U-PiCK-FARM STORE-Holiday Chocolate Shop
Sweet Seasons U-Pick Organic (cng) Fruit Farm
Welcome to our Organic, Certified Naturally Grown (CNG) fruit farm! We want to offer you the
best tasting, most nutrient dense, clean and safe-to-eat fruit. Having an enjoyable experience on the
farm is our goal for you! We have two (2) blueberry orchards, the large one is 2.5 acres with 2,421 plants. The small one, 'Blueberry Nook' has 75 plants with chairs for those who want to 'Sit n' Pick'. We also have 500' of Raspberry a small Organic Apple orchard with 40 heirloom / heritage apple trees and a hedgerow of "Hazelberts" which are a cross between American Hazelnuts and European Filberts.
BLUEBERRIES & PRICES: Organic (cng) Blueberries prices have not changed since 2017. The price is: $3.75 lb. Frequent Picker Program is $3.50 lb. once you reach 25 lbs. The discount is applied to the last pounds you pick that equal 25 lb. and continues throughout the blueberry season, so visit as often as you want and don't worry about keeping track - we will do this for you!
HOURS: We are open Tuesday - Saturday 8am - 6pm. Sunday 11am - 5pm. Monday we are CLOSED. The Farm Store is open now through December 23, 2021.
PICK N" EAT: Our very popular, "All You Can Pick N' Eat" is back, Thank You, Vermont Dept. of Health who confirmed that Covid-19 does not live on plant surfaces. The price is the same: $3.50 per person and is for those who LOVE to eat Blueberry while picking. This option is a tremendous help to our farm in reducing losses to our blueberry crop as this is our livelihood. It also keeps the USDA Loan Officer, the Farmers and Parents from having to nag the children!! A win-win for everyone who loves eating Blueberries!
PICKING CONTAINERS: We supply sanitized picking containers. If you bring your own containers, please leave them in the car until you are ready to check out. If you don't have containers to transport your berries - that's fine, we have "Green Recyclable" bags you can purchase for 10 cents each.
CHILDREN: Children of all ages are WELCOME and are kindly asked to be gentle with the plants when picking. The orchard has frogs, Katydids and fake snakes - to keep the birds away! We have a SURPRISE for all the children....On Saturday, July 24 there will be an AIRPLANE TEETER TOTTER that seats seven (7) children. So, c'mon out and enjoy a GREAT and relaxing TIME of picking this summer season!
THE BIG ORCHARD: The Big Blueberry Orchard is 2.5 acres with 2,421 Northern High Bush berry bushes that have been in ground 6 years now, with 5 varieties to choose from. Each row has a sign with its name. Currently, we are picking PATRIOTS!
Once all the other varieties come into ripen, you will be able to choose where you want to pick! This orchard is in full sun on a hill with beautiful views! Please bring hat, glasses water bottle and sun block to keep yourself cool and hydrated.
THE SMALLER ORCHARD (BLUEBERRY NOOK):
The Blueberry Nook will open for "Sit n' Pick" this Saturday, July 24th. This is a quiet and mostly shaded place for those who have limited mobility or who prefer smaller more intimate spaces. The bushes in the Nook are mixed variety - even with some exotic low bush and wild berries! We have chairs in this orchard so you can "Sit n' Pick".
PARKING / PICNIC / PORTA POTTY / PETS:
For Everyone's SAFETY Please drive your vehicle forward all the way to the "PARK HERE" signs. We need to leave plenty of room for people to walk to and fro their vehicles as well as cars that are driving up or backing out. The Picnic Area is OPEN to enjoy a snack or lunch - please pack out your trash. The PORTA POTTY is very well maintained! Please help us keep it nice and clean!
Pets are NOT permitted anywhere on the farm grounds during business hours at Sweet Seasons Farm. However, if you are traveling with your pet, they must remain in your vehicle at all times and must be kept cool, quiet and comfortable.
CHOCOLATE CONFECTIONS: Frozen Peppermint Patties, Frozen Pink Cider Bars, Bonbons, Chocolate Strawberries, Chocolate Dipped Oreos and more are made fresh each week and stocked in the farm store every FRIDAY. As the season progresses so do the confections, such as: Maple Caramel Apples from Sept. - Dec. The popular and very fun "Holiday Chocolate Shop" at the farm store opens November through December 23, 2021.
COVID-19 & HAND SANITIZER: Please stay home if you are sick or have symptoms of any communicable illness. If anyone in your party shows symptoms of communicable illness, we cannot allow your party to enter the orchards.
From now on, Sweet Seasons Farm will kindly ask each visitor to sanitize their hands before picking fruit. It's a very good sanitation practice when the public is visiting a open-air food source and we have been encouraged by Vermont Health Dept. to offer hand sanitizer regardless of the pandemic.
Note about Covid 19 Shots ----- Legally, we are not liable nor qualified to monitor who and who hasn't received Covid-19 shots, nor are we legally qualified to discuss these matters with anyone. Please know that all visitors / employees or service personnel of Sweet Seasons Farm assume 100% liability and are responsible for their own health and conduct when visiting the farm.
U-Pick Organic (CNG) Apples --- Our small, intimate orchard is perfect for those who seek to pick and eat Holistic, Organically grown apples. This year's picking Sept. through Mid-October.
U-Pick Organic (CNG) Raspberries 500' of hedgerow - this year's picking starts mid July through early August. (By Appointment) between 8am - 11:00am call: 802-274-2365)
U-Pick Organic (CNG) Blueberries 2,500 plants - this year's picking starts JULY 21, 2021 through late August, early September.
We accept Cash & Venmo during harvest
During the holiday season, Thanksgiving / Christmas along with Valentine's and Mother's Day weeks, the Holiday Chocolate Shop also will accept Debit and Credit cards.
