Summer means something sweet for many Ottawa area residents: Fresh strawberries!
Whether you want to eat your berries right after you’ve picked and washed them, or if you want to use them to make jams and pies, there are lots of reasons why the strawberry season is a favourite for many. Be sure to look for locally picked strawberries at our Ottawa area Farmers’ Markets too.
Strawberry Picking in Ottawa
If you want to plan a trip to pick your own strawberries, we’ve gathered up some locations where you can begin this annual tradition. Not really in the mood to pick them yourself? No worries! These farms also offer up the pre-picked baskets so all you have to do is buy some and enjoy them at home.
Where you’ll find it: 1865 O’Toole Rd. Cumberland
We’ve always loved Proulx Farm during pumpkin and maple season, so of course, it’s on our list for strawberry picking. The picking season opened late-June, and plans to go until mid-July. You can also visit to purchase ready-to-go-picked strawberries. There are many new rules and regulations in place, so it’s recommended you contact them ahead of time to confirm when they open.
Avonmore Berry Farm
Where you’ll find it: 16365 Fourth Rd, Avonmore
Take a trip outside of Ottawa and visit the Avonmore Berry Farm. This family-owned and operated farm has been providing delicious berry picking opportunities for years. Ottawa residents may already recognize them from the various Farmers’ Markets they attend in the city. Stay up-to-date with their new policies for this year on their Facebook page. And trust us, you’ll want to grab something from their bakery while there.
Where you’ll find it: Barrhaven, Bells Corners, Nepean
With three locations to pick your own berries in Ottawa, Shouldice Farms is conveniently located throughout Ottawa so you can plan your outing based on whichever location serves you best. It’s open seven days a week during the picking season; however, they’ve noted on their website that strawberries are in short supply right now, so it’s best to call before visiting.
Rideau Pines Farms
Where you’ll find it: 5714 Fourth Line Rd, North Gower
The strawberry season at Rideau Pines Farms is expected to begin late June and end by July 15, although it’s recommended to call them if you want to pick-your-own and they’ll keep you informed about the conditions and opportunities. The farm is open at 8 am from Monday – Saturday and beginning at noon on Sundays.
Where you’ll find it: 6158 Rideau Valley Drive, Ottawa
There’s no admission charge to visit Miller’s Farm and there’s plenty of parking which will help make this pick-your-own experience stress free. There are more than 6 acres of berry patches to pick in, and they’re actively keeping customers updated on their Facebook page here.
Orleans Fruit Farm
Where you’ll find it: 1399 St-Joseph Blvd, Orleans
In Orleans, many families have been going to Orleans Fruit Farm for years. You’ll also be able to grab some other fresh products when you visit. Keep an eye on their website for details about when they are open for picking, or call ahead to ensure you have the latest updates.