Nordic Ridge Gardens: Strawberry Picking and Pumpkin Patch

For an experience the whole family will enjoy, visit Nordic Ridge Gardens and have some fun down on the farm. Whether it is winter, fall or summer, you will find plenty of activities for the whole family.

From late June through late July you can enjoy berry picking at its absolute best. Nordic Ridge has 10 acres of the most succulent berries in the entire county. You may use their provided picking containers and berry boxes or have your berries picked for you and ready when you are. The Elkin family provides a playground, picnic areas & clean restrooms for their guests.

The last week of September through the end of October you will find the most incredible pumpkin patch in Northern Minnesota! The Nordic Ridge Gardens features a splendid panorama of thousands of bright orange pumpkins, as well as more than 20 varieties of squash, preserves, and fall decoration. Fun for young and old abounds at the farm in the Pumpkin Barn. Visitors may pet the goats and feed the ducks and geese at the Petting Farm. Test your navigation skills in the 900-straw bale maze in the hayloft of the big red barn, or out in the four-acre cornfield maze. Hayrides are offered on the weekends. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the farm atmosphere or the snack bar is open on weekends and holidays during the fall season. The snack bar serves hot-dogs, popcorn, soda pop, juice, caramel apples, fresh baked pies, hot chocolate, cider, coffee and more.

For winter excitement, Nordic Ridge Gardens offers frosty fun for groups that includes a sleigh ride, sliding hill, bon fire and hot chocolate. The Eklin family has even provided a warming house for guests located near the sliding hill. Outings last 1 ½ hours.

The 160 acre former dairy farm is located, south of the town of Calumet, Minnesota on the west end of the Mesabi Iron Range. Nordic Ridge Gardens is approximately 15 miles east of Grand Rapids and 22 miles west of Hibbing. Hours vary depending on the season so best to call beforehand. Call 247-7726 or toll-free 1-888-FARM-FUN (327-6386). Find out more by visiting them at: www.nordicridge.com.