Social Distancing Perfected: 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!? As crops can sometimes be unpredictable due to our crazy Michigan weather, please be sure to call the orchards before going to ensure they have crops to pick. Please also check in to see what current protocols regarding masks and social distancing.

OAKLAND COUNTY

Erwin’s Orchard
248-437-0150
61475 Silver Lake Rd, South Lyon

April-June: Asparagus

July: Sweet cherries are typically ripe and ready to pick at the beginning of July. The season lasts about three weeks, and is you-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 you-pick.

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 were available to pick starting in early June to early July. Cherries are ready in late June to mid July. Both crops have a one quart minimum per person (under 30 inches free).

July: Raspberries are ready to pick early July until late July. There is a one quart minimum per person (under 30 inches free).

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

  • Due to COVID-19 please wear a mask when you check in for U-Pick and while on the wagon ride out to the field.  Please practice social distancing and use hand sanitizing and washing stations that are available.

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.

Peaches 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: Started June 12th and will last 2-3 weeks.

July: In July you can begin picking red tart cherries and sweet cherries. Plus, Spicer Orchars 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 COUNTTY

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

June: Strawberries, sugar snap and english shelling peas.

July: Strawberries.

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

July: Montmorency cherries are usually ready to pick around July 4. The season is short, usually only lasting two or three weeks. Black and red currants are also ready to pick in the beginning of July. Goodeberries, a small, green, tart berry are also available to pick in July.

Pears and plums are also available when in season.

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

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