It seems like Columbus has so many great strawberry farms to visit for the kickoff of summer! But did you know there are more berries to be picked?! Don’t forget about blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries too. Most of the U-Pick Berry Farms listed below are just a short drive from Columbus and could make a great day trip! Each farm offers a variety of berries, while others specialize in just one type. Due to the wet spring we had this year, berries seem to be slightly behind schedule.
The blueberry season usually starts the middle of June through the end of June. Raspberries and blackberries will be ready mid- July. The farm websites below provide the kickoff dates and will be updated as the juicy goodness is ready to be picked. Be sure to call and/or visit their sites BEFORE you go as dates change and varieties sell out as they are picked.
U-Pick Berry Farms
Blueberry Patch: Mansfield (1 hour from Columbus). This would be a great meeting point if you have family up North! Check their website, but the blueberries should be ready for you mid-June. Raspberries and Blackberries will be ready at the beginning of August. Also, a stop at Little Buckeye Children’s Museum or a ride on a hand-carved carousel at Richland Carrousel Park would make a super stop.
Mitchell’s Berries: Plain City (20 minutes from Columbus): Black Raspberries and Summer Red Raspberries will be coming at the end of June!
Folck Family Farm: Mechanicsburg (55 minutes from Columbus): Berry season to begin soon!
Lynd Fruit Farm: Pataskala (20 minutes from Columbus) Raspberries begin in mid-June through early-July and Blackberries are mid-July through early August. They have peaches too!
Blue Sky Farms: Marysville (35 minutes from Columbus) Blueberry picking to begin in July!
Champaign Berry Farm: Urbana (less than 1 hour from Columbus). They anticipate opening at the end of June (hopefully by June 20, 2019) but check their website often for updates.
The Maize at Little Darby Creek: Milford Center (located 30 minutes from Columbus) Black and red raspberries information will be updated as soon as it’s available.
Stir Family Farm: Ashville (45 minutes from Columbus). Black Raspberries should be ready soon!
Deer Creek Berry Farms: Mount Sterling (less than 25 miles from Downtown Columbus) Picking starts in early July. Large blackberries, but limited quantity because it is a newer farm.
What an awesome opportunity to show your kids where the food they are eating is coming from. We hope your picking is plentiful, your recipes are delicious, and the memories are full of sunshine, smiles, and stained faces. Happy Picking and sampling!