Picking your own strawberries in Indianapolis at the u-pick strawberry patch is a summer tradition and Spencer Farm is a great setting for this delicious outing. One of my first summers in Indy, I spent an early evening grazing the fields, popping a berry in my mouth here and there and placing many aside in a cute green cardboard carton. Indy area strawberry farms open their gates and allow visitors to purchase pre-picked berries or head out to the fields and take part in a popular pastime. These days, I bring my children along and let them help me gather what we need to enjoy sweet berries atop our shortcake once we get home.
Spencer Farm is about 25 minutes north of Indianapolis in Hamilton County (7177 East 161st Street, Noblesville) but I would drive further for the fun experience that we had.
It was also neat to pick with other families and see them teaching their kids to pick and save the berries rather than shove them in their mouths. In case you anticipate that happening with your family, here is some information about how Spencer Farm grows their berries so that they CAN be eaten off the vine.
During picking season (generally May – June) Spencer Farm is open 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12p.m.-6p.m. Sunday.
The staff at Spencer Farm is very friendly and helpful; the facilities were clean and well kept. It takes us about 45 minutes to an hour to each pick 2 pounds of berries. The price is $2.25 per pound (2018 season) and totally worth it! I recommend bringing a small bottle of drinking water for each of your family members and sunscreen.