Where you can pick blueberries in Maine

Estes Farm Blueberries
Estes Farm in Buxton

Looking for a farm that will let you pick your own blueberries?  You’re in luck because there are several in Maine. Most places open mid to late July, but a few open early in the month and some not until the first of August.

If a farm has a website or a Facebook page, I included a link. Otherwise, you might want to call ahead to make sure it’s open for picking and to find out about any COVID-19 restrictions. When I found updated information, I included it on the list, but the season hadn’t started yet when I did the most recent updates.

I also added information about pesticide use whenever possible. More and more people are looking for organic blueberries, so please let me know if you’re aware of U-pick farms that are organic.

If I need to add or delete a farm, just send me an email or use the comment box below this post. Happy picking!

ACTON

Blueberry Hill Farm
231 Blueberry Hill Road
(207) 457-1151
Facebook
Highbush berries. No rake needed. Blueberry Hill Farm will open on Thursday, July 9th! We have handwash stations and hand sanitizer for our customers to use and encourage customers to use them before and after picking! Please be mindful of physical distance. Bring your own containers or purchase one here. Cash, personal check and credit cards accepted! Sorry, no dogs allowed. Open 8-5.

Kelly Orchards
82 Sanborn Road
(207) 636-1601
Facebook
Crops are grown using integrated pest management (IPM).

ALBION

Bessey Ridge Farm
359 Bessey Ridge Road
(207) 509-0414
Facebook

First and foremost we hope that all of you and your families are doing well!"</p We do not have an opening date yet for blueberry picking (they are still green) but want to share our operational changes & procedures with you for this season.
1. We will be wearing masks at the stand when interacting with you & we will require everyone interacting with us at the stand to wear a mask as well. This will be the only time that we require you to wear a mask….when you pay & receive your berry containers.
2. We will require payment before picking. This is to limit customer interaction to once rather than twice. We accept credit cards & cash (no checks).** We supply new berry containers for picking (please do not bring your own).** Carriers & benches will be available by request when you pay and will be sanitized after each customer use.
3. Please socially distance (6 feet) while picking and be respectful of other customers in this regard.
4. Please return carriers and benches to designated area so that we can re-sanitize them after use. After you are done picking you can leave without checking in with us again.
And a few other things……** Children will still be allowed to pick but please keep small children close to you. We feel that it is important for families to enjoy their outdoor time picking berries but everyone must be respectful of others & the seriousness of social distancing.** We will not have a portable toilet facility available this season. Please plan accordingly.** Blueberries will be $4.75 / quart.

ARUNDEL

Dragonfly Meadow Blueberry Farm
1 West Lane
(207) 985-7884
Facebook
We are still shooting for Friday, July 17th as our opening day but obviously ripening determines what day we open. We’ll try to keep everyone updated over the next two weeks. The owner says her blueberries are “organically grown” and that she has never used a chemical pesticide in more than 20 years of growing.

ATHENS

Sites Farm
98 Joaquin Road
(207) 654-2063
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BEDDINGTON

Beddington Ridge Farm
1951 State Highway 193
(207) 638-2664
Facebook
Downeast Maine wild blueberries. Use their rakes or bring your own. Call ahead for hours. Uses sustainable farm production practices.

BOWDOIN

Card’s Fruit Farm
195 John Small Road
(207) 353-4789
Facebook
Depending on the weather, we should be opening next weekend July 10, 2020, Friday, for PYO raspberries and blueberries. I will post later the status of opening. The Farm’s number for updates is 207-353–4789. Please let me know if you have any questions. The berry picking looks excellent this year.

BROOKSVILLE

Blue Sky Farm
508 Weir Cove Road (Cape Rosier)
(207) 326-9099
Certified organic low-bush blueberries.

BUXTON

Estes Farm
158 Waterman Road
(207) 929-5886
Facebook
“We are not organic. We use integrated pest management (IPM) strategies to prevent crop damage. IPM practices include natural control, pest monitoring, responsible chemical use, cultivation, and pest-resistant varieties.”
We hope to open for the 2020 season around July 20th.

