Northern Michigan bursts at the seams with summer strawberries. The region is home to several strawberry farms that sell to local groceries, host their own farm stands or let you pick right from their fields. Here are some great choices:
Bardenhagen Berries Gary and Christi Bardenhagen and their son Steve grow 12 to 20 acres of berries at Horn Road and Eagle Highway near Lake Leelanau. No stand, but find their berries at Tom’s, Oleson’s and Glen’s grocery stores across the region and in Leelanau County at The Covered Wagon, Hansen Foods, The Leland Mercantile, NJ’s Grocery and Anderson’s Glen Arbor Market. 231-271-3026.
Estelle’s Strawberry Patch U-pick or picked to order. Nine miles west of Gaylord on Alba Road. 989-732-7424.
Friske OrchardsFarm market. 10743 North U.S. 31, Atwood. 231-599-2604.
Kitely Farms U-pick 03805 Brock Rd. (near Ironton), Charlevoix. 231-547-2318.
Price Farms Staffed strawberry stand open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. M-204 just east of Lake Leelanau. 231-256-7385.
Urka FarmsFarms in Brethren and Kingsley have both U-pick and farm stands. 16919 Pole Rd., Brethren, 231-477-5537; and at M-113 and M-37, Kingsley. 231-263-4507 or 231-223-9292.
Ware Farm Six acres of certified organic U-pick and farm stand strawberries at U.S. 31 and Alkire Rd., three miles north of Bear Lake 231-864-3242.
For more strawberry farms, go to the Michigan Land Use Institute’s local farm guide at localdifference.org.
Emily Betz Tyra is associate editor of Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine.[email protected]
Note: This article was first published in June 2006 and was updated for the web February 2008.