Strawberries, Raspberries & Farms, Oh MY!
Last year I posted a round-up of Madison area farms that offer U-Pick strawberries, raspberries and other fresh produce. Being that it is already mid-May, there is actually some produce already making an appearance in the Madison area. Several places listed below have fresh asparagus for sale. Yum!
For berries, and other u-pick produce, here is what you need to know before grabbing your pails and heading out:
First of all, strawberries will probably be available at most places around Father’s Day weekend (mid to late June). Before heading anywhere, definitely call and make sure of the availability for “U-Pick”. A lot depends on the weather, so they could pop out earlier. I’ve included phone numbers and websites (if available) below so you can call around.
Secondly, many places offer both U-Pick and Pre-Picked berries. Some only grow strawberries, some only grow raspberries, and a few do both. I’ve also included whether or not places offer other U-Pick options beyond strawberries and raspberries in case you’re interested in trying apple picking this fall.
Finally, some farms (such as Lapacek’s or Eplegaarden) offer other family friendly activities – animals, hayrides, picnic areas, etc – so it’s worth checking out their websites if you are interested in packing a lunch or making a day out of your trip. If there is specific information I thought would be helpful about a farm, I included it under the “Other” section – such as prices, other activities, season schedule, etc.
Here are some of the Madison-area farms that offer U-Pick berries. I’m sure there are others that I’ve missed, and since I haven’t been to most of these myself, I’d love to hear your thoughts/opinions about them in the comments. Also, if you have any special jam or jelly recipes you’d be willing to share, I’m going to try my hand at making some this year.
Wishing you lots of strawberries and a wonderful summer!
LOCAL BERRY FARMS
Location: 2273 Fitchburg Road – Fitchburg, WI
U-Pick: apples, raspberries and pumpkins
Other: Raspberry picking begins mid-July and lasts until the first frost. They also offer fresh Asparagus by the pound beginning in May!
Location: 6837 Elder Lane – Sun Prairie, WI
Other: U-Pick only available Friday and Sunday, but phone ahead. Strawberry picking begins in mid-June. For CSA members, they also offer u-pick blueberries and tomatoes!
Location: 3760 W. Brigham Road – Barneveld, WI
U-Pick: Strawberries, peas and pumpkins
Other: U-pick strawberries available around the second week in June for 2-3 weeks. They also sell other produce including asparagus (already available!), rhubarb, potatoes, raspberries, sweet corn and more.
Location: 8079 Maurer Road – Cross Plains, WI
U-Pick: Strawberries, Raspberries, Blueberries
Other: Besides the Orchard, feed chickens, take a hayride or walk through their grounds. Strawberries available around mid-June, raspberries in early to mid-July and blueberries throughout July. Also sell sweet corn mid-July through mid-August and ice cream from the Chocolate Shoppe.
Location: 5683 Lincoln Road – Oregon, WI
U-Pick: Strawberries, Raspberries and Grapes
Other: Strawberry season typically begins around mid-June, but varies based on weather. Raspberries typically available until early or mid-October.
Location: 103 Oakland Road – Cambridge, WI
Other: Prices: U-Pick – $1.55/Pound or Pre-Picked – $3.50/Pound
Location: 1477 County Road T – Marshall, WI
Other: Strawberry season generally mid-June to July 1. Also sell sweet corn, tomatoes and other veggies in late July and August.
Location: 5396 Hahn Road – DeForest, WI
U-Pick: Strawberries, Raspberries
Other: They offer U-Pick or pre-picked options, veggies for sale and a petting zoo. Also check out their pumpkins in the fall.
Location: N1959 Kroncke Road – Poynette, WI
U-Pick: Raspberries, veggies, pumpkins
Other: Also offers gift shop, picnic area, farm animals. Also sells pre-picked blueberries and apple cider donuts on Saturday mornings. Open for picking in August.
Location: N5802 Hwy. 151 – Beaver Dam, WI
Other: In addition to U-Pick strawberries, they also have peas, tomatoes, honey, hickory nuts, syrup and a bakery!
Location: 2074 Sutter Drive – Mt. Horeb, WI
U-Pick: Raspberries and Apples
Other: Raspberry season begins around Labor Day weekend. Also, enjoy picking apples or pumpkins, a corn maze, wagon rides and more.