Where in Upper Peninsula of Michigan to find pick your own farms and orchards for fruit, vegetables, pumpkins and canning & freezing instructions!

This month's notes: September 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!

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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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".

Upper Peninsula of Michigan 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!

Alger County

  • Ostanek's Strawberries - Pick your own strawberries
    N1321 State Rd 67, Trenary, MI 49891. Phone: (906) 446-3050.

Baraga County

Chippewa County

  • Centennial Cranberry Farm - tour, harvest video, cranberry machinery,Cranberries (not U-pick)
    30957 W Wildcat Road, Paradise, MI 49768. Phone: 906-942-3314
    shouse@jamadots.com. Directions: M-123 to Paradise - 10 mi. N, turn left on Wildcat Road at sign, 2 mi. on left, follow signs. OK, it is not a PYO, but how many cranberry farms have a tour? Cranberry sauce, butter, salsa, grilling sauce, dried & potpourri made from our own cranberries, tour, harvest video, cranberry machinery, photos, gift shop, bus tours by appt, fresh cranberries in Oct, will mail order. Historic farm 128 yrs. old-gift shop located in old post office. Close parking - very short tour walk.

Delta County

  • Pellegrini's Strawberry Farm - strawberries, U-pick and already picked, porta-potties
    2702 16.5 Road, Escanaba, MI 49829. Phone: 906-786-9084. Open: See our Facebook Page or Website for Picking Information; Call Ahead for Picking and Orders; Pellegrini Strawberry Farm will be open for the season starting Wednesday, July 3rd, at 8:00am. Directions: Located 10 miles West of Escanaba, Michigan.Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. We have one field ready for Wednesday July 3rd. Be sure to come early...we will be open until picked out. You may want to call before driving out, 786-9084. More picking dates will be announced as the berries ripen. See you at the farm!. Strawberry season is usually only about 3 weeks long starting the last week in June. Warmer days will mean a shorter season. Colder days will mean a longer season. Pellegrinis Strawberry Farm (UPDATED: July 02, 2013)

Dickinson County

  • Pellegrini Strawberry Farm - blueberries, pumpkins, raspberries (red), rhubarb, strawberries,
    N-1155 River Rd, Vulcan, MI 49892. Phone: 906-563-8577. Open: call for hours. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Strawberries are usually available by the 4th of July. Payment: Cash, Check, WIC Vouchers. (ADDED: May 30, 2011)

Gogebic County

Houghton County

  • A-1 Farms - U-Pick Strawberries
    State Highway M-38, Nisula MI. Phone: (906) 338-291. Directions: 8 South of M-38 on Hulkonen Road, Nisula, MI. (UPDATED: July 14, 2012)
  • Crane Berry Farm - strawberries,
    44416 Paradise Rd, Chassell, MI 49916. Phone: (906) 523-6191. Open: Usually beginning in late June or early July; Call for hours. Directions: Paradise Road, half-way between Broemer Road and Boundary Road (Near Haarala Rd). Mapquest shows an incorrect location. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. (UPDATED: June 21, 2011)
  • Gierke Blueberry Farm - blueberries, restrooms,
    37915 Klingville Road, Chassell, MI 49916. Phone: (906) 523-6112Directions: US 41, to North Klingville Road, 1.5 miles on the right, look for our sign. Crops are usually available in August. Open: Daylight Hours, every day of the week. We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. Payment: Cash, Check. Project Fresh Coupons accepted. Click here for a link to our Facebook page. (UPDATED: May 09, 2015, JBS)
  • Larry Monette - U-Pick/Fresh Picked Strawberries
    57225 Traprock Valley Road, Calumet, MI. Phone: 906-337-1884.
  • Makinen Farm - U-Pick Raspberries, Uses natural growing practices
    40326 Lower Worham Road, Chassell, MI 49916. Phone: 906-523-9018. Fax: 906-523-0113. Email: a.c.morrissey@worldnet.att.net. Directions: From US-41 in Chassell, drive west on 5th Street (also known as the Chassell-Painesdale Road) for 1 1/4 miles to the first cross road. Turn left onto Pike River Road and proceed south for about 1 1/2 miles until you reach Lower Worham Road. Turn right and drive to the first driveway on the left side. A sign will be posted at the entrance. The raspberry crop is begins to ripen during the month of July following the local strawberry season.  Open: During the berry season, we are open daily 8 am to 12:30, weather permitting. For an additional charge, we also take orders for people who do not wish to pick their own berries. We will supply the berry containers at no additional charge to you.  We follow organic methods, but are not certified.  Payment: Cash or local checks only.
  • Norman Forsman Farm - U-Pick Strawberries
    51361 Lake Annie Road, US 41 Quincy, MI. Phone: (906) 482-4467.
  • Niemela Family Growers - U-Pick/Fresh Picked Strawberries
    39466 North Tapiola Road, Chassell, MI. Phone: 906-523-4362.
  • Henry Ohtonen - U-Pick Strawberries
    Klingville Road, Chassell, MI. Phone: (906) 523-4044.

Iron County

Keweenaw County

Luce County

Mackinac County

Marquette County

Menominee County

  • Jasper’s Sugar Bush - maple syrup
    1867 W County Road 374 Carney, MI 49812. Phone: 800-646-2753. Email: jasper@dreamscp.com. Directions: From Carney MI, 7 mi. E of Carney on County Road 374. A full variety of delicious pure maple products including: syrup, cream, candy & sugar. We ship anywhere. Always open, best to call first.

