Where in Montana to find pick your own farms and orchards for fruit, vegetables, pumpkins and canning & freezing instructions!
This month's notes: May 2013: The cool weather has delayed blooms and slowed growth by a couple of weeks, but don't miss strawberries: they started in most Southern areas in late April, and in late May up north. Click here for strawberry facts and picking tips, and this page for easy strawberry jam making directions. Blueberries will come in June in most areas. Of course, Florida, southern Texas, and other very warm areas are already picking both crops! 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.
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Big Horn County
Deer Lodge County
Hockaday Orchards - cherries,
45 Hockaday Lane, Lakeside, MT 59922. Phone: 406-844-3547. Alternate Phone: 406-844-3863. Email: email@example.com. Open: The orchard is open from 8 am to 5 pm, 7 days a week, for as long as the crop lasts. Directions: Take Highway 93 to about 1 mile south of Lakeside. Turn off of highway 93 on to Angel Point Road. Follow the signs to the orchard, approximately 2.5 miles. Take Hockaday Lane off Angel Point Road and follow the signs in. Click here for a map and directions. Picking begins usually in late July as fruit ripens; We normally run a week to 10 days, but can go up to two weeks; It is best to call about mid-July to check the crop status and get a better idea when the orchard will open. Payment: Cash, Check, WIC Vouchers. Please bring flat boxes. Do not bring bags or plastic bags, the fruit will crush. Ladders are provided. Bees can be a problem, so if you are allergic, please bring appropriate medication. There is very limited ground picking and the orchard ground is uneven. Bring stable walking shoes. (ADDED: June 12, 2012)
- Rocky Creek Farms - Apples, corn (sweet), cucumbers, pumpkins,
E of Bozeman, Montana, Bozeman, MT 59715. Phone: 406-585-0225. Email: Click here for our contact form. Open: Approximately Monday to Saturday 10-5 Raspberries - July Cucumbers, Corn - August, September Pumpkins - October. Directions: Go E from Bozeman on the Frontage Road approx. 5 miles, on your left you will see the sign. Cross over the railroad tracks, park at the little house and get your bucket for picking. And for a map to our farm, Click here. Pumpkin patch has hayrides, apple press, other activities for kids. (UPDATED: January 14, 2013, from their website)
Golden Valley County
- Anderson Orchards of Rudyard Montana -
Certified Organic, apples,
raspberries (Autumn, red), strawberries, Cider mill (fresh apple cider made
on the premises)
225 First Street NE, Rudyard, MT 59540. Phone: 406-355-4596. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Open: Monday thru Saturday 8:30 to 5:00 Sunday by appointment. Directions: Forty miles west of Have, Montana turn North towards Rudyard, Montana. Turn right at North Star School. Orchard is at first house on right. Click here for a map and directions. Strawberries are available in June and first part of July Raspberries are available in late July and August and September Apples are Available August and September Farm fresh brown eggs. We are certified organic for all crops! Payment: Cash, Check. Organically Certified by Montana Department of Agriculture. We grow Honey Crisp, North West Greening, Harlared, Macintosh apples. (ADDED: January 27, 2010)
Judith Basin County
Common Ground Farm - Certified
Organic, raspberries (red), strawberries,
31940 Jocko Road, Arlee, MT 59821. Phone: 406-726-2030. Alternate Phone: 406 726-2030. Fax: 406-726-2031. Email: email@example.com. Open: 7 Days a week, dawn to dusk, open while berries are in season. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: From highway 93 south of Arlee, turn East on Jocko Road Go 1.5 miles on Jocko Rd, turn left onto paved driveway for Heart View Center. Follow drive to parking area, raspberries and strawberries are in the fields to the left of the driveway. Click here for a map and directions. We are certified organic for all crops! Payment: Cash, Check. (UPDATED: July 18, 2011)
Fat Robin Orchard & Farm
- Certified Organic, apples,
cherries, U-pick and already picked, farm market
34126 Finley Point Rd, Polson, MT 59860. Phone: 406-887-2869. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Open: Friday to Sunday, from 8:30 am to 6 pm; other times by appointment; Call to confirm before traveling to the orchard; Visit our website for details. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. Directions: From Polson, take highway 35 north to Finley Point Road. Go approximately 1 mile to the T-junction of South Finley Point Road. Make a left. Take the first dirt road to the right just past the Flathead Lake Cherry Growers packing plant. Our orchard is at the top of the hill. Cherries: Late July through early August, Apples: Mid-October. We are certified organic for all crops! Payment: Cash, Check, WIC Vouchers. Click here for our Facebook page. Our beautiful certified organic farm has fabulous views of Flathead Lake and even better fruit. We offer you-pick, picked and packed, delivery, and shipping. Fruit is available at the farm, local CSAs, natural food markets, and is featured in local restaurants. Some fruit goes to Ten Spoon Winery for their outstanding "Flathead Cherry Dry" wine. Cherry varieties: Lambert, Lapin, Rainier, Van, Montmorency (Pie), Balaton. Apple varieties: Mac, Wealthy. Other products available: frozen and dried cherries, cherry-themed aprons, wool, lambs. Visit us soon!. (UPDATED: July 11, 2010)
