Picking strawberries in the greater Waukesha County area seems to be a rite of summer. My social media feeds fill up with friends posting pictures of their finds, and then their creations of tarts, pies and jam!
Lake Country Family Fun has compiled a list of places near you that you can pick your own strawberries in Southeastern Wisconsin. So go out and get a little dirty and enjoy the farms for a day. Please call ahead, check the strawberry farm and strawberry patch websites or Facebook pages to make sure they are still picking before you head out! Many strawberry farms and strawberry patches are weather and traffic dependent. The best time of day to pick strawberries is early in the morning! Get up and get out there 🙂
OUr top Tips (from experience):
- Call ahead. Don’t make the drive only to find out they are done picking for the day.
- Pick early and wear sunscreen.
- Bring baby wipes along for those red fingers.
- A kneeling pad or towel may be helpful.
- Select only the firm, fully red strawberries as they do NOT ripen after they are picked.
- You can freeze berries that you don’t use right away – just wash, cut the hulls off and put them into an airtight ziplock bag.
About this Family Farm
Welcome to Mayberry! At our farm we believe in providing fresh, delicious and beautiful berries for you to enjoy. We are first-generation berry growers with a deep passion for faith, family and farming. We have many new products for 2021 along with the same great strawberries that have been growing on our farm for more than 40 years. Our you-pick and ready-picked strawberry season will begin in mid-June.
Please check their picking updates website https://mayberryfarmsupdates.com/for daily information posted there regarding when we’ll be picking/conditions. Don’t forget to follow them on Facebook & Instagram and/or call (920) 387-3696 for updates as the season approaches.
Special Notes for 2021:
Mayberry will continue to use the 1 gallon picking buckets. Cost of the bucket is $15 each. If you buy more than one, you get $1 off per bucket and when you return the bucket you will get $1 off/bucket towards your next purchase. Buckets hold approximately 6 pounds of strawberries.
They highly encourage families with children of all ages to pick their own strawberries. It’s a great way to get outside, enjoy the summer air and learn more about where your food comes from.
Many people ask if it’s okay to bring a stroller to the farm and their answer is YES! With wide walking paths between the rows, they are stroller friendly. Their helpful staff will be more than happy to accommodate you and your family – make sure to ask at check-in and they will always do their best to meet your needs.
10 SE WISCONSIN STRAWBERRY U-PICK FARMS
Keep checking back closer to early to mid-June for more specific opening dates for each farm. This post is updated often.
1. MAYBERRY FARMS
W2364 Cty Rd Y, Mayville, WI 53050
They have many new products for 2021 along with the same great strawberries that have been growing on our farm for more than 40 years. Our you-pick and ready-picked strawberry season will begin in mid-June. Their hours are 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. Get all your up to the minute harvest updates here.
2. Apple Barn Orchard and Winery
W6384 Sugar Creek Road, Elkhorn, Wisconsin
OPENS 6/11! Their patch will be open everyday from 7-6. The store is open 9-6 daily during strawberry season. Apple Barn Orchard and Winery features an open orchard and a farm where you can pick your own strawberries, apples, and pumpkins when they are in season. Already picked Strawberries will be available at the Apple Barn until sold out. They will reopen for in store shopping when the strawberry season begins mid June 2021.
3. Barthel Fruit Farm
12246 N Farmdale Rd Mequon, WI 53097
In mid-June our berry harvest begins. The season usually lasts three to four weeks, dependent on the weather. All of our strawberries are sold on a Pick Your Own basis. Hours during strawberry season can change daily. This is due to the weather and how quickly the strawberries ripen. Please call us before driving out to confirm our hours for that day. They still prefer cash as payment and they also accept all credit and debit cards. If the weather is nice and we have enough ripe berries we will be open 7 days a week 8-6. Call at (262) 242-2737 with questions.
4. Basse’s Taste of Country Farm
3190 County Line Road, Colgate WI 53017
Basses is now 100% cashless. Weather conditions and berry availability may change at any time, always call ahead before coming to visit. Their strawberry hotline can be reached at (262-628-3866). *The More You Pick, The More You Save!* Check out their new pricing system by clicking the link below, and a reminder that they are CASHLESS (credit, debit, local checks, and mobile payments only) See their pricing page here –https://www.bassesfarms.com/upickpricing.
5. Brehmer’s U-Pick Pumpkins & Strawberries
5805 Clover Rd, Hartford, Wisconsin 53027
The market is now open. Opening day is Friday June 11th 2021 at 7:30am. Only picking in the early variety, there is a limited supply and berries are on the small side this year. Bring your family to this chemical free farm to pick your strawberries! During picking season, opens at 7:30 am and closes at 6:00 pm. They are open everyday unless the patch gets picked through. Call to ensure berries are ready for picking (262) 673-6527. Go to their facebook page to stay in the loop on when they will be ready.
6. Jelli’s Market
N5648 S. Farmington Rd, Helenville, WI
OPEN FOR PICKING! Not only do they have strawberries, but they have a variety of farm fresh food and products (like beautiful flowers in their greenhouse) on their farm. Farm store now open daily 9-5. They have picked strawberries ready to be bought, or you can hop on the Kubota for a ride out to the strawberry patch to pick your own. They open for strawberry picking from 7 am until 7 pm. Check their Facebook to stay in the loop.
7. Thompson Strawberry Farm
14000 75th Street Bristol, WI 53104
OPEN FOR PICKING! Opening on Tuesday, June 8, 2021! Their new strawberry farm is located only 1 mile west of their home farm. They will be open Monday, Tuesday, and Friday at their home farm (on Highway 50). Wednesday, Thursday, and the weekend will be at the new location (Corner of MB and K). They will have signs up indicating which field will be open. They have strawberries in the June month, and then Raspberries in August! They also have sunflowers and pumpkins later in the year. Their hours will be Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 6:00 pm and Saturday through Sunday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Their peak of the season is usually around 10 days after they start.
5396 Hahn Road DeForest, WI 53532
OPEN FOR PICKING. Per a statement, “We will be opening our 2021 Strawberry Season Sunday June 6th.” Daily hours will be from 8am-7pm! They look forward to seeing you in the Patch early June 2021 this year, Additional to Strawberries they will be having fresh peas and other vegetables. THey update as we get closer. If you have facebook please add them for updates.
10. Lutz Family Farm
1477 County Road T Marshall, WI 53559
They hope to have strawberries around June 10, 2021. They are a small family farm located a short drive from Madison, Wisconsin in Marshall. They offer already-picked and u-pick strawberries during strawberry season (usually mid-June – July 1) and sweet corn in late July and August. Please check their daily picking update for availability and hours today. Or, like our Facebook page – search Lutz Family Farm – to stay up-to-date on what’s fresh!
ANOTHER OPTION – GRACIE’S BERRIES in Cambridge
103 Oakland Rd Cambridge, WI 53523
Gracie’s Berries is a family run company and welcomes u-pickers of all ages, as well as customers wishing to by-pass the picking process.
Please call the berry hotline at 608.423.9594 or message our Facebook page to place a pre-picked order for more than 5 pounds to ensure we can have your order freshly picked for you. We have ripe berries, but the first few days of the season typically offer limited quantities. Please check our Facebook page before coming to see if we have been picked out.
7am-1pm Monday through Saturday
Kirschbaum’s Strawberry Acres – CLOSED in 2021
N5802 Hwy. 151, Beaver Dam, WI 53916
Closed in 2021 for strawberries, but may do Christmas trees. Owner is retiring so call Stan @ 920-210-2080 for berry supplies and equipment.
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