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!
Linvilla Orchards- Media
Mid-May is the anticipated start date of strawberry picking at Linvilla. Guests must first stop at the PYO stand on Linvill 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. Be sure to leave time for the huge playground, animal barnyard, and market on your visit. On weekends, there's even more to do with food stands, face painting, and more. Linvilla's annual Strawberry Festival is held Saturday, June 3, 2017.
Highland Orchards- West Chester
Strawberry picking typically starts in around May 31 into mid-June. Families are asked to register in the Farm Market and purchase pre-paid picking baskets. 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.
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.
Hellerick's Family Farm- Doylestown
Strawberry fields are expected to be ready for picking in late May. A Strawberry Festival with pick-your-own strawberries, activities, and an aerial adventure playground is on from Mother's Day to Father's Day. Visitors can 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. Hellerick's also has an 18-acre Adventure Farm Fun area and, coming soon in summer of 2017, an Aerial Adventure Park for kids to play after picking strawberries. Attractions include barnyard animals, a climbing net, tractor tire mountain, corn chute slides, and all-age tricycles.
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 22 to June 18, 2017. A Strawberry Festival takes place on two weekends, May 27-29 and June 2-4, with 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 will 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.
Also be sure to check out:
Brandywine Strawberry Festival, on the grounds of Brandywine Hospital in Coatesville, June 1-4, 2017.
Strawberry Festival, at Plymouth Meeting Friends School, June 3, 2017.
Peddler's Village Strawberry Festival, Lahaska, Saturday & Sunday, May 20 & 21, 2017.
Top photo by Abi Porter via Flickr.
Originally published 5/15/15, updated for 2017.