The 2020 berry picking season is upon us, and safety measures are in place.
Strawberries and sugar snap peas are usually ready for picking in the middle of June. Cherries come next in early July, followed by raspberries and blackberries.
But always, always, always be sure to call ahead for hours and the latest information.
Picking times and dates depend on weather and availability, and it’s always changing.
Here are some places that are open this year, and what safety measures they're taking:
Apple Barn Orchard and Winery
W6384 Sugar Creek Rd., Elkhorn, WI 53121
Here you can mix strawberry picking and wine tasting. What could be better? But don’t be confused - Apple Barn Orchard and Winery is located on Sugar Creek Road with one of the cross streets being Sugar Creek Street.
Safety Measures: 10 customer limit inside store, curbside pick-up available.
Barthel Fruit Farm
12246 N. Farmdale Rd 99W, Mequon, WI 53097
People love Barthel Fruit Farm for its well-organized picking system, convenient location, and friendly staff. They tend 15 acres of strawberries, and you can pick-your-own strawberries and sugar snap peas during the summer.
Safety Measures: Picking multiple fields at a time and spacing people every other row. Pick with the people you drove with. Be mindful of children's whereabouts. Masks not required.
Basse's Taste of Country
3190 Waukesha Q, Colgate, WI 53017
Basse’s Taste of Country happily invites you and your family to join us for u-pick strawberries! Estimated to start in mid-June and ends around 4th of July. We begin our season with u-pick strawberries. Nothing marks the real beginning of summer like big, red, luscious, and sweet strawberries! Come enjoy a hayride with your family to pick your own fresh strawberries this summer!
Safety Measures: Cashless payment only, masks recommended but not required, hand washing stations, social distancing recommended during visit, outside picking containers not allowed, handles sanitized between each use, no wagon rides this year, no more than three kids to one adult. See detailed plan on their website before visiting.
Brehmer's U-Pick Pumpkins & Strawberries
5805 Clover Rd., Hartford, WI 53027
Brehmer’s offers pick-your-own strawberries and they do not use pesticides on their plants. Bonus: the rows are wide enough for strollers and wheelchairs.
Strawberry Picking Tips:
The best time of day to pick is early in the morning when the berries are still cool or in the late afternoon when the sun is setting. If the sun is too hot, the strawberries get softer and may not keep as well.
Part the leaves with your hands to look for hidden strawberries ready for harvest.
Select firm, fully red berries. Strawberries do not continue to ripen after they are picked.
Use both hands, one to hold the leaves, and the other to pick the berries.
Keep the stems and hulls on the fruit.
The small berries are often the most flavorful.
Keep them in the shade.
Don't wash them until you're ready to eat them. They'll spoil more quickly. Strawberries last for a few days in the refrigerator.
1758 Hwy I, Grafton, WI 53024
Pick-your-own strawberries, sugar snap peas & sweet corn.
Steffen’s Cherry Orchard
N633 McIntyre Rd., Fort Atkinson, WI 53538
If you love cherries and are up for a bit of a drive, head to this family-owned and operated orchard during cherry-picking season. The season typically starts in early July, and it doesn’t last long. Stroll through picturesque, flowering cherry trees, and take advantage of their mechanical pitter.
Thompson Strawberry Farm
14000 75th St., Bristol, WI 53104
Pick-your-own strawberries and raspberries.
Safety Measures: "We will be asking our customers to please use social distancing. Our pre-picked stand will have a rope to keep customers away from the berries. We ask that everyone wears a mask while close to our employees, or other customers. We are not requiring a mask while you pick."
Walvoord’s Berry Farm
W2160 Smies Rd., Oostburg, WI 53070
This berry farm has small-town charm, friendly staff, and sweet pick-your-own strawberries. You can also pick-your-own sweet podded peas. The crops are well maintained, and your kids will love the tractor ride out to the fields.
Safety Measures: Sanitation stations and extra precautions listed on their website.
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