UPick Strawberries: 10 West Michigan Farms with the Best Strawberry Picking - grkids.com (2024)

By Elizabeth Rudd / June 1, 2024 / West Michigan

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Summer Starts with UPick Strawberries

Strawberry picking is at the top of our list in the summer, along with our many other fun summer activities.

Raising my kids in West Michigan, surrounded by so many amazing farms, finding the best places for u-pick fruit is a given.

And in West Michigan, strawberries kick off fruit picking season.

Want to extend the fun? Make it a road trip and head to one of southwest Michigan’s upick strawberry farms.

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Michigan Strawberry Picking

Michigan strawberry picking season is in early to mid-June through early July in some places. The season can be short depending on weather conditions and the type of strawberries the farms have planted.

Typically, berries ripen and are available to pick at Grand Rapids area fruit farms a week or two into June, but that varies from year to year.

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Where to Find UPick Strawberries

Other area farms offer strawberries for sale at their stands, but these are the spots where you can pick your own.

It can be cheaper, and you have all the control over which berries you pick and pay for.

Check with the localstrawberry patch farmerson this list for their specific strawberry picking details.

* We are updating this article as we get information from farmers on their 2024 upick strawberries seasons. If you see 2023 info on here, it’s because we do not have 2024 dates yet.

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List of Strawberry Picking Places

Beard’s Produce

2751 140th Ave, Dorr, MI 49323
616-896-8296

About UPick Strawberries Here:
Families love the big, delicious berries at this well-organized farm. Upick strawberries, blueberries, and corn are available.

Already picked berries and sweet corn available as well.

Check their social media for updates.

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2024 UPick Info:
Opening date: June 1, 2024

The driveway entrance will be off 27th Street, between 140th and 142nd. This is not our main farm entrance. Watch for signs.

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Upick Strawberry Prices: $2.50 per pound for Upick. Return last year’s boxes to avoid the $1 box charge.

CASH or check only. (No $ apps and NO cards accepted)

Bird Berry Farm

5256 Belding Rd, Belding, MI 48809
616-794-5041

About UPick Strawberries Here:
Get amazing strawberries and blueberries at Bird Berry Farm.

This farm is great for kids with great pricing.

Ready-picked strawberries and blueberries as well.

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2024 UPick Info:
Opening date: June 6 or 7, 2024
Please call ahead , before traveling, to check on the strawberry status (616) 794-5041.

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2023 Upick Strawberry Prices: $2.15 per pound

Crisp Country Acres

5888 120th Ave, Holland, MI 49424
616-399-3169

About UPick Strawberries Here:

The U-Pick field is open Monday – Friday, 8 AM – 6 PM & Saturday, 8 AM – 5 PM.

Stop by the farm store when you arrive to get directions. You are welcome to bring your own containers along to pick into. We will need to weigh the containers before you start picking.

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2024 UPick Info:
Opening date: June 1, 2024

Make sure you check theirFacebookorInstagramaccount for updates before you come.

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Upick Strawberry Prices: $3.25 / pound

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DeLange’s Redberry Farm

5723 Port Sheldon St,Hudsonville, MI 49426
616-875-6026

About UPick Strawberries Here:
DeLange’s Redberry Farm is a family favorite.

The U-pick strawberries are plentiful and easy to pick.

Upick strawberries are located down the road from their store. U-pick raspberries are also available.

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2024 UPick Info:
Opening date: June 3, 2024
Check Facebook for picking updates in case of field closures.

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2023 Upick Strawberry Prices: $3.25 per pound and you need a DeLange’s u-pick box for picking in the field (bring one from years past or buy a new one for $1.)

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Bonus Activities:Stop by the store for farm-fresh eggs, rhubarb, honey, pumpkins, and apples as well as pre-picked berries.

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Ed Dunneback & Girls Farm

3025 6 Mile Rd, Grand Rapids, MI 49544
616-784-0058

About UPick Strawberries Here:
Ed Dunneback & Girls is more than just u-pick strawberries… it’s a destination.
Fantastic fruit, market, activities, special events and more.

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2024 UPick Info:
Opening date: June 5, 2024

Call the Strawberry Hotline (616) 784-2820 to get u-pick updates and conditions. Sign up for a strawberry picking time slot on their website

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Upick Strawberry Prices: Minimum picking is a 4-quart bucket (6 lbs) for $16

You must pick in their buckets but may transfer to your own container after checking out or purchase one of their boxes for $1.00

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Bonus Activities:In addition to strawberries, there are also u-pick sweet cherries, asparagus, apples, and pumpkins.

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Hanulcik Farm Market & Orchard

1425 N State Rd (M-66), Ionia MI 48846
(616) 527-3630

About UPick Strawberries Here:
With their many varieties of strawberries, Hanulcik will have both fresh-picked berries at the market AND pick your own strawberries.

They should have strawberries from mid-June into July.

