Strawberry season is outstanding this year in Southeast Michigan. This morning I spent 1.5 hours at Rowe's today, and picked 35 pounds. That's nearly 12 pounds every 30 minutes. The berries were so plentiful and ripe, it was almost impossible to not find a good spot to pick. Last week's hot weather ripened up the berries, and they are at perfection right now! And if we're lucky, that perfection will last for several more weeks.
I went by myself, but I was't alone. Lots of families were out with their children. While I picked I got to enjoy other people's stories, like the mother who talked about how she has a bowl of apples, and her young daughter once took a bite out of every apple and put them back in the bowl so that the bites were not visible! Said daughter was busy eating strawberries almost faster than they could pick them.
U-Pick Strawberry Farms in SE Michigan:
- Rowe's Produce Farm — this has been my go-to farm for strawberries for years. (Mainly because they are the closest one to me.) Get on their email list and get up-to-date announcements on crop conditions.
- Whittaker's Berry Farm — out in Monroe, past Dundee. They also have an email list.
- DeGroot's Strawberries— people on the NW side of Washenaw County may find DeGroot's more conveniently located.
- Long Family Orchard — north of Novi in Oakland county. Their strawberry season does not appear to have started yet.
Other u-pick farms in SE Michigan — pickyourown.org has a regional list of Michigan u-pick farms.