Find a pick your own farm near you! This website provides local
listings of pick your own (also called U-pick or PYO) farms in the United
States, Canada, Britain, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and other
countries. There are crop calendars for each local area to tell you what is
available to pick throughout the year, local weather forecasts and
really easy illustrated
to show you how to make jam, jelly, salsa, pickles, spaghetti sauce,
applesauce, apple butter and 150 other recipes with step-by-step
directions to can, freeze, dry or preserve the harvest.
How to find a Pick-Your-Own farm
Whether you call it pick-your-own, PYO or U-pick, it's easy to find one
near you! There is a purple "Start
here" button (at the top of the left of every page) on the
Customer's Menu or on the top right of the header). You then select your
local area (country, state/province) and then region/county or local
metropolitan area. Just scroll down the page that appears, to see
tree farms, lots or events listed by county. The
search engine can be helpful, too.
You can also find a related fruit
festival (like a tomato festival, corn fest, blueberry festival,
strawberry festival, an applefest or more) or even an
Easter Egg hunt!
(Other countries are further down this page)
] [ Alaska
] [ Arizona
] [ Colorado
] [ Connecticut
] [ Florida
] [ Georgia
] [ Idaho
] [ Illinois
] [ Iowa
] [ Kansas
] [ Louisiana
] [ Maine
] [ Massachusetts
] [ Minnesota
] [ Mississippi
] [ Nevada
] [ New Hampshire
[ New Jersey
] [ New Mexico
] [ New York
[ North Carolina
] [ North Dakota
] [ Ohio
] [ Oklahoma
] [ Pennsylvania
] [ Rhode Island
[ South Carolina
] [ South Dakota
] [ Texas
] [ Utah
] [ Virginia
] [ Washington state
[ West Virginia
] [ Wisconsin
PYO Farms Outside the U.S.
[ Australia ] [ Canada ]
] [Ireland] [Italy] [Japan]
[Malta] [Nederland / Holland / the
Netherlands] [ South Africa ] [ New Zealand ]
[ United Kingdom ] [ Adding a Farm outside of North America ]
Looking for pick your own farms in other countries? Living in another
country, such as France, Italy (Italia), Germany (Deutschland), Nederlands,
or Sweden? Help me compile a list for your country -
just write me!
Crop Availability Calendars / Harvest Dates
Want to find out when your favorite
crop will be ready to harvest in your local area? Just
go to this page
and click on your state, to see the crop calendar for your area!
Miscellaneous Fun and Resources
Farm Hay bale art
Our listings come from a variety of sources: consumers writing in to
recommend a farm, the farmer's themselves and state agriculture
departments. We update and add listings every day. Of course, we're always
looking for more to add, so we welcome your recommendations!
can recommend a farm here and
can add (or update/correct) their own farm's listing by clicking here!
And journalists looking for
information for a story about pick-your-own farms or home canning should
see this media resources page for more information.
Preppers will find this page of
home food preservation for
Updates by Email, RSS or Text on Twitter
I also post crop updates, trends, tips and commentary
via Twitter . Just go to
http://twitter.com/home and if you haven't got an account,
sign up (they're free), then search for Blakepyo. I tend to send out
only one or two per week, so it shouldn't be too much!
You can sign up for our RSS feed here!
[General picking tips and a guide to each fruit and
vegetable] [How much do I need to pick?
(Yields - how much raw makes how much cooked or frozen)] [Selecting
the right varieties to pick] [All
about apple varieties - which to pick and why!] [Picking tips for Vegetables]
[ Strawberry picking tips] [
Blueberries picking tips]
Illustrated Canning, Freezing, Jam Instructions and Recipes
[ All About Home Canning, Freezing and Making Jams,
Pickles, Sauces, etc. ] [FAQs - Answers to
common questions and problems] [Recommended
books about home canning, jam making, drying and preserving!] [Free
canning publications to download and print]
General know how and fruit/vegetable picking tips
Why you should use a canner and how to choose one.
Summary of approved home food preserving methods
Canning methods that are considered to be unsafe: steam, microwave,
dishwasher, oven, or just sealing the jars without further processing?
If you are new to home canning - see these do's, don'ts and tips
Frequently asked questions about canning
Frequently asked questions about freezing
Jams and jellies
Canning - anything that can be safely canned at home!
Juices: Canning fruit and vegetable juices
Sauces, Salsas, Syrups, Fruit Butters and Chutneys
Soups - canning vegetable and meat soups at home (see
page for tomato soup)
Pickling - more than just cucumbers
Drying / food dehydrating
Ice cream, gelato and sorbets
Other recipes - roasted peppers, basil pesto, pies, cakes and much more
Using honey in place of sugar
Equipment and supplies
USDA Food Grades - Ever wonder what was "Grade A"? And why you don't
see grade B? How to select different foods, including fresh, frozen and
canned? Wonder no more with this one-page guide!
- Food safety -
of the pH and/or acidity of common fruits, vegetables, grains, breads
and common food products
This page provide basic facts regarding food poisoning and pathogenic
microorganisms and natural toxins related to home food preservation
(canning, bottling, drying, jams, salsas, pickling, sauces, etc.).
Look up any pathogen (botulism, salmonella, Staph, etc.) and find out
what it does and how to prevent it.
Click here for labels your can download, edit and customize in Microsoft
Word and print on standard Avery label paper for your own jars!
- Want to sell
your own jam and home canned goods? Read this first!
Resources for Farmers
suggestions or want to recommend a farm to add? Write me at
Farmers - to add your farm, see this
page for directions: http://www.pickyourown.org/addmyfarm.htm
Curious about the guy behind the website? See
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