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2024 UPick Info:
Opening date: June 7, 2024

Call ahead (616) 527-3630 for updates and to check pick-your-own conditions before you come out.

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Upick Strawberry Prices: $2.20 per pound

Feel free to bring your own containers to pick your own OR buy empty quart boxes to pick in for .30 cents each, and empty 8 quart size trays for $1.75 each.

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Krupp Farms*

8025 Krupp Ave., Comstock Park, MI 49321
616-887-8271

About UPick Strawberries Here:
It’s so easy to pick strawberries at Krupp Farms. Everything is well marked with a friendly staff. All at a great price for some fresh, delicious berries and a great picking experience.

*They do not take orders over Facebook or messenger! Please call! Thank you!!

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2024 UPick Info:
Opening date: June 8, 2024
U-pick hours Monday – Saturday 7 AM – Noon based on availability.
Please call for afternoon availability.

No appointment needed, but check their social media before heading out, as they will close strawberry picking when the fields are empty.

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Upick Strawberry Prices: $2.50 per pound, containers provided.
Pls. Limit 2 children per adult.
*All based on weather/availability
CASH, CHECK, CREDIT CARDS (4%SERVICE FEE) AND EBT

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Farming Practices:While not a totally organic farm, we employ many ecologically friendly practices such as fertilizing our crops with fish, sugar, garlic, and compost.

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Bonus Activities:Along with u-pick strawberries and raspberries, you’ll also find asparagus, cut flowers, a petting zoo, and an ice cream shop.

Morse Brothers

2901 6 Mile Rd, Comstock Park, MI 49321
616-784-4776

About UPick Strawberries Here:

Already picked strawberries, and in fall, gourds & pumpkins.

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2024 UPick Info:
Opening date: TBD for 2024.

Veenstra Family Strawberry Farm

8515 S 200th Ave, Holton, MI 49425
231-821-0182

About UPick Strawberries Here:
U-Pick Strawberries at a small family strawberry patch. Call for updates or check their Facebook page.

*Please remember to bring containers to take your berries home in.

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2024 UPick Info:
Opening date: Opened on June 3, 2024.

We will be open for you-pick from 8 AM – 10 AM, unless the fields are filled up and picked over sooner (which may cause us to close before 10, so please call before coming out.) 231-821-0182

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2023 Upick Strawberry Prices: $2.10 a pound

Visser Farms

7200 112th Ave, Holland, MI 49424
616-875-8559

About UPick Strawberries Here:
Picking is fast and easy at Visser Farms. The berries are large, plentiful and delicious. Find them throughout west Michigan at various farmer’s markets – and they have a CSA program.

One thing to note, there is a lot of irrigation pipe in our fields. Please follow the signs in our fields and do not run over any pipe you see.

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2024 UPick Info:
Opening date: May 30, 2024

Monday – Friday 8 AM – 8 PM, Saturday 8 AM – 12 PM.

Please check our Social Media pages or call our voicemail for updates.

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Upick Strawberry Prices: $3.25 / lb, containers provided.

Pre-picked berries are $7/ quart or $56 / flat.

They accept cash, check, card or Venmo at the Berry Shack.

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Farming Practices:Sustainable Farming. We are not an organic farm, but we strive to only use chemicals when the quality of the crop is threatened by pests or disease.

@grkids 🍓 Strawberries are ready! Best picking in West Michigan – mid-June to early July #upickstrawberries #localfood #westmichigan #grandrapids #mittenstate ♬ Sunny Day – Ted Fresco

Strawberry Picking Tips

Pro Tips for Strawberry Picking

It’s a good idea tocall ahead or visit the farm’s Facebook page before you head out to pick strawberries. Some places are only open by reservation.

When you call, ask:
“Are you picking today? When are you offering U-Pick?”
Not all U-pick days are created equal. Aim for a day where the berry picking is plentiful and close together and the picking will be easier, especially for younger kids.

“What type of payment do you accept?”and “What’s the price?
Be prepared to bring cash. Some places take checks. Smaller operations may not have the ability to accept credit cards.

“Is there a restroom?”
It’s a good idea to know the status of the facilities, especially if you’re bringing kids along.

“How do we find you?”
Often, the address listed by a farm is for the main farmhouse, office, or farm market. And it can be really hard for a GPS to pinpoint a field of strawberries if it doesn’t have its own separate address. So, go old-fashioned and get directions when you call.

“What do we need to bring?”
Bringing your own containers to transport your fruit home is common across West Michigan.

What to Do With the Strawberries You Picked

We always make sure to pick extra to enjoy on the car ride home, and as soon as we get back, it’s time for strawberry shortcake!

But if you come home with 17 pounds of strawberries like my family often does, you’ll need some more options.

Here are some of my favorite ways to use all those fresh-picked strawberries:

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FAQs

What is the best month to go strawberry picking? ›

"Strawberries are in season from mid-May to early July in the eastern and midwestern northern states," says Dr. Gail Nonnecke, a horticulture professor at Iowa State University and member of The North American Strawberry Growers Association.

