It seems like Columbus has so many great strawberry farms to visit for the kickoff of summer! But did you know there are more berries to be picked?! Don’t forget about blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries too. Most of the farms listed below are just a short drive from Columbus and could make a great day trip! Each farm offers a variety of berries, while others specialize in just one type. Due to the cold winter we had this year, berries seem to be slightly behind schedule.
Blueberry season usually starts the middle of June through the end of June. Raspberries and Blackberries will be ready mid- July. The farm websites below provide the kickoff dates and will be updated as the juicy goodness is ready to be picked. Be sure to call and/or visit their sites often as dates change and varieties sell out as they are picked.
U-Pick Berry Farms
Columbus Blueberry Farm (formerly Blueberry Valley): South Bloomfield (30 minutes from Columbus). Check their website for opening day (usually 2nd or 3rd week of June.) Blueberries for everyone!
Blueberry Patch: Mansfield (1 hour from Columbus). This would be a great meeting point if you have family up North! Check their website, but the blueberries should be ready for you mid-June. Raspberries and Blackberries will be ready at the beginning of August. Also, a stop at Little Buckeye Children’s Museum or a ride on a hand-carved carousel at Richland Carrousel Park would make a super stop.
Mitchell’s Berries: Plain City (20 minutes from Columbus): Black Raspberries and Red Raspberries will be coming at the end of June!
Rusty Plow Farms: Marysville (30 minutes from Columbus) Raspberries typically open late June!
Lynd Fruit Farm: Pataskala (20 minutes from Columbus) Raspberries begin in mid-June through early-July and Blackberries are mid-July through early August. They have peaches too!
Champaign Berry Farm: Urbana (less than 1 hour from Columbus). They anticipate opening at the end of June but check their website often for updates.
The Maize at Little Darby Creek: Milford Center (located 30 minutes from Columbus) Black and red raspberries will be towards the end of June.
Stir Family Farm: Ashville (45 minutes from Columbus). Black Raspberries should be ready soon!
Deer Creek Berry Farms: Mount Sterling (less than 25 miles from Downtown Columbus) Picking starts in early July. Large blackberries, but limited quantity because it is a newer farm.
What an awesome opportunity to show your kids where the food they are eating is coming from. We hope your picking is plentiful, your recipes are delicious, and the memories are full of sunshine, smiles, and stained faces. Happy Picking and sampling!