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5 Great Summer Berry-Picking Spots
Posted on: 6/12/2008
By Jeanette Hurt
Springtime strawberries get all the glory – understandably, since the long winters whet our appetites for them. But come summertime, blueberries and raspberries come into their own. Here are five pick-your-own berry farms where, by providing your own labor, you get a break on the price and pluck just when they’re ripe.
Bashaw Valley Greenhouse
Shell Lake, WI
Organic blueberries don’t get much sweeter than at this family farm. Besides pick-your-own blueberries, you can also pick from a half-acre of raspberries, strawberries and much more. The picking season starts in June at this Northwest Wisconsin farm!
Blue Skies Organic Farm
The skies might not always be so blue, but the raspberries here are always delicious in South Central Wisconsin. Beginning in mid-August, you can get your treatment 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Check the berry hotline before you go and bring your friends or your family. On weekdays, you can even bring along your well-mannered dogs, provided you clean up after them. Check out the heirloom tomatoes, baby beets, and other produce, too.
Blue Vista Farm
Besides its plethora of raspberry and blueberry varieties, this eco-friendly Northwestern Wisconsin farm also boasts a charming store. Gorgeous flower gardens attract hummingbirds and butterflies.
This South Central Wisconsin farm’s pick-your-own season starts in June with strawberries, and then ripens up with raspberries. The berry season continues into early October and coincides with the pick-your-own Concord grapes harvest.
Summer raspberries may be sweet, but nothing beats the rush of fall raspberries. Six acres of raspberries are available at Henke’s, and these babies are ready to be picked until the first frost. Located in Southeast Wisconsin, Henke's is open daily from 9 a.m. until at least 5 p.m.
For other berry farms, check out: Travel Wisconsin's Orchards and Markets
Milwaukee-based writer Jeanette Hurt is the author of The Cheeses of Wisconsin: A CulinaryTravel Guide (The Countyman Press). Content produced in cooperation with Wisconsin Trails, www.Wisconsintrails.com.