Getman's Cherry-Red-Orchard - Uses
natural growing practices, apples, beans, beets, cherries, pears,
peaches, plums, U-pick and already picked
East Shore, Flathead Lake,, Bigfork, MT 59911. Phone: 406-871-5499. Email: email@example.com. Open: We try to arrange for appointments to suit customers; Call first. Directions: Mt. Hightway 35. East Shore of Flathead Lake, South of Bigfork, approximately 12 miles. Call first. Click here for a map and directions. August, Sweet, Black, Premium Cherries; September, Peaches, Plums ; October, Pears, Plums, Apples; Various fruits and vegetables throughout the summer; Preserves and specialty items; Call for information. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. Payment: Cash, Check. We try to satisfy our customer's needs. Premium fruit, grown with personalized care, good water and compost, etc. (UPDATED: September 27, 2011) (ADDED: September 18, 2010)
- Pine Glen Cherry Orchard - Flathead cherries,
7751 East Shore Rt, Polson , Mt, Polson, MT. Phone: 4068872727. Open: Mid July-Mid August. Directions: Call for directions. Payment: Cash, Check . These are beautiful Flathead cherries. You can pick in a grassy park-like environment. Friendly people. Mostly lambert cherries, some pie cherries and some bing cherries. (Suggested by a visitor, ADDED: June 23, 2010)
Lewis and Clark County
- Red Hen Farm -
Uses natural growing practices,
corn (sweet), cucumbers, onions, peppers, pumpkins, raspberries (red),
raspberries (Autumn, red), summer squash, strawberries, tomatoes,
Honey from hives on the farm, Fresh eggs, U-pick and already picked
3803 Spurgin Road, Missoula, MT 59804. Phone: 406-728-8313. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Open: June 15 pm to October 31. Directions: head west on Spurgin from Reserve Street 2.5 miles. Look for sign on left side of road for Red Hen Farms. Click here for a map and directions. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. Payment: Cash, Check. (ADDED: October 01, 2012)
Powder River County
Silver Bow County
Sweet Grass County
There must be other PYO farms and orchards in Montana. Does anyone know of any others? Maybe a "pick your own tumbleweed" ranch? :) Please tell me about them - Click here to write to me!
Farmer's Markets, Farm Stands and Roadside Stands, Etc.
unless they are also listed above)
- 3 Fiddles Farm Roadside Stand - Farm
stand / farm market on a farm, Farm market, not located on the farm,
Wide variety of seasonal, locally grown fruits and vegetables, all
produce is sustainably grown, all produce is grown using IPM
(integrated pest management), Uncovered outdoor market,
10663 Bridger Canyon Road 1251 North Rouse Ave. , Bozeman, MT 59715. Phone: 406-922-1808. Email: email@example.com. Open: June - November Sundays at Farm in Bridger Canyon 3 pm to 6pm Thusdays at Planet Natural 4 pm to 6pm. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Old Fashion Roadside Farm Stand Great In-Season Produce 100% Natural. (ADDED: August 18, 2012)
- Wooly Locust farm- Wide variety of seasonal
fruits and vegetables, gift shop, picnic area, farm animals
673 Ridge Road, Stevensville, MT 59870. Phone: 406-546-8554. Open: they are open now (May) thru the end of the growing season w/ hopes of extending into winter w/ the use of the green houses. They are available anytime, just call them!!. Directions: See their website for directions. Payment: Cash, Check . (Suggested by a visitor, ADDED: May 29, 2011)
Comments from a visitor on May 29, 2011: "Their farm is neat and tidy. This is a working farm complete w/ gardens and livestock. Dairy goats and sheep roam their fields along w/ ducks, geese and chickens. Such nice people. So pleasant to be with that you will be reluctant to leave!! Roger and Annie are raising their crops organically. They have raised their own food and processed it for years for their own family consumption. They have a set of massive gardens that are beautiful to see. They are in the process of turning their garage into a country store to sell their homemade breads, canned goods and huge assortment of produce. This family knows gardening! They sell shares in their farm and we received our 1st box last Friday. All I can say is that I was impressed! Along w/ 7 large bags of produce, we also got a dozen fresh eggs and an apple cake! They are so kind and so willing to share of their knowledge. So many times they have taken time out of their busy day to visit w/ my family or others. They are eager to help people eat healthy foods. If you ever have questions about gardening or raising livestock, call them! I definitely recommend them to all my family and friends! "
Getman's Cherry Red Orchard -
