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Maine U-Pick Farms – 2020 PickYourOwn.org

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Looking for a local, pick-your-own farm in Maine? Scroll down this page and select your region of the state for a list of U-Pick farms in Maine, sorted by county. Farms offering organic or sustainably grown produce are identified by the words “organic” and/or “sustainable” in green, next to their name (see “What does Organic mean?”). If they have a website, the name will be in blue and underlined; click on it and it will open their website. And if you are looking for a local farm stand, roadside stand, farm market or local farmer’s market, see our new website, dedicated to those! See your state’s crop availability calendar for specific dates of upcoming crops.

If you know of any I missed and want to add a farm, click here! I’m making updates for 2020 as fast as I can – if you find anything out-of-date, wrong or not working – please let me know! This website is supported by purchases you make through the links to products on Amazon. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This allows me to continue to maintain the website and make improvements!

What’s in season in November 2020, and other timely information:

Notes for November 2020: Crop growth is slowing down, except for Christmas tree farms and if you live in southern California, southern Texas, Florida or along the Gulf coast where citrus are ripe, and believe it or not, the blueberry and strawberry season in those areas is about to begin. See your state harvest calendar . This year, much of the country is still seeing mild weather, so lettuce, peas, broccoli, cabbage and other greens are thriving. And this is a good time to get a canner and learn how to preserve foods for the winter, like canning some applesauce, apple butter or jam, which make great gifts. As do your own homemade specialty liqueurs! How about homemade cranberry sauce or a pumpkin pie made from a real pumpkin for the holidays? See our comprehensive list of easy home canning, jam and jelly making, preserving, drying and freezing directions. You can access recipes and other resources from the drop down menus at the top of the page or the site search. A fun winter activity is to make your own ice cream, even gelato, or low fat or low sugar ice cream – see this page. If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to write me!

Easter will be April 4, 2021 – if you want to take your children to a free Easter egg hunt – see our companion website to find a local Easter Egg hunt !

Maine U-Pick Farms and Orchards

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To find a farm in your area of Maine, either click on your area in the list below or on the map further down this page:

Maine 2020 COVID requirements

Seasonal activities

Pick-your-own farms, orchards and tree farms must require workers and customers to wear face coverings. Pick-your-own locations and craft and county fairs can have up to four separated zones of up to 50 people each, including staff and customers, with 14 feet separating the zones. Hayride and sleighride staff and customers must wear face coverings and maintain at least 6 feet between household groups of up to 10 people or individuals. Advanced reservations and time restrictions are recommended for corn mazes and haunted houses.

Halloween

Trick-or-treaters should wear a face covering. A costume mask will not suffice unless it has two or more layers of breathable fabric that covers the mouth and nose and doesn’t leave gaps around the face. Children should avoid indoor spaces that don’t allow for easy social distancing. The guidelines warn that traditional Halloween activities can be high-risk for spreading viruses and recommend safer activities such as carving pumpkins with household members, decorating houses or living spaces, having a Halloween-themed scavenger hunt for children or holding a Halloween movie night with people you live with

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Maine’s pick your own farms and orchards for fruit, vegetables, pumpkins and more. The website also has canning & freezing instructions, related events and fun and listings for every other state and many countries!

Bootsma picks a few from Maine Chance’s superb draft

Bootsma picks a few from Maine Chance’s superb draft

January 15, 2020 / 10 months ago

Maine Chance Farms, with their terrific array of yearlings from leading stallions, will undoubtedly receive their usual support from buyers at the 2020 Cape Premier Sale.

Tim Bootsma of Maine Chance discussed his picks from individual sires, starting with their stalwart resident champion, Silvano.

“We have three superb Silvano’s at the sale, the first being Lot 22, Lidl Miss Sunshine, a daughter of Little Fastnet by Fastnet Rock. We bought her full-sister for R2-million, and later bought the mare herself. She’s a fine yearling.

“Lot 51 is Poltergeist, a very strong chestnut colt out of Perija, by Shamardal, who is a truly super broodmare sire. He is one of only two stallions in Europe, under the age of 20, to be in the Top 10 list of broodmare sires – the other being Oasis Dream. This is an impressive first foal, not typical of Silvano. He’s bred for speed, should come early.

“Lot 88, on the other hand, is a typical Silvano colt. He’s big and scopey, a very nice specimen out of Sensational Secret (Camden Park), whose five previous foals are all multiple winners.”

Among the Querari yearlings, Bootsma singled out Lot 10, Kalahari Ferrari, a son of Count Du Bois’ dual Gr3-winning daughter, Kinematic Countess. “He is nice and athletic, moves well.”

Lot 156 is Bowled Over, by Twice Over from Bold Nimph by Shamardal, with notes on Shamardal as one of the world’s best broodmare sires given. He is a big and strong son of Twice Ove, and a half-brother to Gr1 winner Mighty High.

Lot 163 is a filly named Chansonette, Bootsma believes is “by far the best Vercingetorix filly on the sale”. She’s the first foal of multiple Listed-placed Champery, by Querari and he commented: “The Silvano/Querari cross works well and here we have a son of Silvano mated with a Querari mare, it’s exciting.”

Cosmic Highway (Lot 169) is a son of Gimmethegreenlight from Cosmic Dream, by Silvano, whose daughter Cosmic Light won three times and was Gr2-placed. “This is another nice cross, he’s a strong and athletic colt.”

Bootsma also mentioned Lot 63, a smart-looking colt by Soft Falling Rain from a German-bred mare. He’s an impressive first foal.

Bootsma picks a few from Maine Chance’s superb draft Bootsma picks a few from Maine Chance’s superb draft January 15, 2020 / 10 months ago Maine Chance Farms, with their terrific array of