At Maple Acres Farm, it's all about the berries. Photo by Erica Velander
At Maple Acres Farm, it's all about the berries. Photo by Erica Velander

The Best U-Pick Strawberry Farms in Philly for Family Fun

The start of strawberry picking season in Pennsylvania is a sure sign summer fun is right around the corner. Strawberry picking teaches kids important lessons about food sources and connects everyone with nature. Some of the sweetest summer memories are made nibbling on fresh, vitamin-C-rich berries out in the fields. It's the perfect outdoor activity for a homeschooling lesson or a day of healthy family fun. 

We've compiled a list of nine farms in the Philadelphia area that offer the best strawberry picking. So grab your sun hats, and get ready for an adventure on the farm. 

Note: Due to the coronavirus pandemic, farms are offering limited services and enhanced health and safety measures. Please click through to the individual websites for the most up-to-date information. 

U-Pick Strawberry Farms in the Philadelphia Area 

1. Highland Orchards — ​West Chester

Highland Orchards opens for pick-your-own beginning Memorial Day Weekend. Preregistration reservations and pre-payment are required. During the week, you can drive your own vehicle to the field, on the weekends, shuttles operate at limited capacity to adhere to social distancing guidelines. Visitors are required to wear a mask while on the property (kids under 2 are exempt). 

Pick-your-own is open seven days per week. There is no admission fee to pick; however, there is a minimum purchase required. Turn your strawberry picking into a day trip with a visit to the goats, the playground, and the wine and beer garden. The wine and beer garden is open Friday through Sunday. 

2. Maple Acres Farm and Market — Plymouth Meeting  

Wear masks, follow social distancing guidelines, and you'll be ready for a stress-free day of strawberry picking with the whole family. 

If you're looking for a pick-your-own farm without all the extra crowds and attractions, this is the perfect place for you. Pick your own fruits, flowers, and vegetables beginning at the end of May. When you're done in the field, visit the farm store to stock up on fresh vegetables and herbs, and indulge in an ice cream cone. Call before you visit to check on the availability of the strawberry crop.

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strawberry picking at Shady Brook Farm
Make a day of it at the playground, festival area, and strawberry patch at Shady Brook Farm. Photo courtesy of the farm

3. Shady Brook Farm — Yardley

Guests must purchase timed tickets, which are available online.  Beginning June 2, pick-your-own is open Wednesday through Friday. Admission is $7 per person. 

Take a wagon ride to the strawberry patch, play on the playground, enjoy creamy homemade ice cream, and visit the animals at Shady Brook Farm. Berries are sold by the pound. In addition to the weekly pick-your-own, enjoy strawberry festivals at the farm on June 5, 6, 12, 13, and 19. Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased in advance online.

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strawberry picking at Linvilla Orchards
Gather the family and pick away at Linvilla Orchards. Photo courtesy of the orchards

4. Linvilla Orchards — Media

Guests must preregister on Linvilla's website. Admission is $7 per person, and one quart of strawberries is included with the admission fee. Wagon rides to the fields follow all social distancing guidelines. 

Make sure to allow plenty of time to explore the playground, animals, pony rides, train rides, and all the rest of the fun Linvilla has to offer. Pony rides are available on Saturdays and Sundays, and train rides operate on Saturdays only.

7. Brumbaugh's Farm — Telford

This Bucks County farm typically plans for strawberry picking to begin in early June. Visitors should call first for current picking conditions and strawberry availability.

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8. Johnson's Corner Farm  —  Medford, NJ

Reserve your strawberry picking slot online at this family-friendly New Jersey farm. The picking season kicks off the weekend of May 22-23, and admission is $5 per person. Head out to the fields on an exciting wagon ride, and when you're done picking, stick around for more fun in the sun. The animal farm has reopened this year, and so has the discovery barn, which is complete with a splash pad. Contact the farm before visiting to inquire about crop availability.

9. Fruitwoods Orchards Honey Farm — Monroeville, NJ

Everyone over the age of 2 must wear a mask while on the farm. Don't forget to bring your own bucket or container. 

Fruitwoods Orchards Honey Farm anticipates its strawberry picking season will start at the end of May. The current price per pound is $2.75. The fields are open for picking Monday through Friday from 9am until 7pm, and Saturdays from 8am until 3pm. If you don't want to go out in the heat, this is the perfect spot for an evening strawberry picking adventure. 

Tips for a safe and memorable day of strawberry picking

  • Due to coronavirus precautions, check with the individual farm websites or call them.
  • 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. Strollers typically don't fare well in the fields. 
  • 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.

This post was originally published in 2015. Writer Erica Verlander contributed to this 2021 update.

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