Northern Michigan U-Picks: The Best Places to Hand Pick Local Fruit

Spending a few hours or an afternoon at a Northern Michigan U-Pick farm doesn’t only land you lots of fresh fruit, it provides a fun, healthy afternoon that the whole family can enjoy. Whether you’re on the hunt for strawberries, cherries, blueberries, raspberries, apples, or peaches, you name it, Northern Michigan has it. So upon spring’s arrival, we suggest setting a game plan to visit each of these U-Pick locations in peak fruit harvest.

Buchan’s Blueberry Hill:

Now operating under the 5th generation, Buchan’s Blueberry Hill is a 100-year-old, family operated farm offering an abundance of fruits for picking in addition to homemade goodies.

U-Pick: Blueberries, Apples and Peaches

Location: 1472 Nelson Rd. Traverse City Phone: 231.223.4846

Grey Hare Inn Vineyard:

The Grey Hare Vineyard is a bed and breakfast featuring an orchard, vineyard and bay views. Offering a variety of grapes, Grey Hare Inn supplies table side and wine making grapes for picking.

U-Pick: A variety of red and white grapes

Location: Carroll Rd., Traverse City Phone: 231.947.2214

Hoxsie’s Farm Market:

Hoxsie’s market offers fresh, homegrown fruits in addition to baked goods and locally made goodies. As a fall time favorite, this market provides hayrides and a corn maze.

U-Pick: Apples and Pumpkins

Location: 6620 M-72 East Williamsburg Phone: 231.267.9087

Potter Road Raspberries:

Providing Northern Michigan with a hardy supply of summer and fall raspberries, Potter Road Raspberries is a perfect stop when it comes to pleasing your craving for this delicious seedy fruit.

U-Pick: Raspberries, Cherries, Nectarines, Peaches, Rhubarb, Jostaberries, and Plums.

Location: 282 Potter Road Traverse City Phone: 231.947.6457

Rennie Orchards:

Family operated since 1938, Rennie Orchards now offers 16 varieties of cherries and 16 varieties of apples and other fruits. Featuring U-Pick starting in July, fall apple wagon rides and a cornfield maze, it’s perfect for a family outing.

U-Pick: Cherries, Peaches, Apples, Pears, and Apricots

Location: 11221 Munro Road Williamsburg Phone: 231.264.8387

Stoney Beach Farm:

With a focus on hydroponic strawberries, Stoney Beach Farm is a perfect U-Pick location if you are looking for healthy fruits without the use of synthetic chemical pesticides.

U-Pick: Strawberries and Saskatoons

Location: 1875 Gray Road Traverse City Phone: 231.534.4671

Urka Farms:

Offering family farming since 1910, Urka Farms has a specialty in delicious strawberries that you can pick yourself or purchase picked.

U-Pick: Strawberries

Location: 16919 Pole Road Brethren Phone: 231.477.5537

Friske Orchards:

A Northern Michigan favorite and the 2011 U-Pick Red Hot Best winner, Friske Orchards offers a variety of delicious fruit and fun activities for the whole family to enjoy.

U-Pick: Strawberries, Cherries, and Apples

Location: 10743 N. U.S. 31 Atwood Phone: 231.599.2604

King Orchards:

Offering fruit stands, farm markets and orchards, King Orchards operates hundreds of acres of local fruits, specializing in tart cherries used for pie making. Yum!

U-Pick: Cherries, Peaches, Apricots, Pears, Apples and Plums

Location: 4620 N M-88 Central Lake Phone: 231.544.6479

Kiteley’s Farm Market:

A second generation owned and operated farm with a view of Lake Charlevoix. Bring the whole family to pick red, purple and black raspberries or strawberries!

U-Pick: Raspberries, Strawberries and Flowers

Location: 3805 Brock Road, Charlevoix Phone: 231.547.2318

Royal Farms Inc:

With a distinct focus on cherries and their health benefits, Royal Farms is a great place to get your fix of Northern Michigan cherries, after all, it is the cherry capital of the world.

U-Pick: Cherries, Peaches and Apples

Location: 10445 North US 31 Ellsworth 231.599.3222

Peak Harvest Times:

  • Apples: August – October
  • Blueberries: July – August
  • Cherries: Mid June – July
  • Pears: August – October
  • Nectarines: July – August
  • Peaches: July –  August
  • Plums: July – September
  • Raspberries: July – September
  • Strawberries: May – July
  • Grapes: August – September

With all of these farms and many more, you’re certain to find your favorite fruit at Northern Michigan u-picks. Most farms and u-pick locations open in May or June, but call or visit the farm website for more information.


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