Where in Alaska to find pick your own farms and orchards for fruit, vegetables, pumpkins and canning & freezing instructions!
This month's notes: March 2014: Spring is just around the corner. Strawberries are here in Florida, Texas and California, next in late March and April for much of the South, then in May for most of the country and June in cooler northern areas. See how easy it is to make strawberry jam or strawberry-rhubarb jam! See this page for hundreds of easy canning and freezing instructions/recipes, canning equipment guide! Also make your own ice cream - see How to make ice cream and ice cream making equipment and manuals. Then see each state's crop availability calendar for more specific dates of upcoming crops. Organic farms are identified in green! See our guide to local fruit and vegetable festivals!. Please tell the farms you found them here - and ask them to update their information!!
- Farm markets, roadside stands, local meat, milk, eggs, local honey, horse riding, farm B&B's etc.
- To find pumpkin patches, corn mazes and other Halloween activities, click here.
- To find choose and cut-your-own Christmas tree farms, click here.
These are the only PYO's I could find in Alaska. Does anyone have any first-hand information about them or others?
Aleutians East Borough
Bethel Census Area
Bristol Bay Borough
Dillingham Census Area
Fairbanks North Star Borough
- vegetables, berries
780 Sheep Creek Road, Fairbanks, Alaska 99709-6128. Phone: 907-479-6921. fax: 907-479-4200. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Open: 9 am to 6 pm on Monday to Saturday and Sunday from noon till 6 pm. Great harvests available for purchase during August and September! We have many (you-pick) vegetables and berries available then! We have tomatoes, variety of squash, radishes, cucumbers, lettuce, potatoes, cabbages, turnips, kale, kohlrabi, carrots, peas, beans, peppers, eggplant, strawberries, raspberries, and monster pumpkins (to 298.5 lb.) to name a few items!
Clair's Cultivations - apples, crabapples, plums
1364 Esro Road, Fairbanks, AK 99712. Phone: (907) 488-6446. Email: email@example.com. Directions: 4.5 miles Chena Hot springs road, Just outside of Fairbanks. Click here for a map. Pick your own.
Comments from a visitor on August 28, 2008: "Love it. " (Suggested by a visitor, ADDED: August 28, 2008)
Nugget Farms - apples
100-118 N Cushman St, Fairbanks, AK. Phone: (907) 455-4721.
Juneau City and Borough
Kenai Peninsula Borough
Ketchikan Gateway Borough
Kodiak Island Borough
Lake and Peninsula Borough
Birch Creek Ranch - Black Currants, Red Currants, Strawberries,
Raspberries, Service Berries
Mastadon, Talkeetna, AK 99676. Phone: 907-733-1090. Open: . Daily, Around 9 am until dark, 7 Days/week Mid July -Late August. Directions; north of Anchorage, Alaska. Organically growing vegetables and herbs; One outhouse available
Comments from a visitor on August 15, 2009: "I love this place. I have had the chance to work in the greenhouses during the late winter and early spring, and I love picking berries here in late summer. I am originally from Atlanta, Georgia, and grew up picking blackberries every summer; I missed that; thank goodness for this place and my new black berry: currants. Just picked 30 pounds with a friend last week, we had a blast." (Suggested by a visitor, ADDED: August 15, 2009)
Pyrah's Pioneer Peak Farm
4350 S. Bodenburg Loop, Palmer, AK. Phone: (907) 745-4511. Alternate phone: (907)745-3557. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Directions: Click here for a map. Open: see this page for their hours. Click here for their picking updates and pricing page. They have a Fall Harvest Festival in September, dates are posted on their website. (UPDATED: August 13, 2008)
Comments from a visitor on November 17, 2009: "I've been going there since I was a teen. My children have grown up knowing of the delights of picking veggies at Pyrah's. The growing season is short up here and I'm not much of a gardener but love the results of course. We highly recommend the experience. You can make a day of it. Combine it with a trip to the State Fair or visit the Reindeer Farm up the road too too. Have fun I know we do."
A visitor writes: I wanted to let you know about the wonderful people I spoke to at Pyrah's. I didn't even know we had farms like this up here. Pyrah's is a PYO, open Mon 9-5, Tues-Saturday from 9-9, closed Sundays. They offer field trips for kids, just call ahead to schedule... only $3 per child!
Municipality of Anchorage
Nome Census Area
North Slope Borough
Northwest Arctic Borough
Prince of Wales-Outer Ketchikan Census Area
Sitka City and Borough
Skagway-Hoonah-Angoon Census Area
Southeast Fairbanks Census Area
Valdez-Cordova Census Area
Wade Hampton Census Area
Wrangell-Petersburg Census Area
Yakutat City and Borough
Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area
Farmer's Markets, Farm Stands and Roadside Stands, Etc. (NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)
Kenai Peninsula Borough
Crazy Eights Farm - farm market, picnic area (bring your
own food), petting zoo, farm animals, school tours, group
reservations, events at your location (call for info)
Mile 16 Oilwell Road, Ninilchik, AK 99639. Phone: 907-299-6659. Alternate Phone: 3609407863. Email: email@example.com. Directions: Follow the signs past Freddie's Roadhouse at Mile 16 of the Oilwell Road, Ninilchik, Alaska. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, AmEx. Click here for our Facebook page. Fresh vegetables, homemade breads and baked goods and dog sled rides. (UPDATED: December 26, 2013)
Farm Bed And Breakfasts
Kenai Peninsula Borough County
Berry Patch Bed and Breakfast - 3 total rooms, Price range from
$115 to $135, Large rooms, Small fridge in rooms, Fresh farm breakfasts,
Fresh eggs, Mountain views, Hiking trails, Fishing nearby, hunting nearby,
boating nearby, skiing nearby, snowmobiling nearby, horse riding,
fitness/health club nearby, Free farm tours for overnight guests, Within an
easy drive to an Interstate road, children welcome, No pets please, No
smoking allowed, PYO fruit, Help feed the animals, Organic farming, Honeybee
hives onsite, chickens,
14247 Victor Drive, Seward, AK 99664. Phone: 907-491-0164. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. (ADDED: March 25, 2010)
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