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Strawberry U-Pick Orchards in Northern Minneapolis and Northern Suburbs, Minnesota in 2023, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for strawberries that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have strawberries orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Anoka County

  • Berry Hill Farm - Strawberries, Raspberries, pumpkins
    6510 185th Avenue, NW, Anoka, MN . Phone: 763-753-5891. Email: [email protected]. Open: for family fun last weekend of September & all weekends of October. Click here for a map and directions.
    Berry Hill Farm Facebook page. . Strawberries u-pick or call ahead and we will do it for you. Raspberries both summer and fall bearing. Pumpkins/farm tours - open Don't get lost in our large field maze. U-pick pumpkins, wagon ride, farm animals, squash, gourds, ornamental corn, corn bundles, hay bales and much more. Please call for week day appointments, for school farm tours, childcare, scouts, church picnics, etc. Farm tours only end of September and all of October. Here at the we have strawberries, raspberries, and rhubarb during the summer season. Tentative schedule for strawberries is from approximately the middle of June to the beginning of July. Raspberries are typically in season from early July to the middle of July. Rhubarb is ready to be picked around mid-May, but we will also pick through the strawberry season. Please remember that these dates are approximate. For up to date information please check our Facebook page for up-to-date berry bulletins!
  • Nowthen Berries - strawberries, U-pick and already picked
    8075 211th Avenue NW, Nowthen, MN 55330. Phone: (763) 843-5792. Email: [email protected]. Open: Typical strawberry season is from June 15 to July 4, hours are Monday to Saturday, from 8 am to 8 pm; usually closed Sundays; Please see our Facebook page for the latest hours;. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover.
    Nowthen Berries Facebook page. . Alternate Phone: (763) 843-5793. . . This is a family Farm specializing in strawberries , but they also have fresh picked Sweet Cornin July/August, Eggs- year round and Jams/syrup- year round. (ADDED: May 19, 2022)

Chisago County

  • Pleasant Valley Orchard - strawberries, apples (apples pyo on some weekends), pumpkins, hayrides, farm animals, picnic area
    17325 Pleasant Valley Road, Taylors Falls, MN . Phone: 651-257-9159. Email: [email protected]. Open: Tuesday to Sun, 10am - 6pm, September - November closed Mondays; The pick-your-own strawberry season runs from mid-June through mid-July; The fall apple orchard season featuring your favorite Minnesota Grown apples, begins Labor Day weekend; Pick your own strawberries in season; Call for hours. Directions: Located south of Taylors Falls on Pleasant Valley Road \(Cty. 26\) off US Hwy 8 or 95. Apple orchard features all your favorite Minnesota apple varieties! Gift shop offers pre-picked apples, cider, pumpkins, squash, fall December or, candles, baskets and more! In addition to your favorite . Click here for a map and directions. . . Tuesday to Sun, 10am - 6pm, September - November (closed Mondays); The pick-your-own strawberry season runs from mid-June through mid-July; The fall apple orchard season featuring your favorite Minnesota Grown apples, begins Labor Day weekend; Pick your own strawberries in season; Call for hours. Located south of Taylors Falls on Pleasant Valley Road (Cty. 26) off US Hwy 8 or 95. Apple orchard features all your favorite Minnesota apple varieties! Gift shop offers pre-picked apples, cider, pumpkins, squash, fall December or, candles, baskets and more! In addition to your favorite Minnesota Grown apples, we also offer many activities including pick-your-own weekends, hayrides, farm animals, kid's corral, nature trail, and picnic area with sweeping views of the St. Croix Valley. Be sure to try our Homemade Apple Pie; the best pie you will ever have! Picnic tables, nature trail, farm animals and weekend hayrides! Family-friendly orchard overlooking the scenic St. Croix Valley. (UPDATED: April 4, 2018, JBS) A visitor writes on July 19, 2016: "I liked it. Only tried strawberry picking there. Very pleasant staff."
  • Rod's Berry Farm - Strawberries, restrooms
    28624 Zodiac St. NE , North Branch, MN 55056. Phone: 651-674-4172. Open: Typiocally 8 am to 8 pm, in strawberry season; see their website for current information. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx . . See their website for directions. (ADDED: July 19, 2016, Suggested by a visitor)A visitor writes on July 19, 2016: "I liked it. It was very simple. I wish they had more berries to pick later in the summer, like blueberries and raspberries. "

Isanti County

  • Dew Fresh Produce - blueberries, currants (red and black), pumpkins, raspberries, rhubarb, summer squash, winter squash, strawberries, tomatoes, Garlic
    404 375thAvenue, Stanchfield, MN 55080. Phone: 763-689-2282. Email: [email protected]. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Dew Fresh Produce .
  • Jakes Apple Shack - apples, corn (sweet), pumpkins, raspberries (Autumn, red), rhubarb, winter squash, strawberries, farm market, porta-potties are available, picnic area you may bring your own food, school tours
    601 375th Ave, Stanchfeild, MN 55080. Phone: 763-689-2282. Email: [email protected]. Open: Call for hours. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover. . . (ADDED: August 30, 2015)

