The strawberry season has arrived, marking the beginning of the glorious summer bounty that will roll out in the coming weeks. If you haven't gotten your share of the sweet, ruby red gems yet, you might want to do it pretty fast. The normally fleeting season for strawberries is forecasted by local farmers to be even shorter than ever (like a couple of weeks, depending on the weather).
Luckily, there is no shortage of fields to pick the plump berries around Southwest Michigan. We've put together an exhaustive list of local U-pick farms, but -- pro tip -- we strongly recommend checking their social media pages or websites, or giving them a call before heading out to check current conditions.
Now let's stock up before these delicious beauties are gone.
Beard's Produce | Dorr
2751 140th Ave | $ TBD | call ahead for hours
Bixby Farms | Berrien Springs
5745 Pokagon Rd | $1.50 per pound | Open daily as of June 14
Earth First Farms | Berrien Center
8335 Smith Rd| | $2.50 per pound| 10 am-6 pm Fri-Sun | BYO container or buy one
Frank Farms | Berrien Center
8249 Deans Hill Rd | call for prices | 8 am-6 pm daily
Lehman's Orchards | Niles
2280 Portage Rd | call ahead for hours & prices | U-pick ready around June 15
Mandigo Farms | Paw Paw
61077 41st St| $1.85 per pound | U-pick ready around June 12-13
Scherer's U-Pick | St Joseph & Dowagiac
5118 Hollywood Rd (St Joe location) & 59119 Champlain Rd (Dowagiac location)| $1.40 per pound | 8 am-5 pm daily
Soil Friends Farm | Galesburg
1701 N 33rd St | call ahead for hours & prices
Stover's Farm Market & U-Pic | Berrien Springs
7837 M 139| $1.45 per pound | Hours: 9 am-5:30 pm daily | U-pick date TBD
Visser Farms | Holland
7200 112th Ave | $1.95 per pound| U-pick date TBD