COVID-19 GUIDELINES In order to provide a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone, we have made several changes for the 2020 season. These changes are based off guidelines from the CDC and the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.

-Please wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before entering the fields.
-Only new, single-use boxes (provided upon arrival) may be used for picking. The boxes hold up to 10 pounds of berries. Berries are $3.75/lb. Please do not bring containers from home.
-Please practice social distancing while in the fields and when checking out.
-Depending on how busy we are, we will be limiting the number of people in each field.
-Please do not eat berries in the fields or while waiting to check out.
-Please wear masks/face coverings while checking in and checking out. Markers will be provided to help customers maintain safe distancing while waiting to check out.
-Hand sanitizer will be provided in the weighing shed.
-And, lastly, please refrain from visiting the farm if you feel ill or have had direct contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation with these guidelines. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Little River Flower Farm
160 Turkey Lane
(207) 929-3967
Facebook
“We grow them large, sweet and totally certified organic.”

CANAAN

Ray and Nancy Reitze’s
159 Earthways Road
(207) 426-8138
Highbush berries. Organic, but not certified. Open 9 am to dusk, 7 days a week, while in season. Please do not bring your dog.

CARIBOU

Circle B Farms
287 East Presque Isle Road
(207) 498-8238
Facebook
Highbush berries. Integrated pest management. We will be opening last week of July for You Pick Blueberries and so much more.

CHINA

Wagner’s Maple Sugar House
448 Vassalboro Road
(207) 445-2214
Look for the big white flag out front and have a great time picking!

CORNISH

Pleasant View Blueberry Farm
2nd house on left on Pease Hill Road (coming from center of town)
(207) 625-3719
Facebook
So far we haven’t used ANY insecticide on our bushes or berries. Hope to open Mid July – please bring your own containers. Masks required when checking in or out,

Handful of blueberriesPleasant View Blueberry Farm in Cornish

DIXMONT

BrightBerry Farm
4262 Kennebec Road
(207) 234-4225
Facebook
 MOFGA-Certified Organic. Our high-bush blueberry bushes look better than expected. Many plants are super loaded with berries quietly swelling and ripening, waiting for pickers to come in another week or two. We’ll keep you posted.

FAIRFIELD

Bickford Blueberries
16 Bickford Drive
(321) 693-8929
Facebook
No pesticides.

FALMOUTH

Winslow Farm
291 Gray Road
(207) 878-8787
Facebook
MOFGA-certified organic berries.

FAYETTE

Steep Hill Farm
26 Clyde Wells Road
(207) 685-4155
Facebook
Highbush berries.

We are sad to announce that Steep Hill Farm will not have a blueberry u-pick operation this summer. Due to the many issues facing businesses this year, and the safety of our customers and family, we have decided to shut down the farm for commercial picking.

Steep Hill Farm is still our home and we will get to enjoy it as our oasis this summer. We hope you stay close to home as well, and stay safe!

George and Brenda

GORHAM

Orchard Ridge Farm and Specialty Food Market
236 Sebago Lake Road
(207) 239-0442
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GREENFIELD

Alexander’s Wild Maine Blueberries
79 Alexander Way
(207) 570-7500
Facebook
Low bush blueberries.

Alexander's Wild Maine Blueberries in GreenfieldAlexander’s Wild Maine Blueberries in Greenfield

GUERETTE

Hebert Farm
3929 Caribou Road (Route 161)
(207) 834-5065
Facebook
Highbush blueberries.

HOLLIS

Joan & Brad’s Berry Farm
447 Deerwander Road
(207) 229-1346
Facebook
High-bush blueberries. We’re excited to welcome you all back to the farm, but we are working with guidance from the State and making plans. Standby for more info! (Facial Coverings, Hours, Number of Guests, Cash or Digital Payment Only- all questions are in progress) Thank you!

KINGSBURY PLANTATION

Perseverance Wild Blueberry Farm
Campbell Road & Preble Lane
(207) 314-3937 or (207) 745-4572
“Unlike the usual Downeast Maine Wild Low-bush Blueberries, ours are the sour-top variety, which grow at higher elevations. The blueberries are grown using Best Management Practices to minimize the use of pesticides.”

