Pick your own Strawberries in the Harrisburg & Mechanicsburg area

By Kat Dinsmore, publisher, May 19, 2022

One of my favorite things to do with my kids every spring is making homemade strawberry jam. We use an old fashion hand crank & funnel and have the best time sampling the strawberries as they are mashed up. We use strawberries grown right in our backyard & strawberries we pick at a bunch of different orchards & farms in our area. It's always a good time and fun finding the biggest, juiciest berries in the fields. 

Here are some of our favorite tips & tricks for picking great berries & having fun:

  • Many farms & orchards give you a bucket to pick berries into - we usually bring cheap beach buckets with handles for each kid & combine into the big container at the end so kids don't have to pick right on top of each other & can spread out a bit
  • Wear old clothes & shoes, the berries are all still attached to the plants in a dirt field so it could be a tad muddy, or they could fall walking over the rows of plants
  • Pull the berries from the stem, pulling on just the berry could rip the entire plant out of the ground or rip the berry
  • Once home, do not rinse your berries until you're ready to use them - then use cool water to get the dirt & any leaves off
  • Store berries in a shallow container in the fridge, 9x13 pans work great if you have a big haul
  • Strawberries will not ripen more once picked so stay away from berries that aren't fully ripe
  • Don't forget sunscreen & water for everyone in your group
  • Go early - the later in the day you are the more likely it is that other pickers have already picked the biggest & best strawberries available for the day
  • All of the locations listed here have a farm stand that offers baked goods, fresh produce & more. Stop on by for a cookie, ice cream or sweet treat as a reward for all of your hard work :)
  • Have fun!

The Harrisburg & West Shore area is right on the cusp of Pick Your Own Strawberries opening up at many local farms and orchards. The places listed below are great spots to pick with kids. Keep an eye on their Facebook pages, websites or call for exact info on when the fields are open.

Bricker's Strawberries
1710 Lisburn Rd., Carlisle - (717) 258-6160

Oak Grove Farms, Inc 
846 Fisher Road, Mechanicsburg - (717) 766-2216

  • Also offers pick your own pod peas, sugar snap peas, and raspberries

Paulus Farm Market
1216 S. York St, Mechanicsburg - (717) 697-4330

  • Pick your own flowers are offered over the summer, usually until the first frost as well as pumpkins in the fall.

Mt. Airy Orchards (formerly Paulus Orchards)
522 East Mt. Airy Rd, Dillsburg - (717) 432-2544

  • Also offers pick your own blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, apples, pumpkins and peaches

Strites' Ochard Farm Market and Bakery 
1000 Strites Rd, Harrisburg - (717) 564-313

  • Also offers pick your own peaches, blueberries, black raspberries, red raspberries, pumpkins, apples, sweet cherries and sour cherries

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