Find a local pick your own farm here!

Looking for a local, pick-your-own farm in Central-Northeast Minnesota? Farms are open and safe! Scroll down this page and you will see the U-Pick farms in Central-Northeast 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. If you find anything outdated or inaccurate, see the customer and farmer menus (as appropriate) at the top menu bar to submit updates and corrections and help me keep each current!

New! Pricing information - I am building a pricing guide to help you know what the typical prices are for each crop.

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   I'm making updates for this year as fast as I can - if you find anything out-of-date, wrong or not working - please let me know! This website is supported by purchases you make through the links to products on Amazon. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This allows me to continue to maintain the website and make improvements!

What's in season in September 2020, and other timely information:

Notes for September 2020: Summer is almost here! Strawberry season is finished in all but the far northern ands cooler areas. Blueberries, blackberries are in season in most areas, also tomatoes, peaches and most vegetables . Check your area's copy calendar (see this page) and call your local farms for seasonal updates.

Now, more than ever, going to a farm, being outside, away from crowds, getting fresh, local produce, makes more sense than ever before! It's a fun, safe and educational to pick some fresh berries, fruit and veggies and more, then come back here to learn how to freeze, can, make jam, salsa and much more! Of course, check with the farm before you go, both to check on crop availability and hours.  We also have a state-by-state guide to Farm COVID-19 requirements here.

See our comprehensive list of easy 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, using similar sounding names.  They have all copied their information from 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 write me!

Canners, both waterbath canners and pressure canners, are getting hard to find as people are doing more home canning than ever before. You can still get them online (see links at left) but prices are going up as the less expensive models are selling out.  Food dehydration is becoming a popular and inexpensive alternative; see this page about drying your own fruits and vegetables and where to get a food dryer.

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!

See these pages to find a local Strawberry Festival, or a Cherry or cherry blossom festival or a Blueberry festival. Some may still be held in 2020.

Central-Northeast Minnesota U-Pick Farms and Orchards in 2020, by county

Click on the resources drop-down above, if you need a county map

Aitkin County

  • Elm Island Lake Berry Farm - strawberries
    37815 309th Street, Aitkin, MN. Phone: 218-927-3087.  Open: Picking season is usually late June thru mid July; Call for hours. Pre-picked strawberries are available by ordering at least 2-3 hours before your desired pickup time. Hours vary, please call for daily updated picking conditions. Pick your own strawberries on small fields surrounded by woods and natural hay fields. Bring your own 5 qt. ice cream pails for picking, or use ours. Located just 6 one half miles southeast of Aitkin on Co. Road 12 (now called "Deer Street") 
  • Great River Gardens - strawberries, raspberries and blueberries.
    43507 U.S. Highway 169, Aitkin, MN. Phone: 218-927-2521. Alternate phone: (877) 286-3408. Open: Pick-your-own and prepicked  Strawberries are available from late June through July, raspberries start in mid-July, and blueberries are usually available beginning in late July. Call for price. (UPDATED: June 11, 2015, JBS)

