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Apple And Pumpkin U-Pick Orchards in Southern Maine in 2023, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for apples and pumpkins that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have apples and pumpkins 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!

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Cumberland County

  • Doles Orchard - strawberries, blueberries, cherries, raspberries, peaches, plums, Apples, flowers, free hayrides, pick-your-own pumpkins, farm market, U-pick and already-picked
    187 Doles Ridge Road, Limington, ME . Phone: 207-793-4409. Open: Strawberries normally start in mid June and continue into early to mid July; For an update, please call the farm. Directions: Take Route 22 to 202. Turn left, follow 202 to 117 N. Follow 117 7.5 miles. Watch for signs, you will be making a left hand turn after a bridge, and we will be 1.8 miles on the right. . Click here for a map and directions.
    Doles Orchard Facebook page. . click here for their feedback form. ! Click here for more directions. and for updates, is a family owned and operated farm that has been focusing on pick-your-own fruit for over 20 years. Agritainment has become a great part of the success of many local farms, including Doles. In addition to seasonal hayrides, live music, and a gift shop, offers a beautiful location with many home made products, including pies, cakes, home made pie crust, their infamous mini pumpkin whoopies and best of all, their delicious fruit preserves! Pick-Your-Own season: Strawberries from mid-June to mid-July. Tart Cherries from early/mid-July to mid/late-July. Raspberries from mid-August to early-October (raspberries are available for pick-your-own only, the other fruit are also available already picked. ). Blueberries from mid-July to mid/late-August. Peaches from late-July to early September. Plums from early to Late August & late-September. Apples from late-August. (UPDATED: July, 5, 2021, JBS)
    Comments from a visitor on July 02, 2016: "They have fresh, dried, and pick your own flowers, as well as a farm stand. The have home made products, pies; jams; pickles; wreathes that are wonderful. They are open daily during the seasons. They have pre-picked produce. They do take checks, but I'm unsure about credit cards. In the fall during apple picking season, they have their Harvest Concert Series every Sunday, they have a hay maze for children, and farm tours. "
  • Douglas Hill Orchard - Apples, pumpkins, gourds
    Orchard Road, Sebago, ME . Phone: 207-787-2745. Email: Open: Sunday up to Sunday down daily in the fall. Directions: Located near Sebago Lake in the foothills of the White Mountains. Click here for a map and directions. Douglas Hill Orchard. Email . Conveniently . Come enjoy panoramic views while picking apples and pumpkins. Restrooms and picnic area available. Near Douglas Mountain hiking. Follow signs from Rte 107 to Orchard Road. Sebago, ME. Restrooms Available. (UPDATED: August 20, 2020 JBS)
  • Gile's Family Farm at Notre Dame - - apples and pumpkins, maple syrup sugarhouse
    139 Waterboro Road, Alfred, ME 04002. Phone: 207-324-2944. Email: Open: Labor Day weekend through mid- October, 7 days, 9 am to 5 pm. Click here for a map and directions. Gile's Family Farm at Notre Dame Fax 207-324-9820. Email . PYO apples and pumpkins and enjoy the view of the Shaker valley. Picnic tables available for your use. Handicapped Accessible. Restroom available. Bus parking. (UPDATED: October 1, 2018, JBS)
  • Kelly Orchards - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, apples, blueberries, pumpkins, raspberries (Autumn, red), prepicked produce, farm market, picnic area, school tours, wholesale
    82 Sanborn Road, Acton, ME 04001. Phone: 207-636-1601. Email: Open: Daily, Mid - August through Thanksgiving, 10am to 5pm. Directions: Route 109 to Sanborn Road, Acton, ME. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check.
    Kelly Orchards Facebook page. . Crops are usually available in August, September, October. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Call ahead to find out what's available. PYO apples including Gala, Macoun, Jonagold, Cortlands, Macs and Northern Spy. Also, pumpkins. And pre-picked in the farm stand. Typical harvest dates are: Jerseymac in Mid-August, Paulared in Late August - Early Sept., Sunrise in Late August, Gingergold in Late August, Gala in Early September, McIntosh in September - October, Honeycrisp in Mid-September, Cortland in September - November, Macoun in Late September - November, Jonagold in Late September - November, Red Delicious in October - November, Spencer in Mid-October - November, Golden Delicious in Early October - November, Northern Spy in Early October - November, Mutsu/Crispin in October - November, Crabapples in Early September, Lady Apples in Mid-October, Peaches in Early August - Late Sept., Blueberries in Mid-July - Mid-August, Raspberries in Mid-August - Frost, Pumpkins in Mid-September - October, Fall Squash in Late September - October. We now offer some antique and heritage varieties on a limited basis. We raise apples, peaches, plums, pears, blueberries, pumpkins and fall squash. We also provide the apples for After Harvest Cider Company, a craft hard cider producer. Our crops are grown using Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and are available PYO, at local farmers markets and wholesale. (UPDATED: July 10, 2020 JBS)
