Find Some Sweet Strawberry Picking in Southwest Michigan
Eaten solo, in a pie, or in a yogurt parfait, strawberries are a seasonal favorite and luckily, one that’s grown in our own SWMI backyard.
Strawberries are one of the first fruits available at u pick farms near Kalamazoo, arriving in early June.
We’ve got the dirt on where to find some scrumptious strawberries locally, in addition to tips for picking, storage and a favorite recipe to share:
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Fruit Picking Tips
Whether you’re a novice or a veteran of fruit gathering, we’ve put together some tips to maximize your fruit picking experience.
Fruit Picking Do’s:
Do call ahead: Farms will get “overpicked” for the day. Plan to go early and confirm availability via phone or Facebook before leaving.
Do bring cash: Call ahead to confirm, but many farms do not accept credit cards or checks.
Do have a container strategy: Find out if you need to bring your own containers for picking (some farms provide them). You may also need something to transport your fruit home.
Fruit Picking Don’ts:
Don’t forget sun protection: Fruit fields provide very little cover or shade. Bring hats, sunglasses and sunscreen.
Don’t eat without asking: Some farms may allow sampling while picking, while others may not. Be sure to confirm their policies before any family members use the fruit fields as a buffet.
Don’t pack your fruit too deep: Strawberries and raspberries in particular bruise easily. If you stack too many layers while picking, you risk damaging the lower tiers.
Strawberry Picking Intel
Strawberry picking season in Southwest Michigan is in early June.
Strawberries do not continue to ripen after being picked; select only the firm, red ones. Strawberries also bruise somewhat easily; try not to stack them more than 5 inches deep.
CAN I FREEZE THEM?
Yes. Wash, remove the hulls and store in an airtight, sealed bag.
FAVORITE RECIPE: Strawberry Cake
Where to go Strawberry Picking in Southwest Michigan
Corey Lake Orchards | Facebook
12147 Corey Lake Rd, Three Rivers, MI 49093
What You’ll Find: U-pick strawberries, blueberries, cherries, grapes, apples, pumpkins and tomatoes. Also vegetables, herbs and bakery items.
Farming Practices: Some produce is available naturally grown, without synthetic pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers.
Cotant’s Farm Market | Facebook
2500 S M-37 Hwy, Hastings, MI 49058
What You’ll Find: U-pick strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and apples. Also vegetables, jams/jellies and salsas/relishes.
Husted’s Farm Market | Facebook
9191 West Main St, Kalamazoo, MI 49009
What You’ll Find: U-pick strawberries, cherries, peaches and apples. Check in at the Farm Market for directions to their off-site u-pick location. Also sells vegetables, jams/jellies, salsas/relishes and baked goods.
Mandigo Farms, Inc.
61077 41st St, Paw Paw, MI 49079
What You’ll Find: U-pick and already-picked strawberries.