Where in Northeast Colorado to find pick your own farms and orchards for fruit, vegetables, pumpkins and canning & freezing instructions!

This month's notes: December 2014: Harvested local apples are still available at farmers and farmer's markets! And of course, you can cut your own Christmas tree, get one already cut or get a libing one to plant after Christmas - see this page.  Make your own homemade ice cream including low fat, low sugar and other flavors))  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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Northeast Colorado U-Pick Farms and Orchards, sorted by county

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!

Larimer County

  • Bartels Land and Livestock; U-pick and Pumpkin Patch - ORGANIC, beets, carrots, corn (sweet), cucumbers, melons, peppers, pumpkins, summer squash, winter squash, tomatoes, other vegetables, pumpkin patch-pick in the field, pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field, and prepicked produce, petting zoo
    3424 E. Douglas Road, Ft. Collins, CO 80524. Phone: 970-493-3853. Email us at: llavud@frii.com. Directions: I-25 exit 271, West 1 mile, North 2 miles, East one half mile on North side of road. We are one mile North of the Budweiser brewery. And for a map to our farm, click here. Crops are usually available in June, July, August, September, October. Open: If you want to pick straight from the garden, scheduling it  by calling  Nancy. daily October 1st-31st 10am-6pm. July-September open most days by appt. 1pm-8pm. Winter squash starting September 15th. Pumpkins, decorative corn, gourds, corn stalks, straw bales, petting zoo starting October 1st. Pre-picked seasonal vegetables starting June. Winter squash till Feb. We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. Payment: Cash, only. We are family owned and operated for over 100 years. (UPDATED: May 11, 2010, from their website)
  • Bee Family Centennial Farm Museum - U-pick rhubarb in season.
    4320 E. County Rd. 58, Fort Collins, CO. Phone: (970) 482-9168. Email: info@beefamilyfarm.com. open: May - October or by appointment, Friday and Saturday, 9 am to 4 pm. Directions: From I-25 take Exit 271 to east frontage road. Go north 4 miles to County Road 58, then 1/4 mile east. Demonstrations, museum/historical bldgs., farm tours, farm animals, gift shop. Handicap access, motor coach/bus access. The farm museum offers a one-of-a-kind learning experience as you journey through time with the Bee family’s efforts to cultivate the arid prairie of northern Colorado. (ADDED: May 11, 2010, from their website)

Logan County

Morgan County

  • Just What Grows Gardens - eggplant, flowers, herbs/spices, lavender, peppers, winter squash, other vegetables, Other fruit or veg, school tours, events at your location (call for info)
    County Road T.9, Brush, CO 80723. Phone: 970-370-1712. Alternate Phone: 970-842-9863. Email: justwhatgrowsgardens@gmail.com. Open: Pick your own garden is open daily from 8:00 to sunset; Call the owner to set up your first visit, after that, visit the garden when ever you want. Directions: Just What Grows Gardens is located between Fort Morgan and Brush off of Interstate 76. Turn north onto Dodd Bridge Road (county road 24) and drive over the river. The first road past the river is County Road T.9. Turn to the east (right) and drive 1.6 miles. Look for the signs and park in the grass next to gardens. Click here for a map and directions. "Fresh Flowers and Herbs May 31st thru a hard frost;" "Hardy native plants April 31st thru October 31st" "Ladybug Cherry Peppers August 1st thru a hard frost". Payment: Cash, Check. We have a great selection of drought tolerant plants. Over ten types of grasses, 7 types of shrubs, and 7 types of perennials. These are large and sold at a great price. These are grown in the native soils in the ground so that they are adapted to the local climate.Must see to believe. (ADDED: August 27, 2012, JBS)

