Where in Alaska to find pick your own farms and orchards for fruit, vegetables, pumpkins and canning & freezing instructions!
This month's notes: August 2015: Strawberries and blueberries each have a very brief season; don't miss them: See your state's crop availability calendar for more specific dates of upcoming crops. And see our guide to local fruit and vegetable festivals, such as strawberry festivals and blueberry festivals. Organic farms are identified in green! Also make your own ice cream - see How to make ice cream and ice cream making equipment and manuals.) Have fun, eat healthier and better tasting, and save money by picking your own locally grown fruit and vegetables, and then using our easy canning and freezing directions!
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- To see the pick-your-own farms and orchards for this area, click here or scroll down the page
- Crop availability / harvest calendar
- Farm markets, roadside stands, local meat, milk, eggs, local honey, horse riding, farm B&B's etc.
- To find pumpkin patches, corn mazes and other Halloween activities, click here.
- To find choose and cut-your-own Christmas tree farms, click here.
I'm always looking for suggestions of more farms and events to add and feedback about any you have visited, so if you encounter any, just click on the preceding link, as appropriate! And if you have a farm and want to add it or correct the information, please click on the link to "add my farm".
Remember: ALWAYS call (or follow the link to the farm's own website, if the name is a blue link) to confirm the information before you go! They may close, run out or change events, times, etc. without notifying me!
These are the only PYO's I could find in Alaska. Does anyone have any first-hand information about them or others?
Aleutians East Borough
Bethel Census Area
Bristol Bay Borough
Dillingham Census Area
Fairbanks North Star Borough
- vegetables, berries
780 Sheep Creek Road, Fairbanks, Alaska 99709-6128. Phone: 907-479-6921. fax: 907-479-4200. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Open: 9 am to 6 pm on Monday to Saturday and Sunday from noon till 6 pm. Great harvests available for purchase during August and September! We have many (you-pick) vegetables and berries available then! We have tomatoes, variety of squash, radishes, cucumbers, lettuce, potatoes, cabbages, turnips, kale, kohlrabi, carrots, peas, beans, peppers, eggplant, strawberries, raspberries, and monster pumpkins (to 298.5 lb.) to name a few items!
Clair's Cultivations - apples, crabapples, plums
1364 Esro Road, Fairbanks, AK 99712. Phone: (907) 488-6446. Email: email@example.com. Directions: 4.5 miles Chena Hot springs road, Just outside of Fairbanks. Click here for a map. Pick your own.
Comments from a visitor on August 28, 2008: "Love it. " (ADDED: August 28, 2008, suggested by a visitor)
Nugget Farms - apples
100-118 N Cushman St, Fairbanks, AK. Phone: (907) 455-4721.
- Pearl Creek Farm - raspberries (red),
849 Wolverine Ln, Fairbanks, AK 99709. Phone: 907-474-8136. Open: Monday to Friday from 12 pm to 6. Directions: Actually on Herreid. Click here for a map and directions. For a map to our farm, click here. Payment: Cash, Check. (ADDED: September 02, 2014)
Juneau City and Borough
Kenai Peninsula Borough
Ketchikan Gateway Borough
Kodiak Island Borough
Lake and Peninsula Borough
Birch Creek Ranch - Black Currants, Red Currants, Strawberries,
Raspberries, Service Berries
Mastadon, Talkeetna, AK 99676. Phone: 907-733-1090. Open: . Daily, Around 9 am until dark, 7 Days/week Mid July -Late August. Directions; north of Anchorage, Alaska. Organically growing vegetables and herbs; One outhouse available
Comments from a visitor on August 15, 2009: "I love this place. I have had the chance to work in the greenhouses during the late winter and early spring, and I love picking berries here in late summer. I am originally from Atlanta, Georgia, and grew up picking blackberries every summer; I missed that; thank goodness for this place and my new black berry: currants. Just picked 30 pounds with a friend last week, we had a blast." (ADDED: August 15, 2009, suggested by a visitor)
- Garcia's Alaska Farm - Raspberries.,
3655 S. Old Glenn Hwy PMBB-B, Palmer, AK 99645. Phone: (907) 746-6160. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Open: 8 am to 8 pm. July 15-September 2. 7 Days A Week.. Directions: Call for directions. Payment: Cash, only.. Chemical Free, Crops Raised Organically, Alaskan Improve Boyne Raspberries, Fruit Is Very Big, Extra Hearty Plants, More Information Call Me. (ADDED: March 22, 2014, suggested by a visitor)
A visitor writes on March 22, 2014: "Improving Raspberries For 30 Years."