LEBANON

Berry Best Farm
33 Colburn Way
(207) 457-1435
Facebook

Our plans for the upcoming fruit season are very challenging as you might imagine. Our first priority is keeping you safe and healthy when you decide to visit our farm to pick blueberries, raspberries or peaches. Because of the ongoing pandemic we will be adhering to requirements set by the State of Maine’s Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry and Maine CDC. We’re also are guided by state extension service recommendations for Pick-Your-Own farms.
Some changes and new rules are:

  • Please come only if you are symptom-free and have had no contact with sick individuals.
  • You must wear a face mask or covering when checking in and checking out. Maintaining social distance is also critical at all times.
  • Family groups must ensure that youngsters especially stay close to other family members at all times.
  • Leave your personal picking containers at home. We’ll provide you with clean, sanitary picking totes.
  • Payment by credit/debit card is encouraged. Cash and personal checks still accepted. Only one individual (with mask) per party during payment transactions when cashing out, please.
  • We ask that you leave pets at home.
  • Our farm hours may change this year…please check the website before you come.

The promising news is that the blueberry crop looks to be a good one as long as our native pollinators do their job well. Our farm family is looking forward to seeing you once again. The tentative opening date is July 15th.

Chris, John and the Berry Best Farm family

LEVANT

Treworgy Orchards
3876 Union Street
(207) 884-8354
Facebook
Available from mid-July to mid-August.

LIMERICK

Libby & Son U-Picks
86 Sawyer Mountain Road
(207) 793-4749
Facebook
Acres and acres of highbush blueberries. We follow a strict Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program.

Posted July 3, 2020: We are very excited to continue offering our farm to you through the Pick-Your-Own experience. Throughout the years our goal has stayed the same, to offer you the best and healthiest fruit possible while enjoying a wonderful and safe family experience. We remain dedicated to that goal and for the well-being of all our customers and staff members we have made several changes to our picking experience and farm facilities. Complete details of changes and additions including new visiting guidelines will be posted in the coming days. We look forward to seeing you all very soon!

LIMINGTON

Brackett’s Orchard
224 Sokokis Avenue
(207) 730-9169
Facebook

Doles Orchard
187 Doles Ridge Road
(207) 793-4409
Facebook
Make sure to check the Facebook page first!

LINCOLNVILLE

Sewall Orchard
259 Masalin Road
(207) 763-3956
“Our farm is a place that welcomes all living organisms. Therefore, we use no substances that are toxic or that kill. Pest control is achieved via the use of biodynamic techniques. We also hand-remove pests when possible and practice good husbandry by pruning and mowing.”

MECHANIC FALLS

Goss Berry Farm
311 Elm Street
(207) 346-6811
Facebook
Not organic. “We follow Integrated Pest Management (IPM) guidelines.”

MONROE

North Branch Farm
122 Stream Road
(207) 525-3323
Facebook
MOFGA-certified organic farm. We had a crop failure in the blueberries in 2019 due to harsh winter conditions.  We hope for better yields in 2020 and expect to be opening for u-pick in late July if all goes well!  We’ll have updates here but also on Facebook and our phone message so check in with us this summer to stay updated.

Barry picking blueberriesNothing sweeter than my husband Barry picking berries

NEW SHARON

Firth’s Fruit Farm
26 Intervale Road
(207) 778-3904
Unsprayed blueberries says the owner.

PALERMO

Big Birch Farm
220 Cain Hill Road
(207) 629-8428
Facebook
“Striving to sustainably grow super healthy, delicious, fresh & preserved organic foods, all while embracing our love & respect for Earth’s biodiversity.”

PATTEN

McNally’s Farm
31 Frenchville Road
(207) 528-2110
Please call ahead of time.

PHILLIPS

Peace and Plenty Farm
1232 Reeds Mill Road
(207) 639-5550
Facebook
Lowbush wild organic blueberries to pick by hand, not with rakes. We harvest all of our berries in just 1 week each year. Always the week before labor day. During just that week we invite the public to hand pick in our fields alongside us. Payment is $4 per quart or you can leave us half of what you pick.

