The Best Places for Berry Picking Near Cincinnati

One of the best parts of summer is the abundance of fresh local produce… and berries are no exception! Lucky for us, there are quite a few Pick-Your-Own berry farms to choose from in and around Cincinnati.

Cincinnati area farmers (and Mother Nature) have been hard and work, preparing their crops for the berry picking season.

Girl holding a basket of blueberries at a berry picking farm in Cincinnati

One of the things I love about taking the kids to a U-Pick farm is that it gives us an up-close look at where our food actually comes from. It’s a great way for kids to learn more about the whole, healthy foods that grow right here in our community.

Picking strawberries in a field, berries in a basket with plants in the background

A Few Tips for Picking Berries:

  • Use our list of local farms to find a spot for berry picking near you and check to see when their berries will be ready.
  • Check the farm website (or Facebook page) on the day you plan to go picking to be sure they’re open. Weather can really effect the picking schedule.
  • Some berry farms only take cash or checks.
  • Wear outdoor, closed-toed shoes that you aren’t afraid to get dirty. Rain boots are great, especially if the ground is wet.
  • Bring a change of clothes just in case things get a little muddy – they usually do, but that’s part of the fun!
  • Some berry farms want you to bring your own “take it home” containers so be sure to check with your farm of choice before you leave home.
  • Pack some old beach towels in the car that you can wrap muddy shoes/clothes in or to protect the seats from dirt on the drive home.
  • Check the weather forecast and the U-Pick berry farm’s website right before leaving just to be sure nothing in the farm’s schedule has changed.
  • Don’t forget the sunscreen, hats, and water. Berry picking in full sun and it can get HOT!
hands full of berries while picking your own blueberries

Alpine Berry Farm

Alpine Berry Farm is a local berry picking farm known for their naturally raised blueberries grown in organic fertilizer and without pesticides and herbicides.

Their U-Pick Blueberries are projected to begin on July 10, 2024. They will be open on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 8am until they are picked out. The first 2 hours will be for people with reservations.  After that, it will be first come, first serve.

Pack a lunch and enjoy a picnic at one of the high top tables in the new picnic forest.

Tips from Alpine Berry Farm:

  • Cost – $TBD
  • Checks and cash only. Credit cards NOT accepted.
  • Bring clean containers to both pick and take your berries home in.
  • Dogs are not allowed on the farm
  • You’ll be most comfortable in long pants with “solid shoes and socks”; sandals not recommended

Address: 26191 Pocket Road, Batesville, Indiana 47006

picking blueberries in the field at Berryhill Farm
Berryhill Farm, photo credit to their Facebook page

Berryhill Farm

Berryhill Farm plans to open their U-Pick Blueberry Season in late June. Hours and days will depend on the weather, ripening, and crowds. Check their Facebook page for blueberry picking dates and opportunities.

Blackberry picking is anticipated to begin in early August and last through Labor Day. They also hope to have a good raspberry crop this summer as well.

Bring your own container for berry picking this year. They’ll weigh it before you pick. They will have some containers on the farm but they’re concerned about running out.

You can still enjoy some freshly picked blueberries even if you can’t/don’t want to pick them on the farm. The farm recommends calling ahead and make sure blueberries are available before you head out.

Address: 127 E Krepps Road, Xenia, Ohio 45385

Children and adults picking berries in the fields at Blooms and Berries Farm
Strawberry picking at Blooms and Berries Farm Market

Blooms & Berries Farm Market

U-Pick berry season at Blooms & Berries is one of our must do’s for summer. They offer strawberry, blueberry, and blackberry picking this year. They also have a potato dig and opportunities for other farm fresh picks so be sure to check out the page below.

Field passes are required. Passes can be purchased on the Blooms and Berries website. Be sure to check in regularly – the tickets go quick!

Sign up for their berry picking updates via text or email to stay up to date with their picking schedules.

Address: 9669 S. St. Rt. 48, Loveland, Ohio 45140

Bright Star Acres

Bright Star Acres is a u-pick blueberry farm located in Kenton County, Kentucky. 

They will open for blueberry picking starting at the end of June.

  • Cost is $4/lb
  • The farm accepts cash or check with proper ID
  • Picking pails provided (each pail holds about 7 pounds)

Address: 3675 Alexander Road, Demossville, Kentucky 41033

Freels Farm (Oxford area)

Freels Farm is known for their U-Pick strawberries.

They accept cash, check, Venmo, PayPal only (no credit cards).

Address: 7999 Conteras Rd., Oxford, OH 45056

Indian Springs Berry Farm

Indian Springs is a USDA certified organic blackberry farm. Their days and hours fluctuate depending on the ripeness of the berries. 2024 berry picking should start in late June or early July. Times and days vary as they only open when they have berries to pick.

Keep up with them and their picking schedules on the Indian Springs Berry Farm Facebook page.

If you’d like, you can bring your own container and they’ll weigh it for you as you go in.

Address: 2840 Tylersville Road, Hamilton, Ohio 45015
Parking lot is at 2788 Tylersville Road, 500′ west of the big white barn

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Iron’s Fruit Farm

Iron’s Fruit Farm usually offers U-Pick strawberries in late may and blueberries in July. Information for 2024 is not yet available. Watch their Facebook page for the most up-to-date picking information.

Address: 1640 Stubbs-Mill Road, Lebanon, Ohio 45036
Facebook Page

McGlasson Farms

This six-generation fruit and vegetable farm offers berry picking when strawberries are ripe (typically late May into early June). They offer lots of other farm fresh produce as well.

Address: 5832 River Rd., Hebron, KY 41048
Facebook Page

Ripe blackberry on the plant at a U-Pick berries farm
photo credit: New Point Berry Farm

New Point Berry Farm

This Indiana farm specializes in blackberries and is close to Alpine Berry Farm (blueberries, see above) if you’d like to get both while you’re out there!

They have U-Pick blackberries but they also sell them picked as well as other farm fresh produce.

Berry picking at this farm usually begins in early July.

Address: 1409 S Co Rd 850 E, Greensburg, IN 47240

Red Barn Farm

You can pick your own strawberries at this NKy farm. Bring your own bucket (be sure to get it weighed before picking) and head to the fields. They do sell containers if you don’t have one to use. Their season typically runs from early May to mid June.

Their Facebook page says to go to the “barn, not house” when you arrive.

Address: 1295 Knoxville Rd., Dry Ridge, KY 41035
Facebook Page

  • Strawberries are usually ready to pick in late May / early June.
  • Blueberries are typically ready towards the end of June.
  • Blackberries should start to ripen in early July.

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Bridgett Raffenberg
My name is Bridgett Raffenberg and I am the creator of 365Cincinnati. I've been uncovering and sharing all of the best things to do in Cincinnati since 2010. I enjoy exploring new spots, discovering local events, and meeting the people who call Cincinnati home!