Where in Northeastern Maine 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!

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Northeastern 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!

Hancock County

  • Hog Bay Blueberries - blueberries
    207 Hog Bay Road, Franklin, Maine. Phone: 207-565-3584. Email: hogbay@downeast.net.  Open: July 25 through September 14 from 9 am to 5 pm daily. Directions: North on Rte 200 from Rte 1 in Sullivan. Pick your blueberries on prime blueberry barrens overlooking a beautiful salt marsh. Rakes provided. Participate in Down East's traditional harvest. Maine's best blueberry, jam, and pies.  Handicapped Accessible. Restrooms available. Bus parking.
  • Nancy Place Homestead - Uses natural growing practices, blueberries, Maple Syrup from trees on the farm, Fresh eggs, Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises)
    50 Nancy Field Rd, Orland, ME 04472. Phone: 207-949-0880. Alternate Phone: 207-949-7662. Email: mainefarmstore@gmail.com. Open: Please call ahead to be sure the berries are ready; We are anticipating that the start date for raking will be August 1st 2014; We are open to handpickers immediately by appointment. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. Payment: Cash, Check. Click here for our Facebook page. We also accept PayPal, sell Kune Kune piglets and operate other side businesses on the property. (ADDED: July 14, 2014)
  • Shalom Orchard - ORGANIC, Organic blueberries and organic apples. 
    Eastbrook Road, Franklin, Maine. Phone: 207-565-2312. Email: shalomorchard@acadia.net. Open: call for hours and availability. Directions: 1.7 miles from Route 182 & Route 200 N. Call for information on crop conditions and locations. 
  • Silveridge Farm - strawberries
    McDonald Street, Bucksport, Maine. Phone: 207-469-2405. Open: 8 am to 8 pm, conditions permitting; Please call ahead for current picking conditions. Directions: 3 one half miles out McDonald Street. Pick your own strawberries. We welcome families with small children under close supervision. 

Washington County 

  • Beddington Ridge Farm - wild blueberries
    Route 193, Beddington, Maine.  Phone: 207-638-2664. Email rcvarin@rivah.net.  Open: in dry weather August and September, call for hours. Pick your own wild blueberries using your rakes or ours. Winnow and pick over the berries using a modern cleaning machine. Please call ahead. Restroom available. 
    Comments from a visitor on August 15, 2008: "This place is great! It's in the middle of the wild blueberry barrens of Maine. I could have purchased wild blueberries in a couple of dozen places on the way up from Mass. But it was worth the drive to experience picking lowbush berries with a blueberry rake. Ron the owner was awesome! He showed us how to use the rakes, and then after we picked our boxes full, Ron brought our berries over to his berry cleaning machine. Boy was that fun to watch! I have always liked lowbush wild berries better than the cultivated highbush ones. Just make sure you call or e-mail Ron before you go up there so he will be expecting you."
    (UPDATED: August 15, 2008)
  • Blue Barrens Farm - fruits and vegetables
    88 Pea Ridge Road, Columbia, Maine.  Phone: 207-483-4196. Email bbfarm@maineline.net.  Open: Late June through September, Wednesday - Sunday from noon to 5 pm, or call for appointment.  Our nationally known preserves are available at the farm, together with fresh fruits and vegetables, picked while you wait, or ;you can pick your own. Fall storage crops also available. 
  • Crossroad Farm - flowers
    Indian River Crossroad, Jonesport, Maine.  Phone: 207-497-2641. Open: July through September, Sunday - Thursday, 9 am to 5 pm.  Make your own bouquet from many varieties of flowers.  2.2 miles off Route 1 to 187 to Indian River Crossroad - follow signs. 
  • Molly's Orchard - strawberries and apples
    Point Street, Columbia Falls, Maine.  Phone: 207-483-4178. Fax  207-483-2492. Email fivepines@prexar.com.  Open: In season daily until dark.Molly's Orchard is a small family operated pick-your-own strawberries and apple farm. Come join us for strawberries and our first year of apples!  Turn off Rte 1 at Columbia Falls, go into village and take Point Street to our farm stand on right.  Restroom available. 
  • Plantation Perennials - sweet grass stalks
    453 West Street, Princeton, Maine.  Phone: 207-796-2698. Email perennials@loa.com.  Open: Mid summer or at anytime as desired; Call for hours. Customers may cut their own sweet grass stalks. A 1" bunch is sold for $1.00, a 2" bunch for $2.00, etc. 