Sherburne County

  • Becks - pumpkins, strawberries, corn maze, porta-potties are available
    15362 190 Th Ave, Elk River, MN 55330. Phone: 612 961 7178. Email: [email protected]. Open: When in season, usually in June. Directions: 4 miles west of Elk River on the north side of Highway 10. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover. . .
  • Grayson's Berryland - strawberries, blueberries and raspberries.
    , Clear Lake, MN . Phone: 320-743-3384. Open: 8am - 6pm Monday to Friday, 8am - 3pm Sat, 8am - 1pm Sun. Directions: Located 45 minutes north of Twin Cities on I-94. Click here for a map of the area.
    Grayson's Berryland Facebook page. . Open 8am - 6pm (Monday to Friday), 8am - 3pm (Sat), 8am - 1pm (Sun). . Take Clearwater exit and travel north on Hwy 24 to County Road 8. Pick-your-own or already picked Containers are provided.

Stearns County

  • Strawberry Patch - strawberries,
    30063 370th Street, Melrose, MN 56352. Phone: 320-837-5442. Email: [email protected]. Open: During our strawberry patch season, we are typically open every day, 7 days a week, from 7AM to 7PM; PLEASE CALL BEFORE COMING. Directions: We are located just off I-94 between FreeportMelrose. Take the New Munich exit \(exit #137\). Go 14 mile south, then 34 mile east. Follow the signs. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . Alternate Phone: 877-737-5442. . We are located just off I-94 between Freeport/Melrose. Take the New Munich exit (exit #137). Go 1/4 mile south, then 3/4 mile east. Follow the signs. Call us with any questions you may have, or visit our website for further information.
  • T Berries - strawberries
    38345 County Road 9, Avon, MN 56310. Phone: (320) 746-2341. Open: in season typically June from 7-am to 10 am or we get picked out. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash or check. 3 in season (typically June) from 7-am to 10 am or we get picked out. We have buckets to pick into and boxes to take your berries home. (ADDED: July 11, 2022, JBS)

Wright County

  • The Strawberry Basket - Strawberries, Blueberries, raspberries
    12591 Aetna Ave NE, Monticello, MN 55362. Phone: 763-878-2875. Email: [email protected]. Open: We anticipate the strawberry picking season to last from June 1 to July 7; hours are from 7 am to 7 pm every day, so come on out at any time - there is plenty of fruit for all. Click here for a map and directions.
    The Strawberry Basket Facebook page. . We reserve the right to suspend operations due to threatening weather (such as thunder and lightening). BLUEBERRY picking will not begin until around July 4th.
    Comments from a visitor on June 26, 2009: "Well organized, clean, reasonable prices, great berries!"


Strawberry Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

strawberry pick-your-own field

In the U.S. strawberries typically peak during April in Florida and Texas, May in the deep South, and in early June in middle sections and later June in the far North and Canada. Keep in mind that crops are ready at various times of the month depending on which part of the state you are located. In order to produce good local strawberries, producers depend on ideal spring weather conditions. 

Before you leave to go to the farm:

  1. Always call before you go to the farm - strawberries are affected by weather (both rain and cooler temperature) more than most crops. And when they are in season, a large turnout can pick a field clean before noon, so CALL first!
  2. Leave early.  On weekends, then fields may be picked clean by NOON!
  3. strawberry picking bucket from Washington FarmsMost growers furnish picking containers designed for strawberries, but they may charge you for them; be sure to call before you go to see if you need to bring containers.

    strawberries, just picked from the fieldIf you use your own containers, remember that heaping strawberries more than 5 inches deep will bruise the lower berries. Plastic dishpans, metal oven pans with 3 inch tall sides and large pots make good containers. I like the Glad storage containers like the one at right.
  4. Bring something to drink and a few snacks; you'd be surprised how you can work up a thirst and appetite! And don't forget hats and sunscreen for the sun. Bugs usually aren't a problem, but some deet might be good to bring along if it has been rainy.Sttawberry bush with ripe strawberries, up close

Tips on How to Pick Strawberries

  1. Grasp the stem just above the berry between the forefinger and the thumbnail and pull with a slight twisting motion.

  2. With the stem broken about one-half inch from the berry, allow it to roll into the palm of your to pick strawberries

  3. Repeat these operations using both hands until each holds 3 or 4 berries. 

  4. Carefully place - don't throw - the fruit into your containers. Repeat the picking process with both hands.

  5. Don't overfill your containers or try to pack the berries down.

General Picking Tips

close-up of the rows in a strawberry patch at at PYO strawberry fieldWhether you pick strawberries from your garden or at a Pick-Your-Own farm, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  1. Be careful that your feet and knees do not damage plants or fruit in or along the edge of the row.
  2. Pick only the berries that are fully red. Part the leaves with your hands to look for hidden berries ready for harvest.
  3. To help the farmers, also remove from the plants berries showing rot, sunburn, insect injury or other defects and place them between the rows behind you. If they are left in the plants, the rot will quickly spread to other berries.
  4. Berries to be used immediately may be picked any time, but if you plan to hold the fruit for a few days, try to pick in the early morning or on cool, cloudy days. Berries picked during the heat of the day become soft, are easily bruised and will not keep well.
  5. Avoid placing the picked berries in the sunshine any longer than necessary. It is better to put them in the shade of a tree or shed than in the car trunk or on the car seat. Cool them as soon as possible after picking. Strawberries may be kept fresh in the refrigerator for two or three, depending upon the initial quality of the berry. After a few days in storage, however, the fruit loses its bright color and fresh flavor and tends to shrivel.
  6. For interesting and fun strawberry facts and trivia from the California Strawberry Commission, click here!

