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15 farms for strawberry picking near Toronto

Strawberry picking in and around Toronto is a summertime tradition, not to mention a major hit of nostalgia for anyone who grew up in southern Ontario. In most cases, you'll have to leave the city 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 fields for strawberry picking at this Caledon farm starting June 20th. They're open Monday to Sunday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Clean fruit baskets are provided on site, and include sizing options ranging from 2 litres for $14 to 6 litres for $42. They operate on a first-come, first-serve basis, so no reservations are necessary.

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 7 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, and 7 a.m to 6 p.m Saturday. The $15 reservation price includes access to the strawberry fields, plus a 3-litre basket. 

Strawberry Creek Farms

This Newmarket farm is family-owned and operated, offering locally grown fruits and veggies, fresh baked goods, and pick-your-own strawberries, peas, raspberries, and pumpkins later in the season. If you stop by Monday to Saturday, there's no admission charge.

Andrews Farm Market & Winery

Nestled southeast of the Niagara Escarpment, this Milton farm boasts 35 acres of strawberry fields. The market's open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends (the farm closes at 5 p.m.). It's walk-in only, so no pre-booking is required for PYO. Admission ($15 plus tax) is paid upon entry.

Barrie Hill Farms

This 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. No reservations are required, but you have to pay $7 to board the farm's wagon to enter the strawberry picking fields. Freshly-picked strawberries run for $3.49 per pound. 

Organics Farm

Hours for strawberry picking at this Markham farm are from 9 a.m to 6 p.m on weekdays and from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. on weekends. It's strictly reservation- and booking-free, and offers access to the strawberry field on a first-come first-serve basis. Admission costs $15 per person and includes a 2-litre basket.

Linton's Farm Market

Make your way to Oshawa is discover this sprawling market. Pricing for PYO strawberries is done by container, rather than weight. The farm is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m Monday to Saturday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays. 

Brantwood Farms

Family-owned since 1891, this Paris farm is back this year to give you another season of fresh strawberries. They're open 8 a.m to 7 p.m daily, and pre-paid baskets are available for purchase at $15 for a 4-litre option. 

Forsythe Family Farms

Pick your own strawberries are a huge draw at this family farm just outside Uxbridge. PYO baskets are sold by volume and you must purchase a minimum of one basket per 2 adults to enter the strawberry fields.

Rock Garden Farms

This lush farmer's market in Caledon was founded in 1988 and offers PYO strawberries from 8:00 a.m. to 7 p.m. everyday. They're priced at $4.50 per pound (this is the minimum weight you’ll have to pick per person).

Heeman's Farm

This family-run farm has been providing fun a for London for 60 years, across 300 acres of crops. You can pick your own strawberries from Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a Heeman's basket. You can purchase a basket with the price of strawberries, or bring one from previous years, ranging from $9.75 for a 2L and $25.75 for 6 quarts.

Josmar Acres

Located between Hamilton and Brantford, this farm's u-pick patch is open on Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. All times are weather- and crop-dependent, so make sure to check the farm's website for the most recent updates. You can 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 along, 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 $4 per litre.

Robintide Farms

This popular family farm located north of Vaughan has been operating for more than 50 years. 2-litre baskets run for $12.75, while 6-litre baskets are priced at $38.25. 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 is $14 per person and includes a 2-litre basket. Additional baskets can be purchased based on volume ranging from 2 litres to 8 litres.

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