READFIELD

R & L Berry Farm
22 Berry Road
(207) 685-4709
Facebook
Highbush blueberries – easy to pick. Owner Leane Reed says the blueberries are awesome. We will be open for PICKING tomorrow 7/7. And DOOO we ever have a ton of berries. Let’s get them picked!!! We will be following the COVID 19 guidelines but there will be plenty of room to pick berries. Our Farmstand will be open offering jams, pickles, eggs and honey. We have some pies frozen but can have fresh with a day’s notice. So bring your friends and have a good time.

Me picking at R& L Berry Farm. The blueberries were just like Leane said — awesome!Me picking at R & L Berry Farm. The blueberries were just like Leane said — awesome!

RICHMOND

Pleasant Pond Orchard
430 Brunswick Road
(207) 737-4443
Facebook
Open for U-Pick Highbush Blueberries daily 10 am – 6 pm, weather permitting.

SACO

Ives Berry Farm
133 Flag Pond Road (just one-half mile from Route 1)
Facebook
Seven varieties of high bush berries. No pesticides or sprays.

Posted July 2, 2020: Opening in a week or two. We ask that you wear a mask as you enter and leave the field and parking area. Distance yourself from others while picking in the field. Masks optional in the field. Hand washing station and sanitizer onsite.PYO by volume, not weight this year to avoid crowding. We have pint, quart, 1.5 quart and 6-quart boxes for you to pick into. Same prices as last year as close as we can figure.Not sprayed. Take care. See you soon.

SEBAGO

Crabtree’s Blueberries
703 Bridgton Road
(207) 787-2730

The berries are looking very good this year.  The bees have done a great job in pollinating all the blueberry flowers, and the recent rains and warm, sunny weather have hastened their ripening.

As the berries get ready for picking, check back for our opening date.  We usually start picking mid-July.

This year because of the pandemic we’ll be asking everyone to maintain a 6 foot separation between pickers and family groups and wash your hands.  Masks are requested.  We have a new hand washing station for everyone to use, and we will be sanitizing buckets and surfaces frequently.  Thank you for your understanding to help all of us stay safe during the blueberry season.

SKOWHEGAN

Screamin’ Mimi’s Perfect Pickins
364 West Front Street
(207) 474-2137
Owners says she doesn’t spray any poisons — goes the organic route. Over 10 varieties of highbush berries.

SOMERVILLE

Crummett Mountain Farm
305 Crummett Mountain Road
(207) 549-7314
MOFGA-certified organic wild blueberries.

SPRINGVALE

Rivard Farm
110 Blanchard Road
(207) 324-5566
Facebook

Hello everyone, Rivard Farm will be opening soon for PYO raspberries and blueberries. Please watch for a posting in a few days. We are making a few adjustments to the farm operations due to COVID -9. When you come to the farm, please bring your own containers to pick in. If you can, weigh your container ahead of time. Please maintain the 6 ft distance rule while picking and wear a mask if necessary. No one will man the stand at the field, please look for signage for directions.

When thru with picking, stop at the farmhouse at the lower driveway. You will be responsible for weighing your berries (less your container weigh) at the scale. Prices are posted in the window. There will be a cash box for payment. Please try to have a variety of change and make your payment as close to your total due. Checks can be made out to Gerard Rivard.

Mr. and Mrs. Rivard will likely be on the porch to say hello. They will truly love seeing you this season. Please note that Mrs. Rivard still wants to answer the phone at age 94. She may not hear you clearly, please speak loudly and slowly. ☺Thank you for supporting our farm.

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STRONG

Smith Ridge
628 Taylor Hill Road
(207) 684-2054
Facebook
No pesticides are used. Pick Your Own WILD Maine low-bush blueberries, opening July 17th!

SWEDEN

Pietree Orchard
803 Waterford Road
(207) 647-9419
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TURNER

Our Blue Cottage Blueberries
531 Wilson Hill Road
(207) 458-7658
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Morning/afternoon/evening picking available. (Call or text ahead suggested).