  • McDougal Orchards - Nectarines, pears, plums, fall raspberries, pumpkins and apples, corn maze
    Hanson\'s Ridge Road, Springvale, ME . Phone: 207-324-5054. Email: Open: daily 9 am to 5 pm from August through October . Click here for a map and directions. . Fax 207-459-7849. Email . Updates for 2020: The long stretch of hot, dry weather has impacted our corn maze, but we're still hoping that it will grow tall enough. A light peach crop and a large number of pre-paid CSA shares means that we will have NO u-pick for peaches and nectarines in 2020. Any extra fruit will be sold in the Farm Store, ready picked. There will be NO wagon rides this year and the swing set will be unuseable. One mile south of Rte 11A on Hanson's Ridge Road. Drive your car into the field and pick your own fruit in our historic farm setting. Mostly dwarf trees provide easy picking. New varieties added frequently. Restroom available. Bus parking. (UPDATED: August 8, 2020 JBS)
  • Pulsifer's Orchard - Apples, pumpkins
    Brackett Road, Cornish, Cornish, ME . Phone: 207-632-1720. Open: Call for hours and updates; Picking season for apples typically starts here in Maine the end of August in most places. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . .
    Comments from a visitor on August 12, 2011: "AWESOME!! Fran is SO SWEET! I can't say enough about her orchard!! Not sure if they have pumpkins? I think so? They also have watermelon I think too. Not sure about other produce? I know they sell maple syrup, honey, homemade jams, pickles, etc. I don't think she is organic "per se" but I do know they are the best apples I've ever tasted and they are HUGE! I don't think she uses pesticides on her apple trees though?"
  • Randall Orchards - apples, pumpkins, cider mill
    Randall Road, Standish, ME . Phone: 207-642-3500. Open: late August through middle of November. Directions: off Rte 25 one quarter mile over the Gorham Standish line, on left. Family-owned farm with pick-your-own apples. Produce grown for sale include: peaches, pears, squash, gourds, pumpkins, and cider. Handicapped Accessible. Restrooms Available. Bus parking. We have many varieties of apples, pumpkins, gourds and squash. We also have a working cider mill and a tractor display. In good weather, we have trailer rides. Our orchard is . Click here for a map and directions. . Fax. open for Pick-Your-Own in apple season.
  • Smith's Red Apple Farm - Apples, pumpkins, honey, farm market, gift shop
    1008 Route 109, Acton, ME 04001. Phone: (207) 636-1639. Open: August , September, October on Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 8 am to 5 pm. Directions: We are right across the street from Willy's Ale House and Crabby Bear Restaurant, and just up the hill from Apple Valley Campground. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check . . They also have pumpkins, jams, pickles and honey. Apple varieties include cortland, macintosh, macoun, red delicious, jona gold and northern spy apples. (ADDED: August 10, 2020, Suggested by a visitor)A visitor writes on August 10, 2020: "Wonderful people; beautiful apples."
  • Spiller Farm - apples, blueberries, pumpkins, raspberries (red), rhubarb, strawberries, porta-potties
    85 Spiller Farm Ln, Wells, ME 04090. Phone: (207) 985-2575. Email: Open: Please see our website for current hours up dated daily on our home page. Directions: From 95 Wells exit 19 drive right on Route 109 1 mile. Take Route 9A East 2 1/2 miles OR from 95 Kennebunk exit 25 follow signs to Kennebunk. Drive south on Route 1 to Route 9A West ( at Dairy Queen ) 4 miles. Look for a yellow U PICK sign on 9A Drive in the direction of the arrow and PARK past the park sign on grass. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only.
    Spiller Farm Facebook page. . Our U PICK begins about June 15 with strawberries, then blueberries, veggies, apples and pumpkins until October 15;. We use integrated pest management practices. We do group wagon ride farm tours week days mid September to mid October (reservations required) Our cows, calves and bull can usually be seen in "their " rotational pastures. We have a FREE picnic/play area with a retired farm tractor for the kids, corn stalk teepee, goats and geese to see and a little red covered bridge to a sand pile. Picnic supplies could be purchased at Spillers' Farm Store We hope everyone enjoys our farm. Anna and Bill Spiller. (UPDATED: January 31, 2021)
  • Terison Apple Orchard - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, apples, pumpkins, porta-potties are available, picnic area
    1 Whitney Road, Cumberland, ME 04021. Phone: 207-829-3965. Email: Open: Saturdays and Sundays 9 am to 6 pm. Directions: 2 miles north of the Cumberland Fairgrounds, 1 Whitney Road Cumberland, ME 2nd Apple Orchard on the road, Look for signs stating Terison Apple Orchard. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Terison Apple Orchard Alternate Phone: 207-650-3781. . We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. MacIntosh, Cortlands, Crab Apples, Red and Yellow Delicious. was established in 1946. 4th Generation. U-Pick only. $15 for a 1/2 bushel, $20 for a full bushel.-"Where you can afford to buy apples".Heirloom apple trees. First apple orchard in southern Maine to offer pick-your-own.

