By Jeanette Hurt
Special to TravelWisconsin.com
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.
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 northwestern Wisconsin farm!
Blue Skies Organic Farm – Brooklyn
The skies might not always be so blue, but the raspberries are always delicious at this south central wisconsin farm. Beginning in mid-August, you can get your treatment daily; just be sure to 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.
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.
Carandale Farm – Oregon
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.
Henke’s U-Pick – Jackson
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 throughout the growing season.
To find other berry farms, browse our directory of 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.