Pick-your-own strawberries ripe and ready

By: Joel Schipper Email
By: Joel Schipper Email

The first couple of weeks in June are prime for strawberry picking and this year's crop is looking very good according to local growers.

Edison Farms in North Liberty in St. Joseph County is just one of many places benefiting from the wet season so far. Heavy rain early helps the berries - but hurts them when as the season progresses.

Local growers say to look for the medium-sized berries, which usually have the most flavor, instead of always looking for the biggest berries.

“Big rains destroy your berries and big hail and things like that so our season varies a lot from year to year on weather,” said farmer Max Edison.

The berries at Edison Farms don't have pesticides on them. They are open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. and is located at 63185 Redwood Rd in North Liberty.

Another farm that is open for picking is in Plymouth. It is located at 13720 12th Rd. in Plymouth, about 2 miles south of downtown. They are open from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday until the berries are gone. To contact them you can call (574) 935-3392.

There is also a farm in Dowagiac that will open for picking on Friday, June 10. It is located on M-51 just four miles south of Dowagiac and will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. To reach them you can call (269) 535-2481.

For more you pick produce locations just click on the Big Red Bar.

Blueberry picking usually begins around July 1st.

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