One of the best parts of the change in seasons is the growth and blossoming out in nature! Flowers, leaves, fresh grass, and most importantly home grown produce! At the current time, strawberries are gearing up for picking season. Strawberries begin to ripen at the end of May and should be available for harvesting for about three weeks. If you’re interested in picking your own strawberries for your personal stock or just for a fun family activity, here is a list of Indiana farms that offer U-Pick Crops.
7177 E 161st Street, Noblesville, IN 46062
Started in 1982 as “Spencer’s U-Pick”, the Spencer family has been offering You-Pick Crops to the Central Indiana for generations! It’s estimated that Spencer Farm’s four varieties of strawberries will be available around May 24 – June 21.
7010 E Raymond Street, Indianapolis, IN 46239
This year marks the 41st anniversary for Waterman’s Family Farm! The market opens at the beginning of June and strawberries should be available between June 1 – June 20. While you’re at the market, be sure to check out the other fresh produce and products that Waterman’s has to offer.
1465 N Co Rad 800 W, Frankfort, Indiana 46041
Family owned and operated, Smith Farms produces a wide variety of crops each year including peaches, blueberries, flowers, and strawberries, of course! The farm posted a photo of their strawberries just a couple of days ago on its Facebook page. The strawberries are not yet ready to be picked, but keep an eye on Smith Farm’s social media for updates!
6300 E US Highway 40 Fillmore, Indiana 46128
If you check out Sweetness Farm’s Facebook page, you can quickly tell the farm is a popular place for U-Pick Produce. Recently, the page has been updated with a notice that the farm’s strawberries are coming in very small this year due to the lack of rain. Stay tuned to the Facebook posts to find out when the strawberries are ready to be harvested!
8690 E Ridge Road, Hobart, Indiana 46342
Johnson’s Farm hosts the largest garden and produce center in the area as well as festivals from July – October. Visitors that are interested in U-Pick will pay a $2 admission fee. Strawberry season begins in June and the fiels are open Monday – Friday. Strawberries are picked by the bucket, which can hold up to 6 lbs and cost $10. Buy 5 buckets, get the 6th bucket free!
8184 S 625 W, Rosedale, Indiana 47874
In association with Ditzler Orchard, Cherrywood Farm offers U-Pick Produce from May – October. Strawberries should be ready for harvesting from May 20 – June 25. Celebrate Memorial Day weekend with the start of strawberry season while also browsing through the orchard’s stock of honey, jam, butter, and sweets!
Is your head spinning with ideas of what do to with the strawberries that you’ll be picking in the next few weeks? I know mine is! Buying local food and produce means you receive the freshest products at the best prices all while supporting your local farmers. Take part in U-Pick Produce throughout the whole year and keep your eye out for fresh blueberries, apples, and more!