2023 Southern Minneapolis and southern suburbs, Minnesota Strawberry U-Pick Farms and Orchards - PickYourOwn.org
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Strawberry U-Pick Orchards in Southern Minneapolis and southern 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!
Remember to always check with the farm's own website or Facebook page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with the farm directly before you go! If I cannot reach them, I DON'T GO!
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Afton Apple Orchard - strawberries, apples, raspberries, pumpkins, corn maze, hayrides, weddings, school tours 14421 So. 90th St., Hastings, MN 55033. Phone: 651-436-8385. Open: Sunday - Wednesday from 7am to 3pm and and Thursday - Sunday 7am to 7pm, weather permitting or until picked out. Click here for a map and directions. Afton Apple Orchard Facebook page. . We have 190+ beautiful acres producing delicious Minnesota grown strawberries, raspberries, pumpkins and 13 different varieties of apples that can be picked by our customers at the peak of perfection. Strawberry season starts approximately the second week in June, and runs through mid-July. We are open Always call for an update on picking. Fall Raspberries usually starts early August and goes until mid-October, or until we get a very hard freeze. Our apple orchard is mainly "Pick Your Own" but we do sell freshly picked apples by the peck, 1/2 bushel, and bushel, along with apple cider, honey, jam, maple syrup and other Minnesota grown products. If you like bargains, then come out during the week. It's less crowded and the orchard runs weekday specials. And for great family fun, visit us on the weekends for our hayrides. Throughout our apple season enjoy apple donuts, apple fritters, caramel apples, caramel apple sundaes, hotdogs, chips, soda pop, coffee, hot chocolate and - of course - delicious fresh apple cider all from our concession stand.This huge 15 acre corn maze is calling your name! The maze is divided into 3 phases. Have a wedding, or reception, company event, reunion, retirement party, birthday party, award ceremony, salesperson of the year, finding someone special or getting rid of someone not so special, New Years, or any other get-together in our beautiful building for any special occasion. We can hold up to 300 people inside or many more guests outside. Available are 8' banquet tables, folding chairs, and picnic tables, both inside and outside. We have several options available including tractor drawn hayrides, horse drawn wagon rides, playground, yard games, etc.
Applewood Orchard - apples, pumpkins, raspberries (red), raspberries (Autumn, red), rhubarb, strawberries, Honey from hives on the farm, Cider mill fresh apple cider made on the premises, U-pick and already picked, snacks and refreshment stand, school tours 22702 Hamburg Avenue, Lakeville, MN 55044. Phone: 952-985-5425. Open: For the strawberry season we are open from 8am to 5pm if there are berries available; Always call before coming for strawberries; You need to call for hours for the raspberry season in late July through October; For apples we are usually open daily from September 1st until October 31st from 9am to 6pm Monday through Saturday and 12pm until 6pm on Sundays; Raspberries July-October. Directions: From the north take Cedar Avenue to 225th Street take a right there, and then a left on Hamburg Avenue From the south take Cedar to 225th take a left there and then a left on Hamburg Avenue We are the first driveway on the left. This year interstate County Road 70 At 35W is under construction, so if you are using 35W take the County Road 50 exit and then continue to Cedar Avenue Take a right on Cedar, continue to 225th and take a right and then a left on Hamburg Avenue. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover. . Fax:. We have PYO June strawberries that are usually available mid June to Mid July, red raspberries that are available from late July until the first frost and apples from late August until Thanksgving. We have hayrides on the weekends during the apple season, a maze for small children and a haystack for children to play on.
