Low-Spray & Organic Apple Picking in Maine

Apples_photoFall is a great time to indulge in locally-grown food. Below is a list of Maine farms where you can pick your own low-spray and organic 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. This list is up-to-date as of September 2017. Please let us know in the comments section if there are any orchards you would like to see added!

Hooper’s Orchard 
856 Backs Brooks Road, Monroe
Practices Integrated Pest Management*

Hope Orchards 
434 Camden Road, Hope
Practices Integrated Pest Management*

Kelly Orchards 
82 Sanborn Road, Acton
Minimizes chemical and pesticide use

Libby & Son U-Picks 
86 Sawyer Mountain Road, Limerick
Practices Integrated Pest Management*

apples in a bag

Pietree Orchard 
803 Waterfront Road, Sweden
Uses natural growing practices

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

Shalom Orchard Organic Farm & Winery 
158 Eastbrook Road, Franklin

Spiller Farm 
85 Spiller Farm Lane, Wells
Minimizes chemical and pesticide use

Terison Apple Orchard 
1 Whitney Road, Cumberland
Minimizes chemical and pesticide use

Willow Pond Farm
395 Middle Road, Sabbatus
MOFGA certified 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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