Is there anything else quite as delicious as a handful of freshly picked strawberries? Check out this Catching Health list of farms across Maine that let you pick your own strawberries.
If a farm has a website or 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 something, I included it on the list, but the season hadn’t started yet when I did the most recent updates.
Wherever possible, I have included information about a farm’s use of pesticides.
Let me know if you want to add a farm or additional information to the list or notice something that needs to be corrected.
Jumping the gun a little, but thinking that we won’t be able to allow folks to bring their own containers to pick in this Summer. We are ordering extra boxes for purchase. I also think we will have one person weighing out berries and another person handling the money. Trying our best to prevent cross contamination. We will also practice social distancing during check out, check in and in the fields.
UNDERWOOD STRAWBERRY FARM
1435 Benton Avenue
555 Brown’s Point Rd (Located across the street)
Our farming practices include a combination of traditional and organic methods. This includes the use of synthetic and organic fertilizers for plant and soil nutrition; cultivation, plastic mulch, and minimal herbicide use for weed control; and integrated pest management in conjunction with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension.
U-Pick Strawberries WILL be happening at Fairwinds this year! The folks are working hard at planning everything and setting up proper social distancing protocols! We will be giving lots of social media updates to keep you posted on what’s happening!
SILVERIDGE FARM (There was no strawberry picking in 2019. No update yet on 2020)
699 Silver Lake Road
527 Ocean House Road (Watch for signs to picking fields)
Whenever possible, we will use organic, or natural production systems to enhance soil chemistry and plant health. Sometimes, because of the size of our operation, or due to the fact that organic methods are ineffective, we will use man-made chemistry to assist our production in a way that has the least risk to us, the crop, and our customers.
As of now Maxwell’s is planning on being open for Pick Your Own strawberries this year but with modifications to help manage social distancing and safety! Our goal is to keep you happy, healthy, and well-fed! See our website for details.
21 Wells Road
At Jordan’s Farm, we employ sustainable farming practices. This means that we use green manure ground covers, amend our soil with compost, and use chemical pesticides and herbicides as little as possible to preserve the natural nutrients of our soils.
There will be pick your own options in 2020.
ADAMS STRAWBERRY ACRES
1409 Main Street/Broadway, Route 15 (East Corinth)
TATE’S STRAWBERRY FARM
136 Puddledock Road
151 Popp Road
RAVEN’S BERRY FARM
127 Raven Road
T & D FARMS
732 Forest Avenue
ALQUIST FARM STAND
20 Small Pond Road
R. BELANGER & SONS FARM
262 Cotton Road
… yes, we believe social distancing should be pretty easy. To avoid crowds we may be open more hours…we’ll see
135 Sweet Road
Ireland Farms will not be opening this year due to not enough rain. Hopefully, they’ll be open in 2021!
1844 Hallowell Road
We are pleased to have enough of a crop to be able to open the fields this year, but it will likely be a more limited basis. We are also working on safety procedures regarding how we are going to run both the fields and the stand this season. As our plans develop we will be sure to keep everyone updated!
We plan on opening our upick when the berries are ready, which should be the end of June. We will post updates when we know more!
FAIRWINDS BERRY FARM
346 Skeetfield Road
935 Main Street
VERRILL’S VEGETABLE STAND
270 Bailey Hill Road
LAVIGNE STRAWBERRY FARM
158 Whichers Mill Road
U-Pick is on for the year and should be coming in right on time, late June or early July.
GOLDEN RIDGE FARM
1053 Island Falls Road
We are planning to open our pick-your own fields and farmstand in mid to late June. We will put the necessary modifications in place at the time we open.
We intend to have U PICK BERRIES, VEGGIES, PUMPKINS AND APPLES..
What is integrated pest management?
More and more farms say they use integrated pest management. What does that mean? This is how it’s defined by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
“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.”
Read dietitian Dave Seddon’s guest post: Enjoying Maine’s Fabulous Produce — Safely.
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