It is officially June which means the beginning of u-pick season. When I first heard of u-pick (because it was not a thing growing up in Alabama) I was immediately on board. What a great way to get outside with the family, enjoy the summer weather, teach the kids how to food grows and show them where some of our food comes from.
There are a few u-pick places in Indianapolis and the surrounding areas. You can pick anything from strawberries, red raspberries, blueberries, and grapes depending on the time of year (which some seasons go to August).
Spencer Farm: This is one of the highly recommended places to go.
Noblesville; Hours: 9a-7p Monday thru Saturday, 12p-6p Sunday; offers U-pick and pre-picked strawberries. Spencer’s offers the advice to check their Facebook page when strawberries are ready. It is usually best to u-pick within those 3-5 days. You can also u-pick blueberries and red raspberries in July. Grapes you can u-pick in July as well.
Also, be sure to stop by the farm store for a generous selection of additional produce and sweet treats.
Waterman’s Family Farm: Also comes highly recommended. Located in Greenwood and Indianapolis.
Indianapolis – Raymond St. June 6-7 for their Strawberry Jam celebration to kick off the season, with live performances, community vendors, games, & food. They are opened starting June 1st usually through early November from 8a-8p. Expect to pick strawberries starting the first week in June.
Greenwood – open Strawberry and Pumpkin season only – contact the farm directly for hours.
Driving Wind Blueberry Farm: Located off Michigan Rd. in Indianapolis. This urban farm has u-pick strawberries starting the first week in June, blueberries in July, and blackberries at the end of July, mid-August. When to know when to u-pick any berries then check their Facebook page for updates or call for them (317) 257-3000.
Anderson Orchard: Located in Mooresville. Not a far drive from Indianapolis. They open in July just in time for blueberries. You can also get an apple cider slushies July. You can grab peaches, cantaloupe, corn, watermelon and more at their store. There’s also u pick red raspberries and plums in August.
Zink Berry Farm: Located outside Indianapolis in Morgantown. They open mid-June for u-pick season. They have blueberries and blackberries for u-pick in mid-June and August. During the season we offer for sale fresh raspberries, fresh blackberries, fresh blueberries, fresh black raspberries u-pick or pre-picked.
To be sure of exact dates closer to open season check out their Facebook page.
Bell’s Strawberry Farm: If you’re in the mood for a day trip, this farm, located halfway between Indy and Dayton, OH, currently offers pre-picked strawberries, with U-pick beginning soon, once the berries ripen. Open 8a-7p Monday through Saturday. Check their Facebook page for updates.
Enjoy and share your favorite summer berry recipe in the comments! Now if you want to do a little more than u-pick, there are also berry festivals to check out as well.
Tuttle’s Strawberry Festival – June 8
10am – 5pm; store opened from 9-6 to enjoy some samples as well from 10a – 5p
Apples Work’s Strawberry Spectacular Jun 8 & Jun 9
8157 S 250 W, Trafalgar, IN 46181
Apple Work’s Blueberry Bonanza July 6, 8 & 9
8157 S 250 W, Trafalgar, IN 46181
54th Annual Strawberry Festival June 13th 8a-6p
125 Monument Cir, Indianapolis, IN 46204
Jun 15th St. Michael’s Strawberry Festival
Historic Noblesville Square, 810 Conner St, Noblesville, IN 46060
11 am -5pm
Strawberry Festival June 7
325 N Main St, Kokomo, IN 46901
11a – 9p
I hope you get a chance to u-pick something this summer and if nothing else check out these festivals and enjoy strawberries sometime this summer. Happy summer picking!