Summer Family Fun: Berry Picking In + Around Detroit

last updated May 31, 2024

We all know that Metro Detroit has some pretty stellar apple orchards. But, did you know that 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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Spicer Orchards | Fenton

Come be a part of six generations of farming at Spicer Orchards. Aside from the u-pick, you can also enjoy a playground ($2), bounce houses (operated by outside vendors), and a wagon ride ($5).

  • June: hoping to have strawberry picking starting June 1st and continue throughout the month
  • July: cherries will be ready the first half of July, followed by raspberries and blueberries
  • August: Paula red apples will be ready around August 15th along with fall red raspberries


Blake’s Apple Orchard | Armada

Blakes now offers four locations, with each one being a bit different. At the main orchard and mill location be sure to enjoy the restaurant and tasting room along with the Funland, which is open Thursday-Sunday. The Big Apple location is a bit smaller but still offers u-pick with less of the crowds. Blake’s Backyard offers a taproom along with a market to be able to buy their fresh produce. Lastly, Blake’s newest location in Lyon Twp offers u-pick and many fun options offered at the other locations.

  • June: Strawberries, asparagus, pea pods
  • July: Cherries, raspberries, apples, cucumbers, summer squash, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, zucchini, peppers, green beans
  • August: Sweet corn, peaches, plums, raspberries, apples, tomatoes

Verellen Orchards | Romeo

A quaint family orchard that has been operating for over 100 years offering the best high quality products for berry picking.

  • June: strawberries, cherries, nectarines
  • July: peaches, plums, Paula red apples
  • August: pears, McIntosh apples

Westview Orchard | Washington Twp.

A wonderful family-friendly option due to its playground and petting farms. Also be sure to check out their sunflower fest in August!

  • June: asparagus, strawberries, sweet cherries
  • July: sweet/tart cherries, raspberries, sweet corn, summer veggies, u-cut flowers, u-cut sunflowers
  • August: u-cut flowers, summer vegetables, sweet corn, u-cut sunflowers, peaches, early fall apples


Middleton Berry Farm | Ortonville

Middleton is focused on sustainability and creating healthy food for its customers and the environment. They have much of their land left untouched to allow for native plants to bloom to create a wonderful habitat for its wildlife. Please note, they only accept cash and check.

  • June: strawberries
  • August: red raspberries, flowers


Berry Hill Farm | Chelsea

A small berry farm specializing in . . . you guessed it, BERRIES! Be sure to check out their Facebook page for their daily updates.

  • July: black raspberries begin in early July
  • August: red raspberries begin mid-August

Dexter Blueberry Farm | Dexter

A quaint farm offering blueberry picking. Be sure to check their website for peak picking.  They also greatly encourage cash payment.

  • July: blueberries are anticipated to be ready in mid-July; be sure to call ahead!

Rowe’s Produce Farm | Ypsilanti

There is nothing quite like the sweet smell of fresh strawberries wafting in the summer air. Be sure to join their “LIST” to receive an email when peak picking begins!

  • June: strawberries for now, with sugar snap peas and English peas soon; make sure to call before you go!

Slow Farm | Ann Arbor

Slow farm is a certified organic farm offering both u-pick and pre-harvested produce. They encourage you to bring your own u-pick containers to prevent waste. Be sure to join their Facebook page or subscribe to their newsletter for the latest crop updates!

  • June: strawberry season begins soon; they also have seasonal produce available for u-pick

Wasem Fruit Farm | Milan

Check their Facebook page for seasonal updates. Cherry season is coming soon! They encourage cash and they are one of few dog-friendly fruit farms. You can also find them at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market.


Blueville Acres Blueberry Farm | Belleville

A husband and wife duo who purchased the property in 2017 and helped the over 700 blueberry bushes flourish. They offer adults only u-pick nights . . . what a cute date night!

  • Mid-July through mid-August: blueberries are expected to be ready; be sure to call ahead or check their Facebook page for updates!

Donahee Farms | Plymouth

Some produce is available throughout the season so check out their page or call to see what’s in season. You can also find them at farmers markets in Northville and Ann Arbor.

As the weather warms up, we’re spending more time outdoors. Check out our mom’s guide to ticks so that you’re prepared for any situation!

This post was originally written by Elizabeth Lewis and updated in 2024 by Lauren Dalton.


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