We are very honored to be nominated as One of the 10 Best Apple Orchards in the country by USAToday! It's all because of our fantastic customers who create memories here! We would be very grateful for your vote in this contest.
Always check here or our Facebook updates for current picking conditions and availability.
Thank you to everyone who visited over this past week, including a special thank you to our fantastic staff members! Together you all made it a wonderful week!
Due to inclement weather and tropical storm warning we will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.
On Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday August 6,7,8 & 9 we will be Open from 8am-2pm with Excellent Blueberry Picking!
We will have Live Music in our Pavilion, that can be heard throughout our picking fields! We’ll be making our Homemade Donuts (Blueberry, Strawberry, Apple Cider & Red Velvet), our Fresh Fruit Smoothies and Hot Kettle Corn! Shuttle rides are available to and from our picking fields.
We are doing everything we can to continue to offer you a Fruity Family Fun Experience!
Please review the following guidelines BEFORE visiting.
Temporarily all fruit will be sold by Pre-Purchased containers. No weighing of fruit. All individuals (over the age of One) must have a purchased picking container to enter picking fields. Containers can be purchased in any amount over your group size minimum. Blueberry & Raspberry picking fields are separate and each require minimum picking containers to enter. Prices and purchasing structure are subject to change. All amenities (restroom facilities, shaded picnic areas, shuttle rides, live music etc.) are included, no admission charges. Free Live Music subject to availability and is posted when available.
Blueberries are sold by container and need to be pre-purchased prior to entering picking fields. Each individual needs to have a purchased container to enter picking fields. Containers can be purchased in any amount over your group size minimum.
One Quart (approx. 1.5lbs) $8.99 – Allows One Person (adult or child above the age of 1) into picking fields
10Lb Blueberry Box $59.99 - Allows Up to 6 People (adult or child above the age of 1) into picking fields
Our Blueberry Picking Season starts in Early July and Continues into October - Peak Blueberry picking is Mid July to Mid August
Varieties In Season - Duke, Early Blue, Polaris, Spartan, Patriots, Blue Crop & Hannah's Choice
Raspberries are sold by container and need to be pre-purchased prior to entering picking fields. Each individual needs to have a purchased container to enter picking fields. Containers can be purchased in any amount over your group size minimum.
One Pint (approx. .75lbs) $5.99 - Allows One Person (adult or child above the age of 1) into picking fields
Our Summer Raspberry Picking Season starts in Early July and continues into August
Varieties In Season - Boyne, Prelude, Nova, Encore
Picked Out for the Season - None
Our Fall Raspberry Picking Season starts in Mid-August and continues into October - Peak Raspberry picking is Mid-September
Varieties In Season - None
Not Picking Yet - Polana, Anne(yellow), Autumn Bliss, Joan J, Autumn Britten, Jaclyn & Caroline
Our Apple Picking Season starts in Mid August and continues into November.
Varieties in Season - None
Our Peach Picking Season starts in Mid-August and continues into September
Varieties in Season - None
A Family Owned & Operated Fruit Farm
We are a multi-generational family owned and operated farm, dedicated to growing quality and environmentally conscious fruits. We want our land to be farmed for many more generations, that’s why we are focused on long term stewardship of the land by growing in a sustainable manner. We want our local farm to sustain itself by working with nature and the environment.
Our family strives to grow the healthiest fruit possible for your family to enjoy. We follow a strict Integrated Pest Management (IPM) system, IPM is an environmentally friendly, common sense approach for controlling pests. All materials used are biodegradable, both synthetic & organic materials and are used as last step of IPM.
Preserving and enhancing the health of the soil is key for sustainable farming. Retaining and improving natural healthy soil is key to for maintaining healthy fruit trees and plants. The soil is alive and needs the proper amount of organic matter. Organic matter represents a small portion of the soil but is the most important dominates the whole health of the plant. The organic matter is where the beneficial microbes are abundant. Many minerals are already in the soil but not in a form that the plants are able to access. Enhancing the natural process of the soil will increase microbial actions converting the organic nitrogen & organic phosphorus into a form that the plant will utilize. Healthy soil will increase the amount of nutrients readily available and will result in an improved soil tilth. Soil, tissue and fruit samples are conducted throughout the year to monitor the 17 essential nutrients required for plant growth.
We use NO petroleum based granular synthetic fertilizer. Petroleum based granular synthetic fertilizer can harm the organic matter.
We use NO systemic herbicides on our farm. The use of such materials like “Round Up” was discontinued several years ago over the concerns of our soil health.
What is Integrated Pest Management?
“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.”
US EPA https://www.epa.gov/safepestcontrol/integrated-pest-management-ipm-principles
Maine Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Programs https://extension.umaine.edu/ipm/programs/
“Integrated pest management (IPM) is a sound, sensible approach to dealing with pests—insects, plant diseases, weeds, and more—with methods that protect human health and the environment while saving money.
