One of my favourite memories from childhood will always be filling up ice cream pails with fresh strawberries alongside my brother and my dad at the U-Pick field near our house. Since houses now cover that field, I’ve done a little digging to find some of the best U-Pick locations near Calgary so I can recreate those memories with my own kids. As it turns out, there are a lot of great options for getting your fill of fresh produce, whether you’re looking for berries, veggies, or even flowers.
Check out our list (in order of closest to town to furthest away) and prepare to get pickin’!
U-Pick Berry Farms Near Calgary
Note: Before heading out to any U-Pick location, check their website or call ahead of time to make sure that the type of produce you’re looking for is in season and ready for picking. You may also want to check on their availability as many fruits and veggies are sold on a first-come, first served basis. All U-Pick farms recommend that you come wearing long sleeves (to protect you from scratches, the sun, and bugs), a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent and a bottle of water to keep you hydrated during your pick! For hygiene reasons, pets are asked to be kept at home. Although the time it takes to fill a bucket varies by person and what you’re picking, in general, 30-60 minutes should be enough time to fill a 4L bucket with yummy berries!
*All of these locations are open with Covid-19 protocols in place
The Saskatoon Farm (Okotoks)
(48 km from Calgary) – 80181 338 Avenue East #20, Foothills No. 31
Monday to Sunday, 9 am – 5 pm
Our family loves the Saskatoon Farm. There’s so much to see and do that it’s easy to spend the better part of the afternoon wandering around looking at the beautiful trees, shrubs, flowers and plants, taking in incredible views, checking out the unique home décor items for sale, visiting pigs, bunnies, cats, dogs, roosters and hens, and, of course, picking our favourite berries at the U-Pick. You’ll find Saskatoons starting in late July, but call ahead to confirm. saskatoonfarm.com
Sweet Life Saskatoons
(48 km from Calgary) – 281047 Symons Valley Road NW, Madden, AB
Monday to Sunday, 9 am – 6 pm
When you arrive at Sweet Life Saskatoons, check-in at the small brown shop at the end of the driveway to get your picking buckets and then get ready to go! Once you return with your bucket full, the berries will be transferred to a bag for you to take home. There are usually picnic tables and a play area where you can take a break and have a snack (maybe try a handful of berries or two!) before heading back home, but everything is up in the air as of right now, so call ahead for the latest info. sweetlifesaskatoons.com
Pleasant View U Pick Berries
(63 km from Calgary) – Rocky View No. 44, AB
Monday to Saturday, 8 am – 1 pm and 5 pm – 8 pm. Sundays & Holidays, 8 am – 12 pm. In-season picking is provided by appointment only.
Because there is no sales staff at Pleasant View U Pick Berries, appointments need to be made ahead of time to make sure that someone is ready to greet you upon your arrival to the field. Bring your own containers and prepare to fill your buckets. Your container will be weighed before you fill it up with yummy berries, and then weighed again afterwards to determine the price of your haul. This is a family farm, so there are no concessions or washrooms available. Haskaps, raspberries, saskatoons, rhubarb and other berries are generally available. Stay up to date on their Facebook page for the latest news. pleasantviewupickberries.com
The Jungle Farm
(126 km from Calgary) – 28120 Township Road 362, Red Deer County, AB
Monday to Sunday, 8 am – 6 pm
While the U-Pick fields at The Jungle Farm are open 7 days a week, the general store and greenhouses are only open Monday-Saturday from 10 am – 6 pm, so plan your visit accordingly if you’d like to spend some time shopping on the farm after your picking is all done! The renovated 1940’s barn is filled with yummy treats, produce and gorgeous giftware, while the greenhouse has hanging baskets, bulbs, bedding plants, and everything else you need to fill your yard with beautiful blooms! Strawberries, raspberries and saskatoons are all available. As always, please check the website or call ahead for last-minute and up-to-date info. thejunglefarm.com