One of our favorite activities in the summer is visiting a local farm and picking our own fruits and vegetables. Luckily in the Indianapolis area we have many options for picking our own produce, a favorite is u-pick strawberry farms, but if you like berries, Driving Wind Berry Farm is the place to be!
Driving Wind Berry Farm is located at 64th and Michigan Road, and if you’re not looking for it, you may miss it, but I assure you that it’s a must-do in midsummer! Driving Wind typically opens for u-pick strawberries for a little over a month at the beginning of June and then the blueberries and blackberries are ready for picking starting in early July.
Upon arriving at the farm we were met by Josh Welch, Indianapolis native, now based out of Russiaville, who owns and operates Driving Wind. He pointed out one of his children working in the small farm store (this is a whole family endeavor!), and we headed toward the netted blueberry plants. The green netting protects the farm’s 5 different blueberry types from hungry birds and ducking under it made my children feel they were stepping into a fruit picking adventure.
Driving Wind isn’t a large farm, but the berry picking was plentiful, and if you ask my boys they’d tell you that “even the green ones” are delicious!
It’s best to pick in the morning to be sure they aren’t over picked. So, bring a picnic brunch and eat on the deck overlooking the farm on top of the farm store. It’s complete with several picnic tables and a great view. After picking, and a snack, check out the farm store for local produce, local ice cream, an adorable t-shirt, or some awesome local (of course!) honey. Be sure to stop by and see the chickens and, our favorite, the very vocal donkey, on site, as well.
The Driving Wind Facebook page has regular updates regarding the beginning of the U-Pick season, and berry availability for the day.
6410 Michigan Road