5 Farms to Visit for Pick-Your-Own Strawberries
The season is short, but the berries will soon be ripe for picking (and eating).
Strawberry season is a short and fleeting time from 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.
11 Peck Hill Rd., Johnston, 401-942-9741, salisburyfarm.com.
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 pick-your-own strawberries season will begin on Wednesday, June 12, and lasts about four to five 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 farm stand.
Hours: Daily, 8 a.m.−5 p.m., but check Salisbury Farm’s Facebook page for updates on availability before you go.
915 Mitchell’s Ln., Middletown, 401-847-3912, sweetberryfarmri.com.
Sweet Berry Farm’s pick-your-own season began June 9. 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! The strawberries grown by Sweet Berry Farm are known for their unique sweetness and bright red color. Also offered during strawberry season are fresh-baked goodies, such as strawberry scones, bread, and jams, as well as a build-your-own strawberry shortcake kit with house-made shortcakes. 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.
90 George St., Seekonk, Massachusetts, 508-336-5587, fourtownfarm.com.
Pick the freshest strawberries straight off the stem at Four Town Farm. Pick-your-own is looking like it will begin the weekend of June 15, but this date is tentative so be sure to call ahead or check their Facebook page. At the start of the season, the strawberries get picked over quickly, so check for updatesbefore you go to make sure the field is still open. 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. Despite pick-your-own strawberries getting a late start, pre-picked and packaged strawberries are available at the farm stand, as well as other local produce and baked treats.
Hours: Pick-your-own begins at 9 a.m., until the fields are picked over. The farm stand is open for produce pickup Mon.−Sun., 9 a.m.−6 p.m.
895 Middle Rd., Portsmouth, 401-683-1254, facebook.com/QuonsetViewFarm
Strawberry-picking season at Quonset View Farm will officially begin on Thursday, June 13, and they will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 6:30 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 for $6. Pick your strawberries from June to early July for $2.25 per pound. Pay with cash only and bring your own containers, as plastic bags will no longer be provided.
Hours: Daily, 8 a.m.−6:30 p.m.
- Brandon Family Farms
592 Fairgrounds Rd., West Kingston, 401-932-6481, facebook.com/Brandon-Family-Farm
Brandon Family Farms opened for pick-your-own strawberries on June 9. The farm hopes their season will last through June, but it is always a good idea to call ahead to make sure there are still berries that need pickin’. If you simply want to pick up a pre-picked quart, call the farm stand ahead of time so that they can have some ready for you.
Hours: Fri.–Mon., 9 a.m.–5 p.m.