Berry picking in northern Minnesota

According to the Minnesota Dept. of Agriculture, blueberry patches from Stillwater to Cambridge are reporting a bumper crop.

While blueberries are peaking in the southern half of the state, they might not be ready for picking in northern Minnesota until July 17 — which is this weekend.

There are 26 blueberry farms statewide listed in the Minnesota Grown Directory. As for the wild ones, well … I’m not telling.



about 14 years ago

FYI - The raspberry patch on Park Point is worthless this year. Plus, the poison ivy is knee-high. So, if you do try to harvest berries from the pathetic and measly plants, you will likely only bring home a painful oozing rash.

...just trying to be helpful.


about 14 years ago

I dunno...I picked 7.5 cups of blueberries on the 4th of July weekend.  Not little weenie berries either - these were a decent size.  If you have a favorite patch, it's worth checking already!


about 14 years ago

Yeah, the farms may not be open quite yet, but the wild patches are definitively producing. There is a great blueberry farm on Croby Rd in Cloquet that isn't listed in the link above, last time I went it was "Blueberry Bush", this year it seems to be "Blackbirds and Blueberries" or something like that. 

Strawberry season was way too fast this year.

Paul Lundgren

about 14 years ago

Edgeways is referring to Blueberry Bush -- which is Curtis Bush's place at 3601 Crosby Road in Cloquet.

For some reason that's not on the statewide website, but it is on the more localized's list of local farms.

The Big E

about 14 years ago

No shortage of wild raspberries right on the Mesabi Trail up by Chisholm.


about 14 years ago

Which nearby blueberry upick locations are organic or "pesticide free" (like Finke's Strawberries)?

Sadly, our beloved blueberries are on the 2010 "Dirty Dozen," which is the list of highest pesticide-laden conventionally grown fruits and vegetables.

I'd love to pick a bunch of pesticide free blueberries.

Matt Standal

about 14 years ago

Here's your Northland's NewsCenter berry update

Big early-season berries in the northland!


about 14 years ago

I'm having trouble finding information about the farms of Hans Aas and Tim Larson.  Is there a web site, phone number, or address for either?  Are there any other nearby berry farms (with contact info)?

Matt Standal

about 14 years ago

This is best list I found.

 Sweet and Juicy. Got this from "Berry" White...

The Farm of Minnesota

about 13 years ago

Can't wait for Strawberries again this year!  Stumbled across this and my mouth is watering just thinking about it.  Last year we picked hundreds of pounds a day, and while the labor is one of love, the flavor is one of undying love!

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