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

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Northern Maine 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!

Aroostook County

  • Circle B Farms - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, apples, blueberries, other vegetables, porta-potties, picnic area, school tours
    287 East Presque Isle Road, Caribou, ME 04736. Phone: 207-498-8238. Fax: 204-496-0033. Email: circlebfarms04@hotmail.com. Open: See our web site for other crops and scheduals. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: We are on rute 205, 1.5 miles from rute 161 in Caribou. Look for the big Circle B Farms sigh in the river side of the road, see web site for map. Click here for a map and directions. Blueberries Late July to mid septemder, Apples Late August to late October, Christmas Holly November 15 to December 15. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard. Check our web site for on going events. We sell Blueberry bushes spring and fall,plus we have a class on how to grow Blueberries, Apples, & gardening class as well. (UPDATED: February 09, 2012)
  • Chasse Vegetables - Peas, snap beans and other vegetables 
    Chasse Road, Saint Agatha, Maine. Phone: 207-592-9080. Directions:  Go 2 miles past Lake View Restaurant and make a right turn onto Chasse Road, go 1.5 miles, in Saint Agatha. Open: Monday through Saturday (am hours) While in season. 
  • Goughan Farms - strawberries
    872 Fort Fairfield Road, Caribou, ME 04736. Phone: 207-498-6565. They also have a corn maze in the Fall. (UPDATED: October 07, 2010)
  • Hebert Farm - highbush blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, peas and beans.
    Route 161, Guerette, Maine. Phone: 207-834-5065.  
  • Hillside Farm - blueberries
    259 US Highway 1, Monticello, ME. Phone: 207-538-9035. Email: patalados@pioneerwireless.net. Directions: North Road, 1/4 mile north of Hare Road, East Side of Rte 1. Small quantities available. Easy picking from bush.
  • J.A. & R. Farms - Pick your own apples, and fresh vegetables.
    Rte 161, St. Francis, ME. Phone: 207-398-3396. Directions: 18 miles from Fort Kent International Bridge. Open: Spring through Fall Monday through Saturday from 6:30 am to 5 pm.
  • Kody's Crop - custom growers
    396 Main Street, Bridgewater, ME. Phone: 207-429-9551. Email: gary50@ainop.com. Open: summer and fall, call for hours. If we don't have it, we will custom grow it for you. We also have three varieties of potatoes: Red, Superiors and Shepodys.
  • Mac's Best Produce - red raspberries, highbush blueberries, apples
    799 Benedicta Road, Benedicta, Maine. Phone: 207-365-4486. Fax 207-365-4453. Email themcavoys@ainop.com. Email: themcavoys@pivot.net. Open: Late June through October, Monday to Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm. Mac's Best grows three varieties of red raspberries, 2 highbush blueberries, 8 apples and an assortment of vegetables to ensure a wide selection all season long.  Restrooms Available.
  • McElwain's Strawberry Farm - pre-picked and pick your own strawberries
    Rte 161, Caribou, ME. Phone: 207-498 8276. Email: fmcelwai@maine.rr.com. Open Summer through Fall, call for hours and availability. Directions: Three miles from downtown Caribou on Rte 161. (UPDATED: June 27, 2011)
  • Sunnyside Farm / Ferme Ensoleillee - apples, blueberries
    406 New Limerick Road, Linneus, ME 04730. Phone: 207-532-7058. Email: fermeensoleillee.sunnysidefarm@gmail.com.  Open: Summer, Fall (Apples) 7 days 8am - 5pm. Directions: Right outside Houlton in the countryside of Linneus. Call for precise directions.Cultivated highbush; varieties include: Northland, Patriot, Chippewa, Northblue, and Polaris. Handicapped Accessible, Restrooms, Can Accommodate Bus Tours.  (UPDATED: March 3, 2013, from their website)
  • McNally's Farm - raspberries, blueberries
    Intersection of Happy Corner Road and Frenchville Road, Patten, Maine . Phone: 207-528-2110. Fax 207-528-6165. Email mcnallyfarm@ainop.com  Open: 7 days a week; Please call ahead of time. We also have potatoes. We take orders for the potatoes and people pick them up.  The berries start in July and run through August.  The potatoes run through October.
  • T & D Farms - Pick your own strawberries, peas and beans.
    732 Forest Avenue,  Fort Fairfield, Maine. Phone: 207-473-7786.  Open: 6 am to dark as long as season permits .
  • Treeland Farms - peas, beans, squash and pumpkin
    335 Calais Road, located 4 miles south of Houlton on U.S Route 1. Farm is on right side of the road in Hodgdon, Maine. Phone: 207-532-2018. Email bubbatreeland@aol.com  You pick several varieties of peas, beans, squash and pumpkins available in July - October. July 10 - 30. 8:00 a.m. until dark. Bus parking.
  • Whole Earth Farm - vegetables
    Route 10, Presque Isle, Maine. Phone: 207-769-2107. Email slashbrown@aol.com. Open: call for hours and availability. Route 10, three miles East of Presque Isle in  Presque Isle, Maine.   Pick your own vegetables at a good price. 

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

Aroostook County

  • Circle B Farms - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, Roadside stand, Farm stand / farm market on a farm, Wide variety of seasonal, locally grown fruits and vegetables, all produce is grown using IPM (integrated pest management), Covered outdoor market, Uncovered outdoor market, porta-potties, picnic area, school tours
    287 East Presque Isle Road, Caribou, ME 04736. Phone: 207-498-8238. Fax: 204-496-0033. Email: circlebfarms04@hotmail.com. Open: Late July, Blueberries you pick, close after Apples in late October Monday to Friday 8 am to 6 pm Saturday and Sunday 8 am to 5 pm. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: We are on rute 205, 1.5 miles from rute 161 in Caribou. Look for the big Circle B Farms sigh in the river side of the road, see web site for map. Click here for a map and directions. Blueberries Late July to mid septemder, Apples Late August to late October, Christmas Holly November 15 to December 15. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard. Check our web site for on going events. We sell Blueberry bushes spring and fall,plus we have a class on how to grow Blueberries, Apples, & gardening class as well. We do Bean Hole Beans every other Saturday afternoon from August to mid Septamber. This is real in the ground for 24 hrs. beans just like the old days! Call for schedual 498-8238 or check the farms web site. (UPDATED: February 09, 2012)

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Aroostook County

  • Circle B Farms - Local sales at our farm, some produce is grown using IPM (integrated pest management), apples, blueberries, restrooms, picnic area
    287 E Presque Isle Rd, Caribou, ME 04736. Phone: 207-498-8238. Fax: 207-493-0066. Email: circlebfarms04@hotmail.com. Open: Blueberry plants and Apple trees available in spring and fall. Directions: East Presque Isle or Route 205 in Caribou, Maine look for the Circle B Farms sigh. Click here for a map and directions. Check the schedule page on our web site. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard. Fresh cut Christmas Holly in November. We sell Blueberry plants & Apple trees. (UPDATED: January 17, 2011)

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