U-Pick

U-Pick Fruit

U-PICK APPLES ARE NOW OPEN FOR PICKING!

We offer Blueberry, Pear and Apple U-Pick fruit.

Field conditions and fruit ripeness change daily. PLEASE CHECK THE DAILY STATUS OF ANY U-PICK CROP BEFORE YOU COME TO THE FARM. During the U-Pick fruit season, regular updates are available on Facebook. Updates are also available by calling 207-239-0442. U-Pick ‘season’ does not mean the crop is available for picking on any given day, due to picking conditions; for example, very heavy picking one day may result in the next day having little to pick, while we wait for the next variety to ripen. Therefore check ahead on Facebook, or call, to avoid disappointment.

2018 – Blueberry picking is closed for the season. Thank you for coming to our farm to pick! We look forward to seeing you next year.

August 24th, 2018 – This is probably the last weekend for our summer apple, Pristine. Come pick and enjoy!

U-Pick Highbush Blueberries are available mid-July through early-September. $4.79 lb. CLOSED FOR 2018

Apple U-Pick August – November. $2.30 lb. 2018 U-PICK APPLES NOW OPEN!

Pears August (early August through September for Asian pears) – mid-late September (European pears). $3.30 lb. 2018 update: LATE SEPTEMBER-EARLY OCTOBER RIPENING, SO CHECK FOR AVAILABILITY.

U-Pick Fruit Policies

Orchard Ridge Farm U-Pick Fruit Policies

Thank you for considering a visit to our family farm! We worked hard for years to shepherd this year’s fruit to ripeness. Please read and honor our U-pick fruit policies.

  • Our farm is our family home and our private property, and our crops are our livelihood. You are our guests.  We ask you, and all members of your group, to be gentle with the blueberries bushes and fruit trees, and to sample only a few fruit. Please wait until after payment to enjoy the rest. Since we sell our fruit by the pound, how else can local farming thrive?
  • Appropriate U-Pick picking containers are available at the farm for a nominal cost.  You may also bring your own, but be aware that some containers are awkward to weigh on our scale.
  • Please leave pets at home.
  • Do not climb trees, sit on your friend’s shoulders, yank at branches, throw fruit around, pick three and drop/toss two etc.
  • Children must be under effective supervision and control at all times. We expect adults to model good behavior by not eating fruit (except for a small sample in order to confirm the quality) until after payment. See our ‘sampling policy’ below.

For U-Pick, we suggest that you come prepared for the outdoors as needed: hat, sunscreen, bug spray, jacket, close-toed shoes.

We are pleased to offer our customers the use of a nicely appointed bathroom at the farm, equipped with a baby changing station.

Orchard Ridge U-Pick Sampling Policy in a nutshell:

Please taste a few berries, or share an apple between you to confirm that it is good. Beyond that, please wait until after you have paid to enjoy the rest.

Apples

We offer a pleasing spectrum of modern and antique apple varieties of distinction, worthy of your attention and perfect for fresh eating, baking, sauce, juice and storing. You can expect to find low spray, knock-your-socks-off apple varieties. We manage our apple trees for U-Pickers! All our trees bear fruit at a reasonable height so that even a toddler can pick.
2018 U-Pick apple price: $2.30 per pound.

Visit our Apples page for a complete list of varieties available

U-Pick Highbush Blueberries

Our U-Pick highbush blueberries, in approximate order of ripening, July through early September:

• Duke    • Patriot    • Draper    • Toro   •Bluecrop

•Friendship     •Bonus      • Nelson    • Liberty

2018 U-Pick highbush blueberries price: $4.79 per pound.

Pears

Our pear orchard is young and growing.  Limited availability in 2018.

Asian Pears

Asian pears are ready to eat at harvest time, so start enjoying them right away!  Short term storage is possible in your refrigerator’s crisper drawer.

Kosui Asian Pear

Kosui (we are told the name means ‘Good Water’ in Japanese) has a golden brown russet-skinned fruit, firm, crisp and juicy, very sweet and a very low-acid flavor. A truly refreshing late summer treat, Kosui matures in August.

Yoinashi Asian Pear

Yoinashi is said to mean ‘Good Pear’ in Japanese. Yoinashi ripens in September and offers richly aromatic fruit that is fine-textured, juicy and sweet, with a pleasing tang.

European Pears

European pears are properly enjoyed to their rich and rewarding fullest when they are ripened by a few simple but important steps. European pears do not ripen well on the tree, and please do not expect your pears to be ready to eat unless they have been ‘prepeared’.

These are the basic rules for ripening and storing European pears:
After picking, European pears that are intended to be eaten soon are kept at 60-65ºF for one to three weeks (depending on the variety) until ripe. Ripeness is indicated by light thumb pressure at the neck readily making an indent. Be careful, because higher ripening temperatures can cause European pears to go directly to overripe. European pears intended for storage are chilled down as close to 30ºF as possible and kept that way until ripening is desired. At that point, follow the ripening procedure outlined above, but watch your pears carefully! European pears that have been properly stored for a long time will likely ripen faster than those that have been stored only a short while or not at all.

To speed up the ripening process, try placing a banana alongside ripening pears. The ethylene gas emitted by the banana will hasten the ripening process of the pear.

A properly ripened European pear is worth it! Enjoy!

Blake’s Pride European Pear

Blake’s Pride has aromatic and meltingly juicy fruit with attractive, yellow, lightly-russeted skin. Blake’s Pride is ready to pick in late August and early September. Rich, balanced sweet-tangy flavor.

Harrow Sweet European Pear

Harrow Sweet looks similar to Bartlett, with the addition of a pleasing red blush.  Juicy and sweet flesh of excellent quality. Harrow Sweet is ready to pick around mid-late September. Harrow Sweet can be stored up to two and maybe three months under the proper conditions.

Magness European Pear

Magness has greenish-brown lightly russeted skin. Magness has pleasing flesh: soft, juicy and fine textured. Magness has sweet flavor and is a pear of excellent quality. Magness is ready to pick just after Harrow Sweet, late September and into early October. Magness can be stored three months or more under the proper conditions.