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

This month's notes: August 2014: Blueberries, blackberries, raspberries tomatoes, corn and most vegetables are being picked in most places; strawberries are finishing or done; Peaches are in and early apples have started. Find a local blueberry festival and blueberry picking tips here. See how easy it is to make strawberry jam or strawberry-rhubarb jam! Make your own homemade strawberry 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!

Organic farms are identified in green!  See our guide to local fruit and vegetable festivals!. Please tell the farms you found them here - and ask them to update their information!!

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Iowa 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!

Allamakee County

Bremer County

Butler County

Cerro Gordo County

  • Furleigh Farms - Vegetables, Melons, Pumpkins, Strawberries, Sweet Corn, Tomatoes, Corn Maze
    811 North 56th Street, Clear Lake, IA, 50428 . Phone: 641-357-4097. Directions: Furleigh Farms is located two miles east of Interstate 35 on Highway 122.

Chickasaw County

Fayette County

  • Rawson's Berries - Peas, Asparagus, Strawberries & Raspberries
    13814 220th Street, West Union, IA 52175. Phone: 563-422-3716. Email: krawson@fbx.com. Directions: 2.5 miles west of Fayette County Fairgrounds, West Union, IA.

Floyd County

Franklin County

Hancock County

Howard County

Mitchell County

Winnebago County

Winneshiek County

Worth County

Wright County


 

 

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Picking Tips

[General picking tips and a guide to each fruit and vegetable] [How much do I need to pick? (Yields - how much raw makes how much cooked or frozen)] [Selecting the right varieties to pick] [All about apple varieties - which to pick and why!]  [Picking tips for Vegetables] [ Strawberry picking tips] [ Blueberries picking tips]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Illustrated Canning, Freezing, Jam Instructions and Recipes

All About Home Canning, Freezing and Making Jams, Pickles, Sauces, etc. ] [FAQs - Answers to common questions and problems] [Recommended books about home canning, jam making, drying and preserving!] [Free canning publications to download and print]