See our 2016 Berry Picking Guide here! We’ve just updated and added more information. Have fun!
UPDATED FOR the 2015 SEASON! Another harsh Michigan winter wasn’t it? What better way to think about the upcoming summer than planning a trip to a berry/fruit farm? Berry picking can be a fun and nutritious way to pass a summer day.
Berry Picking Tips
Call ahead before you head out to pick. When you call, here are a few things to ask:
- “How’s the picking?” All U-pick days are not created equal. Aim for a day where the fruit is plentiful and close together and the picking will be easier, especially for younger kids.
- You’ll want to contact the farm directly to see if their fruits are organic and/or any pesticides used.
- “What type of payment do you accept?” and “What’s the price?” Be prepared to take cash.
- “Is there a restroom?” With little kids, you always need to ask this one.
- “How do we find you?” Often times, the GPS won’t be able to pinpoint a field of strawberries if the farm is small and located in a rural area.
- “What do we need to bring?” Bringing your own containers to take your fruit home in is common across Southwest Michigan.
Enjoy your time out in the fields and orchards. We would love to know what you pick – when you do it – and where you were. Leave us a comment!
Mandigo Farms – 61077 41st Street, Paw Paw
Open in early June, daily from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.
Nothing marks the entrance of summer better than the taste of a fresh-picked strawberry! Head over to Mandigo Farms in Paw Paw in early June for some strawberries. The farm supplies containers and they offer U-pick or already picked strawberries. There are a few picnic tables at the farm and a port-a-potty. To make a day of it, head over to 3 mile lake that has a public beach for swimming and is only one mile from Mandigo Farms.
Nottawa Fruit Farm – 24976 M 86, Centreville| 269-467-7719
Nottawa Fruit Farm offers U-pick Strawberries in early June. The morning picking hours are Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. – noon and late afternoon hours are Tuesday and Thursday only from 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm. Note, these hours are separate from the store hours.
Berries are picked in store containers, so you will want to bring your own containers to take the strawberries. Nottawa has a wonderful farm market on-site with locally grown fruits/vegetables as well as bakery items. Stay a little longer and visit the Petting Farm. Visit the website for more information on regular store hours and activities.
Joe’s Blues Blueberry Farm – 61687 34th Street Ave., Bangor | 269-206-2926
Joe’s Blues offers naturally grown blueberries. The farm sits on a country road just outside Bangor, Michigan in Van Buren county, where nearly a third of all blueberries come from. Joe’s Blues are naturally grown. There are no pesticides or chemical fertilizers used at any time. Joe’s Blues will open soon after the 4th of July holiday and will work in partnership with other farms to offer two U-pick locations:
- Just a few miles outside Kalamazoo, 13940 29th Street, Gobles – easy access via “D” Avenue.
- Near South Haven, a new u-pick facility, the Dave Harn Farm at 360 60th
Check Joes Blues website for updated information.
There is an option to rent your own blueberry bush for the 2015 season! Owners are guaranteed at least 12 pounds of blueberries during the season.
Brookside Farms (Fritz) – 34448 44th Avenue, Paw Paw | 269-657-3500
The store has U-pick and already picked blueberries, a gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand and restrooms. The farm typically opens the last weekend in June, but plan to call ahead to confirm hours. They are open until the end of August, weather and crop-dependent! Plan to arrive early in the day to beat the heat.
The home farm has 350 acres planted with blueberries. In addition to the Paw Paw location, the farm also has two other locations in Gobles and Martin.
Sterling Acres Blueberry Farm -6265 East QR Ave, Scotts | 269-207-7066
Sterling Acres is a family run blueberry farm located in Scotts, MI that offers U-pick blueberries and already-picked blueberries, sold in 5 or 10 pound boxes. They open in mid to late July with the hours of 9:00 am – 3:00 pm daily. Call 269-207-7066 and listen to the recording for updated information on hours.
Stokes Homestead Farm Market –13988 County Road 215, Grand Junction | 269-427-7777
Opened for the season May 21st. Hours are Tuesday – Sunday from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.
Located 12 minutes from South Haven, Stokes Homestead offers U-pick Strawberries in June and U-pick blueberries mid-July through August. They have a U-pick wagon that will pick up families and drop them off in the fields. The wagon runs every day of the week, every half-hour, starting at 10:00 am. U-pick apples are available in the fall. Visit their Facebook page for the latest updates on fruits/availability.
Stokes Homestead Farm market has much to offer for the entire family. They have a full service Bakery and café, serving both breakfast and lunch. Fun for the kids includes a tractor-pulled airplane ride, wagon rides, nature trail and chickens/ducks to name a few. The Strawberry Jamboree event will be held June 27th. On August 1st, they will be hosting their annual Blueberry Bash. Check out their website for more information and ticket pricing.
Overhiser Orchards – 6405 109th Avenue, South Haven | 269-236-6312
Hours are 10:00 am – 5:00 pm from July 1 – October 31.
