U-Pick Fruit In Northern Michigan

Spring Update: We have had fantastic spring weather with a slow warm up. The trees have blossomed and we are very optimistic for the upcoming fruit season. Asparagus is currently in season. Our first u-pick crop are strawberries and those will be ready in mid June for 3 weeks or so.

Looking for something to do with your kids that is cheap, fun, and gets you outside? Look no further than pick your own fruit at King Orchards!

Admission to the orchard is free and you only pay for the fruit you pick.

Not in Northern Michigan during July when cherries are in season? We try to have something available to pick from June – October for the whole family. Check out our pick your own fruit schedule here. We strive to offer a wide variety of fruits and vegetables throughout the summer and fall. Freshly baked donuts, pies, cookies, and muffins are offered daily from May – November.

U-Pick FAQ

Do we need to bring anything?

Just you and your family! We provide the picking vessels (quarts, buckets, bags depending on the fruit). Feel free to bring your own box or bag to transfer into but we provide those as well!

Do you need reservations?

No reservations needed. Just follow the signs as you pull into the farm for our u-pick directions area.

Can I bring kids into the orchard?

We encourage you to bring the whole family! Our trees are trimmed so that the young and old are easily able to pick!

Do you charge to get into the orchard?

We do not charge to get into the orchard; you just pay for the fruit that you pick.

How does it work when I get to the orchard?

Check into the market first. We will then show you where and what we are picking that day. Pay for the container of your choice then go out and fill it with fruit. We offer extra containers for purchase in the orchard as well.

Will we drive or walk to the u-pick spot?

All of our u-pick orchards and fields are accessible by car and most are accessible by foot as well.

Do you have a cherry pitter?

Yes we do! We offer pitting for both sweet and tart cherries!

What are your picking hours?

We are open for picking from 9am – 4pm. The markets close at 6pm Monday – Saturday and 4pm Sunday.

Do you allow dogs in the orchard?

We love dogs but due to food safety laws, we cannot allow dogs in active growing areas. We do have designated areas where you can walk your dog, though.

Do you offer picking at both markets?

Yes, we offer picking at both markets! However, start and end dates as well as specific crops may vary slightly from location to location so check our website, Facebook, or give us a call for the most up to date schedule.

U-Pick Strawberries

Strawberry season kicks off u-pick season at King Orchards. Pick your own strawberries starts in mid June and lasts about 3 weeks. Our u-pick strawberry patch is located at our M-88 Market but picked strawberries are available at both markets.

Here at King Orchards, we offer a clean strawberry field with numerous varieties to keep the picking good throughout the season. U-pick strawberries typically starts mid June and go into the first week of July. Entering the orchard is free and you only pay for the strawberries you pick. It makes for an affordable and fun activity for the entire family.

U-Pick Sweet Cherries

As U-Pick Strawberry season ends, pick your own sweet cherries begins (just after the 4th of July) and lasts about 3 weeks as well. This will be available at both our M-88 and US 31 Markets.

If you hit sweet cherry season at the prime time, you will see trees roped with fruit hanging towards the ground which makes it is easy for anyone from 1-100 to pick!

Make U-Pick Fruit Part of the Perfect Day Trip

We have so many activities in our area to fill your day that would provide for a very cheap, family friendly day trip!

  • Bring your lunch and have a picnic in the orchard
  • Swim in the beautiful lakes of Northern Michigan, all within a few miles of our orchards
    • Take a dip in Grand Traverse Bay, part of Lake Michigan at Barnes Park
    • Launch your boat or swim in Michigan’s version of the Caribbean, Torch Lake, at the Torch Lake Township Day Park
    • Launch your kayaks in Intermediate Lake, part of the Chain of Lakes at Thurston Park
  • Family friendly restaurants in the area
    • Short’s Brewing offers great food at an affordable price (their beer is pretty great too)
    • The Front Porch is a very unique, family friendly diner in downtown Ellsworth
    • Torch Lake Cafe is right between our two markets offering friendly service and high quality food.
  • What’s more family friendly and make you feel more like a Michigander than homemade fudge and ice cream at Fudgees in Central Lake?
  • Visit Bachmann’s Store for penny candy, toys, puzzles, and more. “If they don’t have it, you don’t need it!”