The 2021 Ultimate Guide to Picking Strawberries Around Birmingham


I always enjoy the spring because the local crops are at their finest. My husband and I have always enjoyed being able to pick our own produce and are excited that our girls are getting old enough to enjoy it too! Here is a list of pick-your-own strawberry farms in the metro Birmingham area.

Where to Pick Your Own Strawberries

Penton Farms

Sugar Hill U-Pick

3358 County Road 59
Verbena, Alabama 36091

Review and description courtesy of Laura P:
A fourth-generation farm located in Verbena, Penton Farms is about an hour south of Birmingham just off I-65. They boast to be the LARGEST strawberry u-pick in Alabama, with 165,000 plants and are currently in peak season (ending late May, usually). We drove down the Monday after Easter, since my son was out of school and, aside from the seemingly unending construction, ran into very little traffic on a weekday. If the week is rainy they may extend Saturday hours, or close entirely in the case of inclement weather. Picking took us about 30 minutes to fill up 2 buckets, which was more than sufficient for us.

This photo courtesy of Laura P

In addition to strawberries right now, they also have various fresh veggies (I snagged tomatoes, zucchini, and okra) and local honey! Plus SUPER cute t-shirts for grownups and kids. (Guess who’s a sucker for t-shirts?!?!) They have recently built fun horsey tire swings, a tube slide made from a giant drainage pipe and a sand pit. Since we went last year they have also added more picnic tables, so I recommend packing a lunch and staying to enjoy the farm post-picking. Prices are $9 per gallon bucket (U-pick) or $11 per every pre-picked gallon bucket. Hours are 8 am – 5 pm Monday and Tuesday and 8 am – 2 pm Wednesday through Saturday. Be sure to follow them on social media as they will post real-time updates on the fly.

I didn’t eat the strawberry straight off the plant. What are you talking about?

Jerry Marsh Farms

234 Marsh Cutoff Rd.
Cleveland, AL 35049

Jerry Marsh Farms is located in Cleveland, about 45 minutes northeast of Birmingham. They offer strawberries at $12 per gallon (U-pick) or already picked at $14 per gallon. Hours are 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Saturday. Cash or checks only.

Holmestead Farm

6582 Clay, Co Rd 7
Waldo, AL 35160

Holmestead Farm is an organic-practiced berry, fruit and vegetable farm located in Talladega, about an hour and a half southeast of Birmingham. In addition to strawberries, they also offer many other kinds of produce, pies and other goodies in their country store. Call ahead or check Facebook to see if strawberries are available early in the season as their plants plump up. Price of strawberries is $15 for a full gallon. Hours are 8 am – 4 pm Monday through Saturday and Sunday 1 pm – 5 pm. Check Facebook on bad weather days to verify they are open.

DeLoach Farms

171 Co Rd 468
Vincent, AL 35178

DeLoach Farms is located in East Shelby County, and they have introduced a U-Pick strawberry option! The farm has been around since 1820, and their website has more about their history. They update their Facebook page letting everyone know the plan for the day, so check there before heading out. Hours are 9 am – 5 pm Monday through Friday and 9 am to 6 pm Saturday. Sundays are 2 pm to 6 pm.

Norris Farms

1261 Alford Bend Rd.
Gadsden, AL 35903

Norris Farms is located in Hokes Bluff, about 90 minutes northeast of Birmingham. As of posting date, Norris Farms also has kale, lettuce and bok choy available for purchase. Strawberries are $12 a gallon (U-pick) or already picked for $14 a gallon. Hours are 8 am – 1 pm Monday through Friday and 8 am – 2 pm Saturday (check Facebook in case of changes). Cash or checks only.

Witt Farm 2021 Update

This farm has been a Birmingham favorite for years, but there won’t be a u-pick option this year. We thought it best to share directly from the farm’s Facebook update.

To the customers of Witt Farms,

Many of you have reached out to us regarding this 2021 season. We are so thankful for your continuing loyalty. However, it’s with heavy hearts that we share that Jimmy Witt, who was the sole proprietor of our family’s operation, passed away in January of this year due to complications from COVID. The last few months have been a whirlwind, but we are doing our best to carry on with our own farming operation, albeit under a new name. We strive to provide the same quality produce and service as we have in the past.
You can find our great-tasting fruits and vegetables Gina’s Market located at 2531 Snow Rogers Road in Gardendale. My brother, Aaron, will also have farm-fresh fruits and vegetables for sale at his stand, Witt’s Produce, on Highway 160 in Hayden. Additionally, we will be attending local farmers’ markets, so please take the time to check out our new Facebook page, Abney Farms, and follow us for more updates as we enter this Spring 2021 season!

We greatly appreciate your patience as we make this transition.

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Kristina is an Alabama native who came to Birmingham in 2005 for college (has it really been 15 years?!). She had lived in Muscle Shoals her whole life up until that point. After graduating from UAB in 2009 with a degree in journalism and a minor in music, she married Paul in 2011. Paul has worked in the tech industry since 2009. Kristina has had several jobs in the area - everything from banking, veterinary medicine and receptionist. She most recently worked from home as low-level tech support. Kristina and Paul had the biggest surprise of their lives when they went in for the first 8-week ultrasound and found out that they were expecting "spontaneous" twins! Everything was going to change already, but they had to multiply it by two! Two girls, Elle and June, were born in July 2019 and nothing has been the same since. Kristina is now a stay-at-home mom to Elle and June and it has been the most rewarding job of all! Kristina, Paul, Elle and June make home in Alabaster, where you can usually find them on the weekends. They like going around to the things in the area, such as shopping and going on walks in the park. The babies are famous - neither Kristina or Paul can go anywhere alone without people asking about the twins!