Pick-Your-Own Farms in Montana: Orchards, Pumpkin Patches and More!

Some of the fondest memories of my sons’ childhood revolve around our many field trips to farms around the country. Beginning when they were toddling around in tiny Osh Kosh B’Gosh overalls, my husband and I would pack up their gear on late summer and early autumn days, and head for the nearest farm. We traveled to apple farms in Minnesota and New York, strawberry and blueberry farms in Connecticut, peach orchards in Georgia, pumpkin patches in Connecticut, and took part in sugaring season in Vermont. We moved around quite a bit when our boys were young, but we always looked forward to our next adventure to the countryside to fill our baskets with fruit and veggies.  It became an annual tradition to head out in search of the most beautiful orchard, the best hayrides, and the most succulent berries. The anticipated aroma of homemade cider doughnuts, apple butter, and pumpkin pies led the way to our favorite farms.

Click here for a wonderful Autumn Apple Pie recipe from Better Homes and Gardens!

Enjoy the many options below and note that the Opportunity Ranch’s “Autumnfest” in Frenchtown takes place on two Sundays in September only (September 21st is the final day).

Carbon County

Bluewater Orchard
1088 Bridger-Fromberg Backroad
Fromberg, MT 59029
Call (406) 995-4773 or (480) 223-8934 for more information
Email: bluewaterorchard@yahoo.com

Crops:  Apples (Macintosh, Jonathon, Duchess, Crimson Beauty, Yellow Transparent, Red Delicious, and Wolf River)

Hours:  Apple season is from July to October. Stop by if gate is open or call for an appointment.

Directions: Approximately 3 miles southeast Fromberg (40 miles southwest of Billings). From I-90, take 310 south at Laurel. Take a left on River Road at Fromberg, then a right at the T on Backroad. The orchard is a little over a mile on the left.

Boja Farm
157 Hergenrider Rd
Bridger, MT 59014
Call (406) 664-3010 for more information

Crops:  Apples (SummerRed, Haralson, Collett, Fireside, Sweet Sixteen, Honeycrisp, and Red Baron), herbs, raspberries (red, yellow, and purple), peaches, pears, strawberries, and red currants

Hours:  8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (June 1 through mid October)

Directions:  50 miles from Billings, Montana, 50 miles from Cody, Wyoming, 3.5 miles north of Belfry, Montana and 10 miles south of Bridger, Montana.

Boja Farm is a certified organic farm which grows certified hardneck garlic and fresh herbs along with apple orchards and berries. This is the parent company and farm for On Thyme Gourmet Inc, a fresh herb product company.

Hill County

Anderson Orchards
P.O. Box 204
Rudyard, MT 59540
Call (406) 355-4596 for more information

Crops: Organic apples (Honeycrisp, Haralred, Wealthy, Macintosh, Northwest Greening) and raspberries, assorted vegetables

Hours:  7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (July 15 to December 15)

Directions: Take Highway 2 west from Havre, Montana to Rudyard North across from the school.

Missoula County

Opportunity Ranch’s “Old West Autumnfest”Frenchtown, Montana
Tickets Available at Opportunity Resources
2821 Russell Street
Missoula, Montana 59801
Call (406) 721-2930 for more information

Hours: Two Sundays only! September 14, 2008 and September 21, 2008, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Join this family & community celebration in Frenchtown at the Opportunity Ranch on Sunday, September 21st.  Help your kids make their own scarecrow, enjoy animal rides and hayrides, music, food vendors, and a pick-your-own pumpkin patch.  Tickets are $5.00 (in advance) at Opportunity Resources at 2821 Russell Street in Missoula or $20.00 per carload (slightly more at the door).

Directions:  Take I-90 to the Frenchtown exit, turn left into Frenchtown and follow the orange signs!

Benson’s Farm
2418 S. 7th Street
Corner of 7th and Reserve Street
Missoula, Montana 59801
Call (406) 543-5061 for more information

Crops:  Large assortment of pumpkins and gourds, hay bales, corn stalks, flowers, assorted vegetables

Hours:  (Usually) 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Directions: Take Reserve Street south to 7th Street and take a right, turn into the Benson’s Farm parking lot on your left

Gallatin County

Rocky Creek Farms
34297 Frontage Road
Bozeman, Montana 59715
Call (406) 585-0225

Crops:  Apples, sweet corn, cucumbers, pumpkins, raspberries

Raspberries: July
Cucumbers, Corn: August, September
Pumpkins: The pumpkin patch is open in October with hayrides, apple press, and other activities for kids.

Hours: Monday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (July through October)

Directions: Go east from Bozeman on the frontage road approximately 5 miles, where you will see a sign for the farm on your left. Cross over the railroad tracks, park at the little house and get your bucket for picking!

Lake County

Common Ground Farm
72664 Heart View Lane
Arlee, MT 59821
Call (406) 726-2900
Email: cgfarm@blackfoot.net

Crops:  Sweet corn, flowers, pumpkins, raspberries, strawberries, tomatoes, and pre-picked produce. Crops are certified organic!  Note:  No pumpkins in 2008!

Hours:  Monday through Sunday 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (July through September)

Directions: Take highway 93 north from Missoula to mile marker 15, turn right on Coldwater Lane, then turn right onto Jocko Road. Go approximately 1/2 mile and turn left into Heart View Center.

Payment: Cash or check

The Common Ground Farm features a “Raspberry Jam Festival” mid-summer including a live band, picnics and all you can pick raspberries.  Call or email for dates and more information.

Bigfork Orchards
Mount Highway 83
Bigfork, MT 59911
Phone: (406) 837-4231

Crops:  Cherries

Hours:  Daylight (may want to call ahead), mid-July to September 1

Directions:  Bigfork Orchards is located on Highway 35 at Sylvan Drive, three miles south of Bigfork.

