U Pick Farms in SWMI for Flowers, Raspberries, Cherries + Peaches- 2024

U Pick Farms Southwest Michigan

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It’s the sweet taste of strawberries plucked right from the vine that signals the start of summer. A family favorite is filling baskets and tummies at U pick farms.

We are lucky to live in an area with an abundance of local farms that supply us with a diverse offering of fresh produce including staples such as strawberries, blueberries, cherries and peaches in the spring and summer.

And when the leaves start to turn, fall brings us apples and pumpkins to accompany our cider and donuts.

If you don’t have the time (or desire) to U pick yourself, let the fresh produce come to you by stopping at a local farmers market.

Read on for fruit picking tips and u pick farm locations in our handy map. Happy picking!

U Pick flowers at BJR Ranch

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.

More U Pick Fruit in SWMI: Raspberries, Cherries + More

Looking for a “lesser known” fruit farm? While blueberry and strawberry farms in SWMI may be familiar, many families are less acquainted with local peach, raspberry and cherry farms. Read on for these hidden, u pick gems:

Raspberry Farms

What You’ll Find
Brookside Farms Fritz’s Blueberries
1475 116th Ave
Otsego, MI

U-pick raspberries

U-pick and already picked blueberries

U-pick apples

Already picked strawberries from Ketchum Family Strawberries
Hunt’s Hillside LLC
27867 66th Ave
Lawton, MI
(269) 624-6513

U-pick raspberries

U-pick strawberries
Riverbend Farms
44-72nd St
South Haven, MI
(269) 637-3505

U-pick and already picked raspberries

Also: U-pick and already picked blackberries

Plus chestnuts and honey

Raspberry Picking Intel

Raspberries are typically available starting in mid-July in Southwest Michigan.

Raspberries come in many colors; pick the deepest shade for your variety. When picking, wear gloves. Raspberry bushes don’t have thorns, but they are prickly.

Store lightly covered in the fridge, unwashed.

Raspberries freeze well. Rinse and freeze in a sealed bag.

FAVORITE RECIPE: Lemon Raspberry Coffee Cake

Cherries, Peaches & More Fruit Farms

What You’ll Find
Crane Orchards U-Pick and Corn Maze
6054 124th Ave
Fennville, MI
(269) 561-8651

U-pick sweet cherries

U-pick peaches

Also: U-pick apples
Fruit Acres Farm Market & U-Pick
3452 Friday Rd
Coloma, MI
(269) 208-3591

U-pick cherries

U-pick peaches

Also: U-pick apples

Plus nectarines, plums, apricots, pears and crisp apples already picked at their market.
Husted’s Farm Market
9191 W Main St
Kalamazoo, MI
(269) 372-1237

U-pick cherries

Also: U-pick and already picked strawberries

U-pick apples

Plus vegetables, jams/jellies, salsas/relishes and baked goods, including donuts and pies made from scratch.
Overhiser Orchards
6405 109th Ave
South Haven, MI
(269) 236-6312

U-pick sweet & sour cherries

U-pick peaches

Also: U-pick apples

U-pick apricots

U-pick pears

U-pick plums
Schultz Fruitridge Farms Blueberries 2024

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

Already picked sweet cherries

U-pick tart cherries

Also: U-pick blueberries

U-pick apples

U-pick grapes

Already picked strawberries

Already picked pumpkins

Cherries, Peaches & Other Fruit Picking Intel

PEACHES: Pick your perfect peaches starting in early August in Southwest Michigan.

CHERRIES: July is cherry season locally. Look for sweet cherries in early July, followed by sour mid-month.

OTHER FRUIT: Apricots (mid-July), Pears & Plums (late August), Apples (early September)

Flowers, Sunflowers & Lavender Farms

What You’ll Find
BJR Ranch
23469 Marcellus Hwy
Dowagiac, MI
(269) 535-0387
U-pick flowers

Open daily July – October

Bring a container to transport flowers home.

U-pick tools provided
Floweret Farm
1821 N 2nd St
Kalamazoo, MI 49009
(269) 366-9212
U-pick flowers

U-pick season starts in July
Flowerfield Farmstead
50330 Mill St
Three Rivers, MI
(269) 271-6329
U-pick flowers

U-pick sunflowers

U-pick season starts in late June/early July
Gull Meadow Farms
8544 Gull Rd
Richland, MI
(269) 629-4214
U-pick sunflowers

Annual Sunflower Festival: Aug 23-25, Aug 30-Sept 1, 2024
Shades of Lavender Farms
47222 24th St
Mattawan, MI
(269) 668-1299
U-pick lavender

U-pick season starts in late June
Summerhouse Lavender Farms
2975 65th St
Fennville, MI
(616) 414-4090
U-pick lavender

Annual Bloom Festival in early July

Flower Picking Intel

SWMI offers multiple flower picking options in the summer for mixed bouquets, sunflowers and lavender. Be sure to bring a bucket and cutting shears.

LAVENDER: U pick season for this fragrant, flowering plant is available starting late June.

SUMMER MIXED BOUQUETS: Dahlias and other seasonal favorites start u pick in mid-July.

SUNFLOWERS: Look for sunflower picking in mid-July through August at local farms.

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