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Apple U-Pick Orchards in Northern Maine in 2022, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for apples that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have apples orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Aroostook County

  • Circle B Farms - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, apples, blueberries, other vegetables, porta-potties are available, picnic area, school tours
    287 East Presque Isle Road, Caribou, ME 04736. Phone: 207-498-8238. Email: [email protected]. Open: See our web site for other crops and scheduals. Directions: We are on rute 205, 1.5 miles from rute 161 in Caribou. Look for the big Circle B Farms sigh in the river side of the road, see web site for map. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
    Circle B Farms Facebook page. . Fax: 204-496-0033. . Blueberries Late July to mid September, Apples Late August to late October, Christmas Holly November 15 to December 15. facebook page. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Check our web site for on going events. We sell Blueberry bushes spring and fall,plus we have a class on how to grow Blueberries, Apples, & gardening class as well.
  • J.A. & R. Farms - Pick your own apples, and fresh vegetables.
    Rte 161, St. Francis, ME . Phone: 207-398-3396. Open: Spring through Fall Monday through Saturday from 6:30 am to 5 pm. Directions: 18 miles from Fort Kent International Bridge. . Click here for a map and directions.
  • Mac's Best Produce - red raspberries, highbush blueberries, apples
    799 Benedicta Road, Benedicta, ME . Phone: 207-365-4486. Email: [email protected]. Open: Late June through October, Monday to Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm. Click here for a map and directions. . Fax 207-365-4453. Email . [email protected] Mac's Best grows three varieties of red raspberries, 2 highbush blueberries, 8 apples and an assortment of vegetables to ensure a wide selection all season long. Restrooms Available.
  • McElwain's Strawberry Farm - pre-picked and pick your own strawberries, apples, pumpkins
    Rte 161, Caribou, ME . Phone: 207-498 8276. Email: [email protected]. Open: Summer through Fall, call for hours and availability. Directions: Located 3 miles from downtown Caribou on route 161 (beside the Caribou Country Club), McElwain's Strawberry Farm has been growing strawberries since 1985. Click here for a map and directions. . Open Three miles from downtown Caribou on Rte 161. We have U-pick pumpkins and apples Saturday and Sunday from 12 pm to 4 pm. Apple varieties are Honeycrisp, Macoun, Courtland, Sweet Sixteen, Snowsweet, and Freedom varieties available. . The farm features pre-picked and U-pick strawberries which are generally sold from the end of June through most of July. A retired country schoolhouse serves as the farm's stand where a variety of vegetables including pumpkins, squash, cucumbers, sweet corn, string beans and tomatoes can be purchased when in season. Pre-picked strawberries are sold at the farm in quart boxes. U-pick strawberries are sold by the pound. You may bring your own boxes or purchase boxes and/or picking flats in the field. You may also bring your own containers (bowls, pots, etc.) and we can weigh them before you fill them. Children are welcome. (UPDATED: June 29, 2019, JBS)
  • Sunnyside Farm / Ferme Ensoleillee - apples, blueberries
    406 New Limerick Road, Linneus, ME 04730. Phone: 207-532-7058. Email: [email protected]. Open: Summer, Fall (Apples) 7 days 8am - 5pm. Click here for a map and directions. . Right outside Houlton in the countryside of Linneus. Call for precise directions.Cultivated highbush; varieties include: Northland, Patriot, Chippewa, Northblue, and Polaris. Handicapped Accessible, Restrooms, Can Accommodate Bus Tours.

Apple picking tips:

Apples ripen from the outside of the tree towards the center, so the apples out the outside of the tree will ripen first.  Once they are picked, they stop ripening. Picking apples directly from a tree is easy. Roll the apple upwards off the branch and give a little twist; don't pull straight away from the tree. If two apples are joined together at the top, both will come away at the same time. Don't shake the trees or branches.  If the apple you are trying to pick drops, (or others on the tree) go ahead and pick it up. They're perfectly fine! But do wash them before you eat them! More info: How to tell when apples are ripe

  • Once picked, don't throw the apples into the baskets, place them in gently, or they will bruise and go bad more quickly.
  • Don't wash apples until just before using to prevent spoilage.
  • For an explanation of why apple slices turn brown and how to stop it, see this page!
  • Keep apples cool after picking to increase shelf life.  A cool basement is ideal, but the fruit/vegetable drawer of a refrigerator will work, too.  A refrigerator is fine for small quantities of apples. Boxed apples need to be kept in a cool, dark spot where they won't freeze. Freezing ruptures all of an apple's cells, turning it into one large bruise overnight. The usual solution is to store apples in a root cellar. But root cellars often have potatoes in them: apples and potatoes should never be stored in the same room because, as they age, potatoes release an otherwise ethylene gas, which makes apples spoil faster. If you can keep the gas away from your apples, they will keep just fine. Just don't store them right next to potatoes.
    Prevent contact between apples stored for the winter by wrapping them individually in sheets of newspaper. The easiest way to do this is to unfold a section of newspaper all the way and tear it into quarters. Then stack the wrapped apples . See more here: How to store apples at home
  • Apples don't improve or "ripen" after being picked - this is an urban myth - see this page for the truth - with references!

Which apple variety is best?

There are tens of thousands of varieties of apples, developed over centuries. They vary in sugar, acoidity, flavors, storing, crispness and many other attributes. See our guides to apple varieties:

Canning apples - fully illustrated, with step-by-step instructions

Recipes, illustrated with step by step instructions

Using fresh apples and miscellaneous

 

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


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