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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
GOUGHAN’S BERRY FARM
872 Fort Fairfield Road
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
20 Small Pond Road
65 Boynton Schoolhouse Road
R. BELANGER & SONS FARM
262 Cotton Road
135 Sweet Road
1844 Hallowell Road
FAIRWINDS BERRY FARM
346 Skeetfield Road
935 Main Street
VERRILL’S VEGETABLE STAND
270 Bailey Hill Road
LAVIGNE STRAWBERRY FARM
158 Whichers Mill Road
GOLDEN RIDGE FARM
1053 Island Falls Road
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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