Find a local pick your own farm here!

Looking for a local, pick-your-own farm in Central-Northeast Minnesota?  Scroll down this page and you will see the U-Pick farms in Central-Northeast Minnesota, sorted by county. Those that offer organic or sustainably grown produce are identified by the words "organic" and/or "sustainable" in Green, next to their name  (see "What does Organic mean?"). The U-pick crops they offer follow the name of the farm. To search the page for a specific crop, use Ctrl-F (or on an ipad or Mac, use their "search on this page" function) If they have a website, the name will be in blue and underlined; click on it and it will open their website. Beware of copycat websites (such as the one that starts with "pickit" and the one that ends with ".farms"; they do not update their information, they just steal it from us once in a great while (they are plagiarists operating in Russia and China), so theirs are usually out-of-date -and often copied incorrectly! I put dates to indicate when we last received an update from each farm, and I make updates daily (each farm as their info changes). See the customer and farmer menus at the top menu bar to submit updates and corrections and help me keep each current!

And if you know of any I missed and want to add them or correct the information, please let me know!  

What's in season in May 2017, and other timely information:

Notes for May 2017: The warm winter means strawberries will be EARLY this year! Move the dates ahead by 2 - 3 weeks on our state crop availability calendars for strawberries; see your state's calendar for more dates of upcoming crops. Blueberries have already started in FL and TX.

Next year, don't miss an Easter Egg Hunt for your children: See our companion website to find a local Easter Egg hunt!

Children's Consignment Sales occur in both the Spring and Fall  See our companion website to find a local community or church kid's consignment sale!

We also have home canning, preserving, drying and freezing directions. You can access recipes and other resources from the drop down menus at the top of the page or the site search. If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to write me! It is easy to make your own ice cream, even gelato, or low fat or low sugar ice cream - see this page. Also note, there are many copycat website listing U-pick farms now.  They have all copied their information form here and usually do not ever update.  Since 2002, I've been updating the information every day but Christmas; so if you see anything wrong, please write me!

Central-Northeast Minnesota U-Pick Farms and Orchards, by county

Click on the resources drop-down above, if you need a county map

Aitkin County

  • Elm Island Lake Berry Farm - strawberries
    37815 309th Street, Aitkin, MN. Phone: 218-927-3087.  Open: Picking season is usually late June thru mid July; Call for hours. Pre-picked strawberries are available by ordering at least 2-3 hours before your desired pickup time. Hours vary, please call for daily updated picking conditions. Pick your own strawberries on small fields surrounded by woods and natural hay fields. Bring your own 5 qt. ice cream pails for picking, or use ours. Located just 6 one half miles southeast of Aitkin on Co. Road 12 (now called "Deer Street")  (UPDATED: June 11, 2015, JBS) (UPDATED: September 10, 2009)
  • Great River Gardens - strawberries, raspberries and blueberries.
    43507 U.S. Highway 169, Aitkin, MN. Phone: 218-927-2521. Alternate phone: (877) 286-3408. Open: Pick-your-own and prepicked  Strawberries are available from late June through July, raspberries start in mid-July, and blueberries are usually available beginning in late July. Call for price. (UPDATED: June 11, 2015, JBS)

Carlton County

  • Farm LoLa - blueberries, raspberries (red), Fresh eggs
    840 Cemetery Road, Wrenshall, MN 55797. Phone: (218) 384-9002. Email: lucie@locallylaid.com . Open: Please check our Facebook, website or call for our recorded message on our phone. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. Click here for our Facebook page. (ADDED: March 10, 2017)
  • Finke's Berry Farm - Uses natural growing practices, strawberries,
    2331 County Road 4, Carlton, MN 55718. Phone: 218-384-4432. Open: Our pick - your - own strawberries are available in July; Picking hours vary so "reach for the phone before you reach for your keys"; During strawberry season we update daily on our Finke's Berry Farm facebook page. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. Payment: Cash, Check. We use no pesticides or petroleum-based fertilizers to grow our strawberries. With our sandy soil and plenty of straw between the rows, picking is fun and easy!. Strawberry Season usually runs the month of July. Please contact us to see when the farm is open. We are committed to sustainable agriculture, healthy environment and healthful food. (UPDATED: July 01, 2014) (UPDATED: June 20, 2013)
  • Hammarlund Nursery and Landscaping - Uses natural growing practices, cucumbers, herbs/spices, tomatoes, other vegetables, Fresh eggs
    159 North Cloquet Road East, Esko, MN 55733. Phone: 218-879-3600. Email: acerrio@aol.com. Open: Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm; Saturday 9am to 5pm. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: From I 35 take the Midway road exit. If coming from the north on I 35 take a right on the Midway road. Take the Midway road 2 miles to County road 45 at County 45 take a left. On county 45 go 2 miles and you will see the Hammarlund Nursery sign on the right. Click here for a map and directions. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover. Click here for our Facebook page. "Like" us on Facebook for current events, sales, and specials!. (UPDATED: July 17, 2013) (ADDED: September 10, 2010)