Uses natural growing practices, apples, apricots, beans, beets,
cherries, cucumbers, onions, peaches, plums, raspberries (Autumn, black),
East Shore, Bigfork, MT 59911. Phone: 406-871-5499. Alternate Phone: 406-982-3235. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Open: We accept visitors from June 15 through October. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: Call 406-871-5499, East Shore of Flathead Lake, South of Bigfork, Mt. Click here for a map and directions. We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. Payment: Cash, Check. changing every year and season with more fruits and vegetables. Preserves in many gourmet flavours. (ADDED: September 18, 2010)
- Sky View Farm -
Certified Organic, Farm stand / farm
market on a farm, Wide variety of seasonal, locally grown fruits and
vegetables, all produce is certified organically grown, all produce is
sustainably grown, all produce is grown using IPM (integrated pest
management), Fresh local eggs, Baked goods, Crafts, artistic products, etc,
34107 Sod Farm Road, Arlee, MT 59821. Phone: 406-726-2211. Email: email@example.com. Open: July - October Sundays from 9 am to 4 pm and all U - pick hours. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. We are certified organic for all crops! Payment: Cash, only. (ADDED: September 28, 2011)
Thompson Falls Farmers Market - Farmers market (multiple
stalls or vendors), Wide variety of seasonal, locally grown fruits and
vegetables, some produce is sustainably grown, Uncovered outdoor
market, Fresh local eggs, Baked goods, Crafts, artistic products, etc,
porta-potties, picnic area
201 Montana 200, Thompson Falls, MT 59873. Phone: (541) 844-5009. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Open: Every Saturday June 1st - September 28th (except August 10th) 9:00am to 12:00pm. Directions: The Market is located on Main Street (Montana Highway 200) in Rose Garden Park and can't be missed. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. (UPDATED: March 12, 2013)
Farm Venues for Events, Activities, Parties and Meetings:
Getman's Cherry Red Orchard -
Uses natural growing practices, Wedding Rehearsal Dinner,
Banquets / Dinners, Other Private Parties, Catering available, Cherry
East Shore, Bigfork, MT 59911. Phone: 406-871-5499. Alternate Phone: 406-982-3235. Email: email@example.com. Open: We accept visitors from June 15 through October. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: Call 406-871-5499, East Shore of Flathead Lake, South of Bigfork, Mt. Click here for a map and directions. We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. Payment: Cash, Check. changing every year and season with more fruits and vegetables. Preserves in many gourmet flavours. all facility descriptions for events available with a call. (ADDED: September 18, 2010)
Horse Rides and More:
White Dove Carriage Company - Beautiful rural setting,
Mountain views, Fishing nearby, hunting nearby, skiing nearby,
snowmobiling nearby, Within an easy drive to an Interstate road,
horse-drawn hayrides, horse-drawn carriage rides,
5388 Hamm Road, Belgrade, MT 59714. Phone: 406-539-4790. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Open: Wagon rides year round; Carriage rides spring and summer; Contact for availability. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. .Draft horse teams to pull wagon. Single draft horse to pull wedding carrige. (ADDED: December 13, 2011)
Parsons Pony Farm - Horse trails (guided), Riding academies,
schools, Horses rented (guided trails), Western riding equipment &
instruction, Beautiful rural setting, Mountain views, Within an easy drive
to an Interstate road, School tours, children welcome, Pets welcome, No
smoking allowed, beginners riding lessons, restrooms, picnic area, pony
rides, farm animals, birthday parties, school tours
5710 Yarrow Lane, Florence, MT 59833. Phone: 406 273 3363. Email: email@example.com. Open: seven days per week, from 9 am to 5 pm. Directions: Please call 406 273 3363 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for directions. Payment: Cash, Check. We specialize in kids' rides, rider under 100 pounds. Friendly gentle ponies available for hand led pony rides at the farm. The ponies can also travel to your location in the Bitterroot Valley or Missoula, Montana. (ADDED: August 06, 2010)
Resources For Farmers
Meats, Milk and Eggs:
Farm Bed And Breakfasts
- Sky View Farm - 1 total room, Price
range from $150.00 to $225.00, Large beds, TV in rooms, Small fridge
in rooms, Coffee/tea maker in rooms, Fresh farm breakfasts, Lunches
offered, Beautiful rural setting, Mountain views, Hiking trails, Free
farm tours for overnight guests, Within an easy drive to an Interstate
road, children welcome, No pets please, No smoking allowed, Vegetarian
meals available, PYO fruit, Help feed the animals, Organic farming,
Sustainable farming, chickens,
34107 Sod Farm Road, Arlee, MT 59821. Phone: 406-726-2211. Email: email@example.com. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. (ADDED: September 28, 2011)
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