One of the best parts of summer is fresh, locally grown berries. Taking your kids to pick your own berries can be a treasured summer tradition. Kids get an up-close look at where their food comes from, and you save money because pick your own is cheaper than buying at the market or grocery store, and you cannot beat the freshness. Play your cards right, and laboring in the sunshine with a belly full of berries can also deliver a solid nap time.
Tips for Berry Picking
Typical harvest times:
Strawberries: mid-June through mid-July
Raspberries: July through mid-August
Blueberries: mid-July through mid-August
- Because harvest times and peak-ness are subject to change, check the website or call ahead before going.
- Check to see what they accept for payment. Some places only accept cash or local checks and do not accept any credit or debit cards. If you never carry cash, it’s good to plan ahead to make sure you have some on hand.
- Bring a small bucket with a handle for little ones.
- Berry juice can be a laundry problem; clothes that you don’t care about having stains are a good bet.
- The fields can be muddy if it has been rainy and poke-y with hay; choose shoes likely to keep the fun levels high and whining levels low.
Tips for what to do with your berries.
- Berries freeze very well—lay berries out on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper not to touch and freeze solid. Then simply put frozen berries into freezer bags or containers.
- Freezer jam is an easy way to preserve your berries. Pick up a box of pectin at your local grocery store and simply follow the directions on the back of the box.
- Fresh berries are great in pies, smoothies, on pancakes, in ice cream, in yogurt, and of course, eating just as they are. Many of the websites listed below have many great recipes and more tips for storing and using your berries.
We would love your feedback! Tell us in the comments where your favorite spot to pick is, any tips you have, or your favorite berry recipe.
Here is a roundup of pick-your-own strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries around Northeast Wisconsin.
5810 Heimke Ln, Abrams, Wisconsin
Pick-your-own strawberries. During Strawberry season, we are open every day from 6:30 am to 7:30 pm (as long as the weather cooperates & ripe fruit is available). Please call ahead.
2556 School Lane, Green Bay, Wisconsin
A family-friendly zone offering ‘pick-your-own’ strawberries. Only a mile from NEW Zoo so could be a great day outing of both berry picking and a visit to the zoo.
W9967 County Road XX, Bear Creek, Wisconsin
Blueberry picking. All-natural fertilizer and no pesticides. Located 3.5 miles south of Clintonville. “Blueberry Haven was great to do with little kids.”
2021 Season Opens June 10 with a limited supply due to frost damage.
N2299 Ledge Hill Rd, Hortonville, Wisconsin
Pick-your-own strawberries. Strawberry harvest is from mid-June until mid-July. Picking times are 6 am – 6 pm. Due to weather and crop conditions picking times may vary. Always call ahead for picking conditions. Children are welcome. Take a free wagon ride to the field.
N9895 Kluth Road, Clintonville, Wisconsin
Pick-your-own strawberries. Also, visit the goats.
Greiling Gardens Strawberries
INFORMATION FOR 2021: Hot weather has sped up ripening!
18215 Pleasant Road, Maribel, Wisconsin
Kraynik’s Berry Farm & Greenhouse
N3545 Church Rd, Kewaunee, Wisconsin
Malvitz Bay Farms
8678 County Road C, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
Pick-your-own strawberries. Regular, picking between 7 to 11 am daily during strawberry harvest.
3439 Lineville Rd, Green Bay, Wisconsin
Nature’s Finest Foods
4902 County Rd S, Oshkosh, Wisconsin
Pick your own strawberries and raspberries.
Polly’s Pumpkin Patch
INFORMATION FOR 2021: Open for picking from 6:30am – 4:30pm. Close early for heat, rain, or being picked out — call ahead.
N4367 Highway 57, Chilton, WI 53014
Pick-your-own raspberries and strawberries.
INFORMATION FOR 2021: Check on June 11th for picking to start!
W4314 State Hwy. 156, Bonduel, Wisconsin
(715) 758-8162 / (715) 584-2070
Pick-your-own strawberries, blueberries and raspberries.
Sunny Hill Farm
INFORMATION FOR 2021: Anticipating an early season.
1922 Oak Road, Green Bay, Wisconsin
7528 Manitou Dr, Two Rivers, Wisconsin
Notes: Meuer Farm has permanently closed for retirement.