Phillips County

Sedgewick County

Washington County

Weld County

  • Lukens Farms - Uses integrated pest management practices, apples, flowers, pumpkins, Turkeys, petting zoo, farm animals, school tours
    9320 East State Highway 14, Fort Collins, CO 80524. Phone: 303-579-2668. Email: Lukensfarms@gmail.com. Open: We are a small working farm and therefore do not offer drop in hours; please call first to make sure we are available. Directions: East of interstate 25 on Highway 14 about 6 miles. West of Ault from Highway 85 on Hoghway 14 about 8 miles. Click here for a map and directions. Flower season starts in July; Pumpkin season starts in September; Apple season starts in September; Typically all apples are gone by October. We use integrated pest management practices. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard. We also sell grass hay and are a small poultry hatchery with day old chicks. Juvenile birds and adult birds available for sale. We have chicks hatching almost everyday. We have several breeds of chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys and more. (UPDATED: January 10, 2013) (ADDED: June 02, 2012)
  • Miller Farms - peppers, pumpkins, winter squash, tomatoes, other vegetables,
    9040 US Hwy 66, Platteville, CO 80651. Phone: 970-785-6133. Fax: 970-785-0176. Email: millerfarms80651@aol.com. Directions: And for a map to our farm, click here. Crops are usually available in September, October, November. Open: The cost is $15;00 per person, Group of 4 for $50;00 w/each additional person $10;00, groups of 10+ =$10;00 and military ID's are $10;00 for everyone in their group! Thanks. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. (UPDATED: February 14, 2010)
    Comments from a visitor on September 18, 2010: "This was a great experience for me and my three kids. We got a ridiculous amount of vegetables (which I should be canning, instead of typing on the computer!) The kids and I climbed into a huge wagon towed by a tractor and we were ferried around to different fields. We picked beets, cabbage, corn, peppers, basil, potatoes, onions, leeks, carrots, and more! The produce was very nice quality, and the drivers were helpful at each stop. My only gripe is that we were just turned out into the fields without any instructions about what to look for, or any tools. Some of the produce (like cabbages) were tricky to harvest without help. The drivers were available to dig carrots and leeks for us, which was appreciated. There is a large play area at the front of the farm with sheltered tables. After our harvesting trip (which took about 2 hours), we ate lunch, then the kids were able to play on the hay pyramid, fence maze, and pedal-operated "tractors." Wagons were provided for us to pull our produce out to the car. Overall, this was a fun trip and an amazing value. I will probably go back later this season to get some different veggies, and I will DEFINITELY return next year."
    Comments from a visitor on September 09, 2010: "We loved being at Miller Farms. There were a ton of different activities for the children. The fields to pick produce from are so vast. We got a very large selection of vegetables. There was a lot of fun things, like a giant jumping air pillow, and a massive hay pyramid, for the children to enjoy. The prices were so good for what you get. "

Yuma County


Farmer's Markets, Farm Stands and Roadside Stands, Etc.
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)

Morgan County

  • Just What Grows Gardens - Farmers market (multiple stalls or vendors), some produce is sustainably grown, some produce is grown using IPM (integrated pest management), Uncovered outdoor market, cucumbers, peppers, winter squash, tomatoes, other vegetables, Other fruit or veg, school tours, events at your location (call for info)
    County Road T.9, Brush, CO 80723. Phone: 970-370-1712. Alternate Phone: 970-842-9863. Email: justwhatgrowsgardens@gmail.com. Open: Every Monday thru Halloween; 5:00 to 7:00pm. Directions: Just What Grows Gardens is located between Fort Morgan and Brush off of Interstate 76. Turn north onto Dodd Bridge Road (county road 24) and drive over the river. The first road past the river is County Road T.9. Turn to the east (right) and drive 1.6 miles. Look for the signs and park in the grass next to gardens. Click here for a map and directions. "Fresh Flowers and Herbs May 31st thru a hard frost;" "Hardy native plants April 31st thru October 31st" "Ladybug Cherry Peppers August 1st thru a hard frost". Payment: Cash, Check. We have a great selection of drought tolerant plants. Over ten types of grasses, 7 types of shrubs, and 7 types of perennials. These are large and sold at a great price. These are grown in the native soils in the ground so that they are adapted to the local climate.Must see to believe. (ADDED: August 27, 2012)

Larimer County

  • On the Vine- Wide variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables, farm market, CSA, (not a PYO)
    W. Horsetooth and Richmond Dr, Fort Collins, CO 80526. Phone: 970-443-4011. Email: otvatrichmondfarms@yahoo.com. Open: April to October. Directions: Call for directions. Payment: Cash, Check . Produce, herbs, cut Flowers, sustainably grown & Pestcide Free. (Suggested by a visitor, ADDED: June 30, 2013)
    A visitor writes on June 30, 2013: "Love it!"
  • Rocky Mountain Green Market - farm market, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms
    Rainbow Plaza 4229 West Eisenhower, Loveland, CO 80537. Phone: 970-203-9191. Email: rainbowplaza@live.com. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. Featuring local organic produce, green products & services, organic bread & pasta, grass fed meats, organic eggs & cheese, local honey, local artists & crafters, Colorado wine & beer, organic plants & flowers, organic hand dipped chocolates, wine & beer garden, music. (ADDED: April 12, 2010)

