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Pepper U-Pick farms in Western Wisconsin in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick farms for peppers that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have peppers orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

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! If I cannot reach them, I DON'T GO!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Polk County

  • Apple River Vegetables - broccoli, corn (sweet), cucumbers, melons, peppers, summer squash, winter squash, tomatoes, other vegetables, and prepicked produce
    117 hwy. 65, Star Prairie, WI 54026. Phone: 715-338-8165. Open: 8am to7pm daily; Please call to schedule visit. Directions: 2 miles north of Star Prairie, WI. on State Hwy. 65 . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. Crops are usually available in July, August, September. cauliflower, brussel sprouts, spinach, lettuce, radish.
  • Buttermilk Falls CSA & Folk School Retreat - Uses natural growing practices, beets, broccoli, carrots, cucumbers, eggplants, herbs or spices, peas, peppers, winter squash, tomatoes, other vegetables, Honey from hives on the farm, Maple Syrup from trees on the farm, Fresh eggs, restrooms, picnic area, farm animals, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties, group reservations
    599 280th Street, Osceola, WI 54020. Phone: 612-567-7551. Email: csa@buttermilkcsa.com. Open: Monday to Friday from 7am to 5:30pm; 7 days a week, most days of the year. Directions: From the Twin Cities: Take 35W or 35E North past the merge to 97. Turn right at 97 heading east \(with a short zig zag on 61\) and continue until it ends at MN95. Turn left \(North\) on 95 to 243. Turn right on 243 \(East\) over bridge to Osceola. In Osceola, turn right \(South\) until Ridge Road on the right. Take a right at Ridge Road and continue until it T\'s at the horse farm. Turn right and look for sign for Philadelphia Community Farm on the outside of the first curve. That\'s our driveway. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx.
    Buttermilk Falls CSA & Folk School Retreat Facebook page. . Alternate Phone: 715-294-4048. . From the Twin Cities: Take 35W or 35E North past the merge to 97. Turn right at 97 heading east (with a short zig zag on 61) and continue until it ends at MN95. Turn left (North) on 95 to 243. Turn right on 243 (East) over bridge to Osceola. In Osceola, turn right (South) until Ridge Road on the right. Take a right at Ridge Road and continue until it T's at the horse farm. Turn right and look for sign for Philadelphia Community Farm on the outside of the first curve. That's our driveway. We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. We are a community farm and folk school retreat center. In addition to delicious chemical free CSA shares from June-October, we also offer seasonal farm memberships year-round that allow you to come and share/enjoy the resources this farm has to offer, including some pick-your-own opportunities! Visit our website to find out more about our CSA, farm memberships, folk school classes or retreat opportunities. (ADDED: February 25, 2015)

St. Croix County

  • White Pine Berry Farm - CERTIFIED ORGANIC, asparagus, blueberries, broccoli, carrots, corn (sweet), herbs or spices, onions, other berries, peas, peppers, pumpkins, raspberries (red), raspberries (Autumn, red), raspberries (black), raspberries (Autumn, black), rhubarb, strawberries, tomatoes, other vegetables, Honey from hives on the farm, porta-potties are available, picnic area you may bring your own food, farm animals, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties, school tours, group reservations
    1482 Oak Dr, River Falls, WI 54022. Phone: 715-222-2946. Email: berries@whitepineberryfarm.com. Open: hours, days and dates. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover.
    White Pine Berry Farm Facebook page. . Alternate Phone: 715-222-4349. . Changes by season/produce available, check our website or facebook page. Click here for current open Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. Strawberry Shortcake Social 2016 Saturday, June 25 Thursday, 11am to 3pm Fall Family Day Saturday typically in mid September. (UPDATED: January 27, 2020 JBS) (UPDATED: June 20, 2016)

 

Pepper

Pepper Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

a variety of peppersThere are various types of peppers based on their characteristics. It's important to note that pepper heat levels can vary, and individual tolerance to spiciness may differ. When using hot peppers, exercise caution and consider using gloves or washing hands thoroughly to avoid skin or eye irritation.

  • Sweet Peppers - like Bell Peppers and Banana Pepper , used in salads and sandwiches
  • Mild to Medium Heat Peppers - spicy, good for salsa.
  • Hot Peppers - Often used in Mexican and Thais foods
  • Very Hot Peppers - For crazy people...

See the table at the bottom of his page for detailed information and a master list of varieties.

When are peppers available?

Peppers are a hot weather crop, and cannot tolerate frost and cold soil. In the U.S. Peppers typically peak hot summer months into the Autumn.

