6 Blueberry Farms Worth the Drive From Detroit

Pick your way through these blueberry farms worth the drive from Detroit.

Whether you enjoy them in your favorite pancake recipe, baked into pastries or simply by popping them in your mouth, fresh blueberries are a delicious summertime treat. 

The next time you want to pick up a pint of blueberries, consider ditching the grocery store and picking your own berries at a u-pick farm. Picking your own berries is so much fun for kids, and many of these farms offer other exciting outdoor activities for families to enjoy. 

Get ready to have some blueberry picking fun with these helpful tips and u-pick berry farms worth the drive from Detroit.

Looking for more kid-friendly activities? Check out our summer fun family guide!

Best blueberry picking farms near Detroit

Pick your way around southeast Michigan and beyond with these kid-friendly spots for fresh berries and tons of family fun. 

Bob’s Blueberries

Save up your berry containers then bring them to Bob’s Blueberries in Jackson. Beginning mid-July, families can wander through the blueberry patches and pick several varieties of fresh berries.

Country Mill

Blueberry picking is only the beginning of all the farm fun your family can have at Country Mill! Sunflowers and blueberries share the same season, which means you can pick fresh berries and cut fresh sunflowers during your visit. 

After you’ve visited the berry and flower fields, check out the farm store to stock up on baked goods, candies, apple cider slushies and more delicious treats. 

Harvey’s Farm

Blueberries are ready to be picked at Harvey’s Farm! The farm is loved for its affordable prices and kid-friendly environment. 

Montrose Orchards 

Montrose Orchards is about an hour-and-a-half drive northwest of Detroit, but this family-friendly farm is well worth the ride. After you pick blueberries, visit the bakery for fresh berry pies, farm fresh eggs and more. 

The orchard also hosts many kid-friendly events, including food truck socials and craft shows. For some very berry fun, visit on Aug. 3-4 for the Blueberry Daze Games and Craft Show

Russell’s Blueberry Farm

For a fun day trip, travel two hours north to Russell’s Blueberry Farm. This second-generation, veteran-owned farm includes 22 acres of blueberries, as well as a scenic lake, picnic tables and swings where you can sit back and enjoy your fresh berries and other farm purchases. Be sure to try the blueberry pies, muffins and ice cream! 

Schantz’s Blueberries

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Photo credit: Schantz’s Blueberries

People flock to Schantz’s Blueberries for the friendly staff, beautiful berry patches, reasonable prices and, best of all, the amazing quality blueberries! The family-owned farm offers 15 varieties of fresh blueberries. 

Tips for picking blueberries with kids

 Blueberry is a fun summer activity for families of all ages. Here are a few things to keep in mind when visiting a u-pick farm. 

  • Check if they’re open first. Blueberry season typically runs from the end of June through July. Always look for daily updates from the farm, either on their website and social media channels or by calling ahead to see what berry picking options look like for the day. 
  • Get there early. Arrive as soon as the farm opens to avoid crowds.
  • Check the weather and dress accordingly. Wear hats and apply plenty of sunscreen if it’s sunny. Put on rain boots if you expect muddy conditions.
  • Pack snacks and water. If it’s a long drive, plan ahead with food for the car ride or even a picnic basket with lunch.
  • Teach your kids which berries are ripe. Pick blueberries when they are deep blue. The berry should fall right off the bush when fully ripened. Grip the blueberry between your pointer finger and thumb and roll it off the stem into your palm. 
  • Bring a stroller or wagon. Some berry picking farms require a lot of walking. A wagon is a simple way to keep your littles happy.
  • Be patient. Depending on your child’s age, they can lose focus fast so try to remind yourself the experience is more about having fun than rushing to fill your baskets to the rim.

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Nikki Roberts
Nikki Roberts
Nikki Roberts is the assistant editor on the Metro Parent team. She is always on the lookout for the coolest and trendiest new attractions, restaurants and events for metro Detroit families. Her newsletters, online family guides and exciting digital content keep families informed on all the latest happenings around town.


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