Cass County

  • Jake and Scout's Berry Farm - blueberries, flowers,
    1822 County Road 29, Lake Shore, MN 56468. Phone: 218-821-1145. Email: lise@jakeandscoutsberryfarm.com. Open: Mid - July to Mid - August; See our website or call for current hours. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: From Nisswa, go 2 miles North on Highway 371, then West on County Road 29, then 4 miles to the Farm. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. (UPDATED: June 11, 2015, JBS) (ADDED: March 22, 2014)
  • Pine Winder - No pesticides or herbicides are used, blueberries, porta-potties
    1835 36th Avenue Sw, Pine River, MN 56474. Phone: 218-587-2752. Email: windryderDK@gmail.com. Open: every day 9:00 am to Noon during the season; May be closed some days for berries to re - ripen. . Directions: From Backus: 6 miles south from Backus on 371 to 14th Avenue SW. Turn right (west) and follow the road approximately 1/4 mile until it becomes 36th Avenue SW. Continue one and half miles straight south on 36th Avenue SW to Pine Winder Blueberries; or at the stop light in Pine River, go west on 24th Street SW about 3 miles then turn right (north) 1.5 miles. Click here for a map and directions. Typical harvest dates: the end of July and first half of August. Payment: Cash, only. Blueberries. No pesticides are used. Porte-Potty. Payment: cash or check. (UPDATED: July 20, 2016) (UPDATED: June 11, 2015, JBS) (UPDATED: July 31, 2014) (UPDATED: June 14, 2012)
  • Red Barn Orchard - Uses integrated pest management practices, apples, Honey from hives on the farm, Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises)
    1365 44th Street South West, Pine River, MN 56474. Phone: 218-838-8185. Alternate Phone: 218-568-8185. Email: redbarnorchard@yahoo.com. Open: See our website for current hours. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Apples: Weekends during August, September and October. We use integrated pest management practices. Payment: Cash, Check. (UPDATED: June 11, 2015, JBS) (ADDED: June 05, 2010)

Crow Wing County

  • Nelson-Shine Produce - flowers, strawberries, Turkeys, Fresh eggs, farm animals, school tours
    12629 30th St, Brainerd, MN 56401. Phone: 218-829-9084. Alternate Phone: 218-330-6587. Email: ng.nelson@hotmail.com. Open: 7 days a week, 8 am to 6 pm; Special arrangements May be set up by request if needed. Directions: CClick here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. We make it our goal to have the best picking conditions around! We provide straw between the rows so kneeling as you pick won't be uncomfortable. We also provide restroom and handwashing facilities, as well as a shady area to sit and relax while enjoying a free bottle of water after you pick or while you wait fot fellow pickers to finish up. This year, we will have an area for children to play as well, should they choose not to pick with their parents. We do recommend bringing your sunscreen, but we will supply bugspray should flies or mosquitoes be a nusiance. While we do welcome children, we ask that you leave all pets at home, as it is much too hot for them to stay in the vehicle, and they will not be allowed in the patch. (UPDATED: June 11, 2015, JBS) (ADDED: June 29, 2009)
  • Wallin's Berry Farm - strawberries, raspberries, blueberries
    C.R. 18, Nisswa, MN. Phone: (218) 963-7456. Alternate phone: 218-562-4473. Open mid June to early July, from 8am to 8pm; call for special hours. Directions: Three miles east of Nisswa on C.R. 18.Straw-mulched field provides clean berries and no mud to walk in. Containers supplied or bring your own. Pre-picked strawberries when available. (UPDATED: June 11, 2015, JBS) (ADDED: July 22, 2009, suggested by a visitor)
    Comments from a visitor on July 22, 2009: "A fantastic strawberry patch; now (2009) they added blueberries and raspberries are coming in September. It has an old fashioned feel to it; no frills, just get down with a bucket they provide, pick your berries then go home. It's close to downtown Nisswa"