Little Hill Berry Farm - CERTIFIED ORGANIC, blueberries, limited strawberries 4339 320th St. W, Northfield, MN 55057. Phone: 507-301-7183. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Open: Blueberry picking season is typically from mid- July to mid-August, During picking season we are normally open Thursday and Friday from 8 a. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: cash, check and credit card. . m. to noon, Always check our website or Facebook page, before you come to the farm make sure we are open. We have 4,000 blueberry plants are growing in our soil, with many more to come. We are a pick your own berry farm. We grow them - you pick them! We provide picking containers and boxes to take your berries home in. Supervised Children are welcome! We encourage you to sample the berries while you pick. Upick blueberries start in mid July 8th. Autumn u-pick strawberries usually start the first week of August. We offer CERTIFIED ORGANIC, pick your own blueberries. Pre-picked blueberries are also available for pickup at our farm. We offer certified organic strawberries! We have pre-picked strawberries available for pickup at our farm and we are open for a limited number of days for pick your own strawberries. We are growing late season strawberries, so we estimate our strawberry season will be mid-July through September. is the only certified organic pick your own berry farm in Minnesota. (UPDATED: July 09, 2019, JBS) (ADDED: June 11, 2015, JBS)
Lorences Berry Farm - strawberries and raspberries 28625 Foliage Avenue, Northfield, MN 55057. Phone: 507-645-9749. Open: May - mid October. Click here for a map and directions. . Hours vary. Cedar Ave (Dakota County 23 or Foliage Ave). 14 miles south of Apple Valley or 7 miles north of Northfield. Pre-picked berries and asparagus are available by order - 24 hours in advance. Call before driving to the farm. Families are welcome with children supervised. Containers are provided. The approximate seasons are Asparagus in May-June, Strawberries mid June-early July, Raspberries in August and September.
The Bohn Farm - strawberries, raspberries, fresh eggs, poultry, porta-potties are available, farm animals 17801 Clayton Avenue E, Rosemount, MN 55068. Phone: 651-967-3276. Email: email@example.com. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . Alternate Phone: 612-281-5324. . See their website or call for dates and hours, we're waiting for an update from the farm. (UPDATED: May 10, 2015, JBS)
Wyatt's Strawberries - Strawberries 10370 180th St E, Hastings, MN . Phone: 651-437-8479. Open: 7:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday thru Friday, and 7:00 am to 4:00 pm Saturday and Sunday during season May-July. Directions: Located S. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash and checks. . 7:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday thru Friday, and 7:00 am to 4:00 pm Saturday and Sunday during season (May-July). Featuring asparagus while in season; early May-June. We will pick to your order. mid June-early July - pick your own. You may bring your own containers. . of Hastings between Hwy 61 & Co. 47 on the corner of Joan Ave & 180th St. From Hwy 52 near the town of Coates, turn left (east) on County Road 46. (46 turns into 48). Go 7 miles to Cty Road 47 and turn right. Go to Joan Ave (#89) and turn left. Go to 180th St. From Hastings: south of Hastings on Hwy 61 to 180th street. Right (west) on 180th, 2 miles to Joan Ave.
Cherry Leaf Farm - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, cherries, raspberries (Autumn, yellow), strawberries, Other fruit or veg, U-pick and already picked, restrooms, picnic area, picnic area you may bring your own food, farm animals 9697 Decker Avenue, Northfield, MN 55057. Phone: 612-669-4778. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Open: See our website for current hours. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard. Cherry Leaf Farm Facebook page. . . Honeyberries: June 10 to June 30, Cherries: July 5 to July 25, Raspberries: July 5 to July 25. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. In addition to cherries and raspberries, we also have u-pick honeyberries. Honeyberries look similar to a blueberry but larger and taste like a combination blueberry/raspberry/grapefruit. Very tasty fresh and also great for processing. Honey berries aka Haskaps, are a type of honeysuckle. (ADDED: April 29, 2015)
Silkey Gardens LLC - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, apples, blueberries, raspberries (Autumn, yellow), strawberries, U-pick and already picked, porta-potties 5561 115th Street East, Northfield, MN 55021. Phone: (507) 645-4158. Email: Paul@SilkeyGardens.com. Open: Strawberry Season Weather permitting PYO hours are: Monday through Saturday 6 am to 1 pm Sundays 8 am to 1 pm PYO hours will vary for Raspberry, Blueberry and Apple season please call, check website or Facebook page. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard. Silkey Gardens LLC Facebook page. . Alternate Phone: (480) 544-5055. . Strawberries available in June/July Raspberries late June early July Blueberries mid to late July Apple available vary by variety; Zestar late August/early September Others including Honey Crisp available late Sept/October; As always please call for updates;. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. (UPDATED: June 26, 2019)
Straight River Farm - Uses integrated pest management practices, strawberries, 3733 220th Street E None, Faribault, MN 55021. Phone: 507-334-2226. Email: email@example.com. Open: Hours vary due to weather and crop conditions, but we are generally open 7 days from 8:00 am until 1:00 pm; Evening hours May be available during peak season; Please call for updates. Directions: From Faribault, head south on Willow Street to Glynview Trail. Left on Glynview 1 mile to 220th Street. Left on 220th Street 1.8 miles to farm. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover. Straight River Farm Facebook page. . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. Strawberries available mid-June to early July; Raspberries and blueberries (starting in 2015) in July; Each picking season lasts about 3 weeks. We use integrated pest management practices. Other crops: apples, sweet corn, melons, and tomatoes are sold through area Farmers' Markets and grocery stores. Please check our website for days and locations of markets we will attend.