Logan County

  • Becker's Produce - farmer's market (no PYO)
    6888 CR 18, Merino, CO 80741. Phone: 970-228-4228. Open: from June through October. 
    Comments from a visitor on October 17, 2008: "i love their farm, they have an 8 acre garden in their backyard, they also get alot of produce from other local growers, They work DIRECTLY with an orchard owner, and they sell the most delicious peaches you have ever had. they pick their produce and take it to the Farmer's Market. they are well respected by the community, and often donate produce to benefit the people. they sell Tomatoes, cucumbers, corn, lettuce, watermelon, cantaloupe, green beans, squash, pumpkins, gourds, Palisade Peaches, apples, peppers, Roasted Chiles, dill, red beets, carrots, celery. they got to the Sterling (colo)Wal-mart parking lot, Saturdays: 8am-6pm Tuesdays: 5:30pm-7pm they also go to the fairgrounds at Akron (colo) mondays:6pm-8pm, they are finally at the courthouse Sidney(nebr) Saturdays:8am-1pm. they also attend the Sterling (colo) sugarbeet days, and the Sidney(nebr) Oktoberfest. they are a strong proud business that has grown from a card table to 8 tables FULL of stuff, and stuff on the ground(in baskets of course)in 21 YEARS " (Suggested by a visitor, ADDED: October 18, 2008)

Weld County

  • Fritzler Farms Inc dba Fritzler Corn Maze and Scream Acres - Farm stand / farm market on a farm, Farmers market (multiple stalls or vendors), Wide variety of seasonal, locally grown fruits and vegetables, Covered outdoor market, apples, corn (sweet), cucumbers, onions, pears, peaches, plums, pumpkins, summer squash, tomatoes, concessions / refreshment stand, porta-potties, picnic area, birthday parties, school tours
    20861 County Road 33, Lasalle, CO 80645. Phone: 970-737-2129. Alternate Phone: 970-737-2141. Fax: 970-737-2129. Email: getlost@fritzlermaze.com. Open: Mid July through Labor Day 9 am to 6 pm daily at Fritzler Farms Greeley Farmer's Market - Train Depot downtown Greeley Wednesday afternoons and Saturday mornings. Market updates: Click here for updates. Directions: Seven miles south of Greeley or 22 miles north of Brighton on the west side of Highway 85. A short drive from any front range location. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Visa/MasterCard, Discover. Click here for our Facebook page. Fritzler Farms has been providing fall-fun for all ages since 2000. Large u-pick pumpkin patch with a variety of sizes and colors as well as fall decorations. Fifteen acre corn maze, barrel train ride, pedal go-carts, corn and pumpkin cannons, pillow jumps, campfire pits, helicopter rides and much more! Several new attractions added annually. Haunted corn maze and prop filled trail "Scream Acres" along with other haunted attractions. Check our websites to see all that we have to offer!. Super Sweet Fritzler Sweet Corn, Colorado Peaches, fruits and field ripened tomatoes!. (UPDATED: June 17, 2011)
  • Lukens Farms - Uses integrated pest management practices, Roadside stand, some produce is grown using IPM (integrated pest management), all produce is grown using IPM (integrated pest management), Fresh local eggs, Crafts, artistic products, etc, apples, flowers, pumpkins, Turkeys, petting zoo, farm animals, school tours
    9320 East State Highway 14, Fort Collins, CO 80524. Phone: 303-579-2668. Email: Lukensfarms@gmail.com. Open: We are a small working farm and therefore do not offer drop in hours; please call first to make sure we are available. Directions: East of interstate 25 on Highway 14 about 6 miles. West of Ault from Highway 85 on Hoghway 14 about 8 miles. Click here for a map and directions. Flower season starts in July; Pumpkin season starts in September; Apple season starts in September; Typically all apples are gone by October. We use integrated pest management practices. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard. We also sell grass hay and are a small poultry hatchery with day old chicks. Juvenile birds and adult birds available for sale. We have chicks hatching almost everyday. We have several breeds of chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys and more. (UPDATED: January 10, 2013)
  • Scarecrow Gardens - No pesticides are used, Farm stand / farm market on a farm, Wide variety of seasonal, locally grown fruits and vegetables, all produce is sustainably grown, Uncovered outdoor market, restrooms, farm animals
    2235 North 47th Avenue, Greeley, CO 80631. Phone: 970-420-0163. Alternate Phone: 970-667-5733. Email: rlleffler@aol.com. Open: July 10 to October 1; Saturdays 9 am to 5:30 pm; Sundays noon to 4:30 pm. Directions: From US34 go north 2 miles on 59th Avenue to O Street; go east 1 mile to North 47th Avenue; go north 1/2 mile on 47th Avenue; farm is on west side of road. Click here for a map and directions. We do not use pesticides on the crops. Payment: Cash, Check. (ADDED: November 26, 2014)

