Best Spots for Strawberry Picking near Indianapolis

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It’s the strawberry picking season in Indiana! Ready for all the tips on strawberry picking near Indianapolis? As soon as the berries start to ripen and the fields open, we plan at least one outing to stock up on fresh produce for the season.

If you are ready to embark on a berry-filled adventure and pick your own strawberries just a stone’s throw away from Indianapolis you are in luck. I’ve got my favorite (which I’ll share later) but I still like to switch things up and try one of the other spots every once in a while! Whether you’re a seasoned strawberry picker or a first-time enthusiast, the fields are ripe and waiting for you.

Let’s dive into the juicy details of where to find the best strawberry-picking spots near the city and how to make the most of this delightful seasonal activity.

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strawberries in a field

When to Pick Strawberries in Indiana?

Strawberries are the first berries that are ready for picking in Indiana. The first batch is typically ready in early June, although you might find a few places with strawberries available in late May. The strawberry patches are typically only available for picking through mid to late June.

Although they are only available for a few weeks, fresh strawberries are delicious and the easiest berry to find for u-pick near Indianapolis. So, mark your calendars and get ready to savor the freshest berries of the season!

Where to Pick Strawberries Near Indianapolis?

No matter what side of the city you live in, there is probably a place to pick strawberries near you. From my suburb in the north, Hamilton County, to the southern outskirts of Greenwood, and everywhere in between, there’s a patch waiting to be explored. Whether you’re located in the heart of downtown or reside in the suburbs, you’re never far from the joy of harvesting your own sweet strawberries.

Spencer Farm Strawberry Sign

1. Spencer Farm on the North Side of Indianapolis

Located in Noblesville, Indiana, Spencer Farm is where I always pick my strawberries. If you live North of Indianapolis or in Hamilton County, it’s a convenient strawberry-picking option, and my personal favorite.

In addition to several strawberry fields for picking, Spencer Farm also has a small farm market where you can purchase produce, ice cream, and other goodies. Plus, if you don’t have time to pick your own strawberries, you can grab some pre-picked ones at the market.

If you happen to miss the strawberry picking season, mid to late June you can pick raspberries at Spencer Farm. With all that it has to offer, it’s quite easy to spend a lovely afternoon with your family picking berries and exploring Spencer Farm in the sunshine.

🍷 Insider tip: Spencer Farm also has a winery! So after an hour of picking strawberries, relax with a glass of wine.

2. Driving Wind Berry Farm on the Northwest side of Indianapolis

Inside the circle, you’ll find Driving Wind Berry Farm. As the name suggests, it’s a great place within the city to pick your own berries.

In addition to strawberry picking in early June, Driving Wind is well known for its blueberry picking a little later in the season. Plus, you can pick blackberries too! As an urban farm, it has a very different feel than a typical Indiana farm – but that makes it a unique and special place to visit.

🌼 Insider tip: Want a beautiful bouquet of flowers? Driving Wind also offers u-pick flowers!

3. Waterman’s Family Farm on the Southeast side of Indianapolis

Heading southeast on 465 you’ll encounter Waterman’s Family Farm. Although they do have a second location in Greenwood, it’s often closed until Fall.

After picking your strawberries, pick up a nice variety of other fresh produce grown locally or brought in from other farms at peak freshness.

4. Beasley’s Orchard on the West side of Indianapolis

Beasley’s Orchard has strawberry picking available for a few weeks in early June. Located in Danville, just outside of Indianapolis, Beasley’s also has a wonderful, really large farm market.

After the strawberries are gone, raspberry picking begins in late June through mid-July, so that’s another fun berry-picking opportunity! And, after you’ve spent a few hours at the orchard picking your berries, head over to Danville for plenty of other fun things to do (and some amazing restaurants too!).

🍎 Insider tip: Beasley’s is very well-known for its fall apple picking, pumpkins, and fall festival atmosphere, so absolutely plan a trip back!

Why Pick Your Own Strawberries?

Picking strawberries can be a bit rough (sitting on the ground, no shade on a sunny day, bending over constantly), so why is it such a popular thing to do?

U-pick farms create family memories

Although it can be a lot of work, picking strawberries can also be a terrific way to create family memories. As the weather in Indiana is just starting to be consistently nice, it’s a fun way to get outside and enjoy it as a family.

Many families (including mine) pick strawberries together every year. It’s the way they kick off summer. Anytime you do something annually, it has the potential to become a cherished family tradition.

freshly picked strawberries in a cardboard box

Strawberry picking is also something the whole family can do. Even though your toddlers may end up eating more strawberries than putting them in the basket, they can participate and have a good time learning a bit about where their food comes from.

Have teens? They can be strawberry-picking machines, and you can get uninterrupted time to have conversations with them while you are in the fields.

Even grandparents can come along and enjoy strawberry picking. They appreciate the time with the kids as well as ending up with a basket of delicious berries.

Nothing tastes better than freshly picked strawberries

Sun-kissed, just-picked from-the-patch strawberries are so much better than the uniform ones you pick up at the grocery store. There is really no comparison.

Although you might pay a little more to pick them yourself, you are guaranteed that they are fresh. Plus, since you are doing the work, every berry will meet your standard!

Tips for the best strawberry picking experience

The most important strawberry picking tip? Call ahead. Before you leave your house, call the berry farm to be sure that they are open and that there are strawberries to be picked. There is nothing more disappointing than loading up the family, driving to the farm, and discovering that the strawberry fields are closed.

Strawberry field for u-pick near Indianapolis

The other important caveat is to temper your expectations to meet your picking crew. If you have toddlers with you, don’t expect to pick pounds upon pounds of strawberries. With little kids, you are there for the experience, not quantity.

Finally, be prepared for the weather by wearing sunscreen and a hat – there isn’t shade in strawberry patches. If you have sensitive skin, consider long sleeves or pants and go in the morning when the sun isn’t as hot.

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FAQs about picking strawberries near Indianapolis

What is the best month to go strawberry-picking?

In Indiana, early June is the best month to pick strawberries.

What weather is best to pick strawberries?

A warm sunny afternoon is the best time to pick strawberries as this is when they are at their juiciest.

How do you keep your strawberries fresh?

Don’t wash them until you plan on eating them, keep them in the fridge and try to consume them within a week for the freshest-tasting berries.

Conclusion: Picking Strawberries Near Indianapolis

The strawberry fields near Indianapolis are ripe for exploration, offering a bounty of fun and of course, fresh fruit for families. Whether you’re drawn to the charm of rural farms or the convenience of urban patches, there’s a picking spot perfect for any preferences.

So, grab your baskets, gather your loved ones, and embark on a berry-picking adventure that promises to be as delightful as it is delicious. With memories to be made and strawberries to be savored, there’s no better way to celebrate the season than by immersing yourself in the vibrant fields of Indiana. Happy picking!

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Ready to go pick strawberries? Here are the best places to pick strawberries near Indianapolis. If you live in the area, you are sure to find a place to pick strawberries near you! #supportlocal #strawberries #Indiana
Ready to go pick strawberries? Here are the best places to pick strawberries near Indianapolis. If you live in the area, you are sure to find a place to pick strawberries near you! #supportlocal #strawberries #Indiana