Strawberry Season has arrived! Local farms are preparing for a busy summer of luscious strawberries, many farms even took advantage of the slow 2020 season and increased their field sizes. In our household, my daughter loves strawberries so she gets summer excited for the pick your own strawberries season. I have been taking my daughter strawberry picking every summer since she was a baby as there are so many great strawberry picking farms near Brampton. Living in the Halton region I am lucky that there are many local farms in Brampton and area that we can visit and explore farm life for the day. The first year we visited Downey’s farm and the second year we tried a different farm and visited Andrew Scenic Acres for strawberry picking. We also love to visit Downey’s farm in the fall for the best apple picking in Brampton.
The Best Strawberry Picking Spots Near Brampton
Strawberry picking is great if you want to make a recipe with fresh fruit, or even use the strawberries in a fresh smoothie. I am currently trying to eat healthy and work off all the added baby weight so I have been looking for healthy recipes and found Strawberry Oatmeal bars and thought they would be best with fresh strawberries, or if your looking for a not so healthy dessert checkout our Strawberry Chocolate Pudding Parfait. You may also be interested in making some fresh Strawberry Lemonade after the hot sun while strawberry picking. My daughter loves both animals and strawberry picking so a day at the farm is a perfect outdoor adventure.
When is the best time to go Strawberry Picking?
The Strawberry Picking season usually runs from mid June until mid July.
Some tips for Fruit Picking in Ontario with Kids:
- Wear comfortable shoes as you will have to do a little bit of walking to get into the fields
- If going with a young child, you must carry or babywear as strollers and wagons are not allowed in most fields
- Wear sunscreen and a hat as it can be very hot in the strawberry fields
- Carefully place your fruit into your containers so you don’t squish them
- Dont overfill the baskets or the strawberries will become squished
- Grab the stem just above the berry and pull with a slight twisting motion, or as my toddler says “pull, pull”
- Most farms are providing the baskets at a small cost due to Covid so please leave your own containers at home
Here are the Pick Your Own Farms near Brampton where you can pick Strawberries:
We’ve gathered up a list of our favorite pick-your-own strawberry spots for all you strawberry-loving kids, jammers, and bakers.
Downey’s Farm in Brampton – 13682 Heart Lake Road Brampton, ON L7C 2J5 STARTING JUNE 17TH
The strawberry fields are located at both Downey’s Strawberry & Apple Farm and Downey’s Farm Market across the road. Strawberries are the first to ripen each spring, so the Strawberry picking season will begin on June 19th. While your at Downey’s farm don’t forget to stop at visit the Downey’s Farm Market that offers the freshest, locally grown fruits and vegetables direct from the fields in Ontario, as well as yummy baked goods. Downey’s farm locally grows strawberries, raspberries, sweet corn, squash, as well as the thousands of pumpkins each year. Downey’s also has a great farm playard (opening soon based on Covid restrictions), and lots of animals to visit – makes for a great day trip. Learn more by reading our Full Guide to Downey’s Farm. For the parents, Downey’s also has a winery that creates deliscious fruit wines including raspberry wine and strawberry sunrise wine.
Face coverings are required to be worn by all guests. Tractor rides to the field are NOT available at this time. Strollers and wagons are NOT permitted in the fields. There is a $6 min picking fee per person who enters the farm. Eating or tasting is NOT allowed on site. NO pets will be admitted to the farm. We have contactless payment setup – large purses and bags are NOT allowed beyond the entrance.
Andrew Scenic Acres in Milton – 9365 10 Side Road Milton, ON L9T 2X9
STARTING JUNE 12TH
The strawberry fields of Andrew Scenic acres are part of the beautiful 165 acres of escarpment countryside. The farm has doubled the size of their berry fields this year, so there will be lots of strawberries for all. In addition to fruit picking, the farm offers walking trails, wagon-rides, playground, animal corral, straw mountain climb, miniature straw maze, corn walk and great photo opportunities year-round. The kids will love to visit the 300 Free Range Chickens, 2 types of turkeys, ducks, pheasants, geese, pygmy goats and coony pigs this season! Parents can look forward to a variety of Fruit Wines, Dessert Wines and Signature Red and White Wines.
Masks are required in the farm store and all pick-your-own items must be paid through the farm store. Access to our farm property and farm store will be strictly monitored and restricted to appropriate numbers to maintain physical distancing requirements. MASKS are REQUIRED in all indoor spaces, in accordance to the Halton By-Laws, effective June 16th, 2020. ENTRANCES AND EXITS will be marked to control the flow of traffic, we ask that you please abide by these directional cues.
TRACTORS rides are not guaranteed and are reserved first for those with mobility limitations. Rides may be offered on occasion to other visitors on a prescribed schedule; anyone who wishes to participate in a tractor ride must sign up at the farm for a designated time slot at no additional cost. Persons without a scheduled time will not be permitted on the tractor.
Strict sanitization guidelines have been put into place around the farm, including washrooms and common areas. All staff will also be wearing gloves and masks, when and where appropriate. Staff are subject to health screenings at the beginning of each shift and are not permitted to come to work if they feel any signs of illness. We ask that you also refrain from visiting the farm if you are exhibiting signs of illness until you are feeling completely better.
Berry Acres – 11550 15 Side Road Georgetown, L7G 4S6
Berry Acres is a small family owned strawberry picking location. They offer strawberry picking in the summer. They are a family farm and less commercialized then some of the other options so they only offer fruit picking and don’t have other attractions and therefore there is no enterance fee. This farm is a hidden gem and is not busy like nearby Andrew Scenic Acres.
Big R Apple Farm – 8674 Heritage Road Brampton, ON L6Y 0E1
The Big R’ Apple Farm is a family operated pick your own fruits and vegetable farm. They offer strawberry picking in the summer and apples in the fall. They are a family farm and less commercialized then some of the other options so they only offer fruit picking and don’t have other attractions.
Stonehaven Farms – 7388 Guelph Line, Campbellville, ON L0P 1B0
STARTING JUNE 12TH
This picturesque farm is located just north of Burlington and west of Milton and offers a farm market as well as pick your own produce. While visiting make sure you stop for a cool treat of strawberries and ice cream at the ice cream counter which serves soft serve vanilla icecream to go with farm fresh strawberries. You must purchase your strawberry baskets before entering the field and each basket allows admission for 2 adults and 2 children. The small basket holds 2 pounds, while the large basket holds 4 pounds. Strawberry picking is on a walk-in basis. Several varieties of strawberries are offered, so sampling a berry is understandable to ensure your enjoyment!
Butt’s Berry Farm – 5838 5th Line Guelph/Eramosa, ON N0B 2K0
This small family farm offers a small town experience and locally grows strawberries, raspberries, and pumpkins. They are a family farm and less commercialized then some of the other options so they only offer fruit picking and don’t have other attractions.