Carlton County

  • Blackbirds and Blueberries - follow organic practices,  blackberries, blueberries
     Crosby Road, Cloquet, MN. Phone: (218) 879-8193. Open: For picking times call and listen to our updated messages. Directions: Our farm is located just north of Cloquet, MN. Our farm is a "u-pick" farm. We are open as the berries are ready, which typically means at least one day during the weekends of our season, and some evenings and weekdays. We sell our berries by the pound and this year we are offering pre-picked berries as well as pick your own. You may bring your own buckets or boxes, or you may use ours!  We  no pesticides or other chemicals on the plants. Please call our update line or "private message" us to place pre-picked orders. Payment: cash, check, scredit cards. No debit cards please,  Click here for a link to our Facebook page.  (ADDED: July 18, 2020, JBS)
  • Chub Lake Blueberries - blueberries
    2001 Kiehl Rd, Carlton MN 55718. Phone: (218) 384-4577. Open: call or see their Facebook page for hours; call for an appointment starting on July 20th. Chub Lake Blueberries we use only organic practices. From the time the field was prepped 7 years ago until today no pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers have ever touched the field or plants. We believe in a relaxing, farm experience for the whole family. So come out and enjoy the fruits of our labor. A pick your own blueberry field in a beautiful location.  Pre-picked also available.  (ADDED: July 19, 2020, JBS) honeyberries
  • Farm LoLa - blueberries, honeyberries, raspberries (Spring, black), Fresh eggs
    840 Cemetery Road, Wrensall, MN 55797. Phone: (218) 384-9002. Email: lucie@locallylaid.com . Open: See our website for current hours. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. July - August. Payment: Cash, Check. Click here for our Facebook page. You can bring your own bucket. We'll weigh it before you pick and get the tare -- or unladen weight -- so you only pay for the fruit. Or you can buy one of our flats, at cost, for 50 cents.  (UPDATED: July 19, 2020 JBS)  (UPDATED: July 16, 2017) (ADDED: March 10, 2017)
  • Finke's Berry Farm - Uses natural growing practices, blueberries,
    2331 County Road 4, Carlton, MN 55718. Phone: 218-384-4432. Open: Typically blueberries are ready to pick in August; Picking hours vary so "reach for the phone before you reach for your keys"; During berry season we update daily on our Finke's Berry Farm facebook page. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. Payment: Cash, Check. We use no pesticides or petroleum-based fertilizers to grow our berries. With our sandy soil and plenty of straw between the rows, picking is fun and easy!. . Please contact us to see when the farm is open. We are committed to sustainable agriculture, healthy environment and healthful food. They have a photo of strawberries on their Facebook page, but they DO NOT grow strawberries any more. Click here for a link to our Facebook page. (UPDATED: July 19, 2020 JBS)
  • Hammarlund Nursery and Landscaping - Uses natural growing practices, cucumbers, herbs or spices, tomatoes, other vegetables, Fresh eggs
    159 North Cloquet Road East, Esko, MN 55733. Phone: 218-879-3600. Email: acerrio@aol.com. Open: Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm; Saturday 9am to 5pm. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: From I 35 take the Midway road exit. If coming from the north on I 35 take a right on the Midway road. Take the Midway road 2 miles to County road 45 at County 45 take a left. On county 45 go 2 miles and you will see the Hammarlund Nursery sign on the right. Click here for a map and directions. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover. Click here for our Facebook page. "Like" us on Facebook for current events, sales, and specials!.
  • Leaning Barn Farm U-Pick -Blueberries & Raspberries
    176 Thomson Rd, Esko MN 55733. Phone: 218-349-7696. Email: anniegust@gmail.com. Open: call or email for hours Season usually starts in July. Directions: 12 miles south of Duluth, 2 miles off I-35 on the Carlton side of the Freeway. They also have picked Shiitake Mushrooms & Veggies; Asparagus, lettuce, spinach, carrots, tomatoes, potatoes, honey, Christmas trees. They  are family, locally owned and run. We do not use chemicals and hand harvest all products. At Christmas they have U-pick, We-Cut Christmas trees In conjunction with the Carlton Holiday Market In 2019, they were $25 premium tree, $15 white pine (Dr. Seuss style) Family friendly! Dog friendly, hot coco fire and snowshoe or xc ski.
  • Spectrum Farm Strawberries - strawberries
    2332 County Road 4, Carlton, MN 55718. Phone: (218) 389-6265. Open: starting at the end of June 29, Picking days/times will vary;  The best place to receive updates on picking times is to call. Please note we will have a NEW picking guideline due to COVID precautions: We are having people pick into cardboard flats. In 2020, they are $1 each and hold 8 quarts of berries (Berries are $3/qt). We will prorate for flats not filled. People can also bring their own pails to pick into. Updates will be posted on our Facebook page; Click here for a link to our Facebook page.We provide a pick-your-own strawberry experience that has become a tradition for many families in early July. We offer herbicide free, pesticide free, fungicide free berries. We grow our berries in an intensive rotational system that uses organic practices and sustainable farming techniques that produce delicious berries that you can eat right out of the fields.  (ADDED: July 19, 2020, JBS)
  • Sweet Land Farm - blueberries
    264 Prevost Road, Cloquet, MN 55720. Phone: (218) 260-9448. Emmail: sweetlandmn@gmail.com. Open: call or see their Facebook page for hours; blueberries typically in July. Our hope is to bring these beautiful 32 acres just north of Cloquet, MN back into production! We bought this farm with the dream of providing high quality, sustainable products and a family friendly environment where all can begin new traditions together. Our hope is that through our products, family, neighbors and friends will connect with nature around them. Join us to follow along with our journey. Click here for a link to our Facebook page.  (ADDED: July 19, 2020, JBS)
  • Uff-da Organics - Certified Organic,  strawberries
    2583 County Road 102, Wrenshall, MN 55797. Phone: (218) 724-3304. Email: uffdaorganics@gmail.com. Open: typically the month of June, call to Book a pick-your-own appointment. Uff-da Organics is a small family farm that offers pick-your-own strawberries and also wholesale vegetables and herbs.  To provide you with the best possible experience, we do pick-your-own by appointment only. Kids are always welcome and enjoyed! For more information or to book an appointment, please visit our website . We've been using organic practices since our first seed was planted in 2013 and we have been fully certified organic since the start of the 2017 season!  Click here for a link to our Facebook page.  (ADDED: July 19, 2020, JBS)