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

Hancock County

  • Nancy Place Homestead - Uses natural growing practices, Garden stand on a residence (which is NOT on a farm), all produce is sustainably grown, blueberries, Maple Syrup from trees on the farm, Fresh eggs, Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises)
    50 Nancy Field Rd, Orland, ME 04472. Phone: 207-949-0880. Alternate Phone: 207-949-7662. Email: mainefarmstore@gmail.com. Open: open by appointment in 2014, roadside stand in 2015 using honor system. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. Payment: Cash, Check. Click here for our Facebook page. We also accept PayPal, sell Kune Kune piglets and operate other side businesses on the property. This site is a developing permaculture homestead and we are happy to give tours and share this philosophy with interested visitors. (ADDED: July 14, 2014)
  • Peaked Mountain Farm - farm stand, wild blueberries
    Ellery's Lane, Dedham, Maine. Phone: 207-843-6484. Email: peakedmtfarm@aolcom. You can experience the wild blueberry in its natural environment as you pick your own at our farm. A great family activity. Located 5 miles from Holden Center. Take Upper Dedham Rd from Rte 1A. Turn left on Balt Mt. Road. Farm is on Ellery's Lane on right. Open: our annual harvest (late July to mid-August) at the present.  Handicapped Accessible. Restrooms available. Bus parking. (NOTE: UPDATE August 2007 - they no longer offer pick-your-own; only prepicked; they are now a farm market only!!)

Washington County

  • Garden Side Dairy @ Hatch Knoll Farm - Garden stand on a residence (which is NOT on a farm), Farm stand / farm market on a farm, Wide variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables, some produce is certified organically grown, Indoor market, Fresh local eggs, Baked goods, Preserves, jams, jellies, Crafts, artistic products, etc, blueberries, carrots, herbs/spices, other berries, pumpkins, raspberries (Autumn, red), rhubarb, summer squash, winter squash, strawberries, other vegetables, Fresh eggs, gift shop, school tours
    29 Hatch Knoll Rd, Jonesboro, ME 04648. Phone: 207-434-2674. Email: kimroos@tds.net. Open: Monday - Sunday 10 am to 4. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Click here for our Facebook page. (ADDED: September 15, 2011)

Meats, Milk and Eggs:

Washington County

  • Garden Side Dairy @ Hatch Knoll Farm - Goat meat, No hormones used, No antibiotics used, 100% grass and/or grain fed, snacks, refreshments and/or concessions, Milk, Goat Milk, Unpasteurized organic goat milk, Eggs, Farm market with fruits and vegetables, Hiking trails, Farm/ranch tours for visitors, School tours, children welcome, No pets please, Fresh eggs, gift shop, school tours
    29 Hatch Knoll Rd, Jonesboro, ME 04648. Phone: 207-434-2674. Email: kimroos@tds.net. Open: Monday - Sunday 10 am to 4. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Click here for our Facebook page. We are a small family goat Dairy and blueberry farm offering blueberries, goat cheese, goat yogurt, jams/jellies, some produce. Open 10-4. (ADDED: September 15, 2011)

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Hancock County

  • Nancy Place Homestead - Uses natural growing practices, Medium maple syrup, tours, Maple Syrup from trees on the farm, Fresh eggs, Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises)
    50 Nancy Field Rd, Orland, ME 04472. Phone: 207-949-0880. Alternate Phone: 207-949-7662. Email: mainefarmstore@gmail.com. Open: Please call ahead for tours or purchases. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. Payment: Cash, Check. . We also accept PayPal, sell Kune Kune piglets and operate other side businesses on the property. We have organic produce from our gardens for sale seasonally-- usually beginning with greens and herbs in June. Please email or call to place an order or just inquire if you are coming for an event, for a bed & breakfast stay, or for pick-your-own blueberries. (ADDED: July 14, 2014)

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Farm Bed And Breakfasts

Hancock County

  • Nancy Place Homestead - 2 total rooms, Price range from $40 to $80, Large beds, Small fridge in rooms, Coffee/tea maker in rooms, Fresh farm breakfasts, Fresh eggs, Hiking trails, Fishing nearby, hunting nearby, boating nearby, skiing nearby, snowmobiling nearby, horse riding, Free farm tours for overnight guests, children welcome, No smoking allowed, Vegetarian meals available, PYO fruit, Help feed the animals, Organic farming, Honeybee hives onsite, goats, horses, chickens, pigs, Maple Syrup from trees on the farm, Fresh eggs, Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises)
    50 Nancy Field Rd, Orland, ME 04472. Phone: 207-949-0880. Alternate Phone: 207-949-7662. Email: mainefarmstore@gmail.com. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Click here for our Facebook page. We also accept PayPal, sell Kune Kune piglets and operate other side businesses on the property. Photos: Click here for photos of the rooms and farmhouse. (ADDED: July 14, 2014)

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