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

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North-Central 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!

Penobscot County 

  • Adams Strawberry Acres - strawberries
    Route 15, East Corinth, ME. Phone: 207-285-3324.
  • Alexander's Wild Maine Blueberries - blueberries,
    79 Alexander Way, Greenfield, ME 04418. Phone: 207-570-7500. Email: click here for the contact form on their website. Open: Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. Click here for our Facebook page. (UPDATED: July 29, 2010)
  • Country Junction - flowers
    Route 11, Bradford, Maine.  Phone: 207-327-1398. Fax 207-327-2076. Email: countryjct@msn.com.  Open: 10 am to 5 pm, closed Sunday and Monday; closed from December 24 until April  . We have a nice assortment of flowers for you to choose a bouquet from. 
  • Gray Farm - peas, beans and pumpkins
    Route 222, Newport, Maine.  Phone: 207-278-2415. Open: July through October, 7 days, 9 am to 6 pm;  By appointment.  Pick your own peas, beans and pumpkins.
  • Harris Orchard - apples
    Wiswell Road, So. Brewer, Maine. Phone: 207-989-3435.  Open: Labor Day until done. Handicapped Accessible. Bus parking.  Pick your own big red Mac apples.
    Comments from a visitor on October 06, 2012: "We called this orchard the day before to check that they still had apples. After being told they did, we showed up to find no apples in sight, and no one answering the "please ring for service" bell. After walking around the orchard for some time, we managed to pick 20 or 30 apples. When we finally found someone to talk to, she insisted they did have plenty apples like they told me, and I just didn't look hard enough. If it is even remotely late in the season, skip this orchard, unless you want to get yelled at for being too stupid to find apples that aren't there."
  • Ireland Farms - berries, peas and beans
    Intersection of Route 2 & Sweet Road, Lincoln, Maine.  Phone: 207-794-8084. Pick your own berries. Also pick your own peas and beans in season. We also have herbs, cut flowers and fall storage crops available to pick. Open June 25 until done, 9 am. - 5 pm. Handicapped Accessible. Restrooms available. Bus parking. 
  • Langley's Strawberries - strawberries
    Union Street, Hermon, Maine.  Phone: 207-848-3936. Fax 207-848-3936. Email: berrylangl@aol.com. U-pick strawberries. Open: end of June through mid-July from 6 to 10 am; Call ahead for picking information. Handicapped Accessible. Restrooms available. Bus parking. Directions: Off outer Union Street from Bangor.  (UPDATED: June 20, 2009)
  • Maine-ly Apples - apples
    Rte 7, Moosehead Trail, Dixmont, Maine.  Phone: 207-234-2043. Fax 207-234-2793. Email: JEODIX@aol.com  Pick McIntosh and Cortland apples from semi-dwarf trees. No ladders needed. Easy picking. Open September 10 to October 15, Daily 10 am to 5 pm. Handicapped Accessible. Restrooms available. 
  • Mullis Orchards - apples,
    370 Dexter Road Orchard on nearby Shaker Road, Corinna, ME 04928. Phone: 207-278-3704. Alternate Phone: 207-278-2825. Open: PYO in mid - September to early October; Contact us for best times. Directions: Maine Route 7 on the Moosehead Trail. Two miles north of Corinna, on the Dexter Road. Click here for a map and directions. Mid August to mid November. Payment: Cash, Check. (ADDED: August 23, 2010)
  • North Chester Orchard - apples
    North River Road, Chester, Maine.  Phone: 207-794-3547. Email: northchesterorchard@hotmail.com   McIntosh and Cortlands on dwarf trees. Also other apple varieties and farm products. Directions: Follow the signs or call. North River Road 2.5 miles N. of the green Chester bridge.
    Open weekends in late September and early October. Call for details. 
  • Nutkin Knoll Farm - Pick your own fresh flowers
    Chapman Road, Newburgh, Maine.  Phone: 207-234-7268 . Fax 207-234-7268. Email: nutkin@uninets.net. Open: May through October.  A wide variety of perennials, annuals and shrubs. 1.3 miles from Rte 69 to Chapman Road on Rte 9. DOT signs on Rte 9.  Bus parking. 
  • Rocky Ridge Farm - raspberries
    22 Marsh Road, 1 mile east of Corinth off of Hudson Road (Route 43). Corinth, Maine. Phone: 207-285-7764. Open: July and late September, 8 am until dark. Closed Sunday We are a small Maine Farm adapted for "pick-your-own" customers. Our motto is, "For the freshest raw deal in town." Pumpkins in September and October. Bus loads and school groups welcome. Handicapped Accessible. Restrooms available. Bus parking. 
  • Rowe Orchards - Apples
    Route 7, Newport, ME 04953. Phone: 207-368-4777. Email us at: info@roweorchards.com. Open: Every fall weekend from 10am to 5pm. Directions: 2 mile on Route 7 from I-95 Click here for a map to our farm. We are open September, October. Enjoy a fall day picking your own fruit from our dwarf trees. Take a tractor ride throughout the orchard to trees that all can reach.
  • Tate's Strawberry Farm - You pick strawberries.
    Hudson Road, East Corinth, Maine. Phone: 207-285-7944.  Open: every day in season, daylight to dark, rain or shine. Directions: Off Route 43 on Hudson Road, 15 mile north of Bangor. Very good, weed free picking. Handicapped Accessible. Restrooms available. Bus parking. 
  • Thomas Vegetable Farm - beans, cucumbers, pumpkins, and prepicked produce, school tours
    364 Garland Road, Corinth, ME 04427. Phone: 207-285-3573. Email: thomasfarmsecme@hotmail.com. Directions: We are located on Route 94 in Corinth. And for a map to our farm, click here. Crops are usually available in July, August, September, October. Open: The vegetable stand is open 7 days a week from 10 am to 6 pm; Pick your own Pumpkins is open Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 4 pm. Payment: Cash, Check. We have several vegetable stands open throughout central Maine and many Hannaford supermarkets carry our produce! (ADDED: May 04, 2008)
  • Treworgy Family Orchards - apples, hayrides, corn maze
    3876 Union Street, Levant, ME 04456. Phone: 207-884-8354. Fax 207-884-8689. Email: info@treworgyorchards.com. Open: Apples and Pumpkins; September to October. Directions: 10 miles west of Bangor, Rte 222, 2 miles past Levant Village at top of hill.  Dwarf apple trees for easy picking, apples can be picked from a wheelchair. Hayrides to the pumpkin patch. Picnic tables and ice cream dairy bar on premises. Animals for petting. School field trips welcome. Handicapped Accessible. Restrooms available. Bus parking.  Spring to fall‚ pet the goats and enjoy your favorite ice cream treat. In the autumn… fill a bag with Cortland or McIntosh apples, pick beautiful pumpkins from our five-acre patch, or get lost in our famous corn maze! Enjoy a ride in a horse-drawn wagon as you tour the farm, learn about its history, and about how it all works today. Find out about our sustainable farming practices, and why they’re so important.   (UPDATED: October 18, 2012, jbs) 
  • Windy View Farm Stand - seasonal vegetables and a variety of flowers
    Town Farm Road, Dexter, Maine. Phone: 207-924-3381. Fax 207-924-0039.  Email: townfarm@prexar.com. Open: early spring through October, Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm.  Available to customers who prefer to pick their own. At center of town take Rte 23 south (Lower Main Street) for 2.4 mile to Town Farm Road. Take a left. Building is visible from Rte 23.

