Top Strawberry Picking Farms Near the Philadelphia Area
The start of strawberry picking season in Pennsylvania is a sure sign that summer fun is right around the corner. Spending a day picking this sweet fruit at a local orchard or farm is a great activity for families. Strawberry picking 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 berries out in the fields.
We have compiled a list of farms in the Philadelphia area that offer strawberry picking. Read our tips before you go to help make your day at the farm even more enjoyable.
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. Also, please note that the strawberry festivals in the Philly area have been canceled for 2020.
1. Highland Orchards – West Chester
Open for pick-your-own. Preregistration reservations and pre-payment are required. Simply drive up to the red barn to be checked in and directed to the fields. While shuttles have been used in previous years, visitors will be required to drive their own vehicles to the fields and wear a mask while on the property (the under 2 crowd is exempt).
PYO is open 7 days per week. A visit to the goats, playground, and bakery complete the day at Highland Orchards. There is no admission fee; however, there is a minimum purchase requirement.
2. Maple Acres Farm and Market – Plymouth Meeting
Wear masks, follow social distancing guidelines, and only utilize the on-site containers (available for 75 cents each), and you'll be good to go in picking fresh in-season fruits, such as strawberries this year.
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.
3. Shady Brook Farm – Yardley
Guests must purchase timed tickets and take a wagon ride out to the fields. Admission is $5 per person and fruit is an extra $3.49/pound.
Take a ride to the strawberry patch, which should be open in 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.
4. Linvilla Orchards – Media
Guests must first pre-register prior to visiting the fields. Simply head to the Linvilla website to pre-pay online and choose a time slot. No wagon rides are being offered and admission is $5 wooden token for each person picking which will be applied toward your purchase.
From the market to the garden center and fishing, allow enough time to enjoy all that Linvilla has to offer!
Photo courtesy of Linvilla Orchards
7. 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 and strawberry availability.
8. Johnson's Corner Farm – Medford, NJ
Reserve your strawberry picking slot online at this family-friendly New Jersey farm in 2020. Also find cherries ready for picking, a wagon ride, and drive-through ice cream stand, but the animal farm is closed this year due to the coronavirus.
9. Fruitwoods Orchards Honey Farm – Monroeville, NJ
Everyone over the age of two must wear a mask while on the farm.
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. Fruitwoods Orchards Honey Farm anticipates May availability for strawberries this year. Upon arrival, check in at the Honey Gift Store to get instructions.
Follow these tips to ensure a memorable day of strawberry picking:
- Due to coronavirus precautions, check with the individual farm websites.
- 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!
Originally published 2015