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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.