Original source: http://www.pennlive.com/food/index.ssf/2017/05/pick_your_own_strawberries_2.html
Sue Gleiter, PennLive
Sweet, juicy strawberries fresh from the field are ready for plucking. It’s one of everyone’s favorite local fruits. Here’s a guide to places where you can pick your own berries in central Pa.
Farm with ice cream stand selling hand-dipped ice cream, strawberry sundaes, sandwiches and salads. There’s plenty of picking with four acres dedicated to strawberries.
Availability: Pick-your-own strawberries started May 23 and will run 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday and 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Closed Sunday.
Price: They supply containers or you can bring your own. Prices are determined by the quart.
Later this summer: Pick-your-own red raspberries, black raspberries and blackberries. In the fall, they offer pick-your-own pumpkins, gourds and sunflowers.
6621 Bluebird Lane, Dover, 717-292-1390
Bricker’s family-owned farm has been in business for nearly 40 years near Carlisle. It sells both pre-picked and pick-your-own strawberries.
Availability: Pick-your-own is expected to start on May 26. Hours will be 5:30 a.m.-noon and 4-8 p.m. Monday-Friday as well as 5:30 a.m.-noon Saturday.
Price: If you pick your own strawberries, the price is $1.75 per pound. Already-picked strawberries are $4.25 a quart. They only accept cash or checks.
1710 W. Lisburn Road, Carlisle, 717-258-6160
Farm market with gift shop and coffee bar/cafe as well as a picnic area. They have 15 acres of strawberries.
Hours: The store is open 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. The coffee bar/cafe is open 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.
Availability: Pick-your-own is expected to start around May 31. Pick-your-own hours have not been established.
Price: Prices for the pick-your-own strawberries have not yet been set for the 2017 season. Last year, the price was $2.75 a pound for under 10 pounds of picked strawberries and $2.50 per pound for more than 10 pounds of strawberries. It is recommended you bring your own containers.
Later this summer: Pick-your-own sweet and sour cherries, blueberries, peaches, apples and pumpkins.
8892 Susquehanna Trail South, Loganville, southern York County, 717-428-2036
The farm sells pesticide-free strawberries available as both pre-picked and pick-your-own.
Hours: You can pick from 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Monday-Saturday.
Availability: Pick-your-own strawberries is expected to start by Friday, May 26. Can bring your own containers, if you want.
Price: $2.25 pound for pick-your-own or $4.75 a quart for pre-picked. It is recommended you call ahead if you would like pre-picked strawberries.
2035 Pine Road, Newville, 717-776-2317
This family farm has been in operation for close to 40 years and focuses on pick-your-own strawberries. Ride a John Deere Gator to the picking fields. They grow multiple varieties including Early Glow, Allstar, Jewel and Winona.
Availability: Pick-your-own has started, but expect limited availability in the beginning. Right now hours are sporadic. When the season is in full swing, the hours will be 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday and 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Follow Myers’ Facebook page for updates.
Price: $2.20 per quart. Bring your own containers to transport strawberries home.
1429 Auction Road, Manheim, 717-653-1259, www.facebook.com/myersstrawberries/
A 250-acre family-run farm with farmers market selling produce with a bakery. There’s plenty of room on the farm for picking with eight acres dedicated to strawberries.
Availability: Pick-your-own strawberries is expected to start around June 1. Pick-your-own will be available 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday and 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.
Price: The price will be $10 for a 4-quart container supplied by the farm or $3 a quart for less than 4 quarts.
Later in the summer: Pick-your-own pod peas, sugar peas and black and red raspberries.
846 Fisher Road, Monroe Twp., outside of Mechanicsburg, 717-766-2216
This marks the second year for pick-your-own strawberries at this orchard in Dillsburg.
Hours: Paulus anticipates starting pick-your-own in early June. It will start at 9 a.m. Monday-Saturday and will operate as long as there are enough berries to pick. If you plan to go later in the day, it’s recommended you call the orchard at 717-432-2544 or Follow Facebook for updates.
Price: $1.75 a pound. For every five pounds you pick you will receive a $1 off any item from Karen’s Kitchen, which is part of the orchard.
Later in the summer: Pick-your-own blueberries, blackberries, apples and pumpkins.
522 E Mount Airy Road, Dillsburg, 717-432-2544, paulusorchards.com
For the second year, the Mechanicsburg-area farmers’ market is offering pick-your-own strawberries. The market is family-owned and sells locally-grown produce. You also can visit and feed farm animals.
Availability: Right now, the market is selling its homegrown pre-picked strawberries for $5.50 a quart and $3 a pint. Pick-your-own will start around June 1.
Hours: The hours of you-pick have not yet been set but will be offered in the mornings and evenings, daily.
Price: The price also has not been determined. Last year, Paulus charged $9.50 for a 4-quart box container for you-pick strawberries
1216 S York St, Mechanicsburg, 717-697-4330
Photo from Facebook.
The Shenk family has operated the farm since 1980 and offers pick-your-own and pre-picked strawberries. They also grow vegetables which are sold at a farmers market in Philadelphia.
Availability: The farm is already selling picked strawberries. The you-pick strawberries will start in early June. Times will be 8 a.m.-noon and 4:30-8:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Closed Sundays.
Price: $1.75 per pound. Bring your own containers. They do not accept credit cards.
Later in the season: Shenk’s offers you-pick red and black raspberries.
911 Disston View Drive, Lititz, 717-626-6194
Warmer than usual May heat pushed the strawberry crop along this year at the popular Lower Swatara Township farm. The farm market also carries baked goods, plants and produce such as asparagus, spinach and onions.
After you pick, cool down with a strawberry slushies for $2.95 a cup or take home some strawberry doughnuts iced with strawberry frosting.
Availability: Pick-your-own strawberries started May 20. It will run 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday.
Price: The cost is $2.19 a pound. They encourage you to bring your own containers.
Later this summer: They will offer pick-your-own blueberries, red raspberries, blackberries, cherries and peaches. They offer pick-your-own apples and pumpkins in the fall.
1000 Strites Road, Lower Swatara Twp., 717-564-3130