Nothing says summer more than freshly picked, ripe, sweet berries. There are a number of farms and orchards about an hour’s drive or less from Cincinnati where you can pick your own. Since the availability of ready-to-pick fruit is often based on unpredictable factors like weather, it’s always best to call ahead or check social media for the latest news.
A&M Farm Orchard
22141 State Route 250, Midland, OH 45148
Cherries, blueberries, and peaches
Pick your own blueberries starting in July and typically last through early August.
Alpine Berry Farm
26191 Pocket Rd., Batesville, IN 47006
Alpine Berry Farm raises their blueberries using organic fertilizer and no herbicide or pesticides. They have been in operation since 1990 and have a 100 year old restored barn they sell their berries. Restrooms, water, picnic table and chairs (indoors and outdoors) are available for breaks. Generally open through Labor Day.
330 E. Krepps Road, Xenia, OH 45385
Blueberries and blackberries
Blackberries will come in season the beginning of August and run at least through Labor Day. Blueberries are done by the second week of August. Our red raspberry patch is not producing this year, and we hope to replant this fall so hopefully summer of 2022 we will begin picking those again. We do supply buckets but feel free to bring your own container that we can weigh before you pick.
Bright Star Acres
3675 Alexander Road, DeMossville, KY 41033
Bright Star Acres is a “U-Pick” berry farm overlooking the beautiful Licking River Valley in southern Kenton County. They provide picking pails and each pail holds approximately 7 pounds. Berries are $3.50/lb.
Hidden Valley Orchards
5474 North State Route 48, Lebanon, OH 45036
For over sixty years Hidden Valley Orchards, located in Lebanon, OH, has offered homegrown fruits, vegetables, seasonal U-Pick crops and fun activities at the farm including a kids play yard, ice cream barn, farm animal encounters, face painting, a taproom, and much more.
Irons Fruit Farm
1640 Stubbs Mill Rd. Lebanon, OH 45036
Blackberries, blueberries, apples, corn, tomatoes, and peaches
Fourth generation farm has a lot to offer for those who enjoy fresh fruits and vegetable in a comfortable country setting. Typically, Iron Fruit Farm has blackberries and blueberries until mid-July, but they also have apples, corn, tomatoes, and peaches from July to early August. Call 513-932-2853 to check on crop supply, weather conditions, and hours.
Once in a Blue Moon Farm
3984 Social Row, Waynesville OH 45068
Once in a Blue Moon Farm supplies the buckets for picking and the berries are priced by the pound, $3.95. They also sell pre-picked pints and quarts in limited quantities at the booth during open hours. Cash and checks only please, no cards.
Rykers Ridge Blueberry
1508 N Rykers Ridge Rd., Madison, IN 47250
Rykers Ridge is a small “U-pick” farm that uses all natural processes to grow and harvest over 1000 blueberry plants during the summer months in Southern Indiana. According to a recent post on their Facebook page, their bushes are loaded with berries. They are open daily from 9am to 9pm and hope their season will last through the second week of August. Rykers Ridge is 74 miles from downtown Cincinnati, but worth the drive.