Kanabec County

  • Dunsmore Family Farm - UPDATE: June 20, 2016: The owner tells me they are now permanently closed
    2879 Mahogany St, Mora, MN 55051.
  • Sharratt Berry Farm - strawberries
    1182 175th Avenue, Ogilvie, MN 56358. Phone: (320) 272-4319. Directions: From Ogilvie G miles north on Hwy 47, 2 miles west on Cty Rd 10 (170th Ave). Open: Seasonal, May-October, call for hours and availability. Pick your own berries, pre-picked asparagus and limited supply of picked apples. Also jams and jellies prepared in a certified kitchen. Call for specific crop information. (ADDED: July 06, 2009, suggested by a visitor)

Mille Lacs County

  • J Q Fruit Farm - Apples, blueberries, raspberries
    8082 - 33rd Street, Princeton, MN 55371. Phone: 763-389-2567. Email: jqfruit@sherbtel.net. Open: See web site or call for u-pick hours. Blueberries - July - August Raspberries - July - August Apples - Late August - October. Directions: Hwy 169 going North - take Hwy 95 going East - take a left at Rum River Drive, go approx 3 blks to County Road 4 - turn right. Continue to 33rd Street - take a Right - go all the way to the end. Farm at the end of dirt road. Click here for a map to our farm. We are open July, August, September, October. (UPDATED: June 11, 2015, JBS)

Morrison County

  • Lorenz Strawberry Patch - strawberries
    13152 48th Avenue, Little Falls, MN 56345. Phone: (320)-547-2252. Email: kplorenz@hotmail.com. Open: Call before you go - I haven't had an up[date from this farm in many years; Seven days a week, 7:00am to dusk. Mid June to Mid July, weather permitting. Directions: Seven miles west of Little Falls on highway 27. Left on County Road 1 (Dove Road) one mile. Right on 135th Street one mile. Left at the T (48th Avenue) 1/4 mile on left. (Follow strawberry signs) Crops are usually available in June, July. Payment: Cash, Check. Strawberries are weighed and priced by the pound. Free picking boxes available. Ice cream pails also welcome. Also available: Lorenz homegrown whole chickens. Farm raised. Processed and frozen at state licensed facility. Priced by the pound (6-8 pound average).

Pine County

  • Ben's Berry Farm - Uses natural growing practices, raspberries (red), raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (Autumn, red), strawberries, U-pick and already picked, farm market
    34921 Two Rivers Road, Hinckley, MN 55037. Phone: 320-384-7232. Alternate Phone: 320-233-6356. Open: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8am to noon; Open evenings and Saturdays by appointment. Directions: Take exit 180 on Interstate 35. Take old Highway 61 North to Bear road. Turn West on Bear road. Turn North on Two Rivers Road. we are the first place on the West side of the road. Click here for a map and directions. Everbearing Strawberries: Memorial Day to Halloween Red Raspberries: June to October. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. Payment: Cash, only. Click here for a link to our Facebook page. (UPDATED: June 11, 2015, JBS) (UPDATED: September 22, 2010) (ADDED: September 22, 2010)

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


Local Honey Sources:

Cass County

  • Red Barn Orchard - Uses integrated pest management practices, Honey (retail), Honey from hives on the farm, Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises)
    1365 44th Street South West, Pine River, MN 56474. Phone: 218 8388185. Alternate Phone: 218 5688185. Email: redbarnorchard@yahoo.com. Open: See our website for current hours. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Apples: Weekends during August, September and October. We use integrated pest management practices. Payment: Cash, Check. (ADDED: June 05, 2010)

Meats, Milk and Eggs:


Farm Venues for Weddings, Events, Activities, Parties and Meetings:

