Check out our Ann Arbor Cherry Picking suggestions for where to pick cherries – both sweet and tart cherries. Update in progress for 2021.
Summer in Ann Arbor is a great time for fresh fruit. Cherry season is typically right around Fourth of July – sometimes a week before, sometimes right after. The cherry season can overlap with strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries. Unfortunately, as in 2020 the 2021 is not a great year for cherries with a late frost in May.
Ann Arbor Cherry Picking Options
There are no cherry picking options in Ann Arbor itself. However, there are several nearby options.
Spicer Orchards in Fenton normally offers u-pick tart and sweet cherries. In 2021 they are only offering u-pick on tart cherries. Sweet cherries will be avialble in the market. They opened picking for tart cherries on June 28. They expect tart cherry picking to last through July 15. Tart cherries are $3.75/pound.
We went cherry picking at Spicer a couple of times.
I love that they have a pitting machine for the tart-cherries. It definitely made it easier to make a pie. There is a small fee ($0.25/lb) to have the cherries pitted. It was well worth it.
At a Glance
Address: 10411 Clyde Rd, Fenton, MI 48430
Hours: 8a-6p Daily
Price: $3.25/lb plus $0.25/lb for pitting
Wasem Fruit Farm
Wasem Fruit Farm in Milan typically offers u-pick tart cherries. Due to extreme cold in April they have a small crop for 2021 and are not offering u-pick. They do have limited quantities available in the market. Call to ask about cherries (734-482-2342).
We have not picked cherries at Wasem. However, we visit regularly for apples and pumpkins in the fall. The first 4 of our 6 tips for Apple Picking at Wasem Fruit Farm can also apply to cherry picking.
Wasem Fruit Farm’s address is 6580 Judd Rd, Milan. The most up to date information on the summer season can be found on their Facebook page.
At a Glance
Address: 6580 Judd Rd, Milan
Hours: No U-Pick for 2021
Other Cherry Picking Options
I have personally visited both Spicer and Wasem over the years. I have found a couple of other nearby options as well.
South Lyon’s Erwin Orchards typically offers you-pick sweet cherries. The freezing temperatures in April took out their Sweet Cherry season should start soon. Erwin Orchards uses Integrated Pest Management techniques to minimize their use of chemicals.
Their address is 61475 Silver Lake Road, South Lyon. Note: Erwin Orchards accepts cash or checks. There is an ATM on site.
Lenawee County’s Kapnick Orchards offers pick your own Tart and Sweet Cherries. They do not have cherry picking available in 2021 due to a small crop.
Kapnick Orchard’s address is 4245 Rogers Hwy., Britton.
Cherry Picking Tips
The cherry season is short. Be sure to check with the farm for current conditions before making the trip.
What to Bring:
- New for 2020 – Face Coverings – make sure to bring masks for your family. While you can usually distance ok while picking, you will need to interact with staff and others at checkout.
- Dress for the weather. The week we picked was chilly, so we wore jeans. This weekend is scheduled to be hot, so dress to stay cool.
- Bug spray
- Water – make sure to stay hydrated
- Bring a container or use one of theirs. Spicer charges $1 for a pail to use while picking. Wasem has no information on picking containers. I know we usually buy bags for apple picking.
- Cash. While you can usually pay with a credit card for the final purchase, it is helpful to have small bills for paying for the containers to pick with at the start.