Cass County

  • Jake and Scout's Berry Farm - blueberries, flowers,
    1822 County Road 29, Lake Shore, MN 56468. Phone: 218-821-1145. Email: lise@jakeandscoutsberryfarm.com. Open: Mid - July to Mid - August; See our website or call for current hours. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: From Nisswa, go 2 miles North on Highway 371, then West on County Road 29, then 4 miles to the Farm. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only.
  • Pine Winder - No pesticides or herbicides are used, blueberries, porta-potties are available
    1835 36th Avenue Sw, Pine River, MN 56474. Phone: 218-587-2752. Email: windryderDK@gmail.com. Open: every day 9:00 am to Noon during the season; May be closed some days for berries to re - ripen. . Directions: From Backus: 6 miles south from Backus on 371 to 14th Avenue SW. Turn right (west) and follow the road approximately 1/4 mile until it becomes 36th Avenue SW. Continue one and half miles straight south on 36th Avenue SW to Pine Winder Blueberries; or at the stop light in Pine River, go west on 24th Street SW about 3 miles then turn right (north) 1.5 miles. Click here for a map and directions. Typical harvest dates: the end of July and first half of August. Payment: Cash, only. Blueberries. No pesticides are used. Porte-Potty. Payment: cash or check. (UPDATED: July 20, 2016)
  • Red Barn Orchard - Uses integrated pest management practices, apples, Honey from hives on the farm, Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises)
    1365 44th Street South West, Pine River, MN 56474. Phone: 218-838-8185. Alternate Phone: 218-568-8185. Email: redbarnorchard@yahoo.com. Open: See our website for current hours. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Apples: Weekends during August, September and October. We use integrated pest management practices. Payment: Cash, Check.

