This month's notes: May 2013: The cool weather has delayed blooms and slowed growth by a couple of weeks, but don't miss strawberries: they started in most Southern areas in late April, and in late May up north. Click here for strawberry facts and picking tips, and this page for easy strawberry jam making directions. Blueberries will come in June in most areas. Of course, Florida, southern Texas, and other very warm areas are already picking both crops! 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!!
Where in Oregon to find pick your own farms and orchards for fruit, vegetables, pumpkins and canning & freezing instructions!
This page provides links to Oregon's regional pages to find pick- your- own (PYO, U-pick, pick-it-yourself) farms for everything from apples, berries, fruit, pumpkins, vegetables to cut-you-own Christmas trees! I'm always looking for suggestions of more farms and events to add and feedback about any you have visited, so if you encounter any, just click on the preceding link, as appropriate! And if you have a farm and want to add it or correct the information, please click on the link to "add my farm".
Remember to ALWAYS either email, call or click the link to the farm's own website (if they have one) on the morning before you go, to confirm hours, conditions and availability of the specific crops you want!
We also have our own free and simple, step-by-step, illustrated instructions on canning, freezing and drying many fruits and vegetables, such as how to make jam, apple butter, applesauce, spaghetti sauce, salsa, pickles, ketchup or freezing corn . If you are looking for Canners, mixes, jars, pectin and other canning supplies at the best prices anywhere!
- Portland and its eastern suburbs (Hood River, Clackamas, Wasco, Multnomah)
- Far northwest Oregon (Columbia, Clatsop, Washington and Tillamook Counties)
- Salem and Yamhill, Polk, Lincoln, Benton, Linn, Marion and Jefferson counties
- Eastern Oregon (Grant county and others in eastern OR)
- Southwestern Oregon (Douglas, Jackson, Lane and other counties)
- Harvest and Event calendar for crop availability and for festivals and events
- To find pumpkin patches, corn mazes and other Halloween activities, click here.
- To find choose and cut-your-own Christmas tree farms, click here.
- Festivals and Events
To find a farm in your area of Oregon, either click on your area on the map below; or choose from from the list above. You may need to look in both the nw and sw areas, as they are close:
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Looking for information:
Anyone know more about this one? If so, write me! I received this email but they had few details:
U-Pick Berries (??)- About 5 min off the 5 FWY, 60 to 90 minutes
south of Portland, we only knew about them because of a tiny sign on the
highway. In my recollection, they were West of the 5, on a road parallel to
it a mile or two north of the exit, on the West side of the road. They
offered PYO Raspberries and Blackberries, but could have had other things.
We last visited in June, 2003, at which time they were picked clean of
Raspberries and nearly so for the Blackberries. We filled the flat box they
provided for about $12 within 30 minutes, and the fruit was so wonderful
we've been talking about it ever since. Wish I knew more, but maybe this is
enough for you to go on!!
. I believe they were cash only. A visitor writes on April 25, 2009: "It was rustic and farm-like. They clearly knew how to raise wonderful fruit." (Suggested by a visitor, ADDED: April 25, 2009)
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