Pyrah's Pioneer Peak Farm
4350 S. Bodenburg Loop, Palmer, AK. Phone: (907) 745-4511. Alternate phone: (907)745-3557. Email: email@example.com. Directions: Click here for a map. Open: see this page for their hours. Open: Click here for their picking updates and pricing page. They have a Fall Harvest Festival in September, dates are posted on their website. (UPDATED: August 13, 2008)
A visitor writes on July 27, 2014: "I stopped going to Pyrah's several years ago when I encountered a sign saying we could not go anywhere near a specific area because it had just been sprayed with pesticides. I recently emailed them to see if they had stopped using the pesticides, but they never responded. I was finally able to get someone to answer the phone after several calls. The girl I spoke to said "no we are not organic and yes we do use pesticides". I just don't believe the chemicals and pesticides somehow miraculously disappear from fruits and vegetables when they hit your table. This is a big concern to my family and we always do our best to buy organic only."
Comments from a visitor on November 17, 2009: "I've been going there since I was a teen. My children have grown up knowing of the delights of picking veggies at Pyrah's. The growing season is short up here and I'm not much of a gardener but love the results of course. We highly recommend the experience. You can make a day of it. Combine it with a trip to the State Fair or visit the Reindeer Farm up the road too too. Have fun I know we do."
A visitor writes: I wanted to let you know about the wonderful people I spoke to at Pyrah's. I didn't even know we had farms like this up here. Pyrah's is a PYO, open Mon 9-5, Tues-Saturday from 9-9, closed Sundays. They offer field trips for kids, just call ahead to schedule... only $3 per child!
Municipality of Anchorage
Nome Census Area
North Slope Borough
Northwest Arctic Borough
Prince of Wales-Outer Ketchikan Census Area
Sitka City and Borough
Skagway-Hoonah-Angoon Census Area
Southeast Fairbanks Census Area
Valdez-Cordova Census Area
Wade Hampton Census Area
Wrangell-Petersburg Census Area
Yakutat City and Borough
Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area
Farmer's Markets, Farm Stands and Roadside Stands, Etc. (NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)
Kenai Peninsula Borough
Crazy Eights Farm - farm market, picnic area (bring your
own food), petting zoo, farm animals, school tours, group
reservations, events at your location (call for info)
Mile 16 Oilwell Road, Ninilchik, AK 99639. Phone: 907-299-6659. Alternate Phone: 360-940-7863. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Directions: Follow the signs past Freddie's Roadhouse at Mile 16 of the Oilwell Road, Ninilchik, Alaska. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, AmEx. Click here for our Facebook page. Fresh vegetables, homemade breads and baked goods and dog sled rides. (UPDATED: December 26, 2013)
Fairbanks North Star Borough
- Pearl Creek Farm - Farm stand / farm
market on a farm, Wide variety of seasonal, locally grown fruits and
vegetables, Covered outdoor market, rhubarb, porta-potties
849 Wolverine Ln, Fairbanks, AK 99709. Phone: 907-474-8136. Open: Thursday and Sunday, 12 pm to 6. Directions: Actually on Herreid. Click here for a map and directions. For a map to our farm, click here. Payment: Cash, Check. (ADDED: September 02, 2014)
Farm Bed And Breakfasts
Kenai Peninsula Borough County
Berry Patch Bed and Breakfast - 3 total rooms, Price range from
$115 to $135, Large rooms, Small fridge in rooms, Fresh farm breakfasts,
Fresh eggs, Mountain views, Hiking trails, Fishing nearby, hunting nearby,
boating nearby, skiing nearby, snowmobiling nearby, horse riding,
fitness/health club nearby, Free farm tours for overnight guests, Within an
easy drive to an Interstate road, children welcome, No pets please, No
smoking allowed, PYO fruit, Help feed the animals, Organic farming, Honeybee
hives onsite, chickens,
14247 Victor Drive, Seward, AK 99664. Phone: 907-491-0164. Email: email@example.com. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. (ADDED: March 25, 2010)
Seward Alaska Fishing - Offering world-class fishing and is one of the best Alaska has to offer. The world record sport caught Pacific Halibut was caught in Seward on June 11, 1996. weighting an astounding 459 pounds
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