Looking for a local, pick-your-own farm in Northwestern Minnesota? Scroll down this page and you will see the U-Pick farms in Northwestern Minnesota,
sorted by county. Those that offer organic or sustainably grown produce are identified by the words "organic" and/or "sustainable" in Green, next to their name
(see "What does Organic mean?"). The U-pick crops they offer follow the name of the farm. To search the page for a specific crop, use Ctrl-F (or on an ipad or Mac, use their "search on this page" function)
If they have a website, the name will be in blue and underlined; click on it and it will open their website. Beware of copycat websites (such as the one that starts with "Eatwell", "pickit" and the ones that ends with ".farm"; they do not verify or update their information, they just steal it from us once in a great while (they are plagiarists operating in Russia and China,
as well as some 20-somethings trying to make a quick buck), so theirs are always out-of-date -and often copied incorrectly.
Since 2002, I make updates daily (each farm as
changes are reported, or I find it). See the customer and farmer menus at the top menu bar to submit updates and corrections and help me keep each current!
Remember to always check with the farm's own website or facebook
page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or
Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally
overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with
the farm directly before you go!
And if you know of any farms I missed and want to
add a farm, please let me know!
I'm making updates for 2018 as fast as I can - if you find
anything out-of-date, wrong or not working -
please let me know!
What's in season in December 2018, and
other timely information:
Notes for December 2018: Autumn is here! Apples, pears,
Fall raspberries, figs, winter squash ,
corn mazes and
are here. And there are still tomatoes, corn and other
vegetables in most areas. Check your area's
copy calendar (see this page) and call your local farms for
See these pages to find a local
apple festival, and see our guide to
apple varieties (when they ripen, best uses), . Also picking tips, recipes, canning and freezing directions for
See our comprehensive list of
home canning, jam and jelly
making, preserving, drying and freezing directions. You can access
recipes and other resources from the drop down menus at the top of the page or the site search.
If you have any questions or suggestions,
feel free to write me! It is easy to
make your own ice cream,
even gelato, or low fat or low sugar ice cream - see this page. Also note,
there are many copycat website listing U-pick farms now. They have all
copied their information form here and usually do not ever update. Since
2002, I've been updating the information every day but Christmas; so if you see
anything wrong or outdated, please
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Children's Consignment Sales
occur in both the Spring and Fall
See our companion website to find a local
community or church kid's consignment sale!
Northwestern Minnesota U-Pick Farms and Orchards in 2018, by county
Click on the resources drop-down above, if you need a county map
Blue Earth County
Valley Veggies - No pesticides are used, flowers, herbs/spices, porta-potties are available, school tours
State Highway 68, Lake Crystal, MN 56055. Phone: 507-947-3343. Alternate
Phone: 952-693-8140. Email:
[email protected]. Open: Monday to Saturday, from 10am to 6pm;
Sundays, from Noon to 5pm.
Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: From
Mankato: Approximately 5 1/2 miles west on MN State Highway 68 from the
junction of US Highway 169. We are on the left, or south side of the road.
If you come upon Judson, you have gone too far. From New Ulm: Approximately
20 miles east on State Highway 68 from the intersection of MN State Highway
15. We are on the right, or south side of the road. We are about a mile past
Judson, heading east. Landmarks: We have an antique tractor in the ditch
with our sign on it.
Click here for a map and directions. We do not use pesticides on the
crops. Payment: Cash, Check.
Click here for our Facebook page. Plant sales in May and June.
Vegetables for sale late June through November. Sorry folks for the
confusion, but we do NOT sell strawberries or blueberries. However, we do
grow and sell a nice variety of vegetables, herbs and flowers. Most years,
we do have apples in the Fall.
- Red Apple Orchard - apples,
2015 US Highway 71 N., Jackson, MN 56143. Phone: 866-800-8000. Alternate
Phone: 507-840-0118. Open: Please call for current dates and hours
open. Directions: Intersection of Interstate 90 and United States
Highway 71 in Jackson, Minnesota. Orchard located behind the
Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Apple
varieties are Connell Red, Haralson, Fireside, Sweet Sixteen.