Piscataquis County 

  • Checkerberry Farm - potatoes, carrots and beets.
    530 Wellington Road, Parkman, Maine.  Phone: 207-277-3114. "Dig your own roots." Fall storage crops - mainly potatoes, carrots and beets. Open:  Varies with season, please call. 
  • Moosehorn Farms - No pesticides are used, beans, beets, blueberries, carrots, corn (sweet), cucumbers, pumpkins, raspberries (red), winter squash, strawberries, other vegetables,
    176 Main Road, Abbot, ME 04406. Phone: 207-343-1994. Email: carlvainio@gmail.com. Open: every day 9 am to 7pm; call ahead for Tuesdays and if you want to pick early, usually here just do not open the stand before 9 am. Directions: On Route 15, North Abbot- almost to Monson town line. Click here for a map and directions. We do not use pesticides on the crops. Payment: Cash, only. The map on the link on this page does not show the farm is in Abbot. cannot seem to change it, please call for directions and produce availability- we are later on planting than everyone, which means we have it when others are out already!. (UPDATED: July 23, 2012) (ADDED: March 16, 2010)
  • Perseverance Wild Blueberry Farm - pyo blueberries, already-picked blueberries, restrooms, picnic area, weddings and wedding parties
    Campbell And Prebble Lane, Kingsbury Plantation, ME 04443. Phone: (207) 314-3937. Alternate Phone: (207) 745-4572. Fax: (207) 876 3255. Email: persevere@myfairpoint.net. Open: August 7 to August 30 on Monday to Friday from 7:30 am to Noon; Saturday and Sunday from 7:30 am to 3:00 pm. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. Directions: Wild Maine low bust Blueberries August 7 through August 30 Custom orders by advanced order via phones listed. Payment: Cash, Check. (ADDED: February 18, 2010)
  • Stutzman's Farm - strawberries, pumpkins, potatoes, squash
    Douty Hill Road, Sangerville, Maine. Phone: 207-564-8596. Fax 207-564-8596. Email: doughtyhill@prexar.com.  Open: from the end of June through October, 9:00 - 5:00 daily; PYO hours 7:00-5:00 from June to July. U-pick strawberries. Harvest farm weekend in September with pumpkins, potatoes, squash. Douty Hill Road, 2 one half miles outside Dover-Foxcroft.   Handicapped Accessible. Bus parking.