Local Honey Sources:

Larimer County

  • Harvest Farm - Honey (retail), Honey from hives on the farm, picnic area, petting zoo, farm animals, birthday parties
    4240 East County Road 66, Wellington, CO 80549. Phone: 970-569-9803. Email: info@denrescue.org. Open: *Call for available honey throuhout the year. Directions: Exit 278 from I-25, take the frontage road to County Road 66 and turn left. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa/MasterCard. Click here for our Facebook page. FREE Pizza Farm tours available Aug. 14-Sept 14 2012. Please call to schedule a group reservation. Tours last 1 hour. (ADDED: July 12, 2012)

Horse Rides and More:

Larimer County

  • Aspen Lodge at Estes Park - Horses rented (guided trails), Dude ranches / Guest ranches, Horse riding lessons, equipment & instruction, Western riding equipment & instruction, Fresh farm breakfasts, Lunches offered, Farm dinners, snacks, refreshments and/or concessions, Bed and breakfast, Hotel / Motel nearby, Wedding facilities, Beautiful rural setting, Mountain views, Hiking trails, Fishing onsite, Swimming pool onsite, washer and dryer available, Fishing nearby, hunting nearby, boating nearby, skiing nearby, horse riding, golf nearby, swimming pool nearby, tennis nearby, fitness/health club nearby, Within an easy drive to an Interstate road, children welcome, No pets please, No smoking allowed, Vegetarian meals available, meeting room available, beginners riding lessons, horse-drawn hayrides, horse-drawn carriage rides, Horse-drawn sleigh rides (weather permitting), gift shop, concessions / refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, pony rides, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties
    6120 State Highway 7, Estes Park, CO 80517. Phone: 970-586-8133. Fax: 970-577-3419. Email: requests@aspenlodge.net. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: 7.5 miles South of Estes Park on State Highway 7. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. Click here for our Facebook page. Desitnation Resort and Full Service Restaurant & Bar. (ADDED: October 14, 2011)

Weld County

  • Kiowa Creek Coaches - Boarding stables, Horse ranches, Beautiful rural setting, Mountain views, Within an easy drive to an Interstate road, School tours, children welcome, No smoking allowed, horse-drawn hayrides, horse-drawn carriage rides, Horse-drawn sleigh rides (weather permitting), farm animals, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties, school tours, events at your location (call for info)
    14200 Wcr 7, Mead, CO 80542. Phone: 303/588-1197. Email: kiowacreekranch@gmail.com. Open: Available 7 days per week; Call ahead to make reservations/schedule an event. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. HAYRIDES, on site or we will travel to your location. (ADDED: October 27, 2010)

Farm Venues for Events, Activities, Parties and Meetings:

Weld County

  • Fritzler Farms Inc dba Fritzler Corn Maze and Scream Acres - Lighting, Birthday parties, Business outings, Corporate events, Filming or photo shoots, School and educational groups, Daycare and preschool groups, You may bring your own food, Some Tables and chairs are provided, Bring your own linens and table silverware, Corn maze, Pumpkin patch, Beautiful rural setting, Mountain views, CD Player, Microphone, Sound System, Free Onsite Lot parking lot, Within an easy drive to an Interstate road, children welcome, No smoking allowed, handicap accessible, concessions / refreshment stand, porta-potties, picnic area, birthday parties, school tours
    20861 County Road 33, Lasalle, CO 80645. Phone: 970-737-2129. Alternate Phone: 970-737-2141. Fax: 970-737-2129. Email: getlost@fritzlermaze.com. Open: Same as maze hours. Venue updates: Click here for updates. Directions: Seven miles south of Greeley or 22 miles north of Brighton on the west side of Highway 85. A short drive from any front range location. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Visa/MasterCard, Discover. Click here for our Facebook page. Fritzler Farms has been providing fall-fun for all ages since 2000. Large u-pick pumpkin patch with a variety of sizes and colors as well as fall decorations. Fifteen acre corn maze, barrel train ride, pedal go-carts, corn and pumpkin cannons, pillow jumps, campfire pits, helicopter rides and much more! Several new attractions added annually. Haunted corn maze and prop filled trail "Scream Acres" along with other haunted attractions. Check our websites to see all that we have to offer!. (UPDATED: June 17, 2011)

