Summer means the return of local berries. Lorain County has some of the finest pick-your-own fruit farms in the area, allowing you to enjoy the outdoors while stocking up on fresh produce.

When it comes to picking your fruit, timing is everything. Strawberries are typically available from early June through early July. Cherries come next, with premium crops ready between late June and early July. Blueberries, raspberries and blackberries are available during July and into the first part of August.

Here’s a listing of local farms to try this summer. Depending on the weather, crops may mature earlier or later than expected, so be sure to call ahead to make sure the fruit is ready for the picking.

Aufdenkampe Family Farm
3275 N. Ridge Road, Vermilion
What’s Available: Strawberries, blackberries, black raspberries, red raspberries and other fresh fruits and vegetables

Baumhart Berry Farm
2200 Baumhart Road, Vermilion

What’s Available: Blackberries and blueberries

Black River Organics
18369 State Route 58, Wellington

What’s Available: Blueberries

Columbia Berry Farm
19060 W. River Road, Columbia Station

What’s Available: Blackberries, blueberries,
red raspberries

Fitch’s Farm Market
4413 Center Road (State Route 83), Avon

What’s Available: Strawberries

Kriegs Strawberry Farm & Market
3175 N. Ridge Road, Vermilion

What’s Available: Strawberries

Miller Orchards Ltd.
8690 Vermilion Road, Amherst

What’s Available: Cherries

Peasley Poor Farm
9199 Peasley Road, Amherst

What’s Available: Blueberries
Red Wagon Farm
16144 S. Boone Road, Columbia Station

What’s Available: Strawberries

Rex Gees Orchards
50586 State Route 113, Amherst

What’s Available: Cherries