Ontonagon County

Schoolcraft County

  • Rondeau's Ruff Acres - strawberries, blueberries and raspberries
    Cooks, MI . Phone: 906-644-2777, We pick or u-pick . Piedmontes, beef cattle, (Italian breed, lower in cholesterol), tree seed collector and distributor (Red and White Pine, Jack Pine, Northern Red Oad and Beech Nut seeds). Distributor for Bag a Nut machines, for rent or sale. Directions: In Cooks, 12 miles W of Manistique. Turn on 442, off US-2, 1-1/2 miles on 442 thru village of Cooks. At top of big hill, left on Spielmacher Road, 1/2 mile down on the left side.
  • Troyer's Market Garden - Strawberries, raspberries
    Manistique, MI. Phone: 906-341-5007. Also maple syrup and potatoes. Open June 12-August 31, Monday to Saturday, 8 am to 8 p.m. U-pickers call ahead. Rest of the year, Tues. and Saturday, 8 am to 5:30 pm. Directions: 8 miles E of Manistique on County Road 433 at 5428 W.


Pick your own farms in Michigan, Counties Macomb through Ottawa

From apples, blueberries, strawberries and vegetables through Christmas trees, they're all here. Whether you call them PYO, U-pick or pick-it-yourself farms,  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!!

And if you want simple instructions how to make jam, how to make applesauce, or how to make apple butter, just click here.

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

Baraga County

Delta County

  • Hall Farm's - Farm stand / farm market on a farm, Wide variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables, corn (sweet), pumpkins, Other fruit or veg,
    2623 Saint.nicholas 31st.rd., Rock, MI 49880. Phone: 906-359-4818. Email: teressajhall@yahoo.com. Open: Monday to Sunday 9am to 7pm When the sweet corn is ready. Directions: 6 miles west of M-35 on Co.rd 430. to farm/. Payment: Cash, Check. Black oil Sunflowers seeds and Shelled corn. (ADDED: August 06, 2014)

Gogebic County

  • Roderick Farm's Veggie Stand - Garden stand on a residence (which is NOT on a farm), Roadside stand, Wide variety of seasonal, locally grown fruits and vegetables, all produce is sustainably grown, Covered outdoor market,
    N10759 Prospect Dr, Bessemer, MI 49911. Phone: (906)667-0063. Email: RoderickFarms@gmail.com. Open: Daily: 7 am to 8 pm; A seasonal, Serve Yourself Stand; As available. Directions: 2 miles East of Bessemer, Mi. Then 1/4 mile North on Prospect Drive (Opposite Ramsay Road). Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Click here for our Facebook page. We have a large garden and provide vegetables on a quaint roadside stand. We put out whatever vegetables we pick at out serve-yourself stand. Other produce may be available on request. Anything extra goes onto the stand, so stop by and 'pick "it" fresh in the bud'. (ADDED: September 16, 2011)

Luce County

  • Newberry Farmers Market - Farmers market (multiple stalls or vendors), Wide variety of seasonal, locally grown fruits and vegetables, Fresh local eggs, Baked goods, Preserves, jams, jellies, Crafts, artistic products, etc,
    7964 M-123 American Legion Parking Lot, Newberry, MI 49868. Phone: 906-293-5031. Email: brown130@anr.msu.edu. Open: Every Thursday from 4 pm to 7 pm beginning May 12th through the end of September. Directions: The Newberry Farmers Market is located right on M-123 (Newberry Avenue)in the American Legion Parking Lot in downtown Newberry. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. There is a calendar for special events at the market. We are offering one table per week to special groups holding fundraisers or to area business owners looking to highlight their business. There will also be occasional educational demonstrations, community education, or entertainment such as music, face-painting, fitness demonstrations or crafts. Selections at the market will also include fresh, frozen and smoked fish, honey, syrup, cut flowers, handmade chocolates and more. (ADDED: May 18, 2011)
  • Tea Spoon Creek Farm and Bait - Roadside stand, Farm stand / farm market on a farm, Farmers market (multiple stalls or vendors), Wide variety of seasonal, locally grown fruits and vegetables, some produce is sustainably grown, Covered outdoor market, Fresh local eggs,
    5549 Co.rd 363, Newberry, MI 49868. Phone: 906-293-8685. Open: The fresh produce is available Monday to Sunday, from 10am to 8pm during the months of September thru October;Our deer bait is available November 1 thru the end of the season January 3rd. Directions: Our farm is located on M28 highway directly on the teaspoon creek in Newberry,mi.We have a sign out Front Teaspoon Creek Farm and bait. Payment: Cash, only. (ADDED: December 20, 2011)

Marquette County

  • Downtown Marquette Farmers & Artists Market - Farmers market (multiple stalls or vendors), Wide variety of seasonal, locally grown fruits and vegetables,
    Marquette Commons, 112 S. Third Street, Marquette, MI. Open: Saturdays through October 29th, from 9am until 2pm. This year features more vendors, special events, music, food and recipes than ever! In addition to meat, produce, flowers, and plant starts, the market also features herbalists and homemade body care products, jewelry, photography, bread, wood working, and many other offerings. The market is located at the Marquette Commons, 112 S. Third Street, and proudly accepts credit & debit cards, Bridge cards, Project Fresh, and Market Fresh coupons. (ADDED: September 20, 2011)

Schoolcraft County

  • Manistique Farmers' Market - Farmers market (multiple stalls or vendors), Wide variety of seasonal, locally grown fruits and vegetables, Indoor market, Uncovered outdoor market, Fresh local eggs, Baked goods, Preserves, jams, jellies,
    180 N. Maple, Manistique, MI 49854. Phone: 906-341-9561. Alternate Phone: 906-450-4240. Email: manistiquefarmersmarket@gmail.com. Open: Wednesdays, from 4 pm to 6 pm; June 1 to September 28, 2011. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: The Manistique Farmers' Market is located at the Little Bear West Arena (180 N. Maple St, this is also M-94 through the city of Manistique). The market is located between Maple and Elk Streets. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. (ADDED: May 12, 2011)

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