Blueberries are a summer staple in our house. We add them to muffins, pancakes, fruit trays, breakfast, lunch, dinner – you name it! Seriously, my kids are so obsessed with blueberries that I will sometimes find them standing in front of our refrigerator sneaking a handful straight from the container.
Picking our own blueberries is a fun way to see first hand where our food comes from. It’s also a great way for kids to learn more about the whole, healthy foods that grow right here in our community.
Luckily for us, there are quite a few Pick-Your-Own blueberries farms right here in Cincinnati where we can find our favorite summer snack!
A few Pro Tips for blueberry picking:
- Wear outdoor, closed-toed shoes that you aren’t afraid to get dirty.
- Bring a change of clothes just in case things get a little muddy – they usually do, but that’s part of the fun!
- Pack some old beach towels in the car that you can wrap muddy shoes/clothes in or to protect the seats from possible dirt on the drive home.
- Check the weather forecast and the U-Pick farm’s website right before leaving just to be sure nothing in the farm’s schedule has changed.
Where to find U-Pick Blueberries in Cincinnati, Ohio
Blooms & Berries Farm Market
U-Pick blueberry season is officially on at Blooms & Berries starting June 24, 2020! Blueberry picking happens on select days – read more for info….
A limited amount of blueberries are available for picking on the days they open the fields. To keep the experience fun and stress-free, field passes are required. 2020 passes are $3.95/person (age 2 & up) and go on sale the day prior on the Blooms and Berries website. Be sure to check in regularly – the tickets go quick!
Check in and out at the Market Barn and grab a few other farm fresh treats while you’re there to take home with you. Unfortunately, this season the Farmyard Fun play area will remain closed – so be sure to prep your little one ahead of time if they’re used to spending time there after berry picking.
Here are the precautions they’re taking at Blooms & Berries for 2020:
- Mask usage is encouraged
- Hand-washing stations are provided and required before/after picking
- Rows and picking areas will be assigned in order to stay socially distanced from other parties
- Picking containers will be provided (please do NOT bring containers from home unless it is a bucket from Blooms & Berries strawberry picking)
Address: 9669 S. St. Rt. 48, Loveland, Ohio 45140
Berryhill Farm opened for their U Pick Blueberry Season on July 4, 2020. Check their Facebook page for blueberry picking dates and opportunities.
Bring your own container for 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. Drive-up sales are open Monday-Saturday from 8:30am – 6:00pm. The farm recommends calling ahead and make sure blueberries are available before you head out.
Address: 127 E Krepps Road, Xenia, Ohio 45385
Hidden Valley Orchards
Details about blueberry picking have not been released yet, but they’re predicting the season to start mid/end of June.
Address: 5474 North State Route 48, Lebanon, Ohio 45036
Alpine Berry Farm
Alpine Berry Farm is known for their naturally raised blueberries grown in organic fertilizer and without pesticides and herbicides.
Blueberry picking is projected to begin towards the end of July. To help limit the number of people in the field, picking will be by reservation only and only for those planning to pick 1 gallon or more per person. Details to follow on social media and their website.
Steps that Alpine Berry Farm are taking to keep things safe and socially distanced:
- Visitors MUST be ages 13 and over
- Visitors will be assigned a designated area for blueberry picking
- You must bring your own bucket or purchase one at the farm to take home with you
- Masks should be worn at the check in / check out station
Address: 26191 Pocket Road, Batesville, Indiana 47006
Bright Star Acres
Just announced: Due to weather related issues in the growing season, Bright Star Acres will not have blueberries to pick for 2020.
Blueberry picking hasn’t started yet, but details will be available on their website when picking season is ready to begin. Reservations will be required this year to pick blueberries. Here are the precautions Bright Star Acres is taking this year to remain safe & socially distanced: Friday U-Pick is reserved for senior citizens, and Saturday U-Pick will be for all ages Pick times start at 8:00am and 10:00am and will be limited to 60 people in each time slot
Address: 3675 Alexander Road, Demossville, Kentucky 41033
Iron’s Fruit Farm
Iron’s Fruit Farm usually offers U-Pick berries but 2020 has been a tough year (for everyone!). They are not offering U-Pick for 2020 due to late spring frost.
Address: 1640 Stubbs-Mill Road, Lebanon, Ohio 45036