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

Penobscot County

  • Alexander's Wild Maine Blueberries - blueberries only
    79 Alexander Way, Greenfield, ME 04418. Phone: 207-570-7500. Email: click here for the contact form on their website. Open: Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. Click here for our Facebook page. Fresh blueberries packaged in 5 pound and 10 pound freezer-ready boxes. (UPDATED: July 29, 2010)
  • Calkins Farm Stand - Uses natural growing practices, Wide variety of seasonal, locally grown fruits and vegetables, Covered outdoor market, Uncovered outdoor market, Fresh local eggs, Preserves, jams, jellies, Honey from hives on the farm, Fresh eggs, Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises)
    295 Main Road South, Hampden, ME 04444. Phone: 207 862-6832. Fax: 207 862-6832. Open: May 1 to Christmas Eve, 9 am to 5 pm daily. Picking updates: Click here for updates. Directions: From Bangor: 7 miles south of the Bangor House on Main Road South, at foot of hill from Dorethea Dix State Park. From Winterport: 1 mile north of the town line on the river side. Look for a sunny yellow building on the right. Click here for a map and directions. Christmas trees available from Thanksgiving until Christmas Eve. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, WIC Vouchers. corn stalks, green tomatoes, crabapples, potted herbs. (ADDED: October 10, 2009)
  • Mullis Orchards - apples, pears, pumpkins, raspberries (Autumn, red), winter squash, school tours
    370 Dexter Road Orchard on nearby Shaker Road, Corinna, ME 04928. Phone: 207-278-3704. Alternate Phone: 207-278-2825. Open: Seven days a week from 10 am to 5 pm. Directions: Maine Route 7 on the Moosehead Trail. Two miles north of Corinna, on the Dexter Road. Click here for a map and directions. Mid August to mid November. Payment: Cash, Check. Family farm grown fruit fresh from the trees to the customer. (ADDED: August 23, 2010)

Piscataquis County

  • Auger Farm- Wide variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables,
    40 Monument Rd., Abbot, ME 04406. Phone: 207-876-4253. Email: jauger@hughes.net. Open: Call for for hours and availability. Directions: Call for directions. Payment: Cash, only. Small roadside stand with homemade maple syrup, jams, jellies, eggs, and some outdoor plants for sale. They have rhubarb and lettuce for sale now and will have lots of other veggies as they ripen. They are raising a few goats and pigs and would be happy to show them to you if you ask. (Suggested by a visitor, ADDED: June 24, 2011)
    Comments from a visitor on June 24, 2011: "A nice little working farm less than a mile from route 6 & 15, just up the road from Abbot Village. It will be a great place to stop for fresh veggies on your way to Moosehead Lake. "
  • Moosehorn Farms - No pesticides are used, Farm stand / farm market on a farm, Wide variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables, all produce is sustainably grown,
    176 Main Road, Abbot, ME 04406. Phone: 207-343-1994. Email: carlvainio@gmail.com. Open: every day 9 am to 7pm; call ahead for Tuesdays and if you want to pick early, usually here just do not open the stand before 9 am. Directions: On Route 15, North Abbot- almost to Monson town line. Click here for a map and directions. We do not use pesticides on the crops. Payment: Cash, only. Please call for directions and produce availability- we are later on planting than everyone, which means we have it when others are out already!. no spray on berries!!also turnip, cabbage, peppers. (UPDATED: July 23, 2012)

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Penobscot County

  • Calkins Farm Stand - Uses natural growing practices, Honey (retail), Blueberry honey, Wildflower honey, Comb honey, Raw honeys, Honey from hives on the farm, Fresh eggs, Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises)
    295 Main Road South, Hampden, ME 04444. Phone: 207 862-6832. Fax: 207 862-6832. Open: May 1 to Christmas Eve, 9 am to 5 pm daily. Picking updates: Click here for updates. Directions: From Bangor: 7 miles south of the Bangor House on Main Road South, at foot of hill from Dorethea Dix State Park. From Winterport: 1 mile north of the town line on the river side. Look for a sunny yellow building on the right. Click here for a map and directions. Christmas trees available from Thanksgiving until Christmas Eve. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, WIC Vouchers. (ADDED: October 10, 2009)

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