The start of strawberry picking season is a sure sign that summer is right around the corner. Spending a day picking this sweet fruit at a local orchard or farm is a great activity for families. It teaches kids about their food sources, connects everyone with nature, and makes for a fun outdoor experience, and some of the sweetest memories can be made nibbling on fresh strawberries out in the fields.
We have compiled a list of farms in the Philadelphia area that offer strawberry picking, as well as a few activity-filled strawberry festivals. Read our tips before you go to help make your day at the farm even more enjoyable.
Follow these tips to ensure a memorable day of strawberry picking:
- Conditions change daily so be sure to call first since some farms get picked out early in the season or may be closed due to weather.
- There is very little shade in the fields, so don't forget sunscreen and hats.
- Bring plenty of water to drink.
- Leave the stroller at home and wear your baby in a carrier instead.
- Ask staff at the market how to identify ripe fruit and instruct children to only pick berries that are ready.
- Fields can be muddy places, so wear appropriate shoes and clothing you don't mind getting dirty or stained.
- Many farms don't allow food in the fields.
- Don't forget your camera to capture all the sweet moments!
Linvilla Orchards- Media
Late May is the anticipated start date of strawberry picking at Linvilla. (Be sure to check the website for the actual date.) Guests must first stop at the PYO stand on Linvilla Road to purchase one $5 wooden token for each person picking which will be applied toward your purchase. Then take a wagon ride to the strawberry fields. Allow enough time for the huge playground, animal barnyard, and market on your visit. On weekends, there's even more to do with food stands and face painting. Linvilla's annual Strawberry Festival is held Saturday, June 2, 2018.
Photo courtesy of Linvilla Orchards
Highland Orchards- West Chester
Strawberry picking typically starts in around the end of May and lasts through mid-June. Families are asked to register in the Farm Market and purchase pre-paid picking baskets. A shuttle stops at the Farm Market and takes everyone out to the fields together. This is different from in years past when families could drive themselves. PYO is open 7 days per week with the last shuttle leaving at 4:30 PM. A visit to the goats, playground, and bakery complete the day at Highland Orchards.
Maple Acres Farm and Market- Plymouth Meeting
Bring the whole family to this farm for strawberry picking. Pick your own fruits, flowers, and vegetables start in June, but call ahead to inquire about availability.
Shady Brook Farm- Yardley
Take a ride to the strawberry patch, which should be open in late May or early June. The picking season usually lasts about 3 weeks. Berries are also sold by the pound at the Farmer's Market where children can enjoy the playground and homemade ice cream.
Photo courtesy of Hellerick's Family Farm
Hellerick's Family Farm- Doylestown
Hellerick's Family Farm hosts an annual Strawberry Festival which begins on Mother's Day and last until Father's Day. Visitors can expect pick-your-own strawberries, activities, and an aerial adventure playground. Be sure to check the farm's Facebook page for up-to-date picking conditions. Keep in mind that pick-your-own hours are from 10 AM to 2 PM daily, weather permitting. Other attractions include barnyard animals, a climbing net, tractor tire mountain, corn chute slides, all-age tricycles, and aerial adventure park.
Solly's Farm- Ivyland
Family owned and operated since 1920, Solly Brother's Farm offers pick your own strawberries. Be sure to refer to the website for exact dates to pick your own strawberries since weather conditions impact the start of the season.
Brumbaugh's Farm- Telford
This Bucks County farm typically plans for strawberry picking to begin in early June. Visitors are strongly advised to call first for current picking conditions.
Johnson's Corner Farm- Medford, NJ
Strawberry picking is expected to run from about May 17 to June 18, 2018. These dates are just estimates so be sure to call in advance. A Strawberry Festival takes place over the course of two weekends and offers hayrides, a DJ spinning tunes, a chef on the grill cooking, and the market stocked with all sorts of strawberry goodies. Hayrides run to the fields everyday from 10 AM - 4 PM (7 PM on Fridays during the Strawberry Festival). Children can enjoy visiting the Discovery Barnyard and Animal Farm.
Fruitwoods Orchards Honey Farm- Monroeville, NJ
Bring your own bucket or container to pick strawberries at this honey farm. Be sure to call ahead or check their website to make sure the berries are ready. Then, check in at the Honey Gift Store to get directions.
Other strawberry fun includes the following events:
Brandywine Strawberry Festival held on the grounds of Brandywine Hospital in Coatesville from May 31- June 3, 2018
Strawberry Festival held at Plymouth Meeting Friends School on June 2, 2018.
Peddler's Village Strawberry Festival held in Lahaska on Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20, 2018.
Top photo posted by Samantha F courtesy of Shady Brook Farms.
Originally published 5/15/15, updated for 2018.