Crow Wing County

  • Nelson-Shine Produce - flowers, strawberries, Turkeys, Fresh eggs, farm animals, school tours
    12629 30th St, Brainerd, MN 56401. Phone: 218-829-9084. Alternate Phone: 218-330-6587. Email: ng.nelson@hotmail.com. Open: 7 days a week, 8 am to 6 pm; Special arrangements May be set up by request if needed. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. We make it our goal to have the best picking conditions around! We provide straw between the rows so kneeling as you pick won't be uncomfortable. We also provide restroom and handwashing facilities, as well as a shady area to sit and relax while enjoying a free bottle of water after you pick or while you wait fot fellow pickers to finish up. This year, we will have an area for children to play as well, should they choose not to pick with their parents. We do recommend bringing your sunscreen, but we will supply bugspray should flies or mosquitoes be a nusiance. While we do welcome children, we ask that you leave all pets at home, as it is much too hot for them to stay in the vehicle, and they will not be allowed in the patch. (UPDATED: June 11, 2015, JBS)
  • Roger's Berries - strawberries, blueberries
    23525 Mail Rte Rd, Brainerd, MN. Phone: (218) 839-2665. Open: Picking Strawberries the from mid June to mid-July, open 7 AM - 5 PM daily or until picked out; Blueberries about mid-July. Picking Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 7 AM - Noon. No Appointment Necessary. . Pick fresh in the patch or have us pick them for you. Families welcome.   (ADDED: September 3, 2017, JBS)
  • Wallin's Berry Farm - strawberries, raspberries, blueberries
    C.R. 18, Nisswa, MN. Phone: (218) 963-7456. Alternate phone: 218-562-4473. Open mid June to early July, from 8am to 8pm; call for special hours. Directions: Three miles east of Nisswa on C.R. 18.Straw-mulched field provides clean berries and no mud to walk in. Containers supplied or bring your own. Pre-picked strawberries when available. (UPDATED: June 11, 2015, JBS)
    Comments from a visitor on July 22, 2009: "A fantastic strawberry patch; now (2009) they added blueberries and raspberries are coming in September. It has an old fashioned feel to it; no frills, just get down with a bucket they provide, pick your berries then go home. It's close to downtown Nisswa"

Kanabec County

  • Dunsmore Family Farm - UPDATE: June 20, 2016: The owner tells me they are now permanently closed
    2879 Mahogany St, Mora, MN 55051.
  • Knife Lake Farm, LLC. - pumpkins, winter squash, U-pick and already picked
    2516 Jade Street, Mora, MN 55051. Phone: (320) 515-2097. Email: knifelakefarm@gmail.com. Open: Sunday through Tuesday 10 to 5, Thursday 10 to 5; Saturday 10 to 6; Closed Wednesdays and Fridays. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Pumpkins and Squash start date is Saturday September 15;. Payment: Cash, Check. Click here for our Facebook page. (ADDED: August 30, 2018)
  • Sharratt Berry Farm - strawberries
    1182 175th Avenue, Ogilvie, MN 56358. Phone: (320) 272-4319. Directions: From Ogilvie G miles north on Hwy 47, 2 miles west on Cty Rd 10 (170th Ave). Open: Seasonal, May-October, call for hours and availability. Pick your own berries, pre-picked asparagus and limited supply of picked apples. Also jams and jellies prepared in a certified kitchen. Call for specific crop information.

Mille Lacs County

  • J Q Fruit Farm - Apples, blueberries, raspberries
    8082 - 33rd Street, Princeton, MN 55371. Phone: 763-389-2567. Email: jqfruit@sherbtel.net. Open: See web site or call for u-pick hours. Blueberries - July - August Raspberries - July - August Apples - Late August - October. Directions: Hwy 169 going North - take Hwy 95 going East - take a left at Rum River Drive, go approx 3 blks to County Road 4 - turn right. Continue to 33rd Street - take a Right - go all the way to the end. Farm at the end of dirt road. click here for a map to our farm. We are open July, August, September, October.

Morrison County

  • Lorenz Strawberry Patch - strawberries
    13152 48th Avenue, Little Falls, MN 56345. Phone: (320)-547-2252. Email: kplorenz@hotmail.com. Open: Call before you go - I haven't had an up[date from this farm in many years; Seven days a week, 7:00am to dusk. Mid June to Mid July, weather permitting. Directions: Seven miles west of Little Falls on highway 27. Left on County Road 1 (Dove Road) one mile. Right on 135th Street one mile. Left at the T (48th Avenue) 1/4 mile on left. (Follow strawberry signs) Crops are usually available in June, July. Payment: Cash, Check. Strawberries are weighed and priced by the pound. Free picking boxes available. Ice cream pails also welcome. Also available: Lorenz homegrown whole chickens. Farm raised. Processed and frozen at state licensed facility. Priced by the pound (6-8 pound average).

Pine County

  • Ben's Berry Farm - UPDATE for 2020, A visitors tells me  they no longer offer Pick-your-own
    Hinckley, MN 55037.
    They switched their name to Fire Oaks farm and they no longer offer berry picking, but they have sheep/lambs for sale?
    (UPDATED: June 28, 2020)

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