The pick-your-own strawberry season is nearing its end, and the strawberries left at the end of the season are usually some of the sweetest fruits of the summer — and a chance for a socially distant outing for the family.
Take a drive to pick (or pick up) strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and more at one of these u-pick berry farms in metro Detroit and Ann Arbor.
Before you head out, keep in mind that most farms will require masks indoors. Masks will also be required in the field, but only when you’re within six feet of other pickers.
Check each farm’s requirements in advance, as some will allow you to bring your own boxes, bowls or bags from home to put picked berries into while others require you to use their supplies.
While you’re out, keep in mind the three Ps of picking: pinch the stem (never the berry), pick up leaves to find reddest berries underneath and pick only the red or pink ones (leave the white berries to ripen later).
- Address: 12835 N Territorial Road, Chelsea
- Phone: 734-475-1516
- Hours: Check website for availability
Raspberries are abundant in the middle of July, which is when picking season peaks at Berry Hill Farm. Check out the farm’s Facebook page for updated picking procedures due to coronavirus concerns.
- Address and contact: Cider Mill, 17985 Armada Center Road, Armada, 586-784-5459; Almont, 5590 Van Dyke, Almont, 810-798-3251; Big Apple, 71485 North Avenue, Armada, 586-784-9710
- Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Almont
Known best for its fall celebrations of all things apples, Blake’s Cider Mill plus Big Apple and Almont locations are growing strawberries. Though all Blake’s employees will wear masks, customers are not required while in the field or on wagon rides.
- Address: 38093 Judd Road, Huron Township
- Hours: Opens mid-July
Picking season for blueberries begins in mid-July and runs through August, though check the farm’s Facebook page to verify hours and available dates.
- Address: 4232 Bull Run Road, Gregory
- Phone: 517-223-3508
- Hours: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. u-pick, 2 p.m.-6 p.m. pre-picked
The farm includes 16 acres of pick-your-own berries, located right in the front yard. If you’re late for you-pick season, curbside delivery is available in the afternoons.
- Address: 11024 Beach Road, Dexter
- Phone: 734-426-2900
- Hours: Opens mid-July
Blueberries have grown on the land since 1937, when day laborers were hired to help harvest the “huckleberries.” The farm has buckets available for picking and guests are also encouraged to bring their own.
- Address: 6055 Tower Road, Plymouth
- Phone: 734-459-0655
- Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily
In addition to you-pick options, Donahee has a roadside stand that sells fresh produce, honey, corn, decorative gourds, pumpkins, melons and peaches, making it a destination all summer long.
- Address: 61475 Silver Lake Road, South Lyon
- Phone: 248-437-0150
- Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weather permitting
Erwin Orchards picks Saskatoon Berries, a variation of a blueberry with a little nuttier flavor. In the mid-summer months, red raspberries are also available for picking.
- Address: 1540 East Commerce Road, Commerce
- Phone: 248-360-3774
- Hours: Opens mid/late-July
The family shut down asparagus harvesting this year due to coronavirus concerns, but sweet corn season is prime for drive-through sales. By late July, families can pick up fresh sweet corn at the farm stand.
- Address: 4790 Oakwood Road, Ortonville
- Phone: 248-831-1004
- Hours: Appointment only
Due to coronavirus concerns, Middleton is taking only appointments for picking this season. Masks are not required on the farm and Middleton asks that only pre-purchased “Middleton boxes” be brought from home, or buy a new one on site.
- Address: 10570 Martz Road, Ypsilanti
- Phone: 734-482-8538
- Hours: Varies, check Facebook for daily hours
For more than 40 years, Rowe’s has served southeast Michigan pickers, providing not just strawberries but also snap peas and a farm market with cobbler mix, pectin for canning and cold drinks for hot summer days.
- Address: 4700 Whitmore Lake Road, Ann Arbor
- Phone: 917-837-0975
- Where: Varies by season
The certified organic farm has mid-summer varieties of raspberries as well as fresh-picked veggies. Call ahead to sign up for a you-pick appointment or select pre-picked from the farm’s stand.
- Address: 10411 Clyde Road, Fenton
- Phone: 810-632-7692
- Hours: 8 a.m.-7 p.m. daily
The farm requires a $5 minimum fruit purchase for pickers, which includes the wagon ride. Masks are required indoors at the market – which sells pre-picked fruit, yummy jams and jars for canning your own – and only outdoors within six feet of members not in your party.
- Address: 63260 Van Dyke Ave., Romeo
- Phone: 586-752-2989
- Hours: Varies by availability; call in advance
Though the orchard is open year-round, the 2020 spring weather has made the strawberry season erratic – not to mention that people desperate to escape their homes are excited to head to farms. Verellen is not immune to quick pickers and a depleting supply, so call before heading to the Romeo farm. After you’ve picked strawberries, head to the store across the street to fresh produce, canned goods, baked goods and other sundries.
- Address: 65075 Van Dyke Ave., Washington
- Phone: 586-752-3123
- Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, weather permitting
A wagon ride will take your family to the strawberry fields, where you can pick using the farm’s containers (no need to bring your own). Minimum picking amounts apply, but with yummy strawberries to be selected, that won’t be hard to hit.