Summer Family Fun: Berry Picking In + Around Detroit

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We all know that metro Detroit has some pretty stellar apple orchards. But, did you know many of the apple orchards offer other produce to pick…and some of them even have cider and donuts available!? There are also many great u-pick farms that you can take the kids to to enjoy a day of berry picking. As crops can sometimes be unpredictable due to our crazy Michigan weather, please be sure to call before going to ensure they have crops to pick.

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OAKLAND COUNTY

Erwin Orchards
248-437-0150
61475 Silver Lake Rd, South Lyon

May-June: Asparagus

June: Saskatoon berries

July: Sweet cherries are typically ripe and ready to pick at the beginning of July. The season lasts about three weeks, and is u-pick. Red raspberries are usually available to pick beginning in late July, and yellow raspberry picking begins in mid June; both available to pick until the first frost. These are u-pick.

Slow Farm
4700 Whitmore Lake Rd, Ann Arbor

June: Strawberries are finishing up by late June, maybe early July. Reserve a picking time on their website above.

MACOMB COUNTY

Blake’s Apple Orchard
586-784-5343
17985 Armada Center Rd, Armada

June: Strawberries

July: Cherries, raspberries, apples, cucumbers, summer squash, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, zucchini, peppers, and green beans

August: Sweet corn, peaches, plums, raspberries, apples, homegrown tomatoes.

Westview Orchard
586-752-3123
65075 Van Dyke, Washington Twp.

June: Strawberries are available to pick starting in early June to early July. Cherries are ready in late June to mid July.

July: Raspberries are ready to pick early July until late July.

August: Sunflowers are available late July to Late August. Check their website here for more details.

Verellen Orchards
586-752-2989
63260 Van Dyke, Romeo

When in season, Verellen Orchards offers many kinds of produce. Be sure to call to see what is available.

Peach varieties: Early Red Haven, Glo Haven, Coral Star, Red Haven, Harmony, Crest Haven, Allstar, Bellaire.

Fruit: strawberries, cherries, apricots, nectarines, pears, grapes, plums, blueberries, watermelon, melon, raspberries, blackberries.

Vegetables: sweet corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, pickles, green and yellow beans, potatoes, onions, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, peppers, squash, zucchini. garlic, dill, rhubarb, celery, radishes, beets.

GENESEE COUNTY

Spicer Orchards
810-632-7692
10411 Clyde Rd, Fenton

June: Strawberries, call ahead.

June-July: In late June, they expect that you can begin picking red tart cherries. Sweet cherries are available in the market. Plus, Spicer Orchards has a pitting machine. Also available to pick are red raspberries and blueberries.

August: In August, fall red raspberries are ready to pick. Plums and peaches are also available in the market.

September: In September, you can pick blue Stanley plums. Pears are also available in the market.

WASHTENAW COUNTY

Berry Hill Farm
734-475-1516
12835 N Territorial Rd, Chelsea

July: Black raspberries begin in early July.

August: Red raspberries begin mid-August.

Dexter Blueberry Farm
734-426-2900
11024 Beach Rd, Dexter

July: Blueberries are anticipated to be ready in mid-July. Be sure to call ahead!

Rowe’s Produce Farm
734-482-8538
10570 Martz Rd, Ypsilanti

June: Strawberries and sugar snap peas. Possibly into July depending on season.

Wasem Fruit Farm
734-482-2342
6580 Judd Rd, Milan

July: No cherries this year due to cold temps in April. Check their Facebook page here for seasonal updates. Typically, black and red currants are ready to pick in the beginning of July. Gooseberries, a small, green, tart berry are also available to pick in July.

Pears and plums are also available when in season.

WAYNE COUNTY

Blueville Acres Blueberry Farm
734-252-6751
38093 Judd Rd, Belleville

July: Blueberries are expected to be ready after July 4. Check their Facebook page for updates!

Donahee Farms
734-678-0782
6055 Tower Rd, Plymouth

June: Strawberries are ready! Be sure to call ahead for availability.

Other produce is available throughout the season so check out their page or call to see what’s in season.

What great berry picking farms did we miss? Let us know in the comments so we can update our post! Where will you be heading for u-pick season?

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