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Ann Arbor Strawberry Picking

Savor the Sweetness: Ann Arbor Strawberry Picking Guide

Looking for the juiciest, ripest u-pick strawberries near Ann Arbor? Look no further! Plan a delightful adventure of hand-picking your own sweet treasures at the local u-pick strawberry farms.

Nothing compares to the satisfaction of plucking sun-kissed berries straight from the vine, ensuring the freshest and most flavorful experience. Check out all the Michigan strawberry picking near Ann Arbor. Get your baskets ready and let’s dive into the wonderful world of u-pick strawberries!

The 2023 strawberry season is off to a delayed start. There were late frosts and limited rain. I know my strawberries are still a few days away from being ripe. But, we finally have farms starting to open. Honey Bee on Friday, June 9 and Rowe’s on Sunday, June 11.

We will continue to update as we see updates from farms on current conditions. Be sure to check with each farm before heading out as conditions can change throughout the season. Sometimes they need to take a day or two off to let berries ripen,


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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. My daughter was only 3 on our first Rowe’s strawberry picking trip. When she was in kindergarten, she declared strawberry picking more fun than recess.

Are you looking for organic strawberries near us? Both Slow Farm in Whitmore Lake and Honey Bee U-Pick from Tantre Farm are organic strawberry farms that use organic farming techniques, or no-spray berries.

Find Michigan U-Pick Strawberries Near You

If you are looking for strawberry patches near you, this map will help you find the closest location.

When is Michigan Strawberry Picking Season?

Michigan strawberry season will vary year to year based on weather conditions. Strawberry season typically starts between late May and mid-June and lasts for several weeks. Some farms offer everbearing strawberries for a longer season.

U-Pick Strawberries Near Ann Arbor

The u-pick farms below offer strawberry picking. Some are dedicated strawberry farms and others offer several types of crops. Some farms are dedicated to the u-pick experience. Other local farms offer additional activities like petting zoos, tractor rides, and more.

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Strawberries at Jacob’s Fresh Farm

Current Season Update: Will update for 2023

Price:

Picking Containers:

About Jacob’s Fresh Farm

Jacob’s Fresh Farm is an all natural farm that uses no synthetic herbicides, pesticides, or chemicals. They are a 40 acre farm. Half of the land is for farm markets and CSA program. They offer u-pick on Strawberries, Lavender, Sunflowers, and pumpkins. Please call ahead to verify u-pick availability.

Crops: Strawberries Pumpkins Sunflowers

Activities: Wagon/Hay Rides

Food:

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Limited Spray

Location

Jacob’s Fresh Farm, 475 North Fletcher Road, Dexter, MI, USA

Farm Hours

Strawberries

Strawberries at Rowe’s Produce Farm

Current Season Update: Closed for the season! See you in 2024. 6/28: Closed Thursday & Friday. Open July 1. Only a couple more picking days left

Price: $2.99/lb. ($10 minimum purchase. $2 fee for using credit, debit, apple pay, google pay)

Picking Containers: Provided Free of Charge

About Rowe’s Produce Farm

Rowe’s Produce Farm in Belleville offers u-pick strawberries and peas. They also operate a farm market starting in July when their corn is available. They provide free picking containers for strawberries. For peas, they have containers you can use for a refundable deposit.

Crops: Strawberries Peas

Activities:

Food:

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Location

Rowe’s Produce Farm, Martz Road, Ypsilanti Charter Township, MI, USA

Farm Hours

Mondays-Fridays: 8a-8p (last entry at 7:30p)
Saturdays & Sundays: 7a-7p (last entry at 6:30p)

They may close early or open late based on weather conditions or to allow berries to ripen.

