Pick your own Strawberries in the Harrisburg & Mechanicsburg area

By Originally published by Kat Dinsmore, updated and revised May 2024 by Rachael Benion May 31, 2024

One of my favorite things to do with my kids every spring is picking fresh strawberries. It's always a good time and fun finding the biggest, juiciest berries in the fields. The little ones tend to eat more than they pick and I've learned not to sweat it.  In fact, there's something about a sun-warmed strawberry fresh off the vine that tastes just like childhood.  I hope when they grow that taste brings them right back to these summer afternoons.  

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 availability and hours of pick-your-own strawberries tends to change season by season and based on weather call ahead or check social media before visiting. 

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

Mt. Airy Orchards (formerly Paulus Orchards) (Also boasts a large farm park, you might want to plan to spend the day!) 
522 East Mt. Airy Rd, Dillsburg - (717) 432-2544

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

SK Strawberry Lane
604 S. Middlesex Rd., Carlisle, PA  - (717) 249-0916

  • Some seasons also offers other PYO options like blueberries.  Check the Facebook page or call for current options. 

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

*Note: Paulus Market in Mechanicsburg no longer offers pick your own strawberries, but does have a beautiful pick your own flower field all summer long! 

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