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10 farms for strawberry picking near Toronto

Strawberry picking in and around Toronto is a summertime tradition and a source of nostalgia for anyone who grew up in southern Ontario. In most cases, you'll have to leave the city proper to go pick your own berries, but it's a totally delicious and fruitful experience. Just note that things are a bit different this year.

Here are some farms to go strawberry picking near Toronto.

Brooks Farms

Just an hour drive from Toronto, this farm has a great selection of strawberries to pick. The farm is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily with last admission at 5 p.m. This year fruit is sold by the basket and not by the weight in an effort to reduce lines and limit points of contact.

Downey's Farm Market

Head to the fields for strawberry picking at this Caledon farm seven days a week. They're open Monday to Friday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday to Sunday 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This year, baskets will be provided at the entrance and all fruit is paid for prior to entering.

Brantwood Farms

While you'll find strawberries in this Brantford farmers' market you can also book to reserve your own row for picking this July. Each booking costs $14 and reserves one row for strawberry picking. It includes the minimum purchase of berries and a picking basket to take home.

Stonehaven Farm Market

This picturesque farm is found in Milton. Pick your own strawberries are now offered on a walk-in basis only. No reservations will be accepted. You must purchase your berry baskets prior to entering the field. Each basket allows admission for 2 adults and 2 children.

Reesor Farm Market

At this farm, market and bakery on Ninth Line in Markham, you can pick your own berries by making an online reservation. Picking is allowed between 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Thursday and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday to Saturday. Your reservation price includes a new basket for you to fill with strawberries to take home.

Forsythe Family Farms

Pick your own strawberries is the big draw at this family farm in Uxbridge. To minimize touch points baskets must purchased before entering the patch.  The price is based on the cost of a full basket. 

Organics Family Farm

This Markham farm opens to the public annually at the beginning of strawberry season. This year they've reopened with a number of COVID-19 procedures in place including asking pickers to wear masks and limiting time to about an hour. 

Andrews Farm

Nestled southeast of the Niagara Escarpment, this Milton farm boasts 35 acres of strawberry fields. No pre-booking is required for PYO, walk-ins only and admission is paid upon entry.

Linton's Farm Market

Make your way to Oshawa is discover sprawling farm market. Similar to other farms this year, PYO strawberries will not be done by weight. It will be done by container. Payment will be made before entering the field. Everything is final sale, no refunds.

Murphy's Farm Market

Located just over an hour north of Toronto is where you'll discover this Alliston farm. Here you'll need to book your strawberry picking outing in advance. Picking is offered in 1L and 3L options and you can purchase as many as you would like.

Lead photo by

Rich Smith. With files from Liora Ipsum.

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