a terrific destination for visitors to the Boston area who are looking for an outdoor, semi- rural experience within easy distance of Boston or North Shore communities. Open year-round, the farm is owned by the City of Peabody and located at the site of a 100+ year-old orchard. The big draw is fall apple-picking, but I enjoy going year-round. Other fruits are also offered on a pick-your-own basis starting with strawberries in the spring, though I’ve limited my picking to apples. There’s also a farm store, open from late spring until New Year’s Eve, where those (like me) who don’t pick their own can buy fruits and vegetables grown on the farm. The store also sells Brooksby cider (my favorite cider!), baked goods, and locally-made products like jams, jellies, and maple syrup. In the fall, hot, mulled cider is available by the cup--I seldom pass it by. The farm also has lots of barnyard animals that are a big hit with families. Several picnic tables are available.

The property also includes wooded conservation land. I like to hike the trails through the orchard and woodlands. With its hilltop location, the views are quite spectacular and to find such peace and quiet within a city, even a small one like Peabody, is delightful. In the winter, the trails are used for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing with rentals available (call to check the rental shop schedule); I’ve only done this a few times, but found the scenic views even lovelier in the snow--a good reward for the hard work involved!

The farm is easy to reach by car with plenty of parking in front of the store. On autumn weekends, however, it gets very crowded with congestion beginning on the narrow roads before the farm entrance; luckily, extra parking areas are available during "high" season. Getting to Brooksby Farm by public transit unfortunately isn’t easy. I suppose visitors could take an MBTA bus from the commuter rail station in Lynn or Salem to the North Shore Mall in Peabody (note that both train and bus service are very limited on weekends). From the Mall, the Farm is about a mile’s walk, mostly uphill. There are no admission fees to enter the Farm.

Local residents really enjoy Brooksby Farm. Visitors looking for some simple outdoor fun will enjoy it as well.

Visited December 2012
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