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Lots of people eagerly await pumpkin-picking season and pick-your-own-apple orchard visits, and we fully understand the appeal of those annual fall rituals. But why wait for the autumn to get out in a field somewhere and forage around for fun? Two words, dear reader: berry picking. Our correspondent Abbie Martin Greenbaum has curated a list of the 12 best places for a berry picking adventure this summer season.

The 12 best places for a Berry Picking adventure this season

It’s summer, and every beautiful weekend presents us with a challenge: how can we make the most of this special time? We want to soak up the sun, spend time with friends and family, and somehow find an activity that everyone can enjoy.


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Berry picking fun for the whole family, and it will help you to make a memory that you can treasure through the rest of the year. And as an added bonus, any fruit you gather will fold into a yummy summer dessert!

If you’re looking to pick some berries in the upcoming weeks, here are twelve spots we recommend.

The 12 best places for a Berry Picking adventure this season

1. New Jersey: Alstede Farms

Alstede Farms of Chester, New Jersey, has greeted summer with a full schedule, and it includes strawberries (happening now!), blueberries, and blackberries, as well as other fruits and vegetables. But the fun doesn’t have to end there. After you pick your berries, you can pay a visit to the site’s “animal friends” – goats, sheep, horses, donkeys, and more! – and then take a break with some homemade ice cream or lunch from the Hen House concession stand.

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The best places for berry picking this season: New Jersey. Courtesy Photo.


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2. Pennsylvania: Linvilla Orchards

In addition to their pick-your-own peaches, blueberries, and raspberries, Linvilla Orchards also has a season’s worth of activities to keep you busy. They offer fishing, indoor mini golf, barnyard animals (there’s even a peacock!), face painting, and more, as well as an impressive calendar of events.  You will not want to miss the annual Blueberry Festival on July 10th. And yes, there’s a pie-eating contest.

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The best places for berry picking this Summer: Pennsylvania. Courtesy Photo.

3. Rhode Island/Massachusetts: Four Town Farm

A few miles from Rhode Island, in Seekonk, Massachusetts, you will find the very special Four Town Farm. The farm is currently in its fifth generation, thrilled to provide the community with their delicious pick-your-own produce throughout the summer and fall. This season you can find strawberries, peaches, and watermelons, as well as a feast of summer veggies. And you’re definitely going to want to pick up some treats from the farm stand before you head home, as well as flowers from their summer garden.

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The best places for berry picking this season: Rhode Island/Massachusetts. Courtesy Photo.

4. Oklahoma: Owasso Christmas Tree and Berry Farm

Owasso does berry picking just as well as they do Christmas Trees – and by that we mean, very well. Stop by Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday to pick up some blackberries and blueberries – and trust us, these are berries that will change your life. Owasso has been perfecting their produce for more than a decade, and you can taste the results in every piece of fruit you pick. All you need to do is show up, and they will give you everything you need for an unforgettable afternoon.

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The best places for berry picking this Summer: Oklahoma. Courtesy Photo.

5. Vermont: Wellwood Orchards

As Wellwood says: the difference in their fruit is in its flavor. And you can see for yourself – stop by this month to pick some of their strawberries and cherries, and then plan a return later in the season for a sample of their blueberries, raspberries, peaches, plums, and nectarines. You will also absolutely not want to miss baby goat yoga – every Saturday through the end of August.

The best places for berry picking this season: Vermont. Courtesy Photo.


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6. Georgia: Southern Belle Farm

Summer is the best time to visit Southern Belle Farm. Come for the blackberries and blueberries, and stay for peaches – this is Georgia, after all. They will provide you with a bucket for the perfect day of pick-your-own deliciousness, just make sure to check the fruits’ availability before you arrive. And don’t forget to take a trip to the country store, so that you can stock up on all the jams, jellies, honeys, pickles, and baked goods that your heart desires (made with the farm’s fresh produce, of course).

The best places for berry picking this season: Georgia. Courtesy Photo.

7. Illinois: Heider’s Berry Farm

Heider’s is open with both pick-your-own and pre-picked strawberries and raspberries. Plan a visit anytime between now and September, and make sure to bring your family and friends – they won’t want to miss this. You can also find pie-ready cherries and rhubarb at Heider’s general store, to help turn your lovely afternoon into a two-part experience.

The best places for berry picking this Summer: Illinois. Courtesy Photo.

8. Wisconsin: Jelli’s Market

Jelli’s summer selection is full of surprises – and those surprises include peaches, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, beans, peas, and sweet corn. They also boast an expansive greenhouse, offering flowers, vegetables, and herb plants for sale. Feeling hungry? Swing by the bakery for donuts, pies, cookies, and other sweet treats. Jelli’s has it all.

The best places for berry picking this season: Wisconsin. Courtesy Photo.

9. New York: Ochs Orchard

Ochs Orchard is ready and waiting for you. No reservation is required during the summer months, so come now to get your peaches, blueberries, raspberries and plums while they’re still in season. Kids (and adults!) may also want to make a pit stop at the ice cream stand – the cherry on top of a sweet day.

The best places for berry picking this season: New York. Courtesy Photo.

10. California: Swanton Berry Farm

Swanton Berry Farm has fruit unlike anything else you’ll taste this summer: fresh strawberries, olallieberries, and kiwis.  They also take pride in their ethical farming practices, which makes us even more excited to pick up a jar of their small-batch jam. If you’re not in California, nationwide shipping of these superstar preserves resumes in September.

The best places for berry picking this Summer: California. Courtesy Photo.


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11. Maine: Treworgy Family Orchards

The forecast says 100% chance of strawberries. At least that’s what Treworgy tells us, and we’re hoping they’re right. This family run-orchard is all about forging connections through the communal act of fruit-picking. We love it. It’s not about the berries – although they are delectable – it’s about the memories. And when your memories include a petting zoo, and the longest-running corn maze in all of Maine – you know they’re going to be good ones.

The best places for berry picking this season: Maine. Courtesy Photo.


12. Connecticut: March Farm

March Farm is prepared with a list of family-friendly activities to keep you entertained this summer. After you devour their amazing assortment of pick-your-own cherries, blueberries and peaches, you can play with their animals, find your way through their corn maze, and climb their playscape. Then make sure to come back for any birthdays, weddings, or other special occasions you may be celebrating this season.

The best places for berry picking this Summer: Connecticut Courtesy Photo.

The 12 best places for a Berry Picking adventure this season

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Abbie Martin Greenbaum grew up in New York City and currently lives in Brooklyn, where she drinks a lot of coffee and matches roommates together for a living. At Oberlin College, she studied English and Cinema, which are still two of her favorite things, along with dessert and musical theater. She believes in magic.

Abbie Martin Greenbaum

Abbie Martin Greenbaum is a writer, reader, and pop culture connoisseur, who loves storytelling, coffee, and dessert. Her work has also appeared in Playbill.