Payment:  Cash or check

Bowman Orchards
21480 East Shore Route
Bigfork, MT 59911
Call (406) 982-3246 for more information
Email: info@bowmancherries.com

Crops:  Sweet cherries (Bing, Lambert, Rainier, and Lapin)

Hours:  Call ahead for hours/availability

Directions:  Bowman Orchards is located 10 miles south of Bigfork, Montana on Highway 35 at mile marker 21.5 on the mountain (east) side of the road. The warehouse/retail store is tan with brown trim.  Retail store also sells cherry products (jam, syrup, and juice), fudge, dried cherries, and cherry firewood.

Fat Robin Orchard and Farm
34126 S Finley Point Road
Polson, MT 59860
Call (406) 887-2869 for more information
Email: liserousseau@bresnan.net

Crops:  Cherries and Apples

Cherries: Late July through early August (Lamberts, Rainier, Van, Montmorency, and Balaton)
Apples: Late September through October (Macintosh, Wealthy and Wolf River)

Hours:  Monday through Sunday 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (July through October)

Directions: From Polson, take Highway 35 north to Finley Point Road. Go approximately 1 mile to the T-junction of South Finley Point Road. Make a left. Take the first dirt road to the right just past the Flathead Lake Cherry Growers packing plant. The orchard is at the top of the hill.

Payment: Cash or Check

This certified organic farm has fabulous views of Flathead Lake and offers pick-your-own and pre-picked and packed produce, delivery and shipping. Fruit is available through the farm, local CSAs, Montana natural food markets, and is featured in local fine restaurants. Some of this farm’s fruit also goes to Ten Spoon Winery for their outstanding “Flathead Cherry Dry” wine.

O’Farrell Orchards
19627 East Lake Shore
Bigfork, MT 59911
Call (406) 982-3429 for more information

Crops:  Apples, cherries, peaches, pears, plums, and nectarines

Apples: Macintosh, Honeycrisp, Gala, Red Rome, Elstar, Swiss Gourmet, Criterion, Shamrock, Jonathan, Gravenstein, Wealthy, Jonagold, Cortland, Empire, Delicious and more

Hours:  8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. July through October

Directions: 19.7 miles north of Polson, MT on Highway 35 or 30 miles south of Kalispell on Highway 35. (Located on the lake side of the highway.) Watch for signs!

Sweet Pickins Pumpkin Patch
512 Columbia Falls Stage Road
Kalispell, Montana 59901
Call (406) 752-2359 for more information and directions

Crops:  Pumpkins

Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday (September 22 to October 31) and 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sundays

Directions:  From Kalispell, go east on Highway 35, then north on Columbia Falls Stage Road

Entry Fee:  $4.50 per person to ride the “Pumpkin Train” and pick your own pumpkin

This family friendly farm offers a petting zoo with small animals, pony rides, “trike maze,” cornfield patch, and large sandbox.  Bring the kids and create some wonderful memories!

Ravalli County

Ben’s Pumpkin Patch at Fox Meadow Farm
544 Fox Meadow Lane
610 North First
Hamilton, MT 59840
Call (406) 961-1789 for more information or for group tours
Email: pianopunkin@gmail.com

Hours:  Saturdays 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sundays 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.  Crops are usually available in September, October.

Directions: 1.75 miles NE of Hamilton. From Highway 93, take the Riverside Cutoff Road (just before the Silver Bridge) to Old Corvallis Road. Take a left (go north) at the intersection of Riverside Cutoff Road and Old Corvallis Road. Follow Old Corvallis Road past Corixa Lab and the Pharaohplex to where Old Corvallis Road intersects with Black Lane. Follow Black Lane east to the railroad tracks, slow down after crossing the railroad tracks, and you will see our sandwich board sign on the road at the intersection of Black Lane and Fox Meadow Lane. Turn right (south) onto Fox Meadow Lane and follow the road to the Pumpkin Patch sign.

If you are traveling via the Eastside Highway, head north from Hamilton. Take a left turn (go west) on Black Lane and follow Black Lane to Fox Meadow Lane, right before the railroad tracks. Turn left (south) on Fox Meadow Lane and follow the road to the Pumpkin Patch sign.

Payment: Cash or Check

Special group visits by appointment.

Annual Fall Fun Festival with hayrides, games, food and music is sponsored by Evergreen Kids Corner Preschool; fundraiser benefits the preschool.

Mountain View Orchards
1775 Mountain View Orchards
Corvallis, MT 59828
Call (406) 961-3434
Email: mountain.view.orchards@gmail.com

Crops:  Apples (Macintosh varieties: Vikings, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Royal Empires)

Hours:  Open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., call ahead to see if the orchard is open to visitors

Directions: Mountain View Orchards is located 5 miles northeast of Corvallis Montana. Go two miles north on Eastside Highway to Popham Lane. Turn right and go two and 1/2 miles east to Mountain View Orchards Road. Go one mile (plus) on Mountain View Orchards to 1775 and turn left.

Payment: Cash or check

Qwivals Family Pumkin Patch
1625 Hwy 93
Victor, MT 59875
Call (406) 642-6426 for more information, birthday party reservations, etc.
Email: info@qwivals.com

Crops and Activities:  Pumpkins, pumpkin patch – pick in the field, pumpkin patch – already gathered from the field, corn maze, haunted corn maze, straw or hay bale maze, child-sized hay bale maze, corn cannon, wagon rides, pre-picked produce, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties, and school tours

Hours:  Currently open Tuesday through Saturday; call or check website for hours and attraction ticket prices

Directions:  30 miles south of Missoula on Highway 93

Payment:  Cash, check, Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express

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