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).
Weather permitting and while supplies last.
- Address: 12835 N Territorial Road, Chelsea
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: Cider Mill, 17985 Armada Center Road, Armada; Almont, 5600 Van Dyke, Almont; Big Apple, 71485 North Avenue, Armada
Known best for its fall celebrations of all things apples, Blake’s Cider Mill, 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
Picking season for blueberries begins in mid-July and runs through August. Check the farm’s Facebook page to verify hours and available dates.
- Address: 7845 Bordman Road, Almont
Tart cherries and apples are available for the picking. Also has cider, donuts and more. Social distancing and masks indoors are still required.
- Address: 11024 Beach Road, Dexter
Blueberries have grown on the land since 1937. The farm has buckets available for picking that you can purchase, guests are also encouraged to bring their own.
- Address: 6055 Tower Road, Plymouth
In addition to u-pick options, Donahee has a roadside stand that sells fresh produce, honey, corn, decorative gourds, pumpkins, melons and peaches — making it a prime destination all summer long.
- Address: 61475 Silver Lake Road, South Lyon
Asparagus picking is available starting on May 15th. 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
Asparagus picking is back this year and is available until it is gone. Also has peas, sweet corn, garden vegetables, apples and pumpkins.
- Address: 4790 Oakwood Road, Ortonville
Due to coronavirus concerns, Middleton is still deciding if they are only taking appointments or simply opening up for picking this season. Keep an eye on their Facebook page and website for updates.
Blueberry will begin in July and August. Check Facebook for updates. Maple syrup, maple products and honey items are available, as well.
- Address: 10570 Martz Road, Ypsilanti
For more than 40 years, Rowe’s has served up strawberries, 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
The certified organic farm has mid-summer varieties of raspberries as well as fresh-picked veggies. Organic strawberry picking begins in June. Reserve your time slot on their website. Masks and social distancing will be enforced.
- Address: 10411 Clyde Road, Fenton
The farm requires a $5 minimum fruit purchase for pickers. Price includes the wagon ride. Masks are required indoors at the market, which sells pre-picked fruit, yummy jams and jars for canning.
- Address: 63260 Van Dyke Ave., Romeo
Verellen is not immune to quick pickers and a depleting supply, so call before heading to the Romeo farm. U-pick is offered only for strawberries and cherries. After you’ve picked your fruit, head to the store across the street for fresh produce, canned goods, baked goods and other sundries.
- Address: 6580 Judd Road, Milan
U-pick is available for tart cherries, apples, currants, gooseberries, peaches, plums, pears and raspberries. Pumpkin picking is also available in the fall.
- Address: 65075 Van Dyke Ave., Washington
A wagon ride will take your family to the fields where you can pick your fruits and vegetables using the farm’s containers (no need to bring your own). Minimum picking amounts apply. U-pick is available for strawberries, cherries, raspberries, sunflowers, apples, veggies and pumpkins depending on the season.
This post was originally published in 2020 and is updated regularly.
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