Where in Northeast Michigan to find pick your own farms and orchards for fruit, vegetables, pumpkins and canning & freezing instructions!
This month's notes: October 2015: Strawberries and blueberries each have a very brief season; don't miss them: See your state's crop availability calendar for more specific dates of upcoming crops. And see our guide to local fruit and vegetable festivals, such as strawberry festivals and blueberry festivals. Organic farms are identified in green! Also make your own ice cream - see How to make ice cream and ice cream making equipment and manuals.) 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!
- To see the pick-your-own farms and orchards for this area, click here or scroll down the page
- Crop availability / harvest calendar
- Farm markets, roadside stands, local meat, milk, eggs, local honey, horse riding, farm B&B's etc.
- To find pumpkin patches, corn mazes and other Halloween activities, click here.
- To find choose and cut-your-own Christmas tree farms, click here.
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: 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!
NOTE: Some of the 616 area code numbers have changed to 269. Of course, neither the phone company nor the farms have let me know which, so if you get a disconnected message on a 616 number, try 269 instead.
Tree and Berry Farm - strawberries,
raspberries, and U-cut Christmas trees, wreaths, garland, grave blankets.
4700 E Sucker Creek Road, Black River, MI 48721. Phone: 989-724-5510. Open: Nov.- December . U-cut Christmas trees, wreaths, garland, grave blankets. June-Aug. U-pick strawberries and raspberries. Open for berries, Monday to Saturday, 7 am to 1 p.m. Sun. 1-5 p.m. U-cut trees, daily, 9 am to dark. Directions: Located 7 miles N of Harrisville. 1/2 mile W off US-23 on Sucker Creek Rd. (UPDATED: May 10, 2015, JBS)
Quaker Hill Farm - apples, grapes, herbs/spices, other berries,
pears, pumpkins, rhubarb, summer squash, winter squash, tomatoes, other
vegetables, Turkeys (organic, not-hormone-fed), Honey from hives on the
farm, Maple Syrup from trees on the farm, and prepicked produce, gift shop,
petting zoo, farm animals, school tours, events at your location (call for
P.O. Box 10, Harrisville, MI 48740. Phone: 989-736-6583. Email: email@example.com. Click here for picking updates. And for a map to our farm, click here. Crops are usually available in March, May, June, July, August, September, October. Open: Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 6pm No Sunday Sales We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. Payment: Cash, only. Quaker Hill Farm is a Certified Naturally Grown farm and specialize in in raising heritage breed livestock and heirloom variety produce. We sell lamb, wool, milk-based soaps, free-range eggs, ducks, rabbits, chickens, dairy goats and more. We feature online children's stories about life on a farm, it is a free educational resource: Quaker Anne's Children's Stories We offer Simple Living Skills workshops, cooking classes and scheduled Farm Tea afternoons. Farm shoppe open June through November - visits by appointment only. (UPDATED: May 10, 2015, JBS)
- AJ's - Strawberries,
Red Raspberries, Black Raspberries, Purple Raspberries, sakatoons,
1150 Salina Road, Lachine, MI 49753. Phone: 989-379-3061. Open: Monday - Saturday from 7am - noon. Directions: Salina Road is off M32, about 1/2 - 3/4 mile west of the intersection of M32 and M65. Click here for a link to our Facebook page. (UPDATED: May 10, 2015, JBS) (ADDED: August 01, 2009, suggested by a visitor)
Comments from a visitor on August 01, 2009: "Farm is conveniently close to M32 and growing in popularity. Staff/owners are very friendly and helpful! Good treats in the market. Another gem of a Northern Michigan setting. Gentle rolling hills and farms as far as the eyes can see. They use the flag system to avoid pickers' confusion. Plants are heaping with delightful berries! Many long rows of plants. "
- Arnold Black Farm - Strawberries
15211 Spratt Road, Lachine, MI 49753. Phone: 989-379-4491. Open: 6 am to ? (call). (ADDED: July 27, 2009, suggested by a visitor)
Comments from a visitor on July 27, 2009: "Farm has easy access, and is nicely close to M-65. Can't say enough about how helpful and friendly the workers are; they make it a super experience. Setting is gorgeous with views of woods and neighboring farms. The berries are simply addictive!!! Three abundant varieties (Honey Eye, Cavendish and All Star) of berry-loaded plants. They use the flag system, so there's no confusion about who's picked what and when. A+. They are open in season; normally 3rd week of June to as late as 3rd week of July, 6 a.m. start time, unsure of day's end time. Monday through Saturday for sure, but don't know about Sunday.."
