Where to go Strawberry Picking
The GTA offers a fair number of family-friendly spots where you can pick your own strawberries, all within an easy drive, that will guarantee your sweetest summer yet. Grab the kids and head out to a Pick-Your-Own Farm for a day of family fun… It's going to be a different picking experience this summer, with no family activities, but fruit picking is possible. Here's where to go!
Andrews Scenic Acres/Scotch Block Winery
Admission and berry picking will start again on Friday, June 19, 2020. Wagon rides will be limited to persons with mobility issues. Weekdays: $6/person (hst included) - Weekends & Holidays: $12/person (hst included). Seniors (ages 65+): 1/2 off admission. Families with 3+ kids get 1 FREE admission. Children under age 3: FREE.
Applewood Farm & Winery
Applewood Farm will not be open to the public for the 2020 strawberry season. Due to the layout of their farm and the necessity of wagon travel, the farm does not feel the public can harvest the berry crop in both a safe and effective manner.
Barrie Hill Farms
Strawberry picking will be open in late June or early July. Check website for updates. The farm is asking that you wear a face mask when visiting the pick-your-own farm. There will be no wagon rides and customers need to walk to picking area. Customers must maintain social distance at all times. Pickers must pick in their assigned rows. Curbside pickup is also available if you want to pick up orders.
You can book a strawberry row at $14. Booking reserves one row for strawberry picking. It includes the minimum purchase of berries and a picking basket to take home. Additional berries and baskets can be purchased in the patch. A maximum of 5 people, including children, are permitted per row/booking. You can reserve your date/time slot online.
Mount Albert, ON
With restrictions put in place, Brooks Farms is happily reopening PYO Strawberries starting on Thursday, June 18 from 8am - 6pm daily. Last admission is 5pm. Groups must consist of 5 people or less and must remain together at all times. Baskets must be purchased from the farm.
Downey's Farm Market & Winery
Downey's Farm Market is open for strawberry picking every day of the week during the season but will have different hours for each day so check website. Safety guidelines have been implemented and masks are required to enter farm. Baskets will also be provided.
Forsythe Family Farms
In response to COVID-19, the farm is offering online shopping. There are no updates yet on Pick-Your-Own farms so check website for more info.
Hamilton Area, ON
Josmar Strawberries are here! A great supply of pre-picked strawberries is available in their farm market. U-pick will be opening around June 20. Visit their website for updates.
Organics Family Farm
Rate is $12 per person 3 years old and up to enter the field. This price includes a 2 litre basket of pick your own strawberries. Should you wish to pick more, it is $6/lt. Due to Covid-19, the farm will not be weighing the fruit this year. Strawberries will be sold by volume only. Containers will be provided.
Peart's Strawberry Farm
Farm owners have retired so there is no more PYO at the farm.
RedBarn Berries & Veggies
The Farm Store is now open with curbside pick up. There are no updates for PYO so contact the farm directly.
Reesor Farm Market
Reesor’s Pick Your Own Strawberries will be open late June to early July 2020. Opening day and picking hours can vary according to weather conditions. Online booking is available for Reesor’s PYO strawberry fields, allowing physical distancing to keep you and staff safe.
Ready picked strawberries will be available starting June 20 and Pick Your Own strawberries will start on June 22 with safety guidelines and modifications made to the strawberry PYO process.
Trapper Bob Farm
The farm is currently open for PYO Strawberries. Check their Facebook page for hours and updates.
FARMS WITH READY-PICKED STRAWBERRIES
Al Ferri and Sons
Fresh picked available at the farm in June & July.
Barry’s Best Berries
Zephyr, ON | 905-640-1345
No website - Call for updates
Things you need to know before you go Strawberry Picking
• Availability depends on the weather and traffic in the fields, so be always check the farm's website or call ahead for the schedule the day you plan on going.
• Many farms will offer time slots to book ahead to limit the number of guests on the farm.
• On the farm’s website, check if there are other activities kids will enjoy in addition to picking. During COVID-19, activities will not be available.
• BYO baskets or containers (or check websites to see if they are available on site.) During COVID-19, you must use the farms' containers.
• Many farms are asking you to wear a mask so come prepared.
• Be aware that farms get “picked out” and crops might be ready before or after the times listed on the website or their Facebook pages.
• Wear comfortable clothes and shoes that you don't mind getting dirty. Wear sunscreen and hats. Bring water.
• Avoid strollers. They don't do well in the fields.
• Have hand-wipes available. Little hands and fingers can get very dirty.
• Don’t have time to pick your own berries? Most locations will also sell their berries at their farm stands.
• Bring your camera to capture all the memories.