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15 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.

Here are some farms to go strawberry picking near Toronto.

Downey's Strawberry & Apple Farm

Head to the vibrant fields for strawberry picking at this Caledon farm seven days a week. They're open Monday to Sunday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Clean fruit baskets are provided on site, and include options ranging from 2 litres for $13 to 6 litres for $39. No reservations are necessary, as they operate on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Reesor's Farm Market

At this farm, market and bakery in Markham, you can pick your own berries by making an online reservation. Picking is allowed between 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, and 7 a.m to 5 p.m Saturday. The $14.25 reservation price includes access to the strawberry fields, and a 3-litre basket. 

Stonehaven Farms

This picturesque farm in Milton is offering PYO strawberries on a walk-in basis only. No resos are required, and they open from 9 a.m to 5 p.m daily. You must purchase your berry baskets prior to entering the field. Each basket allows admission for two people, and there is no additional admission fee.

Andrews Farm Market

Nestled southeast of the Niagara Escarpment, this Milton farm boasts 35 acres of strawberry fields. The market is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends, but the farm closes up one hour earlier. No pre-booking is required for PYO, walk-ins only and admission is paid upon entry for $15 plus tax.

Barrie Hill Farms

The farm in Springwater is open for strawberry picking Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on weekends from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. You must pay $7 to board the farm's wagon to enter the strawberry picking fields. Freshly picked strawberries run for $3.49 per pound. No reservations are required.

Organics Farm

This Markham farm hours for strawberry picking are weekdays from 9 a.m to 6 p.m and weekends from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. This farm is strictly reso and booking free, and offers access to the strawberry field on a first-come first-serve basis. Admission costs $14 per person and includes a 2-litre basket to pick your own strawberries.

Linton's Farm Market

Make your way to Oshawa is discover sprawling 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. The farm is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. until the last field entry at 3 p.m.

Brantwood Farms

Family-owned since 1891, this farm is coming back this year to give you another season of fresh strawberries. They're open 8 a.m to 7 p.m daily, and picking will be available at 89 St George Rd. Pre-paid baskets are available for purchase at $15 for 4 litres. 

Forsythe Family Farms

Pick your own strawberries is the big draw at this family farm in Uxbridge. To enter the strawberry fields, you must purchase a minimum of one basket per 2 adults. 3-litre baskets are available on site for $16 each. You can pre-pay for all your baskets online prior to your visit.

Rock Garden Farms

This lush farmers market in Caledon was founded in 1988 and offers PYO strawberries at an affordable rate. The farm is open for strawberry picking from 8:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. everyday. Strawberries are priced at $4.50 per pound, and this is the minimum weight you’ll have to pick per person.

Trapper Bob Strawberry Farm

This traditional farm has been growing strawberries for over 25 years near Newmarket. Operating hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday for pick-your-own strawberries. Entrance to the strawberry fields is priced at $5 and is reduced from your total purchase of berries at checkout. Freshly picked berries run for $3.25 per pound.

Josmar Acres

The Hamilton-area farm's u-pick patch is open on Monday to Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. All times are weather and crop dependent, so make sure to check the farm's website for the most recent updates. Plastic bowls or containers are not accepted for PYO strawberries. You can still purchase baskets on arrival for $1.

Tigchelaar Berry Farms

Located in the Niagara region, this pick-your-own strawberry farm is open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can bring your own baskets to this farm as long as they are clearly labelled with litre measurements. If not, new berry baskets are available for purchase on site. PYO strawberries run for $3.50 per litre.

Robintide Farms

This popular family farm located just outside of Vaughan has been operating for more than 50 years. 2 litre baskets at this farm run for $11.50, while 6 litre baskets are priced at $33. The farm has a minimum picking volume of 1 litre per person. 

Applewood Farm Winery

This family-run farm and winery near Port Perry is offering PYO strawberries once again this season. Admission to the farm runs for $13 per person and includes a 2-litre basket to pick-your-own berries. Additional baskets can be purchased based on volume, anywhere from 2 litres to 8 litres.

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Mick Haupt

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