Where To Go Strawberry Picking near Philadelphia
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 day of family fun.
We've compiled a list of ten farms to go strawberry picking near Philadelphia where families can fill a basket and enjoy plenty of other activities too. For more fun on the farm, check out our Farms & U-Pick Guide.
Strawberry Picking Farms near Philadelphia
1. Highland Orchards — West Chester
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. The picking season begins in May. In June, kick off strawberry picking season with the Strawberry Harvest Celebration. Take a shuttle ride to the strawberry fields, pick your strawberries, and then return for the festival, including food trucks, local crafters, beer and wine for the adults, and the playground and feeding goats for the little ones.
2. Maple Acres Farm and Market — Plymouth Meeting
If you're looking for a strawberry picking 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.
Make a day of it at the playground, festival area, and strawberry patch at Shady Brook Farm.
3. Shady Brook Farm — Yardley
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 in the month of June. Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased in advance online, or for $12 at the gate.
Gather the family and pick away at Linvilla Orchards.
4. Linvilla Orchards — Media
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. Strawberry picking begins in late May. Admission is $7 online or $8 in person for every individual 12 months and older, and credit for $7 worth of strawberries is included with the admission fee. Wagon rides to the fields are provided.
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.
8. Hellerick's Family Farm — Doylestown
Strawberry picking has been an option at Hellerick's Family Farm for 40 years and boasts the best-tasting strawberries in Bucks County. Reservations via the website are required.
Pick a basketful of berries at Johnson's Corner farms.
Strawberry Picking in New Jersey
9. Johnson's Corner Farm — Medford, NJ
Reserve your strawberry picking slot online at this family-friendly New Jersey farm. The picking season kicks off in mid-May, and admission is $5 per person on weekdays, or $5.50 as a walk-in if space is available. On weekends, it costs $6 per person or $6.50 for walk-ins. 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.
10. Fruitwoods Orchards Honey Farm — Monroeville, NJ
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 9 a.m. until 7 p.m., and Saturdays from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. If you don't want to go out in the heat, this is the perfect spot for an evening strawberry-picking adventure. Don't forget to bring your own bucket or container.
Tips for a safe and memorable day of strawberry picking
- Due to ongoing 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 has been updated for 2022.
Photos courtesy of the farms