Take the family on a drive and visit Overhiser Orchards, located 3 miles east off exit 26 from I-196, just north of South Haven. They offer U-pick and ‘we pick’ sweet and sour cherries, peaches, plums, pears, and apples. The Orchard has a small animal barn allowing hands on petting/feeding for the entire family to enjoy. Hay rides are also available from 1:00 -4:00 pm, departing every 30 minutes, or by appointment. The U-pick season starts with Sweet and Tart Cherries in early July followed by peach picking and blueberries (in August), pears (early September) plums (early September) apples and pumpkins (late Sept. – Oct.). Make sure to mark your calendars for the “In Search of the Great Pumpkin” annual event the third Saturday in October, beginning at 3:00 p.m.
Husted’s Farm Market -9191 West Main Street, Kalamazoo | 269-372-1237
The Market is open June 1st – October from 9:00 am – 7:00 pm. Husted’s Farm Market offers U-pick sweet cherries around June 20, depending on the weather. They also have tart cherries for U-pick in July. They offer a variety of other Michigan-grown fruits/vegetables for sale as well.
Big Dan’s U-Pick em’ – 65980 66th Avenue, Hartford | 269-621-4037
Big Dan’s is located on the family farm and they open in late July. They offer U-pick peaches with the prime peach picking time the 2nd and 3rd week in August. Or, choose from a selection in the market. They do have an indoor restroom and plenty of free parking.
Schultz Fruitridge Farms, Inc. – 60139 C.R. 652, Mattawan | 269-668-3724.
Open May through October: Monday through Saturday: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm and Sunday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.
Family-owned since 1951, Schultz farms grows apples, peaches, asparagus, grapes, pears, squash, pumpkins, honey and maple syrup, for U-Pick and Pre-picked fruits, vegetables, and more. Asparagus is available (already picked) May – early June and sold by the pound. The asparagus is hand-picked every day. Peaches are carefully hand-picked and Schultz farms offers several varieties available over from mid-July through September. Grapes are available in Mid-September for U-pick or already picked and sold by the pound. Credit cards are accepted. Make sure to call in advance for availability and picking hours.
Fruit Acres Farm Market & U-pick, 3452 Friday Road, Coloma | 269-208-3591
Fruit Acres Farm is a 230 acre family-owned farm just minutes from Lake Michigan in Coloma. The Farm market is open every day beginning in June from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm. They grow sweet cherries, sour pie cherries, plums, apricots, apples and peaches. Their specialty crop are peaches sold in Mid-July thru September.
Cherry U-pick hours are from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. The days open vary so you will want to call ahead. Early peach picking starts the end of July through early September. The U-pick address is 2789 Friday Road in Coloma.
Fruit Acres offers free wagon rides and has a picnic area with playground so the family can enjoy the entire day at the farm.
Crane Orchards, 6054 124th Ave., Fennville | 269-561-8651
Crane Orchards is located in Fennville, near the Lake Michigan shoreline. U-pick fruits include sweet cherries (late June), peaches (end of July or early August) and apples (early September).
U-pick hours are 10:00 am until 6:00 pm daily (in season).
Credit cards are accepted.
The Extraordinary Berry, 3091 Riverside Road, Benton Harbor | 269-470-4645
The Extraordinary Berry is open every day beginning in June from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm so that visitors can see how the fruit is grown on the working farm and sample all of the berry varieties. The Extraordinary Berry offer U-pick blackberries, raspberries and blueberries. Raspberries are generally available beginning early June with blackberries in early July.
Pete’s U-Pick – 1623 E. Lemon Creek Rd, Berrien Springs | 269-313-8496
Pete’s U-Pick specializes in Apricots, Peaches, Nectarine, Plums, and Marquis Grapes. Visit their Facebook page for more information.
Corey Lake Orchards – 12147 Corey Lake Road Three Rivers | 269-244-5690
Corey Lakes Orchards is a farm market, bakery and so much more! They are open 7 days a week from 8 am – 6 pm. If you are newcomers to strawberry picking and want some advice, just let a staff member know when you arrive and they will give your family information on how berries grow and show you how to pick them.
Strawberry U-pick opens each morning at 8 am and continues until the berries are picked OR until 12 p.m. daily. Corey Lakes Orchard is offering two afternoon U-pick strawberries this year, Monday and Thursday from 4 – 6 pm. Bring quart containers if you have them, if not, you can borrow the Orchards for picking and use your own containers (bowls, tubs, etc.) to get the strawberries home.
U-pick blueberries and cherries will also be available, make sure to check their website for details!
They accept cash, checks, EBT cards, Project Fresh vouchers, MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and debit cards.
Hunt’s Hillside LLC – 27867 66th Ave, Lawton, Michigan | 269-366-6264
Hunt’s Hillside LLC is located on the southeast corner of 66th Ave & Co RD 657, about 2 miles northeast of Lawton and 4 miles southwest of Mattawan. We are a family owned and operated farm that offers U-Pick and Pre-picked red raspberries from early July until mid to late October! 24 of 26 rows of the raspberries are covered with high tunnel plastic covering allowing you to pick raspberries in rainy weather and on cooler days. The high tunnel covering allows the plants to ripen berries earlier in the year and extends the harvest season later in the year.
Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday – Sunday.
Closed on Mondays.
Cell Phone Number: 269-624-6513
U-Pick: $4.00 per pound
Already Picked: $5.50 per pound
2015 Fresh Frozen Raspberry Prices:
Small Boxes (5-10 pounds): $4.00 per pound
Large Boxes (30 pounds): $3.50 per pound
Greater than 30 pounds: price negotiable