Strawberries that have been freshly picked at a strawberry farm do not compare to the strawberries you buy at Toronto area grocery stores. Pick-your-own strawberries are fresher and sweeter than the berries you buy at the store. Picking your own strawberries is also cheaper than buying ready-picked strawberries. Plus, it gives you a great excuse to make strawberry jam, strawberry preserves, strawberry shortcake or just sprinkle fresh strawberries on your yogourt or even salads. If you are wondering where to go strawberry picking near Toronto, we’ve listed several pick-your-own strawberry farms in the Toronto area.
Reesor Farm Market, Markham
Reesor Farms is one of the closer farms regarding strawberry picking near Toronto. They offer pick-your-own strawberries, sweet corn, and pumpkins. The Reesor Farm sells many prepared goods they have made in-house including fruit pies, pumpkin pies, bread, muffins, cookies, preserves, honey, maple syrup, apple butter and apple cider. The cost of pick-your-own strawberries is to be announced; strawberries will be ready around Monday, June 24, 2019. You may bring your own containers; however, containers are available for purchase for $.50. Individuals must purchase a $4 U-Pick Strawberry Field Admission card while families/groups must purchase a $15 U-Pick Strawberry Field Admission card. The card covers the first $4/$15 worth of strawberries picked. When picking strawberries, Reesor Farm advises to pick deep red berries since green strawberries will not ripen once picked. The Reesor Farm Market is at 10825 Ninth Line, Markham, 905-640-4568. Take Hwy 404 to Major Mackenzie Drive, drive 11 kilometres east until Ninth Line, turn left on Ninth Line for 2 kilometres. Reesor Farm hours are Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. from June 2019 to October 2019.
Stonehaven Farm Market, Milton
Pick your own strawberries at this Milton farm from mid-June to early July. Stonehaven Farm offers a prepaid flat rate system using small (2 lb.) and large (4 lb.) containers only. Prices for 2019 to be announced. A minimum small container purchase is required for every two persons age 5 and up. No food or drinks are allowed except baby bottles and/or sip cups. Last entry for pick-your-own strawberries is 4 p.m. Stonehaven Farm Market is located at 7388 Guelph Line, Milton, 905-878-1870.
Andrews’ Scenic Acres, Milton
This Milton pick-your-own strawberry farm also has pick-your-own raspberries, blueberries, gooseberries, currants, apples, sweet corn and pumpkins. You can also pick your own flowers including lilies, dahlias, sunflowers and gladioli. Pick-your-own strawberries begin around June 15, 2019. Admission to the picking fields begins June 22, 2019 although this is weather dependent and is $5 per person (ages 3+) weekdays and $10 per person (ages 3+) weekends. Admission includes access to farm animal corral, wagon rides, playground, straw mountain climb and walking paths. Seniors (65+) receive half off admission. Strawberries are $4.25 per lb. Andrews’ Scenic Acres is open every day from May 2, 2019 to October 31, 2019 including holidays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Andrews’ Scenic Acres is located at 9365 10th Sideroad in Milton, 905-878-5807 (enter Halton on GPS). Take Hwy 401 west to Trafalgar Road (Exit 328), drive north for 7 kilometres to Sideroad #10 (Ashgrove), turn west and drive for another 7 km.
Strawberry Creek Farms, Newmarket
Pick your own strawberries near Toronto at Strawberry Creek Farm, Newmarket. The farm also offers pick-your-own raspberries, peas and beans. Prices for 2019 are to be determined. Strawberries should ready at the beginning of July 2019. They also sell a variety of vegetables, baked goods, Kawartha Dairy Ice Cream, free range grain fed chicken eggs, Sheldon Creek milk products, pastas and pasta sauces and frozen meat pies in their onsite market. Strawberry Creek Farm is located at 17471 Woodbine Avenue, Newmarket, 905-868-9996.
Applewood Farm & Winery, Stouffville
This Stouffville farm offers strawberry picking near Toronto. Admission to the farm is $10 and this includes $10 worth of pick-your-own strawberries with basket, weekend wagon rides, nature trails, family playground and farm animals. You can also bring your own container measured in litres or quarts and you will receive a $10 credit on larger containers. Pick-your-own strawberries are 2 litres $10, 3 litres $13, and 4 litres $16. Applewood Farm & Winery is located at 12416 McCowan Road, Stouffville, 905-640-5357.
Downey’s Farm Market, Caledon
Downey’s Farm Market has pick-your-own strawberries beginning June 28, 2019. Pick-your-own strawberries are $3 per lb. Bring your own containers or buy containers at the farm (bags are not allowed). There is a $5 per person picking charge that will be deducted from strawberries purchased at check-out. Pick-your-own raspberries are available from early July 2019. There is a $5 per person picking charge that will be deducted from raspberries purchased. Pick-your-own raspberries are $4.50 per lb. Family play area includes calves, llama, sheep, rabbits, goats, and mini-putt golf. Downey’s Farm Bakery features freshly made bread and pies. No outside food, drinks or pets are allowed. Open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, Sunday and Holiday Mondays from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Downey’s Farm Market is located at 13682 Heart Lake Rd., north of Brampton, 905-838-2990.
Brooks Farms, Mount Albert
Brooks Farms offers pick-your-own strawberries, raspberries, Saskatoon berries, gooseberries, snow and sugar snap peas, red and black currants, apples, squash, and pumpkins throughout the year. All produce is available pre-picked. Strawberry picking is $2.75/lb; strawberries should be ready at the end of June 2019. Bring your own baskets or purchase them for $2 each. There is a $3 prepaid charge per customer entering the strawberry fields. This amount is credited towards the final amount of berries picked. Pre-picked fruit is about half the price of picked fruit so it pays to pick your own. Brooks Farms is located at 122 Ashworth Road, Mount Albert, 905-473-6192. Drive north on Hwy 404 to the Vivian/Mulock exit at Newmarket. Turn right on Vivian Road. Drive east to Hwy 48, turn left on Hwy 48 and turn right on Mount Albert Road. Drive 2 km. east to Durham 30 and Ashworth Road where you’ll find the farm ahead on the left.
Strawberry picking near Toronto is a great social activity, whether you are with family or friends. Let us know in the comments if there are other strawberry farms where you can pick-your-own-strawberries in Toronto.
I have to go strawberry picking with my youngest son. He LOVES strawberries so much!!! My oldest hates them so we can go when he’s in school. 🙂
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