Are Michigan strawberries in season yet? ›

Savor the flavor of summer: STRAWBERRY SEASON runs from mid June through late June/early July. We offer fresh-picked OR pick your own berries.

What is the best strawberry to pick? ›

Ripe strawberries come in all shapes and sizes, so let color be your guide. Choose strawberries that are red all over (like the two berries on the right in the image above). Strawberries that are white or green at the top (like the second berry to the left) aren't ready. When it comes to picking, be gentle!

What do you wear to a strawberry farm? ›

You'll definitely want to wear comfortable clothes and securely tied shoes that you don't mind getting dirty or muddy. Sunscreen is also a good idea and even a hat for protection from the sun. Trust me, it's hard (especially for the littles) to look at all the beautiful strawberries without eating them.

Which strawberries are the sweetest? ›

Albion strawberries have a darker color, both internally and externally, and a consistently sweeter flavor than most strawberries. The plant is known for its large, symmetrical fruit, which is mostly conical and very firm. The high sugar content makes it ideal for use in desserts, as well as eating out of hand.

What months are strawberries the sweetest? ›

When it comes to the strawberry season in northern California, the prime time for harvesting those juicy berries lies between April and July, with the peak of the season falling in May and June. The key planting areas in this side of the state include Monterey, San Benito, Fresno and Santa Carla.

What berries are in season in Michigan right now? ›

Fruits
  • Rhubarb (February - Mid Summer) ...
  • Strawberries (Late June - July 15th) ...
  • Black Cherries (July 4th - Mid-August) ...
  • Tart Cherries (Late July - Mid-August) ...
  • Black Raspberries (Mid-July) ...
  • Red Raspberries (Mid-July & Late August through Mid October) ...
  • Blueberries (Mid-July - Mid-September) ...
  • Apricots (Late July - Mid-September)

Does Michigan have a strawberry festival? ›

Leonard Strawberry Festival | Michigan.

What is the best variety of strawberries to grow in Michigan? ›

If conditions are favorable, strawberries are available between June and July. Varieties that grow well in Michigan include Guardian, Surecrop, Midway, Red Chief and Sparkle. Gilbert and Ozark Beauty are excellent for freezing, while Red Chief and Guardian are recommended varieties for preserves.

What is the tastiest strawberry to grow? ›

Selva Strawberries

The Selva strawberry variety is known for its abundant, firm, juicy fruit. It's one of the best-tasting strawberry varieties that is also ideal for commercial cultivation. It boasts exceptionally large fruits, heavy cropping, and excellent shelf life.

What strawberries should I throw away? ›

Avoid buying strawberries that are bruised, moldy, wrinkled or with green or white tips. If the bottom of the container is stained or leaking, it may be a sign that the berries are rotting.

Which strawberry is everbearing? ›

Everbearing strawberries

Laramie', 'Gem', 'Ogallala', 'Ozark Beauty', 'Quinault', and 'Rockhill'. Everbearing strawberries tend to have large spring and fall crops, with little fruit in between.

What to bring when picking strawberries? ›

What to Bring
  • Water: Stay hydrated, but remember to bring a non-glass container.
  • Comfortable Walking Shoes: The fields can be expansive, so wear shoes that you can walk in comfortably.
  • Gardening Clothes: Berries are juicy and can stain, so wear clothes that you don't mind getting dirty.
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Why do farmers cover strawberries? ›

In addition to irrigation, fabric and plastic row covers may also be used to protect strawberry plants from frost and freeze events in the spring. Frost damage can still occur in places where the row cover is directly touching the blossoms.

Where are the most strawberry farms? ›

California and Florida are the top two strawberry producing states within the U.S., with California producing over 91 percent of the entire strawberry crop (NASS, 2021).

Which month is best for strawberry? ›

For most of the country, June is prime time for strawberries. You might also see them in the fall at some farmers' markets, thanks to ever-bearing varieties that can produce until nearly the first frost. If you do, consider yourself lucky.

When should you pick strawberries? ›

How to tell if a strawberry is ripe. Only harvest berries that are red, showing that they are fully ripe. Berries still showing white anywhere on the berry, including the shoulders, should be left for the next picking. The flavor and sugar levels are optimal when berries are harvested when fully ripe.

What is the best weather for strawberry? ›

Strawberries flower and fruit in cool to warm temps (60-80 F. or 16-27 C.), so spring planting of strawberries in hot summer climates is doomed to fail. Strawberries may be hard to come by in late summer, as nurseries do not usually carry them at that time.

How long do strawberries last from picking? ›

Keep your fresh strawberries in the refrigerator for best results. If you're pressed for time and cannot wash and rinse them right away make sure to place unwashed berries in an airtight container lined with paper towels (this will help absorb any extra moisture) and keep them in the refrigerator for up to five days.

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