Ann Arbor Strawberry Picking
Are you looking for Ann Arbor Strawberry Picking options? The 2019 picking season was delayed by our cool spring! It typically starts at the end of May, but it is closer to mid-June this year.
Ann Arbor Strawberry Picking
Strawberry picking is a great activity with kids. The bushes are low to the ground. It is also pretty easy for young kids to tell when the berries are ripe.
We have picked strawberries many times at Rowe’s Produce Farm in Ypsilanti. Another local option that opened last year is Slow Farm in Whitmore Lake. Rowe’s has not announced a 2019 opening date. Slow Farm opened June 8 for limited early season strawberries. They should open for more berries around June 12. At both farms, it is recommended to call or check their Facebook for updated picking conditions. Particularly early and late in the season they cannot always offer a full day of picking or may need to close for a day to wait for more berries to ripen.
Rowe’s Produce Farm
Over the years we picked strawberries at Rowe’s many times. I recommend a weekday if it works for your schedule. The one time we went on a weekend, there were very long lines to check out. Their 2019 season will start on Friday, June 14 and end on Thursday, July 4. In early season picking be sure to check their Facebook page for updates. If the crowds pick faster than the berries ripen, they may have to pause for an afternoon or even a day or two.
Visit Rowe’s Produce Farm at 10570 Martz Rd, Ypsilanti. We typically take I-94 East of Ann Arbor to the Rawsonville Rd exit and head south to Martz Rd.
The regular hours at Rowe’s Produce Farm are 7a-8p daily (last field entry at 7:30p). However, strawberries are often limited in early days and at the end of the season. When berries are in short supply, they may close early or take a few days off to let the berries ripen. I suggest calling (or checking their Facebook status) to see if they still have strawberries available for the day.
For 2019, strawberries are $2.39/lb. Boxes for picking are provided free of charge when you check in at the barn to find out which fields are currently available for picking.
We have picked strawberries at Rowe’s several times through the years and my daughter loves helping to pick the berries. In Kindergarten my daughter stated that “Strawberry picking is almost as much fun as recess” – my Facebook memory feed reminds me of it every year.
What else is available?
Rowe’s usually has ingredients necessary for cooking with strawberries – pectin, glaze for pies, etc.
They also have u-pick peas available. The peas are typically a few days behind strawberries. Containers are not provided for peas. The first year we picked our peas into a hat since we did not have a container with us. Bring your own bag, bucket, or bowl.
Slow Farm is in Whitmore Lake. They started offering You Pick Strawberries in 2016. They offer certified organic strawberries. They had limited strawberries on June 8 and opened more regularly on June 12. They reopened with everbearing varieties on July 3, but are closed for the 4th of July weekend (July 4-9). For 2019 strawberries are $5/lb. They planted some everbearing strawberry plants this year and should have strawberries most of the summer.
Slow Farm is located at 4700 Whitmore Lake Rd, Ann Arbor. From Ann Arbor, Slow Farm is best reached by going north on Whitmore Lake Rd from M-14/Barton Drive.
During strawberry picking season Slow Farm is open 9a-5p Wednesday-Sunday. Be sure to verify picking conditions as they may need to close early/days to allow more berries to ripen. They will also close in case of lightning.
What else is available
They are currently offering u-pick asparagus. They will also be offering greens, beans, flowers, tomatoes, pumpkins, and squash. New to their farmstand are greens, sweet corn, melons, and popcorn.
Do you know of other places to pick strawberries? I have heard that Spicer Orchards in Fenton offers strawberries. We have visited for cherries and apples in the past. But, they are too far of a drive for me when Rowe’s and Slow Farm are closer.
Strawberry Picking Tips
After strawberry picking a few times, we have a few tips to share for newbies.
What to bring:
- Make sure to wear sunscreen
- A hat is also a great idea
- Long pants or tall socks/boots are a great idea
- Where closed toe shoes or boots – not flip-flops or sandals
- Bring water bottles – for hydration and to rinse a few berries for sampling
- Insect repellent – we never had an issue with mosquitos at Rowe’s but I like to be prepared – especially with a bad tick season
- Cash – As of a few years ago, they did have a credit card reader, but in my experience they are not always reliable
When to Pick:
- Weekends are very crowded – At Rowe’s we once waited over an hour in our car to go through checkout on a Saturday.
- Pick on a weekday
- Mornings are cooler – and may be less crowded until school lets out (June 15)
Do you have any other tips to share? Add them in the comments
I love having fresh berries around the house. In addition to eating the berries, I typically make strawberry jam. My husband loves Strawberry Pie. Plus, check out our recipes that use fresh strawberries:
Do you have a favorite Strawberry Recipe to share? Add a link in the comments.
Don’t want to pick your own strawberries, but still want fresh fruits? Check out one of the many farmers markets in the area.