The Bushey Road Berry Farm LLC -
Certified Naturally Grown, asparagus, raspberries (red),
raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (Autumn, red), raspberries (yellow),
raspberries (Autumn, yellow), rhubarb, strawberries, tomatoes, restrooms
10610 Bushey Road, Alpena, MI 49707. Phone: (989) 727-4068. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Open: Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturdays: 10am to 6pm (hours and days vary, please call ahead. Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. Directions: Google map on our website. Click here for a map and directions. Open from May thru September: 10am to 6pm (hours and days will vary, please call for hours and crop availability). We are certified naturally grown for all crops! Payment: Cash, Check. Click here for our Facebook page. Shaded seating area's, relaxing music while you pick, reefer room for your produce while you sit and rest up! Organic gardening supplies. (UPDATED: June 22, 2010)
- Herron Farm - Strawberries
16390 Allen Road, Lachine, MI 49753. Phone: 989-379-4089. Open: Monday to Saturday in June/July; (not sure about Sunday) 6 am to noon. Directions: Farm is visible from M65, seven miles south of M32. (ADDED: August 01, 2009, suggested by a visitor)
Comments from a visitor on August 01, 2009: "Very popular farm in this region, with many loyal pickers. Berries are splendid and abundant! I think they use the flag system to avoid picker confusion. Priceless Northern Michigan country setting; dew-soaked plants beckoning at the crack of dawn!"
- McCormack Raspberry Farm - Raspberries
11715 Cripps Road, Herron, MI 49744. Phone: 989-727-3394. Open: July/August. Directions: From M65 take Werth Road east to Herron Road and turn south. From M32 take Herron Road south across Werth. Go for 1/2 - 1 mile to Badder Road, right. Take Badder a couple miles to Briar Hill, left. Take Briar Hill a little ways to Cripps Road and you'll see the sign. There are signs that point the way anyhow from Badder Road.
Comments from a visitor on August 01, 2009: "Love it! The patch is tucked back in the woods and is like paradise; nothing out there but woods surrounding it, with constant companionship and song from the indigo bunting. Deer occasionally come out to greet pickers. Bushes and berries are amazing and well cared for! Summer berries, but don't know about fall berries. Not sure if they take credit cards; I think they have a porta-potty.not sure if they use the flag system. " (ADDED: August 01, 2009, suggested by a visitor)
- The Farm - Strawberries and raspberries in season, u-pick. Pumpkin patch, hay rides.
Nicholson Hill Road, Alpena, MI. Phone: 517-727-8004. Also has displays made with pumpkins. Farmer's market. Open approx. 3rd week in June, then July, daily as crop allows, 7 am to 12 pm and 4-6 p.m. Call for Oct. hours. Directions: From Alpena, 16 miles out Werth Road. Follow the pumpkin signs. From M-65, Beaver Lake Road, 5 miles follow the pumpkin signs. From US-23 S, W 9 miles on Nicholson Hill Road, follow the pumpkin signs for 7 miles.
- Michigan Cranberry Farm - Blueberries
9972 Alpena State Road, Cheboygan, MI 49721. Phone: 231-625-2700. Email: email@example.com. Open: Farm is open to the public only on specific days; call ahead to find out which days and dates! Directions: And for a map to our farm, click here. Crops are usually available in August. Payment: Cash, only. Harvested cranberries are available in mid October. They also have a tour of the cranberry operation. The tour consists of riding through the cranberry farm and seeing the various stages of harvesting and processing the berries. During the tour guests will be able to get off the bus for photographs and samples of cranberry products. Fresh cranberries will also be available for purchase in one, two, or five pound bags. Tours will depart from the bus garage behind the high school and will leave promptly at their scheduled departure time. Tickets are $5 per person and must be paid in advance. Tickets may be purchased at the Chamber office, or by mailing a check to the Chamber. For more information, please click here to visit the Michigan Cranberry Company Website or call the Chamber at (231) 627-7183.(UPDATED: May 10, 2015, JBS) (UPDATED: December 15, 2008)
Comments from a visitor on August 04, 2008: "Off the beaten path, however, a great place to go and pick Northern Michigan berries." (ADDED: August 04, 2008)
Wellington Farm Park
- Living history farm, Not a PYO / U-pick
6940 S Military Road, Grayling, MI 49738. Phone: 989-348-5187. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Directions: From Exit 251 of I-75 go W 4 mi. to end of road then S 3/4 mile. The Wellington Farm Market is part of Wellington Farm Park, A 60 acre living history complex depicting farm life during the Great Depression. Attractions include a blacksmith, carpenter shop, sawmill, grist mill, summer kitchen and a machine shed. Costumed interpreters are available in most buildings. A great family outing. (UPDATED: May 10, 2015, JBS)
Czaika's Blueberry Farm
838 Legget Road, Tawas City, MI 48763. Phone: 989-362-4638. Email: email@example.com. Open: Typically from the end of July or early August, from 8 am to 8 pm, During picking season, the answering machine is updated daily with latest picking information! . Port-a-potties on the site. Czaikaâ€™s Blueberry Farm is a U-PICK farm. The bushes are a mid-height variety which usually ripens in early August. You may either bring your own containers or borrow our buckets with plastic liners. (UPDATED: May 10, 2015, JBS) (UPDATED: March 10, 2013, from their website)
- Brandt's Farm - strawberries
F21, Hillman, MI 49746. Phone: 989-742-4183. Open: 7 days a week, from 7 am till ? Directions: 8 miles north of Hillman, 9 miles south of
Hawks, Co. Rd. 451 (F21), watch for sign.
