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 "Eatwell", "pickit" and the ones that ends with ".farm"; they do not verify or update their information, they just steal it from us once in a great while (they are plagiarists operating in Russia and China, as well as some 20-somethings trying to make a quick buck), so theirs are always out-of-date -and often copied incorrectly. Since 2002, I make updates daily (each farm as changes are reported, or I find it). See the customer and farmer menus at the top menu bar to submit updates and corrections and help me keep each current!

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! And if you know of any farms I missed and want to add a farm, please let me know!   I'm making updates for 2018 as fast as I can - if you find anything out-of-date, wrong or not working - please let me know!

What's in season in July 2018, and other timely information:

Notes for July 2018: Summer is here and that means Strawberry season is finishing and blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and peaches are starting. Tomatoes, corn and other vegetables should be starting, too. Check your area's copy calendar (see this page) and call your local farms for seasonal updates.

See these pages to find a local Strawberry Festival, Peach festival or a Blueberry festival. We have a guide to peach varieties here. Also recipes, canning and freezing directions for strawberries, blueberries, peaches, tomatoes, corn etc.

See our comprehensive list of easy home canning, jam and jelly making, 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 or outdated, please write me!

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!

Central-Northeast Minnesota U-Pick Farms and Orchards in 2018, 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") 
  • 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, other berries, raspberries (Spring, black), Fresh eggs
    840 Cemetery Road, Wrensall, MN 55797. Phone: (218) 384-9002. Email: [email protected] . Open: See our website for current hours. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. July - August. Payment: Cash, Check. Click here for our Facebook page. You can bring your own bucket. We'll weigh it before you pick and get the tare -- or unladen weight -- so you only pay for the fruit. Or you can buy one of our flats, at cost, for 50 cents.(UPDATED: July 16, 2017) (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.
  • 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: [email protected]. 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!.

Cass County

  • Jake and Scout's Berry Farm - blueberries, flowers,
    1822 County Road 29, Lake Shore, MN 56468. Phone: 218-821-1145. Email: [email protected]. 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.
  • Pine Winder - No pesticides or herbicides are used, blueberries, porta-potties are available
    1835 36th Avenue Sw, Pine River, MN 56474. Phone: 218-587-2752. Email: [email protected]. 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)
  • 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: [email protected]. 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.

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: [email protected]. Open: 7 days a week, 8 am to 6 pm; Special arrangements May be set up by request if needed. Directions: Click 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)
  • Roger's Berries - strawberries, blueberries
    23525 Mail Rte Rd, Brainerd, MN. Phone: (218) 839-2665. Open: Picking Strawberries the from mid June to mid-July, open 7 AM - 5 PM daily or until picked out; Blueberries about mid-July. Picking Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 7 AM - Noon. No Appointment Necessary. . Pick fresh in the patch or have us pick them for you. Families welcome.   (ADDED: September 3, 2017, JBS)
  • 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)
    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.

Mille Lacs County

  • J Q Fruit Farm - Apples, blueberries, raspberries
    8082 - 33rd Street, Princeton, MN 55371. Phone: 763-389-2567. Email: [email protected]. 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.

Morrison County

  • Lorenz Strawberry Patch - strawberries
    13152 48th Avenue, Little Falls, MN 56345. Phone: (320)-547-2252. Email: [email protected]. 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

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