Strawberries that have been freshly picked at a strawberry farm do not compare to the strawberries you buy at Toronto area grocery stores. Pick-your-own strawberries are fresher and sweeter than the berries you buy at the store. Picking your own strawberries is also cheaper than buying ready-picked strawberries. Plus, it gives you a great excuse to make strawberry jam, strawberry preserves, strawberry shortcake or just sprinkle fresh strawberries on your yogourt or even salads. If you are wondering where to go strawberry picking near Toronto, we’ve listed several pick-your-own strawberry farms in the Toronto area.
Reesor Farm Market, Markham
Reesor Farms is one of the closer farms regarding strawberry picking near Toronto. They offer pick-your-own strawberries, sweet corn, and pumpkins. The Reesor Farm sells many prepared goods they have made in-house including fruit pies, pumpkin pies, bread, muffins, cookies, preserves, honey, maple syrup, apple butter and apple cider. Pick-your-own strawberries cost $2.75 per pound and will be ready from mid-to-late June 2017. You may bring your own containers; however, containers are available for purchase for $.50. When picking strawberries, Reesor Farm advises to pick deep red berries since green strawberries will not ripen once picked. The Reesor Farm Market is at 10825 Ninth Line, Markham, 905-640-4568. Take Hwy 404 to Major Mackenzie Drive, drive 11 kilometres east until Ninth Line, turn left on Ninth Line for 2 kilometres. Reesor Farm hours are Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. from June 2017 to October 2017.
Whittamore’s Farm in Markham sells pick-your-own strawberries, raspberries, green peas, snow peas, sugar snap peas, green and yellow beans, beets and new potatoes and accepts VISA, MasterCard and Interac. Pick-your-own strawberries are $2.75/lb. There is a fun farm yard for kids and free wagon rides. Bring your own containers (no plastic bags) or purchase an 8.5 litre bucket for $4. They sell a 3 litre basket for $1.50 for raspberries only. Visit their Farm Shop for vegetables and garden plants. No pets, no smoking. Whittamore’s Farm is located at 8100 Steeles Ave. E. (east of Markham Road) in Markham, 905-294-3275. Whittamore’s Farm is open late June 2017:
Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Holidays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This Milton pick-your-own strawberry farm also has pick-your-own raspberries, blueberries, gooseberries, currants, apples, sweet corn and pumpkins. You can also pick your own flowers including lilies, dahlias, sunflowers and gladioli. Andrews’ Scenic Acres is open every day from May 2, 2017 to October 31, 2017 including holidays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Andrews’ Scenic Acres is located at 9365 10th Sideroad in Milton, 905-878-5807 (enter Halton on GPS). Take Hwy 401 west to Trafalgar Road (Exit 328), drive north for 7 kilometres to Sideroad #10 (Ashgrove), turn west and drive for another 7 km. Andrews’ Scenic Farms bring their produce to Toronto at Nathan Phillips Square Farmers’ Market on Wednesdays starting May 31, 2017 to October 18, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (No market on June 21, 28 and July 5, 2017.) They are also at the Metro Hall Toronto Farmers’ Market on Thursdays from May 25, 2017 to October 12, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Downey’s Farm Market has pick-your-own strawberries beginning June 26, 2017. Pick-your-own strawberries are $2.50 per lb. Bring your own containers or buy containers at the farm (bags are not allowed). There is a $3 per person picking charge that will be deducted from strawberries purchased at check-out. Pick-your-own raspberries are available from July 7, 2017. There is a $4 per person picking charge that will be deducted from raspberries purchased. Pick-your-own raspberries are $3.95 per lb. Family play area includes calves, llama, sheep, rabbits, goats, and mini-putt golf. Downey’s Farm Bakery features freshly made bread and pies. No outside food, drinks or pets are allowed. Open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, Sunday and Holiday Mondays from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Downey’s Farm Market is located at 13682 Heart Lake Rd., north of Brampton, 905-838-2990.
Brooks Farms offers pick-your-own strawberries, raspberries, Saskatoon berries, gooseberries, snow and sugar snap peas, red and black currants, apples, squash, and pumpkins throughout the year. All produce is available pre-picked. Strawberry picking is $2.35/lb. Pre-picked fruit is about half the price of picked fruit so it pays to pick your own. Bring your own baskets or purchase them for $1.50 each. Brooks Farms is located at 122 Ashworth Road, Mount Albert, 905-473-6192. Drive north on Hwy 404 to the Vivian/Mulock exit at Newmarket. Turn right on Vivian Road. Drive east to Hwy 48, turn left on Hwy 48 and turn right on Mount Albert Road. Drive 2 km. east to Durham 30 and Ashworth Road where you’ll find the farm ahead on the left.
Strawberry picking near Toronto is a great social activity, whether you are with family or friends. Let us know in the comments if there are other strawberry farms where you can pick-your-own-strawberries in Toronto.