As the calendar turns to late spring, Maine strawberries begin ripening on the vine. Those yummy little morsels make their way into all kinds of dishes including strawberry-rhubarb pies, fruit bowls, toppings for pancakes and dipped in chocolate. Better yet, just eat them plain, or stick them in a bowl with a splash of milk or lite cream and feel the sunshine spreading through you.
The lakefront Wolf Cove Inn, a bed and breakfast in Maine, makes a great home base for exploring 6 nearby Maine strawberry farms. Many of these farms give you a “pick your own” option. They also provide the option of buying pre-harvested treats at their farm stands.
As with any “pick your own” activity we recommend calling the farm ahead of time to verify quality and availability of the strawberries. Most farms request you do this to ensure you’ll have a good experience.
6 Authentic Maine Strawberries Farms
Maine strawberries are some of the sweetest, most delicious strawberries you’ll ever taste. But you have to get them while the getting is good. Maine strawberry season runs from mid-June until early-July (check with the farm stand). As such, I recommend you don’t fiddle or diddle while everyone else is out there getting the goods.
These six farms will help you get your Maine strawberries fix. Some have “pick your own” options. Distances and times listed are from the Wolf Cove Inn at 5 Jordan Shore Drive in Poland, Maine.
1 – Goss Berry Farm, Mechanic Falls – 6.3 miles, 9 minutes
Goss Farm is open Monday through Saturday, June through September, 8AM to 7PM (5PM on Sat, 1PM on Sun). Farm grown strawberries are available during strawberry season. They also have their own raspberries mid-summer, apples in the fall and other fresh, seasonal produce at their farm stand.
Goss Farm, 311 Elm St, Mechanic Falls
2 – Verrill’s Vegetable Stand, Poland – 5 miles, 10 minutes
Pick your own Maine strawberries at Verrill’s Vegetable Stand. Mid-summer, they also have their own blackberries. Additionally, you’ll find a variety of seasonal produce at their Maine farm stand. They operate 8AM to 8PM, 7 days a week.
Verrill’s Vegetable Stand, 270 Bailey Hill Road, Poland
3 – Chipman’s, Minot – 6 miles, 12 minutes
At this address you find their “pick your own” strawberry field. Chipman’s PYO strawberries operates 8AM to 7PM daily. This location operates on a cash only basis. Their other farm stand locations have more options in terms of both payment and variety of produce.
Chipman’s, 32 Goodwin Road, Minot
4 – Fairwinds Farm, Oxford – 9 miles, 14 minutes
Fairwinds Farm has a “pick your own” strawberry field. In addition you can shop for many other locally grown and produced items at their farm stand. Their gift shop contains items made on the farm including: homemade jams made with locally grown fruit, fruit pies, ice cold strawberry lemonade, beeswax lotion products and candles made from all natural ingredients. In addition, they sell local honey and maple syrup. They also offer beautiful made-in-Maine gift baskets filled with local products.
Open Monday through Saturday, 9AM to 5PM, mid-June to mid-July. Payment via cash or check only.
Fairwinds Farm, 346 Skeetfield Road, Oxford
5 – Pineland Farms, New Gloucester – 12 miles, 18 minutes
Pineland Farms PYO stand is open 7 days a week from 7AM to 1PM from the start of strawberry season mid-June through the end of high bush blueberry season mid-late August. In addition, seasonal produce, including asparagus, peas, green beans, cucumbers, corn, squash and pumpkins can be found at their farm stand, open during the growing season. They recommend you call their “Berry Hotline” for daily updates and conditions.
Pineland Farms, 752 Mayall Road, New Gloucester
207-657-2877 – Berry Hotline
Pineland Farms isn’t just a warm weather spot to enjoy some fun and sun. For more information about winter fun at Pineland Farms, check out my blog post on winter adventures at Pineland Farms.
6 – Pietree Orchard, Sweden – 26 miles, 40 minutes
I know, Pietree Orchard is a bit of a drive. But it’s a nice drive. And as long as you’re in Poland, you might as well visit Sweden too!
Pietree Orchard offers “pick your own” strawberries, as well as blueberries, apples and pumpkins during those respective seasons. During apple season they offer hayrides, a sunflower maze and wood-fired pizza. Their farm stand offers pre-picked fruits and vegetables from their own fields.
Check their website for current operating hours. For “pick your own”, call ahead since quality, quantity and weather affect picking days and times.
Pietree Orchard, 803 Waterford Road, Sweden
We Love Maine Strawberries At Wolf Cove Inn
During fresh Maine strawberry season, at Wolf Cove Inn we very often serve up those delightful treats with your complimentary breakfast. Pretty much everyday they’ll adorn the breakfast fruit bowl. Furthermore, you’ll often find our own Roasted Strawberries atop your delicious, made from scratch buttermilk pancakes. I love the way the strawberry juices run down the sides of those pancakes. We’ll also be happy to make up a batch of chocolate covered Maine strawberries for those feeling especially indulgent. Our pizzeria dinner dessert will often feature strawberry shortcake sporting “the goods.”
While at Wolf Cove Inn, you’ll enjoy our lakeside beauty. Our Maine B&B offers 11 guest rooms and a cabin. Many rooms offer spa tubs and fireplaces. Get out on the lake with our complimentary kayaks, canoes and rowboat. Pull up an Adirondack chair with someone special and marvel at the spectacular sunsets over the western shore of Tripp Lake. Or toss some logs on the fire pit and roast up some complimentary s’mores while taking in sunset.
So don’t wait. Make your plans to visit during strawberry season and have yourself a romantic getaway in Maine at the Wolf Cove Inn.