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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. Baskets will be provided, and fruit will be 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 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This year, baskets will be provided at the entrance and all fruit is paid for prior to entering. No reservations are necessary, as they operate on a first-come, first-serve basis. All guests are required to wear a face mask. 

Brantwood Farms

Family-owned since 1891, this farm is coming back this year to give you the season's latest home-grown fresh strawberries. They're open from 8 a.m to 7 p.m daily, and picking will only be available at their second location (89 St George Rd, Paris). Pre-paid baskets will be charged by the litre, with a minimum purchase of 1 lite per person. Pre-booking will not be available this summer, and masks are required when checking in and out of the farm. 

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, 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 2 adults and 2 children, and washrooms will be available on site for sanitation before and after picking. 

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 6 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, and 7 a.m to 5 p.m Saturday. Your reservation price includes a new basket for you to fill with strawberries to take home. Monday to Thursday 7:00 am to 8:30 am is reserved for seniors. 

Forsythe Family Farms

Pick your own strawberries is the big draw at this family farm in Uxbridge. An online COVID-19 screening questionnaire must be comepleted before your visit. 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. Their hours are weekdays from 9 a.m to 6 p.m with entry to the field open until 5:15 p.m, and weekends from 9 a.m to 5 p.m with the field remaining open until 4:15 p.m. 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 and pay an admission fee of $3.50. Picking will be charged by the litre, before entering the field. 

Lead photo by

Rich Smith. With files from Liora Ipsum.

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