Comments from a visitor on June 26, 2009: "I've gone there almost every year for the last 20 years. Very nice people. Delicious berries." (ADDED: June 26, 2009, suggested by a visitor)
- D & M - Strawberries
2070 Mills Station Road, Whittemore, MI 48770. Phone: 989-756-3962. 7Am to 5PM. (ADDED: July 14, 2008)
Comments from a visitor on June 26, 2010: "I called yesterday to see if he would be open today, he said he would be. Got up this morning, drove 40 mile round trip to find him closed. Don't trust this one."
A visitor writes: "Great Berries, but not organized in that they did not tell you where to pick, so you had to find the where others have not picked yet."
Rifle River Valley Foods, aka, John Wackerle's Chemical Free Produce
- Uses natural growing practices,
beans, beets, cucumbers, onions, peppers, pumpkins, summer squash, winter
241 South Campbell Road, West Branch, MI 48661. Phone: (989) 709-6821. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Open: Always open!. Directions: 1 mile north of State Road on Campbell. There is a stand near the road and the produce is in the back field. Follow the trail back. Click here for a map and directions. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. Payment: Cash, only. Pay the box on the stand near the road. For credit cards or WIC Project Fresh, please call first. Whenever the OPEN flag is out, someone is in the field and will be happy to help you. (UPDATED: February 06, 2015)
Blueberry Hills - corn (sweet), cucumbers, peppers, pumpkins,
tomatoes, other vegetables, prepicked produce, farm market, snacks and
refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, face painting, farm animals,
birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties
1450 John R Nelson Drive, Mio, MI 48647. Phone: 989-826-5688. Email: email@example.com. Open: They may have closed; Does anyone have current information, are they still offering pick your own or are even open? If so, please write me, their last reported hours were everyday from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm from April 15th thru October 31st; Our winter hours then scale back to 9:00 am to 7:00 pm on Monday thru Saturday and then on Sunday from 9:00 am to 6:30 pm. Directions: And for a map to our farm, click here. Crops are usually available in April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December. Payment: Cash, Check. (ADDED: March 12, 2009)
- Estelle's Strawberry Patch ( Estelle Farm)
Alba Road, Gaylord, MI, 49735. Phone: 989-732-7424. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Directions: Nine miles west of Gaylord on Alba Road. U-pick or picked to order. (ADDED: June 27, 2008)
Comments from a visitor on July 30, 2012: "I have been a customer of Estelle Farm for years,buying pounds of strawberries at a time. It must of been a bad year for them, and thankfully I only bought one flat, but the strawberries were next to horrible. They were small, with dark spots and did not taste good. I threw away at least two quarts worth that were simply "bad". I will pay more attention to looks and do a "taste test" next year. Considering the weather this year, I'm sure they are not the only farm to experience this problem."
