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.
2019 Prices, and typical seasonal timeframes for our U-Pick crops:
U-Pick Highbush Blueberries are available end of July through early-September. $4.79 lb. Blueberry U-Pick is CLOSED for 2019.
Apple U-Pick August – November. $2.30 lb. Apple picking is OPEN for 2019.
Pears August (early August through September for Asian pears) – mid-late September (European pears). $3.30 lb. Pear picking is CLOSED for 2019.
U-Pick Fruit Policies
Orchard Ridge Farm U-Pick Fruit Policies
Thank you for considering a visit to our family farm! We work hard, even years ahead, to bring about this year’s harvest of fruit. 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, our visitors, 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; until you have paid for the fruit, it belongs to the farmers… even if you picked it. Since we sell our fruit by the pound, how else can we make a living and keep local agriculture alive? If you plan to feast in the field without payment, please go elsewhere.
- 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.
- It pains us to write this, but it should be addressed: Do not climb trees, sit on your friend’s shoulders, yank at branches, throw fruit around, pick three fruit and discard two, etc.
- Children must be under effective supervision and control at all times. We expect adults to be faithful to keep children in good behavior, and to themselves 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.
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. All fruit is the private property of the farmer owners -including the fruit you pick- until you have fully paid. We are pleased to have you taste, but if you go beyond that, it is theft; theft hurting us economically and also drives up prices for everyone.
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.
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.
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
Our pear orchard is young and growing. Closed for 2019.
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 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.