​​Your Ultimate Guide to U-Pick Hotspots in Michigan

​​Your Ultimate Guide to U-Pick Hotspots in Michigan

Photo courtesy of LaLaLogan via Instagram

By Claire Mainprize

August 1, 2023

More and more Michigan farms are welcoming visitors onto their land to pick their own crops—aka “U-pick”—and it just might be the best family activity ever. 

It benefits businesses and locals in myriad ways, as farm owners can cut back on costs and ensure every last bit of produce gets sold while locals get to make memories in nature, support small businesses, and say goodbye to grocery produce that isn’t gloriously juicy and ripe. 

During the summer and fall, U-pick farms across Michigan offer the following crops:

  • Blackberries
  • Cherries
  • Saskatoons
  • Peaches
  • Nectarines
  • Lavender
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Peppers
  • Eggplant
  • Tomatoes
  • Grapes
  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Chestnuts
  • Plums
  • Flowers
  • Pumpkins

We scoured the internet to compile a comprehensive list of all the area farms and orchards where you can pick these delicious fruits and vegetables yourself, in addition to information regarding when each one is usually ripest.

When heading to one of the farms listed below, we recommend bringing a wagon to pull your produce (and little ones!) around the farms, as well as smaller vessels for collecting produce (unless the farm offers them). Make sure you wear sunscreen, hats, bug spray, and close-toed shoes. Last but not least, leave your pups at home! 

Blackberries

​​Your Ultimate Guide to U-Pick Hotspots in Michigan

Photo courtesy of The Extraordinary Berry

Best Time to Pick:

  • June through July

Where to Pick:

Cherries

​​Your Ultimate Guide to U-Pick Hotspots in Michigan

Photo courtesy of Overhiser Orchards via Instagram

Best Time to Pick: 

  • Mid-June through July

Where to Pick:

Saskatoons

​​Your Ultimate Guide to U-Pick Hotspots in Michigan

Photo courtesy of The Saskatoon Berry Patch via Facebook

Best Time to Pick:

  • June to early August

Where to Pick:

Peaches

Best Time to Pick:

  • June through September

Where to Pick: 

Nectarines

​​Your Ultimate Guide to U-Pick Hotspots in Michigan

Photo courtesy of Christofferson Farms via Facebook

Best Time to Pick:

  • July through August

Where to Pick:

Lavender

​​Your Ultimate Guide to U-Pick Hotspots in Michigan

Photo courtesy of Lavender Life Company via Instagram

Best Time to Pick:

  • Mid-July through mid-August

Where to Pick:

Blueberries

​​Your Ultimate Guide to U-Pick Hotspots in Michigan

Photo courtesy of Berry Lucky Farm via Instagram

Best Time to Pick:

  • Mid-July through August

Where to Pick:

Raspberries

​​Your Ultimate Guide to U-Pick Hotspots in Michigan

Photo courtesy of Hazens Blueberry Farm

Best Time to Pick: 

  • July through September

Where to Pick:

Peppers

​​Your Ultimate Guide to U-Pick Hotspots in Michigan

Photo courtesy of Sill Bros. U-Pick via Facebook

Best Time to Pick:

  • July through September

Where to Pick:

Eggplant

​​Your Ultimate Guide to U-Pick Hotspots in Michigan

Photo courtesy of Sill Bros. U-Pick via Facebook

Best Time to Pick:

  • July through September

Where to Pick:

Tomatoes 

​​Your Ultimate Guide to U-Pick Hotspots in Michigan

Photo courtesy of Sill Bros. U-Pick via Facebook

Best Time to Pick:

  • July through October

Where to Pick:

Grapes

​​Your Ultimate Guide to U-Pick Hotspots in Michigan

Photo courtesy of Lazy Acre Vineyard

Best Time to Pick:

  • August through September

Where to Pick:

Apples

​​Your Ultimate Guide to U-Pick Hotspots in Michigan

Photo courtesy of Crane Orchards U-Pick and Corn Maze via Facebook

Best Time to Pick:

  • August through October

Where to Pick:

Pears

​​Your Ultimate Guide to U-Pick Hotspots in Michigan

Photo courtesy of Bonamego Farms via Facebook

Best Time to Pick:

  • August through October

Where to Pick:

Chestnuts

​​Your Ultimate Guide to U-Pick Hotspots in Michigan

Photo courtesy of Castanea Sativa via Facebook

Best Time to Pick:

  • Mid-September through October

Where to Pick:

Plums

​​Your Ultimate Guide to U-Pick Hotspots in Michigan

Photo courtesy of Lemon Creek Winery via Facebook

Best Time to Pick:

  • September through October

Where to Pick:

Flowers

​​Your Ultimate Guide to U-Pick Hotspots in Michigan

Photo courtesy of Overhiser Orchards via Instagram

Best Time to Pick:

  • May through October

Where to Pick:

Pumpkins

​​Your Ultimate Guide to U-Pick Hotspots in Michigan

Photo courtesy of Crane Orchards U-Pick and Corn Maze via Facebook

Best Time to Pick:

  • September through October

Where to Pick:

 

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Author

  • Claire Mainprize

    Claire Mainprize is a writer and editor who covers the intersections of pop culture, lifestyle, and spirituality. Find more of her work at ClaireMainprize.com.

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