Meats, Milk and Eggs:

Weld County

  • Lukens Farms - Uses integrated pest management practices, Chicken (free range), Turkey, Duck, Beef, Veal, Pork, Lamb, Mutton, Goat meat, USDA Natural, No hormones used, No antibiotics used, 100% mixture of corn, grain, soybeans and/or other natural supplemental feeds, Eggs (free range, vegetarian fed), Brown eggs, Specialty eggs (see below), Within an easy drive to an Interstate road, Farm/ranch tours for visitors, School tours, children welcome, No pets please, Turkeys, petting zoo, farm animals, school tours
    9320 East State Highway 14, Fort Collins, CO 80524. Phone: 303-579-2668. Email: Lukensfarms@gmail.com. Open: We are a small working farm and therefore do not offer drop in hours; please call first to make sure we are available. Directions: East of interstate 25 on Highway 14 about 6 miles. West of Ault from Highway 85 on Hoghway 14 about 8 miles. Click here for a map and directions. Flower season starts in July; Pumpkin season starts in September; Apple season starts in September; Typically all apples are gone by October;. We use integrated pest management practices. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard. We also sell grass hay and are a small poultry hatchery with day old chicks. Juvenile birds and adult birds available for sale. We have chicks hatching almost everyday. We have several breeds of chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys and more. Please note our veal are raised in a natural environment. So the meat consistency is different. (UPDATED: January 10, 2013) (ADDED: June 02, 2012)

Wholesale Foods

Weld County

  • Lukens Farms - Uses integrated pest management practices, Local sales at our farm, Local delivery, some produce is grown using IPM (integrated pest management), all produce is grown using IPM (integrated pest management), Crafts, artistic products, etc, apples, flowers, pumpkins, Turkeys, petting zoo, farm animals, school tours
    9320 East State Highway 14, Fort Collins, CO 80524. Phone: 303-579-2668. Email: Lukensfarms@gmail.com. Open: We are a small working farm and therefore do not offer drop in hours; please call first to make sure we are available. Directions: East of interstate 25 on Highway 14 about 6 miles. West of Ault from Highway 85 on Hoghway 14 about 8 miles. Click here for a map and directions. Flower season starts in July; Pumpkin season starts in September; Apple season starts in September; Typically all apples are gone by October. We use integrated pest management practices. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard. We also sell grass hay and are a small poultry hatchery with day old chicks. Juvenile birds and adult birds available for sale. We have chicks hatching almost everyday. We have several breeds of chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys and more. (UPDATED: January 10, 2013) (ADDED: June 02, 2012)
  • Tigges Farm Produce and Pumpkin Patch - Local sales at our farm, Wide variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables, U-pick and already picked, farm market, gift shop, restrooms, picnic area
    12404 Weld County Road 64 1/2, Greeley, CO 80631. Phone: 970-686-7225. Email: notillkathy@comcast.net. Open: August: Tuesday thru Saturday, 10am to 6pm; September: Monday thru Saturday, 10am to 6pm; October, daily, 9am to 6pm. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Click here for our Facebook page. First Saturday of October is the Chile Salsa Contest, 3pm. First Sunday of October is the Pumpkin Dessert Contest, 3pm. First Saturday of October thru 2nd Sunday of October is Military Appreciation Days. See website, click Special Events for more information. Farm Equipment Museum. Over a dozen varities of chlies are grown at the farm from sweet to very, very hot. Buy one or by the bushel. Fire roasted on-site free. Tomatoes individually or by lots of 25lbs. Gourd artists will enjoy the selection each fall of snake, birdhouse, miniature bottle and penguin gourds. (UPDATED: October 04, 2012)

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