June always means one thing 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 is opening in mid-June, and the hours begin bright and early so you can beat the heat (they’ll be opening at 7 am). The cost is based on weight, and you’ll save if you bring your own containers from home. 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. The drive will be worth it when the kids are playing in the hay mow, on the slides and swings and in the sandbox you’ve picked your berries. 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, from 8 am until 8 pm, and that includes Canada Day!
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 on June 18 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. Tractor rides are available for picking in the far fields.
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. Dogs are welcome if they are leashed and cleaned up after. There are more than 6 acres of berry patches to pick in too!
Orleans Fruit Farm
Where you’ll find it: 1399 St-Joseph Blvd, Orleans
In Orleans, many families have been going to Orleans Fruit Farm in Orleans 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.