Holiday Chocolate Shop
Every November, Sweet Season's Farm Store transforms into a beautiful and tasty wonderland of hand-made artisan confections using the Organic fruit & nuts grown on the farm as well as other farms in VT and U.S. We 'know our farmers' and can tell you which farms supply us with the fruit, nut and spices used in our confections. The rich flavor using no added sugar attests to the quality of the confections.
Genuinely made with exquisite European Couverture Chocolate. Sue, who received her training from Ecole Chocolat, is truly an organic (cng) farmer by day and artisan chocolatier by night!
Holiday Chocolate Shop Schedule for 2021
The "Holiday Chocolate Shop" runs 6 weeks this year from November 11 to December 23, 2021 / The shop is also opened for Valentine's and Mother's Day weeks: February 6-14, 2021 May 1-9, 2021.
2021 Holiday Season Hours: Tues. - Sat. 10am - 6pm. Sun. 12 Noon - 6pm.
Closed Mondays with the exception of the week of a given Holiday.
December 18 - 23 we have extended evening hours through 9 pm.
When we are OPEN for business the GATES into the Red colored Farm Store, which becomes the "Holiday Chocolate Shop" are OPEN. We maintain the parking and walkway areas as needed.
Our popular "A Chocolate Thanksgiving" & "A Chocolate Christmas" tasting events and all private party "Chocolate Confectionery" events are postponed until 2022.
The "Holiday Chocolate Shop" is located in the 'Red Barn' colored Farm Store nestled just inside the double gates of the large Blueberry Orchard. Evening shoppers will see Lights on the Farm Store.
Evening shoppers --- Additional lights will activate as you drive to the parking area near the gates.
The door will be shut to keep in the heat. If you wish to taste our chocolate, please call first so we can bring samples to your car. 802-274-2365. Otherwise, come on in or ring the doorbell at the farm store and someone will greet you. Directions to the farm are listed below.
We accept Cash/ VENMO during the harvest.
During the holiday season, debit & credit cards are also accepted.
Drive Through Service is Here!
Throughout the year we offer our "DRIVE THROUGH" Service. Place your order online and select FARM PICK UP at checkout. We will contact you to set up a convenient pick up date / time. On the day of pick up, travel up the driveway, turn around in the parking area to meet us at the farm store gate. Stay in your car and we will bring your order to you! Drive Through Service is available year round.
From I-93 N. take exit 1 St. Johnsbury. Turn Right off the exit then turn Left at first stop light onto Route 2. Travel approx. 1 mile then look for Dog Mountain/Dog Chapel landmark and Riley's Fish Shack on the right of Spaulding Road.
Turn Right on to Spaulding Road. Travel up road 2 minutes until you see Dog Mountain's sign on the left. Continue up the road a few more minutes until you see the large yellow farm house w/ red roof on your right. As you begin traveling down the hill, within 1/8 mile you will see the white Sweet Seasons Farm
sign on your left. Take that first left up the driveway. The apple orchard runs along the driveway and is fenced in. Continue up until you see the fenced in blueberry orchard and Red Farm Store on your right. Park in designated area.
From I-95 take exit 22 St. Johnsbury then travel East, going down the hill until you reach the intersection with stop light. Price Chopper is on your right and Kinney Drug/ Sunaco Gas is on your left. Go through the intersection up Hospital Drive. NVRH hospital is on your left. You will come to a T with a stop sign.
Turn left then travel down the winding road until you reach the first right hand turn you can make - Lackey Hill. Turn right onto Lackey Hill and travel approx. 1/2 mile until you reach the brown Petty Rock Farm barn dated 1977. At this junction, bare right onto Spaulding Road then travel approx. 1 mile up the road until you see the white Sweet Seasons Farm sign on your right. Travel up the driveway. The apple orchard runs along the driveway and is fenced in. Continue up until you see the fenced in blueberry orchard and Red Farm Store on your right. Park in designated area.
Other Things to know
Farm Store --- A fun place to visit and purchase other products including our exquisite Artisan Confections made with European Couverture Chocolate. Ask about our Blueberry Champion Picking contest and our Wooden Apple Hunt Contest!
Picnic Area --- Enjoy the beautiful surroundings on our Vermont farm while having a picnic lunch or dinner. Thank you for packing out all your trash to keep away the bears and raccoons!
Porta-Potty --- Our privately owned porta-potty is well maintained, but is closed Mid-November.
Water Bottle Refill Station --- Fill up your water bottles here with our refreshing artesian well water.
Pets --- While we have sweet farm dogs of our own, pets are not permitted on farm grounds.
If you are traveling and can commit to keeping our guests safe and your pets comfortable and quiet, they may remain in your vehicle while you pick fruit or shop. (Ask us for a shady place to park during the warmer months.)
Tobacco, Alcohol, Firearms --- For everyone's good health and the safety of our visitors and orchards, smoking, vaping, chewing tobacco, alcohol and firearms are not permitted anywhere on the property.
Organic (CNG) Growing Methods --- Ask us about our holistic, organic growing practices. We want you
to be well informed. You can also visit our certifying agency's website at: www.cngfarming.org
Nearby Attractions / Shopping/Food
3 minutes down the road from us is Dog Mountain, a great place to visit, walk or run your dog & shop for your canine loving friends.
Also, nearby is Maple Grove - the oldest maple candy factory & gift shop in the world!
We think the best lunch/dinner venues are: Khams Thai Cusine & Riley's Fish Shack both only 5 minutes from our farm.
Looking for more to do while you're in town? Visit Saint Johnsbury's Welcome Center to Discover Saint Johnsbury .