Where in Montana to find pick your own farms and orchards for fruit, vegetables, pumpkins and canning & freezing instructions!

This month's notes: July 2014: Blueberries, blackberries, raspberries tomatoes, corn and most vegetables are being picked in most places; strawberries are finishing or done; Peaches are in and early apples will start in late July. Find a local blueberry festival and blueberry picking tips here. See how easy it is to make strawberry jam or strawberry-rhubarb jam! Make your own homemade strawberry ice cream including low fat, low sugar and other flavors))  Have fun, eat healthier and better tasting, and save money by picking your own locally grown fruit and vegetables, and then using our easy canning and freezing directions!

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Montana U-Pick Farms and Orchards, sorted by county

Remember: ALWAYS call (or follow the link to the farm's own website, if the name is a blue link) to confirm the information before you go! They may close, run out or change events, times, etc. without notifying me!

Beaverhead County

Big Horn County

Blaine County

Broadwater County

Carbon County

Carter County

Cascade County

Chouteau County

Custer County

Daniels County

Dawson County

Deer Lodge County

Fallon County

Fergus County

Flathead County

  • Hockaday Orchards - cherries,
    45 Hockaday Lane, Lakeside, MT 59922. Phone: 406-844-3547. Alternate Phone: 406-844-3863. Email: khockaday69@gmail.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)

Gallatin County

  • Rocky Creek Farms - Apples, corn (sweet), cucumbers, pumpkins, raspberries
    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)

Garfield County

Glacier County

Golden Valley County

Granite County

Hill County

Jefferson County

Judith Basin County

Lake County

  • 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: liserousseau@bresnan.net. 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, cherries, pears, peaches, plums, raspberries (red), U-pick and already picked, porta-potties
    East Shore, Flathead Lake,, Bigfork, MT 59911. Phone: 406-871-5499. Email: getman@me.com. Open: We arrange by appointment; Please call Dan's cell;; however, during July, August, September, October; we are open most of the time and easily available; We also have preserves and will ship cherries by mail; See our website; Black, sweet cherries are our main crop; During the fall, we have great apples and many other varied fruits and vegetables; We often have picked vegetables, like peas and greens, etc. Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. Directions: Please call first. East side of Flathead Lake, between Polson and Bigfork, close to Yellow Bay. Near Mile marker 20. There is a sign and we are building, "The Orchard House", a large construction project. This is easily seen from the road. Call 406-871-5499. Do Not open gates, precautions for our pets and animals. Click here for a map and directions. Our cherries ripen at the end of July; U pick lasts during August, September, October. We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. Payment: Cash, only. Click here for our Facebook page. We usually have a tasting table with various items. We can invoice with paypal or receive cash or check. (UPDATED: July 10, 2013) (ADDED: September 18, 2010)
  • Pine Glen Cherry Orchard - Flathead cherries,
    7751 East Shore Rt, Polson , Mt, Polson, MT. Phone: 406-887-2727. 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

Liberty County

Lincoln County

Madison County

McCone County

Meagher County

Mineral County

Missoula 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: enghpeters@gmail.com. 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)

Musselshell County

Park County

Petroleum County

Phillips County

Pondera County

Powder River County

Powell County

Prairie County

Ravalli County

Richland County

Roosevelt County

Rosebud County

Sanders County

Sheridan County

Silver Bow County

Stillwater County

Sweet Grass County

Teton County

Toole County

Treasure County

Valley County

Wheatland County

Wibaux 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.
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)

Gallatin County

  • 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: threefiddlesfarm@yahoo.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)

Ravalli County

  • 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! "

Lake County

  • Getman's Cherry Red Orchard - Uses natural growing practices, apples, apricots, beans, beets, cherries, cucumbers, onions, peaches, plums, raspberries (Autumn, black), tomatoes,
    East Shore, Bigfork, MT 59911. Phone: 406-871-5499. Alternate Phone: 406-982-3235. Email: getmansherdan@earthlink.net. 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: skyviewfarmmontana@gmail.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)

