There’s nothing like the sweet taste of sun-ripened strawberries picked straight from the plant. Strawberry picking and the picking of berries 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. The car will smell sweet on the drive home from the boxes of 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.
Where to Pick Your Own Strawberries in Indy
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 berries are ripe, typically the first part of June, after the ripening season. Open daily during berry season, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
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Driving Wind Berry Farm
6410 Michigan Road, Indianapolis
Driving Wind Berry Farm is famous for its urban blueberry farm, but they also have strawberry picking, right here in Indy! At this unique farm, berries are grown in hanging planters around eye level, meaning 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. Open during strawberry season, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Saturday. New in 2022, Driving Wind has added a café and U Pick flower field. If you plan your trip while there are overlapping crops in season, you can return home with a whole bounty of goodies! They even have wagon rides!
Strawberry Farms North of Indianapolis
Spencer Farm U-Pick Strawberry Farm
7177 East 161st Street, Noblesville
In addition to delicious strawberries (expected end of May), you’ll find other you-pick produce like black raspberries, asparagus, and more at Spencer Berry 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 any knowledge they have regarding storing, eating, and sharing your berries. U Pick strawberry season is expected to begin at the end of May.
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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. Normal upick hours begin at 9 a.m. each morning. Don’t forget to stop in for their famous cider slushies!
6000 WCR 700 South, Daleville, Indiana
Landess Farm typically offers u-pick produce hours 7:30 am-8:30 am on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Their strawberry festival takes place on June 12 & 19, 2022. Choose from fresh fruit and vegetables
Other Berry Farms near Indianapolis
Zink Berry Farm
5878 S. Skinner Road, Morgantown
This berry farm offers u-pick raspberries, currants, blueberries, and blackberries. Call for info and schedule.
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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 berry, making the experience easy and painless for even the smallest berry pickers! The farm has also ensured that their 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
Once a year, bring your $7 and grab a delicious strawberry shortcake topped with ice cream on Monument Circle. This summer rite of passage is a “must-do” every year!
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Strawberry Festival at Waterman’s Family Farm
Admission is free. Celebrate the berry season with U Pick strawberries, food trucks, and 30+ craft vendors. 2022’s event is scheduled for Saturday, June 4, from 9-5, and Sunday, June 5, from 10-5.
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Did you know that honey bees are essential in farming? After picking your own fruit, head to Hunter’s Honey Farm and get “hands-on” with the bees and learn about honey.
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 generally is about three weeks in length. We also recommend that you bring cash to pay for your berries, some places are not equipped to take a credit card. Wear sunblock and sunglasses, there is no shade in berry picking! Missed strawberry season? You might love apple picking, which starts in August in Indiana.