Strawberry Picking Near Findlay

. May 31, 2016.

Nothing says summer like a ripe, juicy strawberry.  What’s even better than snacking on these beautiful red berries? Picking your own!

Strawberry picking is a healthy and fun activity for the entire family. Let your kids burn off some energy, fill their bellies, and get their hands dirty, all while supporting local farmers. Strawberry picking is also educational; the experience will help your kids more fully understand where their food comes from. And don’t overlook the added bonus of a basket full of freshly picked strawberries – we all know fruit straight from the vine tastes better than the berries at the grocery store!

Strawberries aren’t just a delicious and portable snack, “they are full of antioxidants and vitamin C which boost the immune system and help to prevent you from getting sick,” shares Mary Pietras, owner of Beyond Basics Health Coaching in Toledo.  Mary also notes that strawberries, while sweet, help to balance blood sugar because they are a low glycemic and high fiber food.

There are a few farms close to home that allow you to pick strawberries.

Polter’s Berry Farm in Fremont, Ohio has been exclusively growing strawberries since 1975. This family owned business sells its strawberries all over the state of Ohio. “What brings customers back year after year is pick your own strawberries. We have many families that make picking strawberries a tradition,” says Carol Polter, Berry Farm owner.

Schooner Farms in Weston, Ohio has been growing chemical free strawberries since 2009 and offers U-Pick strawberries and blackberries. They also sell raw honey and fresh eggs. Becky Schooner, owner of Schooner Farms, says kids enjoy themselves among the berries.  “We see a lot of small children leaving our fields with red-stained lips from sampling the berries they pick.”  

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A few Strawberry Tips: 

  • The strawberry season is short, lasting only 4-5 weeks. Both Polter’s and Schooner’s expect the berries to be ready the first week of June and to be gone by July 4th. 
  • Bring sunscreen! There is no shade in the strawberry patches. 
  • Wear long sleeves. The plants can be scratchy and irritate skin. 
  • ALWAYS call before you head to the farm to check for weather closings or picking conditions.


Ripe for the Pickin’

Polter’s Berry Farm
2275 County Road 239 
Fremont, OH 43420
58 minutes from Findlay
Container for picking provided, priced by pound
“Polter’s Berry Farm” on Facebook

Schooner Farms
14890 Otsego Pike 
Weston, Ohio 43569
34 minutes from Findlay
Container for picking provided, priced by pound
“Schooner Farms” on Facebook

Notably missing from the Pick your Own Strawberries field this year
is Suter’s Produce in Pandora, Ohio.
The harsh winter damaged their strawberry patches and for only the second time
in 40 years Suter’s Produce will not be offering U-Pick strawberries.