Brouwer Berries - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, strawberries, U-pick
and already picked, porta-potties are available, farm animals
12951 105th Street
Sw, Raymond, MN 56282. Phone: (320)967-4718. Email:
[email protected]. Open: Monday to Saturday, from 8 am until we
are sold out, during the fruiting season. Directions:
Click here for a map and directions. We minimize use of pesticides
and other chemicals. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards,
Click here for our Facebook page. The season is short, but very,
very sweet! Don't miss it!Our Local Strawberry Season Only Lasts Three
Weeks! We think we will open around June 22. Enter your e-mail address on our web-page,
or Like us on Facebook to be alerted to the start of the strawberry
A visitor writes on August
08, 2013: "We loved it as does everyone who lives in the area and
takes their kids. Not sure about organic, but I would imagine so.
Their daughters like to host birthday parties for young kids and will
even supply the cake, etc and lead the games. They also have a bunch
of small farm animals that the girls will take your kids around to
see. Their is a lovely pond and perennial garden for taking pictures
of your kids. They highly encourage bringing your kids to U-pick and
get familiar with farm life."
Laq qui Parle County
Center Creek Orchard - apples, pumpkins, U-pick and already
picked, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, Bouncy castle
or moon bounce, petting zoo, birthday parties, school tours
663 254th Avenue, Fairmont, MN 56031. Phone: 507-773-4547. Email:
[email protected]. Open: Weekends September and October,
Saturday and Sunday, noon to 6 pm. Directions: FROM FAIRMONT: South on
Highway 15 4 miles, East on County Road 18 4 miles FROM I-90: Exit 107 East
Chain/Granada, South on County Road 53 5 miles, West on County Road 18 1/2
Click here for a map and directions. FALL FESTIVAL: weekends in
September and October; Activities include pumpkin patch, storytelling, corn
pile, scarecrow building, castle bouncer, giant maze, apple sling, barrel
ride, hayride, petting farm, super slide and haunted forest; For sale in
APPLE BARN: over a dozen varieties of Minnesota grown apples, jams, jellies,
pie, apple crisp and apple cider; Pick-Your-Own apples October 19th to 31st.
Payment: Cash, Visa/MasterCard.
Click here for our Facebook page. Proud members of Minnesota Apples
Growers and Minnesota Grown Associations.
- Giesbrecht Gardens - raspberries (Spring,
red), U-pick and already picked
2070 130th Ave, Holland, MN 56139.
Phone: 507-658-3395. Email:
[email protected]. Open: Monday to Saturday, from 8 am to
8 pm; in season July and August. Directions: on 130th Ave, 1/4 mile
south of Pipestone County Road 10.
Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. We furnish
the picking containers. We may upgrade soon to accept Visa/MasterCard.
(ADDED: January 25, 2015)
- Bird Island Berries -
Uses natural growing practices,
asparagus, raspberries (red), raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries
(Autumn, red), raspberries (yellow), raspberries (Autumn, yellow),
U-pick and already picked
83105 425th St, Bird Island, MN 55310.
Phone: 7013671870. Email:
[email protected]. Open: Monday to Sunday 10 am to 7 pm. Directions:
We are between Hector, MN and Bird Island, MN on Hiway 212; going East
on Hiway 212 take a left on 425th St, going West on Hiway 212 take a
right on 425th St.
Click here for a map and directions. Asparagus May 1 to October 31
Raspberries July 1 to October 31. We use natural practices, but are
not yet certified Organic. Payment: Cash, Check. We have asparagus and
raspberries, pick your own or we will pick for you, bring your own
containers or will provide containers.
Hansen's Berry Farm - strawberries, U-pick and already picked, porta-potties are available, hayrides
898 60th Avenue, Beaver Creek, MN 56116. Phone:
507-673-0063. Alternate Phone: 507-220-3522. Email:
[email protected]. Open: from late June; We are open every day, including holidays 7am to Noon
through the season; The season should last 2 to 3 weeks; Please feel free to
call ahead for availability and daily picking conditions. Directions: I-90,
Minnesota exit 5 at Beaver Creek. North 1/2 mile, farm is on the right.
Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check.
Click here for our Facebook page. Please feel free to bring your own
containers or we have our Hansen's Berry Farm picking buckets available for
sale in the check in shed. You will enjoy a tractor driven hay ride out to
the picking field. Our friendly staff will help with questions and
directions in the field.
Yellow Medicine County