12 Weeks of Summer: Week 4

strawberriesOne of the best parts of summer is the summer fruit. Peaches, nectarines, plums, melons and berries are such a great part of the summer landscape, and while many of these fruits aren’t native to Minnesota, a few of them are.

And, you can pick them yourself!

Strawberries are in season now, and there are many area farms that you can visit to pick your own.

Soon, you’ll be able to do the same with blueberries and raspberries, too.

Of course, it all depends on the weather, and this year that’s particularly true. Our delayed and incredibly wet spring have thrown off the typical dates for availability, but we can tell you that strawberries are now ready to be picked!

Picking your own berries is a fun activity for people of all ages, and we’ve listed a few places you can visit now to do just that:

The Berry Patch – Forest Lake
Hours: Saturday and Sunday – 8:00 am until 2:00 pm
Monday through Friday mornings – 8:00 am until 1:00 pm
Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday evenings – 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm
They ask that you check their website before heading out the confirm hours and conditions.


Berry Hill Farm – Anoka
Hours: Monday through Sunday 7:00 am until 12:00 pm but check their website or Facebook page to confirm before heading out. They grow strawberries, rhubarb and raspberries here.


Lorence’s Berry Farm – Northfield
Hours: 6:00 am until 2:00 pm daily
Tuesday through Thursday evenings – 5:30 pm until 8:00 pm
For more information, check out their website.


Afton Apple Orchard – Hastings
Don’t let the name fool you! You can pick your own strawberries there now!
Hours: Sunday through Wednesday – 7:00 am until 3:00 pm
Thursday through Saturday – 7:00 am until 7:00 pm
Call before heading out – 651.436.8385 or visit their Facebook page.


Natura Farms – Marine on St. Croix
Hours: Tuesdays and Saturdays – 10:00 am until 6:30 pm
They may be open other times during the week depending on the weather, so check out their Facebook page or call 651-433-5850 for current conditions.

Have fun and happy picking!


Curious about the other weeks of summer? Check out Week 1 by clicking here, Week 2 by clicking here, and Week 3 by clicking here

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