Pick a patch: Where to pick strawberries in Michiana

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By: Geoff Lesar
glesar@flavor574.com

Marshall V. King/The Elkhart Truth

As summer makes its way to the Midwest, so do ripening red strawberries.

Strawberry picking season typically lasts only a few weeks, usually concluding in early July or when fields have been depleted. There are plenty of local farms where you can plan an expedition to pick the juicy berries yourself.

For some farmers, the harsh winters of the last two years have hit berry crops hard. 

Sue Dittmar, co-owner of The Apple Patch in North Liberty, said of the 5,000 plants in her strawberry patch, only 200 survived into this year.

“I think the two cold winters weakened the plants,” Dittmar said. “It wasn’t like the patches were very old.”

Dittmar warns would-be pickers that her remaining strawberries will soon be picked over completely. Still, the farmer takes her lumps with a laugh. 

“That’s agriculture for you,” she said.

But, no worries—there are plenty of other U-pick strawberry locations in the Michiana area:

The Berry Patch
8171 West 300 North, Etna Green
574-527-2317
Mon.-Sat., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (beginning June 5)
$1.75/pound

Bixby Orchards
5745 Pokagon Road, Berrien Springs, Mich.
269-473-6681
U-pick is expected to begin late next week, although details are not yet available

Corey Lake Orchards
12147 Corey Lake Road, Three Rivers, Mich.
269-244-5690
Daily, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (tentatively beginning June 15)
$1.75/quart

Edison Farms
63185 Redwood Road, North Liberty
574-656-4191 
Daily, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
$1.25/pound

Frank Farms
8249 Deans Hill Road, Berrien Center, Mich.
269-461-4125
Daily, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (beginning June 10)
$1.25/pound

Imhoff U-Pick Strawberries
S.R. 119, between C.R. 40 and C.R. 13 (southwest of Goshen)
574-862-2572
Mon., Wed. and Fri., 7 a.m. until patch is picked out (usually noon)
$1.50/pound U-pick, $4/quart pre-picked

Johnson’s Farm Produce
8960 E. Ridge Road, Hobart
219-962-1383
Daily, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
$9/4-quart bucket; fill five and get the sixth free

LeCount Strawberry Farm
3472 W. 800 N., Wawaka
260-761-2013
Daily, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (opening date TBD)
$1.25/pound, jewel strawberries (10 lbs. pre-picked, $18.50)

Neibert’s
5017 Armstrong Road, Leesburg
574-834-1164
Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sat., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
$1.50/pound

Nottawa Fruit Farm
24976 M-86, Sturgis, Mich.
269-467-7719
Mon.-Sat., 7 a.m. to noon; Thu. and Fri., 3:30 to 6 p.m.
$1.25/pound (bring your own container)

Stover’s Farm Market and U-Pic
7837 M-139, Berrien Springs, Mich.
269-471-1401
Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (beginning Friday, June 5)
Seasonal price per pound TBD

Yoder’s UPick Strawberry Patch
2021 S. 15th St., Goshen
574-903-7407
Mon-Fri, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
$1.25/lb with own container, $2.25 with Yoder’s container

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