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.
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:
- Always call first to check for conditions. 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.
- Many farms don't allow food in the fields.
- Don't forget your camera to capture all the sweet moments!
137 W. Knowlton Road
Early June is typically the start of strawberry picking at Linvilla. Guests should first stop at the PYO stand on Linvil Road and purchase a $5 wooden token. This includes a wagon ride to the fields and may be used toward paying for your picked strawberries. Be sure to make time for the huge playground, animal barnyard and market on your visit. Linvilla's annual Strawberry Festival is held Saturday, June 4, 2016.
1000 Marshallton Thorndale Rd
West Chester, PA
Strawberry picking typically starts in early June and usually lasts about two weeks. Families are asked to register in the Farm Market and purchase pre-paid picking containers. Employees then direct you to drive to the field with the best picking. PYO is open 7 days per week. A visit to the goats, playground and bakery complete the day at Highland Orchards.
3215 Stump Hall Road
Longview Farm is part of Greener Partners' Community Supported Agriculture program. While the farm has offered pick your own organic strawberries in the past, it's unclear if this will be an option in 2016. Their website currently does not include strawberries on their list of fruits and vegetables available for picking in June. The fields are adjacent to the farm market, which is a great option if you have little ones that won't tolerate a long day or hayride.
Shady Brook Farm
931 Stony Hill Road
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 enjoy the playground and ice cream. Shady Brook Farm hosts a Strawberry Festival in June (2016 date have not yet been announced, check farm's website closer to June for details) with plenty of family fun activities.
Hellerick's Family Farm
5500 North Easton Road
Strawberry fields are expected to be ready for picking in late May. Visitors can check the farm's Facebook page for up-to-date conditions. Hellerick's also has an 18-acre Adventure Farm Fun Area for kids to play after picking strawberries. Admission is $5 and some attractions include barnyard animals, a climbing net, tractor tire mountain, corn chute slides and all-age tricycles.
2575 County Line Road
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
133 Church Road
Strawberry picking is expected to run from about May 23 to June 14, 2016. Hayrides run to the fields everyday from 10am - 4pm, and additional festival activities are planned on the weekends. Children also enjoy visiting the Discovery Barnyard and Animal Farm.
Also be sure to check out:
Brandywine Strawberry Festival, on the grounds of Brandywine Hospital in Coatesville, June 2-5, 2016.
Strawberry Festival, at Plymouth Meeting Friends School, Saturday June 4, 2016.
Peddler's Village Strawberry Festival, Lahaska, Saturday & Sunday, May 21 & 22, 2016.
Originally published 5/15/15