Apple picking tips:

Apples ripen from the outside of the tree towards the center, so the apples out the outside of the tree will ripen first. Once they are picked, they stop ripening. Picking apples directly from a tree is easy. Roll the apple upwards off the branch and give a little twist; don't pull straight away from the tree. If two apples are joined together at the top, both will come away at the same time. Don't shake the trees or branches. If the apple you are trying to pick drops, (or others on the tree) go ahead and pick it up. They're perfectly fine! But do wash them before you eat them! More info: How to tell when apples are ripe

  • Once picked, don't throw the apples into the baskets, place them in gently, or they will bruise and go bad more quickly.
  • Don't wash apples until just before using to prevent spoilage.
  • For an explanation of why apple slices turn brown and how to stop it, see this page!
  • Keep apples cool after picking to increase shelf life. A cool basement is ideal, but the fruit/vegetable drawer of a refrigerator will work, too. A refrigerator is fine for small quantities of apples. Boxed apples need to be kept in a cool, dark spot where they won't freeze. Freezing ruptures all of an apple's cells, turning it into one large bruise overnight. The usual solution is to store apples in a root cellar. But root cellars often have potatoes in them: apples and potatoes should never be stored in the same room because, as they age, potatoes release an otherwise ethylene gas, which makes apples spoil faster. If you can keep the gas away from your apples, they will keep just fine. Just don't store them right next to potatoes.
    Prevent contact between apples stored for the winter by wrapping them individually in sheets of newspaper. The easiest way to do this is to unfold a section of newspaper all the way and tear it into quarters. Then stack the wrapped apples. See more here: How to store apples at home
  • Apples don't improve or "ripen" after being picked - this is an urban myth - see this page for the truth - with references!

Which apple variety is best?

There are tens of thousands of varieties of apples, developed over centuries. They vary in sugar, acoidity, flavors, storing, crispness and many other attributes. See our guides to apple varieties:

Canning apples - fully illustrated, with step-by-step instructions

Recipes, illustrated with step by step instructions

Using fresh apples and miscellaneous

Pumpkin recipes

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)