Strawberries

Strawberries at Spicer Orchards

Current Season Update: 7/14: No longer listed as picking. 6/14/2023: Opens June 16 for light early season. Estimate peak as June 19-28

Price: 2023: $3.75/lb

Picking Containers: Can buy theirs for $1.50 or bring your own - get it weighed first

About Spicer Orchards

Spicer Orchards is a large orchard in Fenton that offers a wide variety of u-pick fruits as well as sunflowers, a corn maze, and even Santa. They are one of the only orchards offering u-pick cherries with both sweet and tart cherries. It is always fun to watch their pitting machine go to work on…

Crops: Strawberries Blueberries Raspberries Pumpkins Cherries Peaches Apples Pears Sunflowers

Activities: Wagon/Hay Rides Animals Play Area Fall Activities Winter Holiday Activities

Food: Cider, Donuts, Ice Cream, Sandwiches, Other Meals, Winery, Alcoholic Beverages

Market Products: Fresh Produce, Jams & Jellies, Unpopped Popcorn, Baked Items, Other Grocery Items

Location

Spicer Orchards Farm Market, Cider Mill, Fudge, Bakery, 10411 Clyde Road, Fenton, MI, USA

Farm Hours

Summer: First wagon at 8a.
After Labor Day First Wagon at 9a
Last wagon goes out at 5:30p, returns around 6:15p
Market closes at 7p

Strawberries

Strawberries at Slow Farm

Current Season Update: 7/19: Strawberries are done.

Price: $6/lb, $8/quart pre-picked

Picking Containers:

About Slow Farm

Slow Farm is a certified organic farm that offers U-Pick on select produce. They also have a diversified farm with many different crops. Crops are available as both u-pick and at their farm stand. Slow Farm grows mostly heirloom or Slow Food Ark of Taste varieties, many from locally grown seeds. Their biggest u-pick crop…

Crops: Asparagus Strawberries Sunflowers

Activities:

Food:

Market Products: Fresh Produce

Organic Farm

Location

Slow Farm, 4700 Whitmore Lake Road, Ann Arbor, MI, USA

Farm Hours

Varies by picking conditions.
Farmstand is staffed Wednesday-Sunday 9a-3p and self-serve daily dawn to dusk
9a-3p for Strawberry season Wednesday-Sunday

Strawberries

Strawberries at Honey Bee U-Pick

Current Season Update: 7/12: Strawberries down to a trickle. 6/18: Closed 6/19. Plan to reopen 6/20. Reopens 6/14 - Opened June 9, 2023. Closed June 11-13 due to crowds and Saturday and heavy rain forecast.

Price: 2023: Upick: $5/lb. Prepicked: $7/quart, $48/flat

Picking Containers: Plastic bag lined 1 gallon bucket or cardboard trays. 1 quart baskets also available. Bring take home containers to allow the picking containers to be reused.

About Honey Bee U-Pick

Honey Bee U-Pick is Tantre Farm’s U-Pick site. They first opened in 2021 with strawberries followed by both fall & summer raspberries. They also have pumpkins on their pumpkin cart in late September. The Honey Bee U-Pick property is a work in progress. Tantre Farms uses natural growing practices. Their berries are not treated with…

Crops: Strawberries Raspberries Pumpkins

Activities:

Food:

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Limited Spray

Location

Honey Bee U-Pick patch – Tantre Farm, Scio Church Road, Ann Arbor, MI, USA

Farm Hours

Aiming for 7 days a week 8a-7p. Will depend on conditions.

Strawberry Picking Tips

After strawberry picking a few times, we have a few tips to share for newbies.

What to wear for strawberry picking in Michigan:

  • Sunscreen
  • A Hat
  • Long pants or tall socks/boots
  • Closed toe shoes or boots – not flip-flops or sandals

What to bring for strawberry picking in Ann Arbor and beyond:

  • Water bottles: They will provide hydration and let you 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: Not all farms take credit. Some will take cash only, others have card readers but they may be unreliable in the field.

Best Times for Upick Strawberries Near You

  • Weekdays are typically less crowded. At Rowe’s we once waited over an hour in our car to go through checkout on a Saturday.
  • Mornings are cooler – and may be less crowded
  • Watch the farm update pages for updates on picking conditions. It is best to pick at peak season, although they may be more crowded.

Do you have any other tips to share?

Strawberry Recipes

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:

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.Don’t have time to pick your own strawberries? Many of the u-pick strawberry farms are at local farmers markets selling their strawberries.

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