5 Farms to Visit for Pick-Your-Own Strawberries
The season is short, but the berries will soon be ripe for picking (and eating).
Blog updated by April Federico.
Strawberry season is a short and fleeting time from early- to mid-June to early July (if we are lucky). 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.
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 June 8 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. Pick-your-own strawberries are $2.85 a pound, or $6.50 per pre-picked quart in the farmstand.
Hours: Daily, 8 a.m.−5 p.m. but check Salisbury Farm’s Facebook page for updates on availability before you go.
Sweet Berry Farm’s pick-your-own season began June 8. The strawberries have started to turn from green to deep red and are quickly disappearing off the bushes. Picking only goes for a few weeks! Throughout the summer, visitors can also pick raspberries, blueberries, peaches and blackberries.
Hours: Daily, 8 a.m.−7 p.m., but check the website for updates or call with any questions 401-847-3912.
Pick the freshest strawberries straight off the plants at Four Town Farm. Pick-your-own begins Friday, June 15, but they stagger the fields, so check for updates before you go to make sure each day’s field has not been picked over, says a message on Four Town Farm’s Facebook page. “For the next few days, we anticipate getting picked out for the day by the early afternoon. We highly recommend calling the farm stand at 508-336-5587 to confirm that the fields are still open and that we have not been picked out for the day.” Many of Rhode Island’s top chefs and bakers source berries and other produce from this farm, and trust us, it makes a difference when it comes to baking pies and cooking meals. The raspberries will also soon ripen toward the end of July. You can also stop by the farmstand to pick up some pre-picked batches, and purchase all kinds of local produce and baked treats.
Hours: Pick-your-own begins at 9 a.m., until the fields are picked over. The farmstand is open for produce pickup Mon.−Fri., 9 a.m.−6:30 p.m. and Sat.−Sun., 9 a.m.−6 p.m.
895 Middle Rd., Portsmouth, 401-683-1254, facebook.com/QuonsetViewFarm
Strawberry-picking season has officially launched at Quonset View Farm, open daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Check in on the Facebook page for updates on availability. This 140-acre farm was founded in 1915, and guests can 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 quart too. Pick your strawberries from June to early July. Pay with cash only.
Hours: Daily, 8 a.m.−7 p.m.
89A Country Dr., Charlestown, 401-364-9930, earthcarefarm.com
While public pick-your-own hours are not available for the 2018 season due to the high demand for the small farm, there are still a few other options to enjoy Earth Care Farm strawberries. You can still pick strawberries (and taste a few while you pick) on Tuesdays in June from 1−3 p.m. The berries will help support Hope’s Harvest and will be donated to local food banks. Group bookings of five people or more are also available in June (children welcome) by appointment.only. You must call 401-364-9930 to book. The quarts are available for $5 each to purchase. The name of the farm says it all; each and every product is compost-produced and organic. You can thank owner and farm advisor Mike Merner for teaching us that composting will be our future and that it’s also earth-friendly and beneficial to animals. Earth Care Farm produces strawberries, rhubarb, peas, carrots and garlic.
Hours: Tuesdays from 1−3 p.m. for Hope’s Harvest to be donated to local food banks. Groups of five or more can also be booked throughout June by appointment only. Call 401-364-9930 to book.