Before you leave to go to the farm:

  1. Always call before you go to the farm - it's hard to pick in a muddy field!
  2. Most growers furnish picking containers (bags), but they may charge you for them; be sure to call before you go to see if you need to bring containers.
  3. Bring something to drink and a few snacks; you'd be surprised how you can work up a thirst and appetite! And don't forget hats and sunscreen for the sun. Bugs usually aren't a problem while the weather is still cool, but some deet might be good to bring along if it has been rainy.

General Picking Tips

Whether you pick Peppers from your garden or at a Pick-Your-Own farm, here are a few tips to keep in mind.

Pickled Peppers

Look for Peppers that are :

  1. firm
  2. Bright and shiny
  3. smooth, shiny pods, not wrinkly on the surface - that's an old or dried out
  4. Avoid placing the picked Peppers in the sunlight any longer than necessary. It is better to put them in the shade of a tree or shed than in the car trunk or on the car seat. Cool them as soon as possible after picking. I prefer to bring a cooler with ice in it. Peppers may be kept fresh in the refrigerator for a week or 2.

When you get home

  1. Put them in the vegetable crisper in the fridge, in a loose plastic bag.
  2. Now, get ready to can or freeze the extra Peppers - It is VERY easy! Click on the links for easy instructions.

 


Name Heat Photo Description Best uses
Bell Pepper Sweet red sweet peppers Large, blocky peppers with a mild, sweet flavor. They come in different colors such as green, red, yellow, and orange.  Salads and sandwichs They also add sweetness and color to cooked dishes, stir-fries, and stuffed pepper recipes.
Banana Pepper Sweet Banana peppers Long and tapered, they have a mild to moderate heat level and a tangy-sweet flavor.  Salads, subs and sandwiches  Frequently used in pickled form, they add tang and crunch to sandwiches, salads, and antipasto platters. They can also be stuffed or sliced for various culinary applications.
Cubanelle Pepper Sweet   Light green and elongated, they have a mild heat and a slightly sweet taste.  
Pimento Pepper Sweet   Large and heart-shaped, they have a sweet and fruity flavor, often used for stuffing. Cooking
Poblano Pepper Medium Poblano Pepper Dark green, heart-shaped peppers with a mild to medium heat level and a slightly smoky flavor. Frequently used in Mexican dishes like chiles rellenos, mole sauce, and salsas. They can be roasted, stuffed, or sliced and added to various recipes.
Shishito Pepper     Small and thin-walled pepper with a mild and slightly sweet taste. Popular in Japanese cuisine, often enjoyed blistered or charred as an appetizer or side dish. They can also be used in stir-fries, tempura, or stuffed with cheese or other fillings.
Anaheim Pepper Medium   Mild to medium heat, with a long and narrow shape. They are often used in Southwestern cuisine. Commonly used in Southwestern and Mexican dishes. They are great for roasting, stuffing, or adding to salsas, chilis, and stews.
Hungarian Wax Pepper Medium   Medium heat peppers that come in various colors. They have a waxy texture and a tangy flavor.  
Chili peppers Medium     Used in making... wait for it... Chili
Cherry Pepper . Medium   Small and round, they have a mild to medium heat level and are often used pickled or stuffed Thai and other Asian cooking
Jalapeño Pepper Hot Peppers Jalopeno Medium heat level with a distinctive bright green color and a slightly smoky flavor. They are commonly used in Mexican cuisine. They add a spicy kick to salsas, guacamole, nachos, and are often used for stuffing or pickling.
Arbol peppers Hot Peppers Arbol peppers    
Serrano Pepper Hot Peppers   Hotter than jalapeños, they have a bright green color and a spicy taste. Commonly used in salsas and sauces. Adds a spicy heat to salsas, pico de gallo, hot sauces, and other Mexican dishes. They can also be pickled or used to infuse flavor into oils and vinegars.
Cayenne Pepper Hot Peppers   Thin and elongated, they are known for their fiery heat. Often used in powdered form as a spice. Often used in powdered form as a spice for adding heat to various dishes. It can be sprinkled over pizzas, used in sauces, or added to spice rubs for grilling or roasting meats.
Thai Bird's Eye Pepper Hot Peppers   Small and slender, they pack a powerful heat punch. Commonly used in Thai and Southeast Asian cuisine. Commonly used in Thai and Southeast Asian cuisine. They are perfect for adding heat and flavor to stir-fries, curries, soups, and dipping sauces.
Habanero Pepper Very hot   One of the hottest peppers, with a fruity flavor and intense heat. Use with caution. Adds intense spiciness to salsas, hot sauces, marinades, and jerk recipes. Use with caution and in small amounts due to its high heat level.
Scotch Bonnet Pepper Very hot   Similar to habaneros, they have a tropical fruity flavor and fiery heat. Commonly used in Caribbean cuisine.
Carolina Reaper Very hot   One of the hottest peppers in the world, known for its extreme heat. Handle with extreme caution.  
         
         


 

 

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