If you’re searching for “strawberry picking near me,” you’re about to learn that there is no shortage of options in the Indy area. There’s nothing like the sweet taste of sun-ripened fresh strawberries picked straight from the plant. Luckily, you won’t have to drive far to find a place to harvest your very own delicious berries.
Strawberry picking in Indianapolis is a popular early summer tradition for many local families. The little ones tend to eat their weight in berries as they move down the rows in the strawberry patch. The car will smell sweet on the drive home from the boxes of fresh-picked berries and the juice that stains tiny hands and faces.
What month is best for strawberry picking? When is Indiana strawberry season? It all depends on the weather. In the past, we’ve picked strawberries during the Indy 500 race day, and in other years, we’ve picked during the month of June. We always recommend calling the farm you wish to visit ahead of time to verify that they will have ripe berries for you to pick. Most farms also regularly update their Facebook pages and other social media with info about hours and availability during berry season.
Strawberry Picking Near Me in Indianapolis
Start dreaming of all the strawberry treats you can create with your bounty: shortcakes, muffins, jam, chocolate-dipped berries, or fresh berries all on their own. Find “strawberry picking near me” and plan your visit for late May or early June.
Waterman’s Family Farm
7010 E. Raymond Street, Indianapolis
Not only can you find sweet, red strawberries for picking at Waterman’s Family Farm, but you’ll also find other seasonal produce such as sugar snap peas, beets, sweet corn, peppers, tomatoes, and pumpkins. Call ahead to confirm the availability and to be sure that they weren’t “picked out”. U-pick will begin when the strawberry crop is ripe, typically the first part of June, after the ripening season.
Driving Wind Berry Farm
6410 Michigan Road, Indianapolis
Driving Wind Berry Farm is famous for its urban blueberry farm. Over the years, they have expanded to offer strawberry picking, right here in Indy! At this unique farm, berries are grown in hydroponic, vertical planters around eye level. This means no stooping and squatting as you pick! The season is longer here too. Driving Wind’s ever-bearing berries produce fruit until the first frost, around October. In 2022, Driving Wind added a café and stage to host weekend entertainment. If you plan your trip while overlapping crops are in season, you can return home with a whole bounty of goodies. During strawberry season, the farm is open Tues-Fri, 7 am-2 pm, and Sat, 9 am-2 pm.
Strawberry Picking Near Me North of Indianapolis
Spencer Farm U-Pick Strawberry Farm
7177 East 161st Street, Noblesville
In addition to delicious strawberries, which are expected at the end of May, you’ll find other U-pick produce like black raspberries, asparagus, and more at Spencer Farm! The strawberry picking season runs for about three weeks. Spencer Farm grows several varieties of berries that you can pick during those three weeks, as they are ready at different times. In the middle of June, return to Spencer Farm to pick your own blueberries and raspberries. Stop by the Spencer Farm Winery while you’re there!
Bell’s Strawberry Farm
16447 State Road 38, Hagerstown
Visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic basket for lunch and there is a play area for your kids to enjoy. Parking is located close to the berry fields. The Bells have containers for the berries you pick and are willing to share their knowledge regarding storing, eating, and sharing your berries. U-pick strawberry season is expected to begin at the end of May.
Beasley’s Orchard Strawberry Picking
2304 E Main Street, Danville
Beasley’s Orchard offers a lot of family fun during the fall and their farm market is adorable beyond description. In early June, head to the farm to pick your own strawberries. Arrive early in the day so you’re sure to have plenty to pick and don’t forget to stop in the market for their famous cider slushies! Return to the farm throughout the summer and fall for raspberries, sunflowers, apples, pumpkins, and more.
6000 WCR 700 South, Daleville, Indiana
Landess Farm typically offers U-pick strawberries during limited weekday hours beginning in early May. They also host a strawberry festival in mid-June (2023 date TBA). Throughout the harvest season, you can also grab pre-picked produce at Landess farm stand locations in Anderson and Muncie.
Other Berry Farms near Indianapolis
Zink Berry Farm
5878 S. Skinner Road, Morgantown
This berry farm offers u-pick raspberries, currants, blueberries, and blackberries. Something delicious is ripening throughout the summer season. Call for info and schedule.
Wild Blackberry Farms
10728 S 700 W, Fortville, IN 46040
Blackberry season usually lasts from early July through early September at Wild Blackberry Farms. This farm grows a thornless variety of blackberries, making the experience easy and painless for even the smallest berry pickers! The farm has also ensured that its picking areas are handicap accessible. Grab a container, call ahead to be sure there are berries available, and enjoy a summer morning harvesting sweet, juicy blackberries!
Strawberry Festivals in the Indianapolis Area
Indy Strawberry Festival
125 Monument Circle, Indianapolis
June 8, 9 am-4 pm
Once a year, bring your $8 and grab a delicious strawberry shortcake topped with ice cream on Monument Circle. This summer rite of passage is a “must-do” every year!
Strawberry Festival at Waterman’s Family Farm
7010 East Raymond St., Indianapolis
June 3-4, 10 am-5 pm daily
Celebrate the berry season with U-pick strawberries, food trucks, 30+ craft vendors, and some favorite kids’ activities from the popular fall festival. Waterman’s recommends purchasing your tickets online ahead of time. Save some money by selecting the two-day pass or the Family Pass.
St. Michael’s Strawberry Festival
Noblesville Courthouse Square, 839 Conner Street, Noblesville
June 17, 11 am-5 pm
This strawberry festival is held alongside the Nickel Plate Art’s HATCH Fest, as well as the town’s Juneteenth celebration. Grab a delicious shortcake served up by members of St Michael’s Episcopal Church, then stroll the arts and crafts booths throughout Noblesville’s town square.
Tips for Berry Picking
- As with all activities and events on Indy with Kids, we recommend that you call ahead to confirm that there are self-picking times available.
- Strawberry picking season is about three weeks in length. Berries typically ripen towards the end of May and are available through early-mid June.
- We also recommend bringing cash to pay for your berries, as some places are not equipped to take a credit card.
- Wear sunblock and sunglasses — there is no shade in berry picking!