Ruperts Berry Farm
519 Wilson Hill Road
(207) 966-2721
Facebook
We are not certified organic but follow the principles and are committed to sustainable agriculture, our environment and the flora and fauna that share our piece of earth.

Hello friends, We want to provide an update for this season as we are in uncharted territory during the COVID-19 pandemic. We have been monitoring the state Department of Agriculture’s guidelines about pick-your-own operations to safely be able to open to the public and we are figuring out how best to implement them on our farm.

Blueberries are not yet ready for picking, but when we do open we ask that you please follow the general guidelines for all pick-your-own farms: Self-screen for symptoms & stay home if you feel unwell. Wear a mask around others. Give each other space. Keep your group as small as possible. Minimize ‘touching’ and increase hand-washing. Follow the farm’s rules. Don’t eat until you get home.

Our hours will be every day from 8 am until noon and also in the evenings on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 6-8 pm. The price for pick-your-own will be the same as last year at $2 per pound. We will have sanitized containers for picking and a hand-washing station. Information and guidelines are still emerging and may change as the season gets closer. We will continue to post updates, but for now, wanted to provide general information.

WASHINGTON

Sweet Season Farm
77 Liberty Road
(207) 845-3028
Facebook
Highbush blueberries. No pesticides. Posted July 6, 2020. We encourage sampling, as different varieties of berries will have their own unique flavor. the blueberries are beginning to ripen and we should be able to open the field in about a week. Stay tuned. This will turn out to the biggest blueberry harvest in our history.

WELLS

Spiller Farm
85 Spiller Farm Lane
(207) 985-2575
Just minutes from Route 1 in Wells. Minimal pesticide use.

WILTON

Wilton Blueberry Farm
83 McLaughlin Road
(207) 645-2128
No pesticides, herbicides or fungicides are used.

YORK

The Friendly Blueberry Patch
144 Cider Hill Rd
(207) 363-3415
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July 2, 2020: We are looking forward to seeing our friendly pickers back again this year. Of course, with the new events that have taken us over since last year, we have some new ways of doing our regular daily lives. So will be the same here at the patch. We will be following the Maine CDC Guidelines for U-Pick Farms. More to be published on that later, but for now know that some of the foremost changes which may affect your visit are:

-Everyone two yrs old and above will wear a mask while at the patch.
-We have bought a supply of one-time-use containers which you will purchase. Even if you return for other pickings here, you may not bring them with you or any container from home.
-For the first time, we will not be accepting any cash. Credit cards are fine. Or if you are local, we will accept a local check.
-We will have to limit the number of people who can pick at any given time in the patch.
-We are very grateful to have hired two young people that have been helping Farmer Don with some of the labor as he gets the patch ready. They are also willing to meet and greet our pickers so Don and I can keep a distance from ya…yes, we are in that age group where we think twice about getting all warm and fuzzy with even our best of friends.

So, here is what you have been waiting for…we can only tell you like every other year that we will OPEN IN MID-JULY sometime. The little berries of blue dictate that magic day that I know you all look forward to.I will have more info on our home answering machine as we determine things, 207-363-3415. SEE YOU SOON.
In the meantime, Be Safe.Farmer Don & Joanne

What does Integrated Pest Management mean?

This is how the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines Integrated Pest Management, which several farms use in Maine:

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that relies on a combination of common-sense practices. IPM programs use current, comprehensive information on the life cycles of pests and their interaction with the environment. This information, in combination with available pest control methods, is used to manage pest damage by the most economical means, and with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment.

The IPM approach can be applied to both agricultural and non-agricultural settings, such as the home, garden, and workplace. IPM takes advantage of all appropriate pest management options including, but not limited to, the judicious use of pesticides. In contrast, organic food production applies many of the same concepts as IPM but limits the use of pesticides to those that are produced from natural sources, as opposed to synthetic chemicals.

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Diane Atwood

About Diane Atwood

For more than 20 years, Diane was the health reporter on WCSH 6. Before that, a radiation therapist at Maine Medical Center and after, Manager of Marketing/PR at Mercy Hospital. She now hosts and produces the Catching Health podcast and writes the award-winning blog Catching Health with Diane Atwood.