Michigan 2011 U-Pick strawberry season

Strawberry-culturist Here's collected reports from the places that I'm on mailing lists for U-Pick strawberry season for 2011 near Ann Arbor. Comments welcomed.  The June 2011 "strawberry moon" (full moon) is June 15.

Whitaker's Berry Farm in Ida, MI (about 30 miles S of Ann Arbor.) opens Thursday, June 9, 2011 at 8:00 a.m. U-Pick $1.30/#, $3.25/qt prepicked.  "Those wanting real large amounts for canning and freezing, may wish to wait until closer to June 15th, which is when peak season should begin."

Rowe's Produce Farm in Rawsonville, MI (about 10 miles E of Ann Arbor) is opening on Thursday, June 9, 2011 at 7:00 a.m. U-Pick $1.57/#. Call for picking conditions 734-482-8538 as they may have to close Friday for more ripening.

DeGroot's Strawberries in Gregory, MI (about 45 miles NW of Ann Arbor) said "mid June" on its Facebook page about 3 weeks ago.

Gibb's Berry Farm in Eaton Rapids (about 60 miles WNW of Ann Arbor) is bringing strawberries to the Ann Arbor Farmers Market. Price was $4.25 /quart on the first week of June, often prices change during the season and dip during peak times when produce is more plentiful.

I'm looking forward to a Father's Day berrypicking trip, which should be about right. My notes from the 2008 strawberry season reminded me to bring more water while picking; the 2007 strawberry season notes an early use of Twitter to coordinate berrypicking.

The image is from The Illustrated Strawberry Culturist (Fuller, 1887).

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