Natura Farms - Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, apples, currants, grapes, melons, tomatoes, sweet corn, peppers, other vegetables, herbs and flowers. 19060 Manning Trail North, Marine on the St. Croix, MN 55047. Phone: 651-433-5850. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Open: June-Sept, Tues-Sat; 10-7 and by appointment. Click here for a map and directions. . U-pick, pre-pick and wholesale. Clean, indoor rest rooms. Children welcome! We steward our soil and grow our produce with natural, sustainable, environmentally safe practices. Pick-Your-Own Strawberries, Raspberries, Currants, And More. See this page for a harvest schedule / crop calendar. Comments from a visitor on September 02, 2008: "I thought it was great. Everything is organic and fresh. The people that work there are kind and helpful. Not to mention, many of them are volunteers that work towards a local church. The entire organization is just fantastic."
Pine Tree Apple Orchard - Strawberries, corn maze, bakery 450 Apple Orchard Road, White Bear Lake, MN 55110. Phone: 651-429-7202. Click here for a map and directions. . Strawberry Season - Mid-June through Mid-July, PYO Berry Line, 651-429-8026. Pre-picked and Strawberry Bakery. Apple Season is August through February, Weekends in March, Seasonal Hours. See the website for Tours or Schedule of Events or Maps and Directions. During the fall we offer weekend entertainment, pony rides, wagon rides, and a corn maze; pick your own pumpkins, a large variety of apples, homemade bakery products, caramel apples, fresh cider, gifts and more!
The Berry Patch - strawberries, raspberries & blueberries 10456 192nd St N, Forest Lake, MN 55110. Phone: 651-433-3448. Open: daily, June to August, weather & crop permitting. Click here for a map and directions. The Berry Patch Facebook page. . Pick-your-own & pre-picked strawberries in June and pick-your-own & pre-picked raspberries & blueberries in July; typically in the third or fourth week of June for strawberry picking, followed in July by raspberry and blueberry harvest. Orders for tree-ripened Michigan peaches and sweet cherries also taken. Forest Lake, MN 55110. Five miles east of Forest Lake on Hwy 97. Turn south on County Road 15 (Manning Trail) for 1 three quarters of a miles, then turn right onto County Road 50. Supervised children welcome. Containers provided. . (UPDATED: June 13, 2020 JBS)
Strawberry Picking Tips, Recipes and Information
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:
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
early. On weekends, then fields may be picked clean by NOON!
Most 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
If you use your own containers, remember that heaping
strawberries more than 5 inches deep will bruise the lower berries.
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.
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.
Tips on How to Pick Strawberries
Grasp the stem just above the berry between the
forefinger and the thumbnail and pull with a slight twisting motion.
With the stem broken about one-half inch from
the berry, allow it to roll into the palm of your hand.
Repeat these operations using both hands until
each holds 3 or 4 berries.
Carefully place - don't throw - the fruit into
your containers. Repeat the picking process with both hands.
Don't overfill your containers or try to pack
the berries down.
General Picking Tips
Whether you pick strawberries from your garden or at
a Pick-Your-Own farm, here are a few tips to keep in mind:
Be careful that your feet and knees do not
damage plants or fruit in or along the edge of the row.
Pick only the berries that are fully red. Part
the leaves with your hands to look for hidden berries ready for harvest.
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.
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.
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.
For interesting and fun strawberry facts and
trivia from the California Strawberry Commission,
When you get home
DON'T wash the berries until you are ready to use them. Washing
makes them more prone to spoiling.
Pour them out into shallow pans and remove any mushed, soft or rotting
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.
Picking the best strawberries:
Select firm, fully red berries. Strawberries DO NOT continue ripen after
they are picked! In the photo, only the berry on the far right is
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
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.
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.
1 pint (2 cups) of fresh whole strawberries
= about 8 oz (1/2 lb) of strawberries
= 2.25 cups of sliced strawberries
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