The must-visit farms for strawberry picking near Toronto right now

Jun 29 2020, 2:12 pm

The weather is hot, the sun is shining, and the cravings for strawberry-rhubarb pie are hitting hard.

It can all only mean one thing: pick-your-own strawberry season is upon us.

Right on time for the loosening of the physical distancing bootstraps, the time has come to hit the fields with baskets in hand and select only the brightest, plumpest, and juiciest berries in the land.

Whether you skip town on a Tuesday morning or spend the whole weekend away — these are the spots near Toronto where you can get your strawberry-pick on:

Brooks Farms

 

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This Mount Albert sweet spot offers up rows on rows of juicy berry goodness, and it’s only an hour’s drive from the city. Visit to pick your strawberries any day of the week, but if you want to get a chip wagon meal out of the experience, drop by from Friday to Sunday.

Where: 122 Ashworth Road, Mount Albert
When: 9 am to 5 pm

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Forsythe Family Farms

 

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Located in Uxbridge, this family farm welcomes everyone to come and celebrate the bounty of the cavendish strawberry patch.

Where: 1025 Cragg Road, Greenbank (Uxbridge)
When: 9:30 am to 5 pm

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Downey’s Farm Market

 

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Not only do you need to visit this farm to stock up on strawberries picked by your very own hands, but you¬†also need to grab a box of strawberry doughnuts while you’re here. A can of hard apple cider with strawberries? That won’t hurt either.

Where: 13682 Heart Lake Road, Brampton
When: 7 am to 7 pm, Monday to Friday; 7:30 am to 3:30 pm on weekends

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Reesor’s Farm Market

 

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To keep visitors to this Markham farm safe and physically distanced, you can pick-your-own time to visit online, in advance of dropping by. There’s time available every day, with the 7 am to 8:30 timeslot reserved for those over age 65.

Where: 10825 Ninth Line, Markham
When: 8:30 am to 7 pm, Monday to Thursday; 7 am to 7 pm, Friday and Saturday; 7 am to 8:30 am reserved for age 65+. Book your time in advance online.

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Stonehaven Farm Market

 

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The Stonehaven Farm Market in Campbellville has done plenty of prepwork to ensure you feel safe during this PYO-season. Stop by to fill up plenty of baskets with juicy berry goodness!

Where: 7388 Guelph Line, Campbellville
When: 9 am to 5 pm (last entry 4 pm)

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Linton’s Farm Market

 

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Just under an hour from Toronto, Linton’s Farm Market is home to a sprawling farm market selling everything from homegrown veggies and fruit to cheese and jams and preservatives. But most importantly, you’ll find pick-your-own strawberries, ready to be plucked by you for baking, preserving, and eating by the handful.

Where: 571 Raglan Road East, Oshawa
When: 9 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday (last entry 4:30 pm); 8 am to 4 pm weekends and holidays

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Murphy’s Farm Market

 

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If you don’t mind a bit of a drive, Murphy’s Farm Market is located just over an hour north of Toronto. This is another spot that’s offering the chance to book your visiting time online, in advance.

Where: 5141 Simcoe Road 10, RR 2 Alliston
When: 9:30 am to 4 pm; book your time in advance online.

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Andrews Farm and Winery

 

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You can stop by this Milton farm every single day to fill up on pick-your-own strawberries. The field is open from 10 am to 5 pm, and if you’re¬†real savvy, you won’t leave without picking up a fresh pie, too.

Where: 9365 10 Side Road, Milton
When: 10 am to 5 pm (last entry 4 pm)

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