It's that time of the year. The sun's shining and that sweet, sweet summer fruit is calling your name. If you've been itching to head out to a local farm and go fruit-picking, you're in luck. A number of Edmonton U-pick farms are open this summer, and you best take advantage before fall swoops in. 

It can be so refreshing to escape the hustle and bustle and venture into the countryside to see what Albertan lands have to offer. 

Luckily, a lot of these farms are absolutely blooming with fresh, ripe fruit.

If you like to be surrounded by the sweet scents of strawberries, raspberries, apples, and more; then these farms will be your paradise. 

Many of these locations offer a whole lot more than just fruit-picking.

From lovely picnic spots and gourmet farm-to-table meals to stunning fields of sunflowers, these places will charm you so much that you'll never want to leave. 

But before you pack up your basket and slip on that cute farm outfit, make sure to check with businesses to get a feel for the safety measures you need to take and if the weather's suitable for picking. 

Some types of fruit are only available in limited quantities. So if you're really after one special thing, make a quick call to confirm the fruit's still in season. 

Here's list of places to pick your own fruit this summer that are right near Edmonton. Enjoy! 

Prairie Gardens

Price: $15+ per kilogram 

Address: 56311 Lily Lake Rd., Bon Accord, AB 

Why You Need To Go: On top of a strawberry patch, this place also has a corn maze, a pumpkin patch, and up to 50 farm activities you can do with your crew. Strawberry U-pick can be done through reservations only at this time. 

 

Horse Hill Berry Farm

Price: $12+ per kilogram 

Address:  20304 33 St., N.E., Edmonton, AB

Why You Need To Go: If you're a fan of all things raspberry, this should be your ultimate destination. This farm has four types of juicy little raspberries hiding in the branches and you can have them for yourself if you're willing to roll up your sleeves and get picking. 

Creek Side Saskatoon Berry Farm

Price: $1.50+ per pound 

Address: 53418 Range Rd. 231, Sherwood Park, AB 

Why You Need To Go: This gorgeous farm located in the east of Edmonton is blooming with fresh raspberry and saskatoon berry bushes. It's a perfect little getaway if you want to soak in the lovely Edmonton sun this summer while picking some juicy fruit. 

Riverbend Gardens

Price: $10 for 4 kilograms 

Address: 3830 195 Ave., N.E., Edmonton, AB

Why You Need To Go: Their massive saskatoon berry orchard will blow your mind. Plus, they've also got a large array of vegetables available for U-pick if you want to save yourself the grocery trip that week. 

Happy Acres

Price: $3.5+ per pound

When: Events only 

Address: 52225 Range Rd., 273, Spruce Grove, AB

Why You Need To Go: This is probably the most well-known entry on the list. Happy Acres' U-pick list changes daily, so keep posted on their Facebook page to see what's available on the day of your trip. Their assortment of desserts and snacks are also divine. 

Steven's Strawberries

Price: $3.5+ per kilogram 

Address:  AB-13, Wetaskiwin County No. 10, AB

Why You Need To Go: This is yet another adorable strawberry haven in the middle of Alberta. The farm also sells pre-picked containers if you want to bring back strawberries in bulk for your entire family. 


 

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