Minnesota is home to hundreds of berry growers who grow and market strawberries, raspberries and blueberries. Minnesota produces several million pounds of fresh berries each year, the vast majority of which is marketed directly to consumers at the farm or via farmers markets and roadside stands. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s Minnesota Grown Directory is a comprehensive guide to locating fresh berries.
To ensure a fun, fruit-filled experience, it is always a good idea to call ahead to check on picking conditions and availability before visiting a farm to pick berries. Minnesota’s unpredictable weather can change the starting and end date of berry season from year to year and in-season temperatures and precipitation can change availability from day to day. Most pick-your-own farms offer daily picking updates on their telephone system to keep their customers updated.
Minnesota strawberry season generally begins in early to mid June in southern and central Minnesota. Northern Minnesota usually starts picking strawberries 2 weeks after southern Minnesota. The length of the season varies from year to year depending on the weather conditions but usually lasts at least 2 full weeks, sometimes closer to 4 weeks.
Blueberry season begins toward the end of strawberry season. In southern Minnesota blueberries are usually ready around the July 4 holiday. As with strawberries, northern Minnesota is usually starting their blueberry season 2 weeks after southern Minnesota begins. Blueberry season usually lasts at least 3 full weeks depending on the variety and weather conditions.
The start of Minnesota raspberry season usually falls between the start of strawberry season and blueberry season. In addition to summer r
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