Fleming Farm - corn (sweet), pumpkins, U-pick and already picked,
corn maze, hayrides, restrooms, picnic area, petting zoo, farm animals, birthday parties,
weddings and wedding parties, school tours
4264 Martindale Road, Gaylord, MI 49735. Phone: 989-272-3312. Email: email@example.com. Open: Monday to Friday from 8 am to 5pm; Saturday and Sunday, from 10 am to 5pm, October 7th to October 25th. Directions: Follow north Townline road from M-32 to Martindale road; take a left on Martindale until it ends at the farm. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. Click here for our Facebook page. Pumpkin Patch, Petting Zoo, and Corn Maze starts October 4th and will run until October 26th. Call Brandie today to make a reservation. Weekend hayrides are on a regular schedule at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m by demand. Other times are available by appointment. (UPDATED: May 10, 2015, JBS) (ADDED: September 11, 2013)
Up North Blueberry Farm -
natural growing practices, blueberries, U-pick and already picked
3964 Hallenius Road, Gaylord, MI 49735. Phone: 231-546-3032. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Open: See our facebook page for current hours. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. Payment: Cash, only. Click here for a link to our Facebook page. (UPDATED: May 10, 2015, JBS) (ADDED: December 20, 2012)
Presque Isle County
- None found in this county yet. Write me if you know of any!
- None found in this county yet. Write me if you know of any!
Farmer's Markets, Farm Stands and Roadside Stands, Etc.
unless they are also listed above)
The Bushey Road Berry Farm LLC -
Certified Naturally Grown, raspberries (red), raspberries
10610 Bushey Road, Alpena, MI 49707. Phone: (989) 727-4068. Email: email@example.com. Open: Times and locations vary, please call or follow us on Facebook. Market updates: Click here for updates. Directions: Google map on our website. Click here for a map and directions. Open from May thru September: 10am to 6pm (hours and days will vary, please call for hours and crop availability). We are certified naturally grown for all crops! Payment: Cash, Check. Click here for our Facebook page. Shaded seating area's, relaxing music while you pick, reefer room for your produce while you sit and rest up! Organic gardening supplies. We are now at the Alpena indoor flea market on Sat -10am to5pm & Sun - noon to 4pm. We are showing our indoor growing supplies ( yes, during Winter ) , Organic Wines, fresh pressed Apple Cider, and Cherry Juice Concentrate. All of the above contain fruits that have been grown in Michigan & are Certified Organic, you just cant beat that. Check out our new low pricing & discounts on growing supplies (up to 15% on package deals). (UPDATED: November 20, 2010)
John Wackerle's Chemical Free Produce
- Uses natural growing practices,
Roadside stand, Wide variety of seasonal, locally grown fruits and
vegetables, beans, beets, cucumbers, peppers, pumpkins, summer squash,
winter squash, tomatoes,
241 South Campbell Road, West Branch, MI 48661. Phone: (989) 709-6821. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Open: Always open!. Directions: 1 mile north of State Road on Campbell. There is a stand near the road and the produce is in the back field. Follow the trail back. Click here for a map and directions. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. Payment: Cash, only. (ADDED: February 06, 2015)
Presque Isle County
- Higgins Farm - Wide variety of seasonal,
locally grown fruits and vegetables, Covered outdoor market, Fresh local
eggs, beans, beets, carrots, corn (sweet), cucumbers, melons, onions, peas,
peppers, pumpkins, summer squash, winter squash, tomatoes,
4750 S. M33, Onaway, MI 49765. Phone: 989-733-4450. Email: email@example.com. Open: Monday to Sunday, from noon to 7 pm. Directions: I-75 exit 310 go east on M-68 18 miles to Onaway. Signs are posted. One mile from town. Click here for a map and directions. Monday thru Sunday Hours noon - 7 pm Opening in July 2010 Vegetables added daily has they come in. Payment: Cash, Check, SFMNP Vouchers. (ADDED: June 04, 2010)
Horse Rides and More:
Howell's Riding Stable - Horse trails (guided), Horses
rented (guided trails), Beautiful rural setting, Fishing nearby,
hunting nearby, boating nearby, skiing nearby, snowmobiling nearby,
golf nearby, Within an easy drive to an Interstate road, children
welcome, No pets please, No smoking allowed, porta-potties, pony rides
7902 Mullett Burt Road, Cheboygan, MI 49721. Phone: 231-238-9976. Alternate Phone: 231-818-1738. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Open: Thursday to Saturday 10 am to 6 pm for walk - ins or appointment; Sunday to Wednesday 10 am to 6 pm by appointment, May 1 to November 1; See our website for current hours and special events. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Click here for our Facebook page. We require close toed shoes or boots. No flip flops, sandals, high heels. Your ride may be rescheduled if you are not properly attired. Long pants are strongly suggested. Hand-Led pony rides for 3 to 12 year old children. Lead-line and double rides with guide for an additional charge. (ADDED: July 25, 2012)
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