Strawberry Picking in Metro Milwaukee 2021

The 2021 berry picking season is almost here!

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 to pick your berries!

Apple Barn Orchard and Winery

W6384 Sugar Creek Rd., Elkhorn, WI 53121

(262) 728-3266

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.

Barthel Fruit Farm

12246 N. Farmdale Rd 99W, Mequon, WI 53097

(262) 242-2737

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.

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!

Brehmer’s U-Pick Pumpkins & Strawberries

5805 Clover Rd., Hartford, WI 53027

(262) 673-6527

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.

Polzin Farms

1758 Hwy I, Grafton, WI 53024

(262) 375-3276

Pick-your-own strawberries, sugar snap peas & sweet corn.

Steffen’s Cherry Orchard

N633 McIntyre Rd., Fort Atkinson, WI 53538

(920) 563-9608

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

(262) 857-2353

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

(920) 668-6481

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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