Where to Pick Your Own Berries in the Pittsburgh Area

‘Tis the season to pick your own blueberries, one of the sweetest summer pleasures of Western Pennsylvania. Packed with nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin K, manganese, potassium, and fiber, berries provide a prime, portable snack for riverside picnics and festive park gatherings that mark this bright season ahead.

Those in the know suggest prioritizing picking in the morning hours before the heat builds up in the fruit and when they’re at the peak of their sweetness. Making yourself part of the process is one way to beat grocery shopping inflation and links you and your kids to the farmers and growers responsible for your nourishment. In the end, you’ll likely feel a deeper connection to — and reverence for — the food you place on the table for family and friends to savor together.

We’ve rounded up the following ideas on where to gather the season’s freshest berries. Just be sure to check up-to-date details on the U-Picks venue websites or social media pages since crop conditions depend on factors beyond human control.

Blueberry Hill Farm

Pop north about 50 miles to Enon Valley, where July is the prime time to pick from several varieties of tasty blueberries. Keep an eye on the farm’s Facebook page for operating hours and special store offerings — maple syrup earlier this year, for example, required bringing one’s own container.

Bowser’s Blueberries

Starting in early June, travel six miles west of Butler for some pick-your-own adventures at this family-owned blueberry farm that launched in the summer of 2011. They now have 5,700 plants, including 10 sweet varieties, each showcasing a distinctive taste.

A painted sign with a blueberry basket and text that says "We picked our berries at Bower's Blueberries." Two blueberries have spots for faces, and two kids stick their heads through.
Kiddos will learn a thing or two about where their food comes from, and, if you can resist eating the fruits of your labors along the way, you’ll come home with dessert.

Pete’s Berry Farm

Follow them on Facebook to discover seasonal updates from this Sharpsville berry hub. This year’s strawberry production is estimated to start around June 5 to 10 — and to last approximately two to three weeks. Blueberries typically follow suit in July. Do your own picking, or purchase pre-collected berries from the farm stand.

Skyview Lab Blueberry Farm

About 60 miles east of Pittsburgh, this family-owned and -operated farm prides itself on growing spray-free blueberries in the Laurel Mountains. Pluck them straight from the bushes in July, perhaps afterward, enjoying a picnic you’ve toted along, accompanied by your just-picked mealtime additions.

Soergel Orchards

This pick-your-own venue has strawberries in June and blueberries in July and August; call 724.935.1743 for specific availability. The strawberry fields’ open sessions always align with their annual strawberry festival (this year held on June 11) — a celebration of sumptuous desserts, games, and activities for the kids, farm-fresh festival food, plus tractor and pony rides.

Triple B Farms

Just 15 minutes from downtown, this Monongahela outpost has grown fresh fruits and vegetables and operated a country market since 1985. Get in on the PYO action in late June through July. Be sure to also stop into the shop for fresh produce plus goodies ranging from pickles, local honey, and fruit butters to coffee and BBQ sauces with creative twists. Bring the kids along to enjoy Pop’s Farmyard, a fun-filled, ticketed zone open all summer long (Saturdays and Sundays, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.).

A baby wearing a wide-brim hat and strapped to a woman's back reaches to the left to grab blueberries from a blueberry bush.

Story by Corinne Whiting / Photography by Katie Long

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