When you get home

  1. DON'T wash the berries until you are ready to use them.  Washing makes them more prone to spoiling.
  2. Pour them out into shallow pans and remove any mushed, soft or rotting berries
  3. Put a couple of days supply into the fridge, wash and cut the caps (green tops) off the others and freeze them up! (Unless you're going to make jam right away) See this page about how to freeze strawberries.
  4. If you like the strawberries you picked, ask the farm what variety they planted, and not the weather conditions the week or two before. The flavor of a strawberry is affected by the variety, the weather and the degree of ripeness when picked.
  5. Now, get ready to make strawberry jam. It is VERY easy - especially with our free strawberry jam instructions - they're illustrated and easy.

Strawberry Recipes, Canning and Freezing Strawberries

Strawberry Facts, Measurements and Tips

  • Picking the best strawberries: Select firm, fully red berries. Strawberries DO NOT continue ripen after they are picked! In the photo, only the berry onstrawberries shown in different stages of ripeness the far right is completely ripe.
  • Strawberry festivals: Most areas that grow strawberries have a strawberry festival, at which you can taste all kinds of fresh strawberry foods, pies, jams, cakes - and most commonly, fresh strawberry shortcake.  To find out where and when there is one near you, see this page for a list of strawberry festivals, sorted by state!
  • Strawberries measurements: government agriculture websites tell us that
    1 quart = 2 pints = 4 cups and is about the same as 1 liter and
    1 quart of fresh strawberries weighs 1 lbs to 1.25 lbs (or 450 to 600 g). Of course, the weight varies on variety and weather conditions. 
    1 quart is normally enough for 4 servings, although I'll admit my son can eat 1 pint by himself!
  • How much to pick? In general, 1 quart of fresh, whole, just-picked strawberries = approximately 3.5 cups hulled, whole berries. In other words, removing the caps/hulls and the occasional mushy berry means you lose 1/4 cup to 1/2 (it depends how much fruit you remove with the hull) or about 7 to 12% of every quart you pick.
  • One cup of strawberries contains only about 50 calories
  • U-pick strawberries are much healthier than store-bought.  Consumer reports says store bought strawberries have so many pesticide and fungicide residues on they, that they don't recommend you eat them at all!
  • U-pick strawberry farms typically sell berries by the pound. 1 lbs of fresh strawberries is about 2/3 of a quart.
  • It takes about  10 to 15 minutes to pick a quart, if the berries are reasonably plentiful
  • The strawberry plant adapts to wide variety of soil conditions, but does not tolerate drought well, and the berries quickly rot if the weather is rainy. For this reason, the plants are usually grown on raised beds through plastic mulch!
  • Cultivation of strawberries began in Europe in the 1300's, but the berry only became very popular in the early 1900's in California.
  • Do the math and be careful not to over-purchase as strawberries quickly mold when left at room temperature, and only last a couple of days in the refrigerator.
  • You can easily freeze berries that you cannot use right away - just wash, cut the hulls off and pop them into a ziplock bag, removing as much air as possible.  Those vacuum food sealers REALLY do a good job of this! The berries will keep for many months frozen without air.crowded parking at a Strawberry u-pick field
  • Want to grow your own strawberries?  Here's an article about how to: Strawberries are an Excellent Fruit for the Home Garden, HYG-1424-98!
  • See this page for many more fun and interesting strawberry facts, nutritional information and trivia

Other weird strawberry facts

  • Strawberries are the only fruit with seeds on the outside.
  • Strawberries were originally called strewberries because the fruit was 'strewn' amongst the leaves of the plant.
  • California is king of strawberry productions because: California produces 75 percent of the nation's strawberry crops; one billion pounds of strawberries each year.  If all the strawberries produced in California in one year were laid berry to berry, they would go around the world 15 times. Each acre of land in California in strawberry production produces an average of 21 tons of strawberries annually, with a total of 23,000 acres of strawberries planted in California each year.

More conversions

1 pint (2 cups)  of fresh whole strawberries

  • = about 8 oz (1/2 lb) of strawberries
  • = 2.25 cups of sliced strawberries
  • = 1 cup pureed strawberries
  • = 12-14 large strawberries

2 quarts of fresh strawberries are needed for a 9" pie

A 10 oz package of frozen berries is about the same as 1 cup of sliced fresh strawberries


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