It’s Strawberry Picking Time in Michigan

Nothing compares to the taste of Michigan strawberries.  They are sweet and delicious. June is the month during which you can go to a berry farm and pick your own strawberries. The strawberry season in Michigan lasts about three weeks.  Berry picking is fun for adults and kids, alike.

One of the farms we found, located in Oakland County, is Middleton Berry Farm in Ortonville. From I-75, take Exit 84 (Baldwin Rd.) Go north on Baldwin Rd 10 miles to Oakwood Rd, turn left; the farm is one mile on the left.

The price is very reasonable; $1.59 per pound, the same as last year. Containers are furnished free. Unfortunately, they do not offer pre-picked berries. They accept cash, checks, VISA and MasterCard.

Tips for Picking Strawberries

  • Pick only completely red berries. Strawberries will not ripen after you pick them.
  • Do not remove the hulls or rinse the berries until you are ready to use them.
  • Store berries in a cool place (preferably the refrigerator) until ready to use.

The hours for the week of June 19 are:

  • Monday through Saturday mornings, 7:30 – 11:30 AM
  • Monday through Friday evenings from 5:00 – 7:00 PM

Note: This is the peak week for picking; evening hours may be available this week only.

It is best to call their Hotline (248) 628-1819 or check their website, http://www.middletonberryfarm.com/ in case there are any changes to the hours

If you are wondering what to do with your strawberries, other than just eating them, there are several recipes, on line, for making jam, pies, shortcake and other delectable goodies. Middleton offers their own recipes for strawberry pie and strawberry smoothies

Middleton Berry Farm also offers U-pick raspberries (from the end of July through October), pumpkins, a petting farm and wagon rides in October.

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