IPM is integrated because it brings together, or integrates, a range of biological, organic, cultural, mechanical, and chemical options for pest problems. IPM is about more than just bugs—it’s also about fungi and mildew, bacteria, viruses, weeds, and wildlife, all of which can be pests if they’re in the wrong place at the wrong time.
It’s about management because you can only manage pests—you can’t get rid of them forever, no matter what anyone tells you.”
-Northeastern IPM Center http://www.northeastipm.org/ipm-in-action/what-is-ipm/
Do Not Follow you GPS down Norton Road. Continue south on Route 11 (until you see our U-Pick sign) and take a Left onto Pickerel Pond Road.
Your GPS will say Norton Road is quicker but it lies 😉
Avoiding Norton Road is a quicker and safer route 🙂
Blueberries: Our fresh blueberries will keep 3 weeks refrigerated or 1 year frozen. Berries will keep a few days or more at room temperature and should be chilled as soon as possible. For best results do not wash the berries prior to storing (fridge or freezer). Washing is not necessary but if you like to, only wash berries prior to consuming. Handle the berries as little as possible. Both washing and over handling will remove the natural film on the berry called the “bloom”. The bloom is necessary for longer shelf life. Always allow air to circulate while refrigerated, never store in a sealed container or bag in the fridge. Remove berries from refrigerator one to two hours before serving. Berries are at their fullest flavor at room temperature. When freezing store in a sealed container or freezer bag. Dry unwashed berries will freeze individually (like little marbles) and will pour out easily. For most recipes thawing the berries is not needed.
Summer Hours depend on ripe fruit available, when we have ripe fruit to pick we will be open. All picking hours and days are posted on this site on the Picking Today page and on our Facebook page, also on our phone message (207)793-4749. We do close for ripening and for inclement weather when needed. Please check the Picking Today page or call before you venture out.
Fall Hours are Tuesday-Sunday 9am-5pm unless otherwise posted. Always check for fruit availability.
The posted closing time is the last entry into our picking fields. Our picking fields will remain open up to an additional 30 minutes after posted closing time.
There is No Admission charges and no cost for parking. Fruit is sold by Pre-Purchased containers.
Please click on the What’s Picking Today for fruit availability and prices.
Touchless Payment is available with Apple/Samsung Pay, along with all major credit cards, cash and checks. We also have an ATM for your convenience.
Yes! We offer educational tours for all ages and group sizes during the Fall Harvest. All types of tours are welcome including Senior Groups, Bus Tours etc. We are also available (November-April) for at school, corporate, conference presentations. Please call for more information and reservations.
In accordance with Federal Food Safety Laws (FSMA) no pets are allowed on the farm. Service animals trained to assist a person with a disability are always welcome.
Only new containers will be used and will be provided at check-in at each visit. No containers from home or previously purchased Libby & Son U-pick containers will be allowed.
Maine weather can change quickly and is unpredictable. It is good to come prepared i.e.. jacket, sweatshirt, hat, shorts, raingear sunscreen, bug spray etc. Cold beverages are available for purchase. We have a picnic area for to enjoy your lunch. Either pack a lunch or enjoy hot food on certain days (most weekends but call to make sure).
We have multi room restroom facilities including a handicapped accessible restroom all with hot and cold running water (no out houses!). Our check in/out building and pavilion are heated for those crisp fall apple picking days. Shuttle rides are available to take guest over the entire picking fields. A shaded picnic area is available.
We currently have 12 varieties/10,000 Blueberry plants on over 18 acres and are still planting more. We also have 18 varieties/5,500 Apple Trees , 7 varieties of Peaches and 4 varieties of Plums. We have 7 varieties/2,000 Raspberry plants and we are planting more next year. In total we have about 40 acres in production each year.
YES, within 1/2 mile of our farm on Sawyer Mt Rd. there is a new parking lot and trail to the summit. This new trail connects to the existing trail and parking lot located on RT. 117 Maps will be available at our farm. For more information on Sawyer Mt. visit Francis Small Heritage Trust, Inc.
No, I am sorry we do not grow strawberries. However we recommend visiting Doles Orchard, they have pick your own strawberries in season. Doles is located in Limington, 6 miles away from us.
Yes, there are hundreds of places to stay the night in Southern Maine. Accommodations from ocean front to lake front to mountain views. From 5 star resorts to motels, from bed & breakfast Inn’s to campsites.
The Jeremiah Mason House Bed & Breakfast is located in the Limerick Village.
No unauthorized professional photography is allowed. All photographers must contact us in advance for our photography guidelines. No UAV (Drone) aerial photography is permitted.
We are located in Southern Maine at 86 Sawyer Mountain Road, Limerick
DO Not Take Norton Road
Follow our U-Pick signs on Route 11 in Limerick for best results.
From the Portland area take Route 25 west, in Limington turn Left on Route 11 south. Continue south on Rte 11 into Limerick and turn right onto Pickerel Pond Road and follow our U-Pick signs.
Avoid the following roads, they are not shortcuts, Norton Road, Coffin Hill Road and Staples Road.
86 Sawyer Mountain Road Limerick, Maine 04048