Low-Spray & Organic Pick-Your-Own Strawberries, Blueberries and Apples

064Summer and fall are great times to indulge in locally-grown food. Below is a list of Maine farms where you can pick your own berries and apples; a family-friendly activity that fosters an even deeper connection to your food. And picking your own fruit is a perfect way to get large amounts for canning and preserving. Before heading out, always be sure to call ahead to check the farm’s hours of operation and crop availability.

Alewife’s Brook Farm (Strawberries)
83 Old Ocean House Road, Cape Elizabeth
207.799.7743
Minimizes chemical and pesticide use

Crummett Mountain Farm (Blueberries)
305 Crummett Mountain Road, Somerville
207.549.7314
Organic

Firth’s Fruit Farm (Blueberries)
26 Intervale Road, New Sharon
207.778.3904
Uses natural growing practices

Hooper’s Orchard (Apples)
856 Backs Brooks Road, Monroe
207.525.3236
Practices Integrated Pest Management*

Hope Orchards (Apples)
434 Camden Road, Hope
207.763.2824
Practices Integrated Pest Management*

Kelly Orchards (Blueberries, Raspberries, Apples)
82 Sanborn Road, Acton
207.636.1601
Minimizes chemical and pesticide use

Libby & Son U-Picks (Blueberries, Raspberries, Apples)
86 Sawyer Mountain Road, Limerick
207.793.4749
Practices Integrated Pest Management*

Little River Flower Farm (Blueberries)
160 Turkey Lane, Buxton
207.929.3967
Organic

Maxwell’s Farm (Strawberries)
527 Ocean House Road, Cape Elizabeth
207.799.3383
Uses Integrated Pest Management*

blueberries_photoPeace & Plenty Farm (Blueberries)
East Madrid Road, Madrid
207.639.5550
Organic

Pietree Orchard (Strawberries, Blueberries, Apples)
803 Waterfront Road, Sweden
207.647.9419
Uses natural growing practices

Raven’s Hill Orchard (Apples)
255 Ossipee Hill Road, East Waterboro
207.247.4455
Organic

Ricker Hill Orchards (Apples)
295 Buckfield Road (Route 117), Turner
207.225.5552
Some Organic orchards & Some orchards that use Integrated Pest Management*

Sand Hill Farm (Strawberries)
281 Sand Hill Road, Somerville
207.549.5089
Organic

Shalom Orchard Organic Farm & Winery (Blueberries, Raspberries, Apples)
158 Eastbrook Road, Franklin
207.565.2312
Organic

Sheepscot General Store (Strawberries)
98 Townhouse Road, Whitefield
207.549.5185
Organic

Spear Farm & Greenhouse (Strawberries)
Route One, Warren
207.273.3818
Low or no spray

Spiller Farm (Strawberries, Raspberries, Blueberries, Apples)
85 Spiller Farm Lane, Wells
207.985.2575
Minimizes chemical and pesticide use

Staples Homestead (Blueberries)
302 Old County Road, Stockton Springs
207.567.3393
Organic wild

Apples_photoTerison Apple Orchard (Apples)
1 Whitney Road, Cumberland
207.829.3965
Minimizes chemical and pesticide use

Wilton Blueberry Farm (Blueberries)
83 McLaughlin Road, Wilton
207.645.2128
No spray

Winslow Farm (Blueberries)
291 Gray Road, Falmouth
207.878.8787
Organic

*Integrated Pest Management seeks to prevent pests by managing their ecosystem. The technical definition is as follows: “The careful consideration of all available pest control techniques and subsequent integration of appropriate measures that discourage the development of pest populations and keep pesticides and other interventions to levels that are economically justified and reduce or minimize risks to human health and the environment. IPM emphasizes the growth of a healthy crop with the least possible disruption to agro-ecosystems and encourages natural pest control mechanisms.” (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations)

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6 Responses to “Low-Spray & Organic Pick-Your-Own Strawberries, Blueberries and Apples”

  1. Amanda June 27, 2014 at 6:37 pm #

    Can you define what “integrated pest management” means? Or all the rest, really? None of these definitions are actually helpful…

    • Heather July 1, 2014 at 11:20 am #

      Thank you for the suggestion, Amanda! That’s a great idea — we will add a definition for “Integrated Pest Management.” As for some of the other terms, the definitions can vary depending on the farm (e.g. “low spray”), so in those cases it’s best to contact the farm directly for the specifics of their growing practices. Thank you again for the feedback!

  2. Katarina June 28, 2014 at 8:51 am #

    FYI Ridgeside farm and Little flower farm are NOT open for strawberry upick. :(

    • Heather July 1, 2014 at 11:12 am #

      Hi Katarina,

      I’m sorry to hear that strawberries weren’t available for picking at those two farms. Berry growing season has a lot of variables, so we don’t always know the current status of a farm’s availability. It’s always a good idea to call ahead. It looks like Little Flower Farm only has blueberries for picking now, so we’ve updated their listing accordingly. We also removed Ridgeside Farm from the list. Thank you for bringing these to our attention!

  3. Elizabeth July 1, 2014 at 10:52 pm #

    I think there is a pick your own highbush Blueberry place in New Sharon. I have heard they are low spray. I live close by and have not ever been there and dont even recall the name, but they would be a great addition to this helpful list. (There are not many places in central or northern maine listed here.) Thankyou!

    • Lora Winslow July 3, 2014 at 2:35 pm #

      Hi Elizabeth — I just added Firth’s Fruit Farm in New Sharon to the list (was that the farm you were referring to?), along with a few others in Franklin and Oxford counties…thank you for the suggestion!

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