We love raspberries and they are easy to pick – but require a gentle touch as they squish easily. Years ago I used to pick my own raspberries at Makielski Raspberry Farm in Pittsfield Township which has since closed.. Other than a few bushes at Wasem, I did not know of other raspberry farms until this summer. There are a few u-pick raspberry options near Ann Arbor.
Ann Arbor Raspberry Picking Options
There are no raspberry picking options in Ann Arbor itself. However, there are several nearby options.
Berry Hill Farm
Berry Hill Farm in Chelsea offers both summer and fall raspberries. Black Raspberries are available typically beginning in mid-July (July 1 this year). The Fall season starts in mid-August and includes both red raspberries and blackberries. Picking typically runs into October.
They only accept cash or check so be prepared when you visit.
At a Glance
Address: 12835 N Territorial Rd., Chelsea
Opening Date: July 1 for black raspberries
Hours: 9a-noon, days can vary with fruit availability
Tantre Farms is now offering u-pick raspberries at their Honey Bee U-Pick patch. They have both red and black raspberries.
With the different varieties, they need to close to allow the next batch to ripen.
Tantre Farms will accept Cash, Check, & Venmo or PayPal with a fee. See their website for details.
Note: 2021 is their first year as a raspberry farm. The field is not tilled and they use organic practices so be prepared for weeds. Long pants are recommended.
Wasem Fruit Farm
Wasem Fruit Farm in Milan offers a small amount of u-pick fall raspberries. We have picked them at the same time as apples in the past. Their raspberry patch is small so the season is short.
Be sure to check out our 6 tips for Apple Picking at Wasem Fruit Farm and plan to pick apples at the same time.
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
Season: Typically September-October
Erwin Orchards & Cider Mill
Erwin Orchards offers a u-pick raspberry patch with both yellow and red raspberries available. The raspberry patch typically opens in late July or early August with the season extending until the first frost. They provide containers for picking. They only accept cash or check. They have not updated their website with 2021 raspberry information (as of July 6)
Note: The Cider Mill entrance is on Silver Lake Rd. However, the u-pick driveway is on Pontiac Trail south of CVS.
At a Glance
Address: 61475 Silver Lake Rd, South Lyon
Hours: 9a-5p Tuesday-Sunday
Opening Date: Typically late July or early August. 2021 date is looking like early August (7/28 update)
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Spicer Orchards in Fenton offers u-pick raspberries – both summer and fall raspberries. With both summer and fall raspberries, you can typically pick from early July into October. Raspberry picking can be variable with the patch alternating between open and closed based on conditions. Please call to verify 810-632-7692.
In the past, we have picked cherries, apples and blueberries at Spicer Orchards.
At a Glance
Address: 10411 Clyde Rd, Fenton, MI 48430
Opening Date: Open as of July 1, but can vary by the day
Hours: 8a-6p Daily
Raspberry Picking Tips
The raspberry season is long with both summer and fall raspberries. You can typically pick at the same time as cherries, blueberries, or apples.
What to Bring:
- Bug Spray
- Dress for the weather – but consider long pants to protect against bugs even when it is warm
- Water – make sure to stay hydrated
- Bring a container just in case. Some farms supply free containers, others charge for containers, and others require you to bring your own
- Cash. Some farms are cash/check only while others take credit cards. Be sure to check with the farm you are visiting.