Mille Lacs County

  • The Historic Deglman Farm - Wedding Ceremony, Wedding Reception, Wedding Rehearsal Dinner, Corporate events, Filming or photo shoots, School and educational groups, Daycare and preschool groups, Lighting, Catering available, You may bring your own food, Tables and chairs are Provided , BYO alcohol, Hotel nearby, Motel nearby, Dairy farm, goats, chickens, Beautiful rural setting, Fishing nearby, hunting nearby, snowmobiling nearby, golf nearby, fitness/health club nearby, CD Player, Internet (Wireless), Microphone, Sound System, Free Onsite Lot parking lot, Within an easy drive to an Interstate road, Bride and groom dressing areas available, children welcome, Pets welcome, Smoking allowed in designated areas, gift shop, restrooms, picnic area (bring your own food), farm animals, weddings and wedding parties
    12725 50th Street, Princeton , MN 55371. Phone: 612-867-8657. Email: david_deglman@yahoo.com. Open: Seasonal April through November. Directions: Greenbush Township just minutes northwest of Princeton, Minnesota. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. Click here for our Facebook page. A very unique rustic country wedding and event venue. Our huge manicured lawns and museum like barn will create a backdrop for your perfect day. Visit us at our website. (ADDED: August 31, 2015)

Morrison County

  • Home Farm - Lighting, Wedding Ceremony, Wedding Reception, Wedding Rehearsal Dinner, Banquets / Dinners, Birthday parties, PR or Marketing events, Filming or photo shoots, Classes, lectures or Speakers, School and educational groups, Other Private Parties, Catering available, You may bring your own food, Some Tables and chairs are provided, Some Linens and table silverware are provided, BYO alcohol, Hotel nearby, Motel nearby, Pumpkin patch, other animals, Beautiful rural setting, Hiking trails, Fishing nearby, hunting nearby, snowmobiling nearby, golf nearby, Podium, TV available, DVD Player, VCR available, Projection Screen provided, Free Onsite Lot parking lot, Valet parking can be arranged, Within an easy drive to an Interstate road, children welcome, Vegetarian meals available, handicap accessible, porta-potties, picnic area, petting zoo, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties, school tours
    16539 183rd Street, Little Falls, MN 56345. Phone: 320-630-1430. Alternate Phone: 320-632-9787. Fax: 320-632-8947. Email: jackiejanuschka@hotmail.com. Open: May through October you schedule the date and time with us and we will try to accomodate you. Directions: Please contact us for Directions. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Third generation family farm with a newly renovated barn to have events. Hayrides available through farm fields and farm trailways. Many flower beds and walking paths on the premises. Located in the Heart of Minnesota's 10,000 lakes. (ADDED: September 26, 2011)

Horse Rides and More:

Aitkin County

  • Ball Bluff Farms LLC - horse-drawn hayrides, Horse-drawn sleigh rides (weather permitting), porta-potties
    19650 650th Ln, Jacobson, MN 55752. Phone: 218-752-6687. Email: ballbluff@hotmail.com. Open: From September 1st through March 15th weather permitting; We book all hay/sleigh rides at least 24hrs in advance and the hours are from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm in the winter and 11:00 am to 5:00 pm in the fall. Directions: Please call for directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Click here for our Facebook page. Our up to 1hr ride also includes a Bon Fire and Hot Chocolate. Feel free to bring marshmallows or hot dogs etc.. to roast over a fire. Up to 10 people 10.00 per person with a minimum of 75.00 Anything after 10 people is 8.00 per person For large groups call for prices 218-752-6687. (ADDED: December 27, 2011)

Farm Bed And Breakfasts


Maple Syrup Farms and Sugarworks:


Wholesale Foods

Morrison County

  • Home Farm - Local sales at our farm, Local delivery, some produce is certified organically grown, all produce is sustainably grown, all produce is grown using IPM (integrated pest management), pumpkins, porta-potties, picnic area, petting zoo, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties, school tours
    16539 183rd Street, Little Falls, MN 56345. Phone: 320-630-1430. Alternate Phone: 320-632-9787. Fax: 320-632-8947. Email: jackiejanuschka@hotmail.com. Open: Contact us for availablity of bee Friday, chicken and pork. Directions: Please contact us for Directions. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. We have organic grassfed beef, pastured poultry and pork. (ADDED: September 26, 2011)

 


 

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