It’s that time of year when strawberries are ripe, juicy and ready for picking.
The cold, harsh winter didn’t hinder the strawberry season. The Dittmars, who own Apple Patch, told WNDU that the heavy snow acted more as an insulator than a threat.
The strawberry season usually only lasts three to four weeks, according to WNDU.
Here are other places you can pick strawberries in the Michiana area:
Yoder’s Upick Strawberry Patch: 1907 S. 15th St., Goshen; 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays; opening June 6, according to its Facebook page.
The Apple Patch: 65681 Sycamore Road, North Liberty; open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
Nottawa Fruit Farm: 24976 M 86, Sturgis, Mich.; 7 a.m. to noon Mondays to Saturdays, 3:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. (U-Pick hasn’t opened yet, according to its website.)
Bixby Orchards: 5745 Pokagon Road, Berrien Springs, Mich.; opening at 7 a.m. June 10 for u-pick strawberries, according to its Facebook page.
Frank Farms: 8249 Deans Hill Road, Berrien Center, Mich.; call 269-461-4125 for information.
Stover’s Farm Market: 7837 M-139, Berrien Springs, Mich.; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays.
Corey Lake Orchards: 12147 Corey Lake Road, Three Rivers, Mich.; call 269-244-5690 for availability.
LeCount Strawberry Farm: 3472 West 800 North, Wawaka; call 260-761-2013 for availability.
Johnson’s Farm Produce: 8960 E. Ridge Road, Hobart; call 219-962-1383 for availability.
Neibert Produce and Berries: 5229 North 475 East, Leesburg; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily; call 574-834-7518 for availability.
If you want to get local strawberries but not pick them yourself, try these places:
Earth First Farms: 8335 Smith Road, Berrien Center, Mich.; call farm manager Gonsalo at 269-757-1774 for availability and to arrange a pick-up time.
Bullard’s Farm Market: 5220 Middlebury St., Elkhart; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday