5 Farms to Visit for Pick-Your-Own Strawberries
The season is short, but the berries are ripe for picking (and eating).
Strawberry season is a short and fleeting time from mid-June to early July. As quickly as the berries emerge and ripen, they are gone just as fast. Be sure to head to one of these local farms so you can pick-your-own ruby red berries and incorporate them into pies, shortcakes, salads or straight from stem to mouth.
S. County Trail, Exeter, 401-294-2044, schartnerfarms.com
Park your car in the big lot and then follow the signs and the straw-covered path to strawberry picking out in the expansive fields. You’ll stop at the stand to pick up a wooden basket or cardboard box, then pick to your heart’s content. Staff members will weigh the berries when you get back and you can also purchase some freshly baked shortcakes and berry jam by the jar.
Hours: Mon.−Fri ., 7 a.m.−noon and 4−7 p.m., and weekends 7 a.m.−7 p.m.
There’s also a drive up stand for picking up berries that have already been boxed. It’s open noon−6:30 p.m. daily.
Visit Four Town Farm in Seekonk and pick the freshest strawberries straight off the vines. Many of Rhode Island’s top chefs and bakers source berries from this farm, and trust us, it makes a difference when it comes to baking pies. The raspberries are also starting to ripen, and availability will be limited for at least a week until they get going. Four Town Farm also have a few fun recipes for you to try, including blue-cheese stuffed strawberries and strawberry cucumber ice pops.
Hours: Daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until the berries are gone.
Head out to Johnston to Salisbury Farm, which is well known for its corn maze and pumpkins in the fall. This farm grows several strawberry varieties to extend the very short season into the summer. The berries ripen at different points so that the farm always has a great supply for picking. The season just got rolling last week and lasts two to three weeks. Bring your own container, or purchase one at the farm. Available container sizes include pints, quarts and six-quart flat boxes.
Hours: Daily, 8 a.m.−5 p.m. but check Salisbury Farm’s Facebook page for updates before you go.
Sweet Berry Farm’s pick-your-own season begins in June when the strawberries turn from green to deep red and quickly begin disappearing off the bushes. Picking started over a week ago and there’s probably less than two weeks left to go! Throughout the summer, visitors can also pick raspberries, blueberries, peaches and blackberries.
Hours: Daily, 8 a.m.−7 p.m., but check the website or call with any questions 401-847-3912.
895 Middle Rd., Portsmouth, 401-683-1254, facebook.com/QuonsetViewFarm
Head to this 140-acre farm that was founded in 1915 to pick ripe strawberries overlooking the shoreline of Aquidneck Island. The potato farm grows strawberries in the late-spring and early-summer and harvests spuds later in the season. Pre-picked berries are available by the for quart for $6 each.
Hours: Daily, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.