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.
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
U-Pick: A variety of red and white grapes
Location: Carroll Rd., Traverse City Phone: 231.947.2214
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
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
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
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
Offering family farming since 1910, Urka Farms has a specialty in delicious strawberries that you can pick yourself or purchase picked.
Location: 16919 Pole Road Brethren Phone: 231.477.5537
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
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
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
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.