Thursday July 11, 2013 | 06:48 AM

 

Raspberry picking season in Maine is mid-July to thru October depending on variety, weather, and location.
Please see contact notes with each listing and always call/check Facebook page (if listed) the day before you want to pick to verify they will be open to the public and what is available for picking.

Portland Area/York and Cumberland Counties
Maple Springs Farm
808 Maple Ridge Road
Harrison, Maine
207.583.4698
http://maplespringsfarm.wordpress.com/contact-us/
https://www.facebook.com/MapleSpringsFarmMaine
Farm open Sunday thru Thursday noon – 4PM
**Unable to verify if they will have raspberry picking this year.

Best Berry Farm
33 Colburn Way
Lebanon, Maine
207.457.1435
http://www.berrybestfarm.com
Farm opens Wednesday, July 17. Open farm day Sunday, July 21. In-Season Hours: Tuesdays 8AM – 7PM, Wednesday – Sunday 8AM – 5PM

Doles Orchard
187 Doles Ridge Road
Limington, Maine
207.793.4409
http://www.dolesorchard.com
http://on.fb.me/12td7bC
Farm is open daily 6AM – Noon and 5-8PM during strawberry season (now), these hours could change during raspberry season.

Kelly Orchards
82 Sanborn Road
Acton, Maine
207.636.1601
http://www.kellyorchards.com
Raspberry picking season is mid-August thru frost.
Farm is open daily, 9AM-5PM in season, call ahead for what's available.

Libby & Son U-Picks
86 Sawyer Mt. Road
Limerick, Maine
http://www.libbysonupicks.com
http://on.fb.me/1293rDx
Raspberry picking season starts in August and continues into October.

McDougal Orchards
201 Hanson Ridge Road
Springvale, Maine
http://www.mcdougalorchards.com
https://www.facebook.com/McDougalOrchards
Currently closed, will open for the picking season TBD.

Snell Family Farm
1000 River Road
Buxton, Maine
http://www.snellfamilyfarm.com
The farm is open daily starting at 9AM. Raspberry picking should begin July 16/17.

Spiller Farm
Route 9A (Branch Road)
Wells, Maine
207.985.2575(also try the store daily 7AM – 7PM 207.985.3383)
http://spillerfarm.com

Augusta Area/Androscoggin, Kennebec, Sagadahoc, and Waldo Counties
Goss Berry Farm
311 Elm Street
Mechanic Falls, Maine
http://www.gossberryfarm.com
In season, check the web site daily for picking conditions or call 207.346.6811.

Roaring Brook Nurseries, Inc.
639 Gardiner Road
Wales, Maine
Raspberry Hotline 207.375.8682
http://roaringbrooknurseries.com/u-pick-strawberries/

What to bring:
Most places supply containers, but just in case I always throw some totes and a basket in the car.
Cash, some places will not take another form of payment.
Sunscreen and bug repellant (depending on the wind the latter might not be necessary).
Boots or shoes you don’t mind getting muddy.


Recipes, Refreshing Ideas:
Freeze raspberries and eat like candy!
Make ice cube with raspberries or lemonade popsicles with raspberries.
Preserving Raspberries, a fun “how to” video by University of Maine Cooperative Extension.
Raspberry recipes from Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association. 

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