The 2022 strawberry picking season is here!
In southeastern Wisconsin, beautiful strawberries and sugar snap peas are usually ready for picking by the middle of June. Cherries come next in early July, followed by raspberries and blackberries.
You and the kiddos can have a great time in the strawberry patches, picking your own berries, making some memories and taking photos of red-stained smiles. It’s a great experience for the whole family, and way better than buying them in the grocery store! So make plans now to head to a local farm and start a new family tradition.
Always be sure to call ahead for hours and the daily update. Picking times and dates depend on weather and availability, and it’s always changing.
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.
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.
Strawberry picking usually begins mid-June and runs for 2-3 weeks. During that time, the patch will be open 7 days a week from 7 a.m.-6 p.m., weather permitting.
Barthel Fruit Farm
12246 N. Farmdale Rd, Mequon, WI 53097
Due to declining soil quality, 2022 will be Barthel’s final year growing strawberries. Berries will be limited this summer, so they will only be selling pre-picked strawberries on a first-come, first-served basis.
However, they will still have pick-your-own sugar snap peas, and the bakery and greenhouse will still be open at that time as well. In the coming years, Barthel will be adding new crops, including pumpkins and new varieties of apples.
Basse’s Taste of Country
3190 Waukesha Q, Colgate, WI 53017
Nothing marks the real beginning of summer like big, red, sweet, juicy strawberries at Basse’s Taste of Country. It’s a great place for kids, who will thrill at the hayride out to the patch with 155,000 strawberry plants that burst with fresh fruit every season.
There is a minimum U-Pick requirement of 5 pounds, but the berries are usually plentiful enough to pick that amount quickly. Basse’s provides a weight scale out in the field so you know exactly how many are in your flat before you leave to check out (cashless payments only).
Stop inside the store to reward your little pickers with homemade strawberry donuts, sundaes and slushies.
Brehmer’s U-Pick Pumpkins & Strawberries
5805 Clover Rd., Hartford, WI 53027
A family-owned and -operated business, Brehmer’s 1.5-acre strawberry patch is pesticide free, so there’s no need to worry about the little ones taste testing as you pick. Bonus: the rows are wide enough for strollers and wheelchairs.
Normal strawberry season starts mid-June and can last about 2-3 weeks.
N5648 S. Farmington Rd., Helenville, WI 53137
Head due west on I-94, then veer south on country roads just before Johnson Creek, and you may find yourself at Jelli’s Market. This hidden gem in Helenville has a fun and family-friendly atmosphere. Besides strawberries, they also grow raspberries, blueberries, peaches, beans, peas, sweet corn and asparagus, many of which you can pick your own.
The farm store is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Besides strawberry sundaes, donuts, jam and homemade pies, they also sell meat, eggs, honey, maple syrup, soap, sewn items and more.
W2364 County Road Y, Mayville, WI 53050
Up for a drive? Head to Mayberry Farms in Mayville, where a first-generation strawberry farming family strives to provide high quality berries, value prices, and a unique atmosphere with a very fun experience.
Fill a 1-gallon bucket with berries for $15. It provides a convenient way to tote your berries home and wash them. Buy three or more buckets to save $1 per pail, or bring your bucket back to get a $1 credit toward a new bucket (offers may be combined). Ask about their Picker’s Punch Pass, too!
1758 Hwy I, Grafton, WI 53024
Pick-your-own strawberries, sugar snap peas and sweet corn at this farm. Grab some homemade strawberry, strawberry rhubarb and strawberry jalapeño preserves in the country store.
Thompson Strawberry Farm
14000 75th St., Bristol, WI 53104
Pick-your-own strawberries and raspberries! When you arrive at Thompson Farm, follow the signs to the entrance. An employee will direct you from the stand to the field, where you can park. The field will always have employees available to guide you through the process and answer questions.
They supply 4-quart baskets for picking and transporting the berries home. The price is $16 per basket, but if you buy 5 baskets, you’ll get a sixth free. And you’ll get 50 cents back when you reuse a basket.
Note: There’s an entrance fee of $10 per car ($5 per car on weekdays). No fee will be charged if you’re stopping by to purchase pre-picked berries.
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.
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