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Editorial Note: Johnston Fruit Farm is closed until July and has no strawberries this year. Blooms and Berries Farm Market and Garden Center has no strawberries as of May 21, 2018.
Strawberry season is upon us and there are plenty of Ohio farms where you can pick the freshest varieties, especially if you’re up for a drive. You can get some fruit and some sun—it’s a Vitamin C and Vitamin D twofer.
1. Rittman Orchards and Farm Market
Dale and Peg Vodraska weren’t fond of retirement, so they bought Rittman Orchards in 2004 and local herbivores are forever grateful. Though they are best known for their ripe apples, Rittman Orchards also offers seasonal raspberry, strawberry, and blueberry picking. If strawberry picking isn’t your M.O., try any of their other fruits (especially the peaches). Don’t forget to stop by their bakery and farm market to grab a jar of any of their jams, honey, or candies. 13548 Mt. Eaton Rd., Doylestown, (330) 925-4152, rittmanorchards.com
2. Patterson Fruit Farm
Patterson Fruit Farm is eight acres of pure berry bliss. Head out to the fields in the early morning for the freshest picks. After you’re worn from picking the best berries on the farm, grab a bottle of their famous maple syrup from their farm market; it’s made fresh each spring. Market: 11414 Caves Road Chesterland, Ohio 44026, (440) 729-1964; Farms: 8765 Mulberry Road Chesterland, Ohio 44026, (440) 729-9809; pattersonfarm.com
3. Johnston Fruit Farm
Pumpkin patches, petting zoo, berry picking—this farm has it all for the perfect U-Pick getaway. Located in Swanton, Ohio, Johnson Fruit Farm is a down-to-earth fruit farm that provides the freshest fruit available. Overfill your baskets with berries, visit with some goats, and enjoy the fresh air. 2790 Airport Highway, Swanton, Ohio 43558, (419) 826-1453 johnstonfruitfarms.com
4. White House Fruit Farm
The White House Fruit Farm is Ohio’s go-to produce farm for any of the fruits and vegetables you can possibly think of: apples, peaches, asparagus, pumpkins, sweet corn—and pickles? They make sure you don’t leave the farm empty-handed, so grab a jar of apple butter, local honey, and some of their famous apple cider. If you’re really in the mood for strawberries, head over to the Strawberry Festival on June 16 and 17. 9249 State Route 62, Canfield, Ohio 44406, (330) 533-4161, whitehousefruitfarm.com
5. Blooms and Berries Farm Market and Garden Center
At just 35 minutes away from the center of Cincinnati, this the closest U-Pick farm on our list; it’s perfect for a half-day getaway. Picking starts around mid-May and only lasts until mid-June. 9669 S. St. Rt. 48, Loveland, Ohio 45140, (513) 697-9173, bloomsandberriesfarmmarket.com
*For all U-Pick farms, be sure to check the farm websites or call ahead to confirm operating hours and availability.
This article has been edited and condensed.