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Farm Fresh

Where to pick summer’s sweetest fruits — and recipes to make at home

Bowl of fresh-picked strawberries from Hellerick's Family Farm, Doylestown, PA

Bowl of fresh-picked strawberries from Hellerick's Family Farm, Doylestown, PA

Is there anything sweeter than biting into a juicy, plump, red strawberry on a hot summer day? The experience is all the more delightful when you select your berries fresh from the field.

Besides the yum factor, when you pick your own fruit, you’re supporting local, often family-owned farms and you tend to get the freshest crops available. Kids can learn where their food comes from in a truly hands-on way.

We asked local farmers what’s available for public picking this summer, their tips to select the best crops and recipes using fresh-picked fruit. Select a fruit to learn more:

 

Strawberries

 

 

Cherries

 

 

Blueberries

 

 

Raspberries

 

 

Blackberries

 

 

Peaches

 

 

Plums

 

Remember: Picking dates in our guide are approximate and depend on the weather and demand for the crop. Always call a farm or visit its website to confirm a crop is available before you visit!

 


Download and print the guide as a PDF:

Pennsylvania farms
New Jersey farms
Delaware/Maryland farms


Stephanie Halinski is calendar editor of MetroKids.

Fruit photos courtesy of www.pachd.com

 

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