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It’s strawberry season! Just think of biting into a juicy, ripe, berry that doesn’t need a tractor-trailer to reach your mouth!

Nearly every farm we’ve spoken to will not have pick-your-own strawberries until the second week of June. It’s a late season this year because the nights have been so cold.

There are farms that do have their strawberries for sale, even though the pick-your-own patches aren’t ready. Many farms have berries that are already picked, but picking your own is a lot of fun (and usually cheaper).

If you’re heading out to one of the many local farms that have PYO strawberries, here are some tips that may help:

  • Always call before showing up at the farm (especially this early in the season). Depending on the weather, berries may not be ripe or may be picked out. Ask them if you need to bring your own containers. It isn’t a bad idea to check out a farm’s website, which usually has good information.
  • Only pick firm, plump and fully red berries. Unripe strawberries won’t ripen after being picked. Grasp the stem just above the berry, between the forefinger and thumbnail. Then pull, with a slight twisting motion. Be gentle putting them in the container.
  • Help out the farmers by removing any rotten, bug-eaten or other “bad” berries. Rot will spread quickly to the “good” berries.
  • As far as strawberries are concerned, size DOESN’T matter. As long as they are completely red, they’re good to pick. Some even say that the smaller berries taste better.
  • The best time to pick strawberries is early on a cool, cloudy day. They’ll last longer than in the heat. Plus, you won’t end up looking like a berry from sunburn!
  • Once picked, keep them out of the sun and heat as much as possible. Cool them down as soon as you can. And never wash them until you’re ready to use them—moisture will hasten rotting. Here are some other tips on cleaning strawberries properly.
  • Try not to pile the berries more than 5 inches deep in your container. The ones on the bottom will start to bruise from the weight.
  • Don’t pick more than you’re going to use. Strawberries will quickly mold at room temperature and will only last a couple of days in the fridge. If you’re not going to use them right away, wash them, cut off the hulls and freeze them in a zipper bag (be sure to squeeze out as much air as possible).

Now that you know the ins and outs of PYO strawberries, it’s time to head to the farm. Here’s a list of some of the many Bucks County farms that offer PYO:

Brumbaugh’s Farm 2575 County Line Rd., Telford, PA 18969, 215.723.3508. Pick your own should start in early June.

Hellerick’s Family Farm 5500 Easton Rd. (Rt. 611), Doylestown, PA 18902, 215.766.8388. Strawberries for sale in early June.

Manoff Market Gardens 3157 Comfort Rd., Solebury, PA 18963, 215.297.8220. Strawberries available for purchase now. Pick your own will start around June 12.

None Such Farm Market 4458 York Rd. (Rt. 263), Buckingham, PA 18912, 215.794.5201. Strawberries available for purchase now. Pick your own starts Thursday, June 5.

Peace Valley Winery 300 Old Limekiln Rd., Chalfont, PA 18914, 215.249.9058. Pick your own starts Saturday, May 31.

Penn Vermont Fruit Farm Rt. 113 & Rolling Hills Rd., Bedminster, PA 18910, 215.795.2475. Pick your own projected to start in early June.

Sandy Ridge Farm Market 925 Sandy Ridge Road, Doylestown, PA, 215.340.1042. Because they planted late variety strawberries, they are not yet ready this season. Best to call ahead for availability.

Shady Brook Farm 931 Stony Hill Rd., Yardley, PA 19067, 215.968.1670. Pick your own strawberries now! Any time the market is open.

Solly’s Farm Market 707 Almshouse Rd., Ivyland, PA 18974, 215.357.2850. Strawberries available for purchase now. Pick your own starts in early June. Call ahead to find out.

Tabora Farm & Orchard 1104 Upper Stump Rd., Chalfont, PA 18914, 215.249.3016. Pick your own starts the second week in June.

The Market at Del Val by Shady Brook Farm 2100 Lower State Road, Doylestown, PA 18901, 215-230-7170. Pick your own strawberries – special event June 7 and 8.

Trauger’s Farm Market Rt. 611, Kintnersville, PA 18930, 610.847.5702. Strawberries available for purchase now. Pick your own projected to start first week in June.

If we missed any, PLEASE let us know. We’ll update the post.

Thanks to Rich Baringer for the original version of this post, and to Sarah Wingert for doing the research.

This post was updated on June 2, 2014

17 Responses to Pick-your-own strawberries in Bucks

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  2. Jen says:

    Last year we picked at Del Val Market – great chance to PYO and then have some great ice cream!

  3. Barbara says:

    We stopped at Penn Vermont today and saw no activity related to strawberries. Perhaps they’re not growing them this year????

  4. Cindy says:

    Thanks for the information. We love picking our own strawberries and this year we are fortunate enough to have our very own little patch. One thing I might add to your post is that strawberries that are still a little green ripen very nicely when set in a windowsill or in the sun. We often pick them a little early so that the birds or slugs do not get into the juicy, fully red berries.

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  6. […] local strawberries so this would be a great weekend to get out and pick-your-own (see our previous post on where to go) or pick some up at a local farmers’ market or farm market. If you’re too […]

  7. […] Local strawberries are just starting to show up, a little delayed by all the rain, but hopefully not washed away like two years ago. Do me a favor, however. When you see strawberries, or other berries, locally, let me know where you found them, and also ask the vendor where they are from (sometimes “local” is interpreted rather widely). For tips on where to go and how to pick berries, see Rich Baringer’s post from last May, Pick-your-own-strawberries in Bucks. […]

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  9. Jessica says:

    Do you know if any of these farms grow their strawberries without pesticides?

  10. Hi Jessica,

    I don’t know of any who use no pesticides, but Milk House Farm in Newtown Township does “low spray.” Brenda Slack, the farmer, could tell you more. You can reach her at: MHFM@verizon.net

  11. […] The word for this weekend? Berries. Strawberries are finishing up in Lower and Central Bucks but there are still plenty in Upper Bucks for another week or two. You can pick-your-own at Penn-Vermont Fruit Farm in Bedminster. They also have raspberries! Scott Guiser from the Penn State Cooperative Extension also told me that Penn-Vermont is one of the only places in Bucks you can get black raspberries and it is a short season. Tune into Penn-Vermont’s Facebook page for updates. Manoff’s Market Gardens in Solebury had the last of their strawberries when I stopped by this week, but said they would probably have raspberries and sweet cherries this weekend. Check their website or give them a call to check before going. They also have pick-your-own. For a full listing of where you can pick-your-own berries in Bucks County, see our previous post. […]

  12. […] This post has been updated for 2014. For a current list of PYO strawberry farms, please click here. […]

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  15. Suz says:

    2015: Is there any place that has strawberries for PYO that is “organic” or that doesn’t use any pesticides?

  16. Hi Suz,
    I don’t know of any PYO places that are organic, but both Blooming Glen Farm and Milk House Farm sell organic strawberries (at Wrightstown Farmers Market on Saturdays, or for Milk House, at their farm in Upper Makefield).

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