Lewis and Clark County

  • Johnson Nursery and Gardens - Uses natural growing practices, Farm stand / farm market on a farm, Wide variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables, Indoor market, beets, carrots, corn (sweet), cucumbers, eggplant, flowers, herbs/spices, lavender, onions, peppers, pumpkins, summer squash, winter squash, tomatoes, other vegetables, Other fruit or veg, Honey from hives on the farm
    5935 Mchugh Lane, Helena, MT 59602. Phone: 406-465-4392. Alternate Phone: 406-600-5409. Email: jgarden6@bresnan.net. Open: Sunday to Friday, from 12 noon to 5:30 pm; Saturday, from 2 pm to 5:30 pm. Directions: We are located at the corner of Sierra and McHugh. Click here for a map and directions. Nursery opens in April through July; Vegetables from July through October, maybe into November; Please call 406 6005409 for more info. We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. Payment: Cash, Check. We grow all our own vegetables right here on our farm. We are pesticide free. We do a lot of our own seeding starting in early December. We have a wide variety of beautiful hanging baskets, flowers, bedding and vegetable plants available, starting in May. Please come see us every Saturday at the Farmers Market from end of April to mid December. Thanks for shopping local!. (ADDED: October 20, 2013)

Sanders County

  • Dude's Organic U-Pick Farm - Certified Organic, Farm stand / farm market on a farm, Wide variety of seasonal, locally grown fruits and vegetables, some produce is certified organically grown, some produce is grown using IPM (integrated pest management), Covered outdoor market, porta-potties, picnic area (bring your own food)
    28 Seed Orchard Lane, Plains, MT 59859. Phone: 406 826-0067. Email: dudesorganicfarm@gmail.com. Open: During U - pick hours. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Market updates: Click here for updates. Directions: From highway 200 in downtown Plains, Mt: Turn West on Central Avenue and cross railroad tracks. Proceed about 2 miles to Seed Orchard Lane. Turn right and follow signs. Click here for a map and directions. We are certified organic for some crops. Payment: Cash, Check. Click here for our Facebook page. USDA Certified Organic Blueberries and other produce grown on our farm. (ADDED: July 06, 2014)
  • 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: thompsonfallsfarmersmarket@yahoo.com. 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:

Lake County

  • Getman's Cherry Red Orchard - Uses natural growing practices, Wedding Rehearsal Dinner, Banquets / Dinners, Other Private Parties, Catering available, Cherry Orchard,
    East Shore, Bigfork, MT 59911. Phone: 406-871-5499. Alternate Phone: 406-982-3235. Email: getmansherdan@earthlink.net. 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)

Local Honey Sources:

Lewis and Clark County

  • Johnson Nursery and Gardens - Uses natural growing practices, Honey (retail), Raw honeys, Honey from hives on the farm
    5935 Mchugh Lane, Helena, MT 59602. Phone: 406-465-4392. Alternate Phone: 406-600-5409. Email: jgarden6@bresnan.net. Open: Sunday to Friday, from 12 noon to 5:30 pm; Saturday, from 2 pm to 5:30 pm. Directions: We are located at the corner of Sierra and McHugh. Click here for a map and directions. Nursery opens in April through July; Vegetables from July through October, maybe into November; Please call 406 6005409 for more info. We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. Payment: Cash, Check. We grow all our own vegetables right here on our farm. We are pesticide free. We do a lot of our own seeding starting in early December. We have a wide variety of beautiful hanging baskets, flowers, bedding and vegetable plants available, starting in May. Please come see us every Saturday at the Farmers Market from end of April to mid December. Thanks for shopping local!. (ADDED: October 20, 2013)

Horse Rides and More:

Gallatin County

  • 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: whitedovecarriageco@hotmail.com. 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)

Ravalli County

  • 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: suzi@parsonsponies.com. Open: seven days per week, from 9 am to 5 pm. Directions: Please call 406 273 3363 or email suzi@parsonsponies.com 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)

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Farm Bed And Breakfasts

Lake County

  • 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: skyviewfarmmontana@gmail.com. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. (ADDED: September 28, 2011)

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