Where in Northeastern Maine to find pick your own farms and orchards for fruit, vegetables, pumpkins and canning & freezing instructions!
This month's notes: March 2014: Spring is just around the corner. Strawberries are here in Florida, Texas and California, next in late March and April for much of the South, then in May for most of the country and June in cooler northern areas. See how easy it is to make strawberry jam or strawberry-rhubarb jam! See this page for hundreds of easy canning and freezing instructions/recipes, canning equipment guide! Also make your own ice cream - see How to make ice cream and ice cream making equipment and manuals. Then see each state's crop availability calendar for more specific dates of upcoming crops. 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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Hog Bay Blueberries -
207 Hog Bay Road, Franklin, Maine. Phone: 207-565-3584. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Shalom Orchard -
ORGANIC, Organic blueberries and organic
Eastbrook Road, Franklin, Maine. Phone: 207-565-2312. Email: email@example.com. 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.
Beddington Ridge Farm - wild blueberries
Route 193, Beddington, Maine. Phone: 207-638-2664. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.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.
unless they are also listed above)
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!!)
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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:
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
29 Hatch Knoll Rd, Jonesboro, ME 04648. Phone: 207-434-2674. Email: email@example.com. 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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