Where to Go Strawberry Picking in SWMI- 2024

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Find Some Sweet Strawberry Picking in Southwest Michigan

Strawberries are a seasonal favorite, eaten solo, in a pie, or in a yogurt parfait. Luckily, they’re grown in our 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:

Strawberry Picking Intel

Strawberry picking season in Southwest Michigan starts in late May to early June. Picking season is generally very short for Michigan strawberries.

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.

Yes. Wash, remove the hulls and store in an airtight, sealed bag.

FAVORITE RECIPE: Strawberry Cake

Strawberry Picking Farms in SWMI

Find all of the strawberry patches in Southwest Michigan. These farms are only open for the season for a very short strawberry-picking window in MI, so grab them soon!

Are you looking to expand your fruit-picking radius? Try these Grand Rapids farms.

What You’ll Find
Brookside Farms Fritz’s Blueberries
34448 44th Ave
Paw Paw, MI

Already picked from Ketchum Family Strawberries.

Follow them on Facebook for availability

Also: U-pick and already picked blueberries
Brookside Farms Fritz’s Blueberries
1475 116th Ave
Otsego, MI

Already picked from Ketchum Family Strawberries.

Follow them on Facebook for availability

Also: U-pick and already picked blueberries

U-pick raspberries

U-pick apples
Corey Lake Orchards
12147 Corey Lake Rd
Three Rivers, MI
(269) 244-5690

U-pick strawberries by reservation only.

See their website for availability
Cotant’s Farm Market
2500 S M-37 Hwy
Hastings, MI
(269) 945-4180

U-pick strawberries

Also: U-pick blueberries, U-pick apples

Plus vegetables, jams/jellies and salsas/relishes and plants
Earth First Farms Organic Growers
3835 Pier Rd
Benton Harbor, MI
(269) 815-3370

 U-pick certified organic strawberries

Also: U-pick certified transitional blueberries

U-pick certified organic apples
What You’ll Find
Hunt’s Hillside LLC
27867 66th Ave
Lawton, MI
(269) 624-6513

U-pick strawberries

Also: U-pick raspberries
Husted’s Farm Market
9191 W Main St
Kalamazoo, MI
(269) 372-1237

U-pick and already picked strawberries

U-pick strawberry patches are located three miles south of the market. Check in at the market on West Main and get directions.

Also: U-pick cherries

U-pick apples

Also sells vegetables, jams/jellies, salsas/relishes and baked goods, including donuts and pies made from scratch.
Mandigo Farms, Inc.
61077 41st St
Paw Paw, MI
(269) 674-1033

U-pick and already picked strawberries
Rajzer’s Farm Market and Greenhouses
76301 M-51 Hwy
Decatur, MI
(269) 423-4941

Already picked strawberries

Also: Fresh fruits/vegetables, plus annuals and perennials
Schultz Fruitridge Farms Blueberries 2024

Schultz Fruitridge Farms, Inc.
60139 C.R. 652
Mattawan, MI
(269) 668-3724

Already picked strawberries

Also: U-pick blueberries

U-pick apples

U-pick grapes

U-pick tart cherries, already picked sweet cherries

Already picked pumpkins

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.

outstretched hands with strawberry

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.

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