Strawberry fields forever.
Ok. Maybe not forever.
But definitely in the summer and definitely all around 417 land!!!
Oh, and also blueberries, and blackberries, and raspberries.
Here are some of the best farms to go berry picking in our gorgeous area:
Peace Lane Berry Farm
This farm throws all of their talents into growing delicious blueberries. They’re usually ready for you mid June and go until July. The farm makes sure to use organic fertilizers and produce large sweet blueberries ready for eating or throwing in your favorite cobbler.
They post all of their hours and info here.
Horton’s Berry Farm
Horton’s is family owned and operated. They bring you the trifecta of berries for picking: strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries. I can already picture pilling all three freshly picked berries right on top of a scoop of Andy’s custard. They’ve been hard at work getting ready for the berry picking season by planting over 15,000 plants- and that’s just the strawberries!
When the berries are ripe for the picking, they’ll post their hours here.
Brown’s Berry Farm
Strawberries are their primary crop, although they’ve been known to dabble in blackberries from time to time. Brown’s Berry Farm works to support its community and offers a great farm experience for all ages. You’ll usually be invited to start picking strawberries sometime between May and early June. The farm also throws in fun surprises throughout the picking season like inviting the local Mennonites to sell you delicious baked goods. Make your plans to stop on over by finding all of their info here.
IronGate Berry Farm
Four, that’s right, FOUR different berries will be available for you to treat yourself with at this farm! IronGate Berry Farm is growing strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries. They’ll open up their farm to you for picking in mid May and will continue to invite you over until all the picking is done (usually July). You’ll also be able to grab some local honey and fresh seasonal produce when you visit their farm. Get all the info here.
Black and Blue Berry Farm
This urban farm uses only natural fertilizers to produce the best black and blue berries. I know it’s outside of the berry realm, but I also wanted to mention they offer lavender for you to pick! How fun is that! Be sure to make a day out of this farm visit because they also have tea to sip, cinnamon rolls to taste, ice cream to enjoy, and acres of property to explore. Find out more about this amazing farm here.
Persimmon Hill Farm
Persimmon Hill Farm is open year round and invites you to pick from June to August. They offer blueberries, blackberries, and gooseberries. Their farm also offers a plethora of berry filled baked goods, jams, and syrups. Once you’ve burned all those calories picking the berries, replenish your energy by stopping by their farm-to-table restaurant situated right next to the blueberry fields. All of their details can be found here.
Miller’s Berry Farm
Miller’s Berry Farm is growing blackberries for this picking season. You can go out and pick your own berries, or, if you want all the tasty goodness without having to put in the labor, they also offer to pick the berries for you. Once the berries are ready for picking (by whomever you choose) the farm will let you know it’s time by posting on their page. When you plan your day to go, make sure to check back to their page, as they update availability regularly. Keep track of their farm here.
High’s Berry Farm
Just south of Ozark, High’s Berry Farm is known for its great hospitality and delicious strawberries. They get the whole family involved in growing acres of strawberries for you to enjoy. Get ready to go out and meet them in May for the beginning of their picking season. The farm will continue to offer up U-Pick strawberries until mid June. Get ready to go by visiting their page here.
Hummingbird Berry Farm
Blueberries are this farm’s specialty and they know how to do it right. Hummingbird Berry Farm has 3 different varieties of blackberries that are grown thornless and on trellises for easy picking. As their name implies, Hummingbird Berry Farm also provides plenty of homemade nectar in feeders placed throughout the farm to attract hummingbirds. So expect to see a few of those cuties buzzing by as you peruse the farm. Find all their info here.
Boz’s Berry Farm
Boz’s Berry Farm is a family farm that offers U-Pick strawberries. They grow their fruit with care using the organic humus technique. When you stop by to pick some of their beautiful berries, you also might be lucky enough to go on a day when they are also offering slushies, jam, or honey. Make sure to check out their page to find out the best times to go for a visit. They are great at keeping everyone updated on their page here.
Gardener’s Orchard and Bakery
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Throwing their farming hat into the strawberry u-pick rink this year is the fantastic Gardener’s Orchard!!
The Gradinariu family that runs the farm focuses their priorities on supporting the local community and educating locals on where their food comes from and how it’s made. Make sure when you stop by to pick some of their delicious strawberries that you leave extra time to get to know the friendly Gradinariu family who will undoubtedly be ready to welcome you with open hearts and plenty of conversation.
Quick! Go Pick!
It’s obvious that 417 land is a prime spot to grow some great berries. You have quite a few farms to choose from when you’re ready to venture out. The picking season will go by quickly, so don’t wait too long to pick a farm, pick a date, and pick a berry. Whatever place you go to get your berry picking on, I know you’re going to have a berry good time.