Well picked: where to pick berries in the Fredericton Capital Region

The Fredericton Capital Region is ripe with local produce, and berries are no exception! The berry picking season typically kicks off in June, and carries into July, depending on weather and crops. It’s prime time to eat fresh, stock your freezer, or bake some yummy treats. Check out some of the charming local u-picks where you can harvest your own berries!

Sunset U-Pick | 49 Ferris Street
Strawberries, Raspberries & Blueberries

Located on Fredericton’s northside, just off of Sunset Drive, Sunset U-Pick is a popular patch where you can pick your own strawberries, raspberries and blueberries. Spend a couple hours picking, then pop over to Coastline Pizza for a slice and a pint, you’ve earned it!

Expected to open for season at the end of June, 2023. Weekdays 8:00 am-8:00 pm, Saturdays 8:00 am-5:00 pm, Sundays 11:00 am-5:00 pm. Hours are dependent on availability and weather, so be sure to check their Facebook page for updates, orcall : 506-459-3183

McKinney's U-Pick | 761 Route 105
Blueberries, Red and Black Currants & Raspberries

Boasting one of the more extensive selections of berries in the area, McKinney’s U-pick offers Raspberries, Blueberries, Red & Black Currants and Gooseberries. They also sell produce including Green & Yellow Beans and Tomatoes, and operate as a bee store, selling a complete line of beekeeping supplies. McKinney’s is conveniently located in Maugerville between the famous Big Potato, and Moxon’s Country Pumpkin (and petting zoo!), so you can load up on all your veggies, baked goods, and ice cream needs in one trip!

Expected to open mid-late July | 9:00 am-5:00 pm Saturdays and sometimes Sundays. Hours are dependent on availability and weather. See their Facebook page or call 506-357-5444 for updates.

Gilbert Farm | 419 Route 102, Burton
Strawberries & Apples

Enjoy a drive through the countryside and stop in at Gilbert’s Farm to grab some pre-picked berries, or head into the field yourself! Nestled in Burton, about a 30 minute drive from downtown Fredericton, the Gilbert Farm U-pick offers strawberry fields and an apple orchard for guests to pick. If you’re looking to extend your riverside drive, carry on to the historic Village of Gagetown for a treat at Sweet Evan’s Cakes or a hearty meal at Gagetown Grill & Smokehouse and B&B, or the Old Boot Pub!

Anticipated opening the first week of July, operating 7 days a week, 8:00 am-6:00 pm, weather permitting. Be sure to check their Facebook page before coming, or call: 506-357-863

Young’s Strawberry U-Pick | 700 Route 670, Ripples, NB

Young’s Strawberry U-Pick is a quaint berry patch offering a serene u-pick experience in the quiet countryside. About a 40 minute drive from downtown Fredericton, Young’s is a short commute for campers at Princess Park on Grand Lake, or guests at Country Lane Bed & Breakfast!

Expected to open late June, Young’s U-pick is open 7 days a week, weather permitting. 7. Be sure to check their Facebook page or call 506-999-1912 for opening dates and hours.

Berry picking can be a fun and fruitful adventure for the whole family. When setting out to the berry patch, be sure to bring some baskets or containers, sunscreen, hats, and some water to keep you and your crew hydrated! And remember, many u-picks are cash only, and sell out quickly, so it’s best to check their Facebook page for updates or call ahead of time!

If you’re hoping to hit multiple U-picks in the area, book a stay at one of our campgrounds, glampsites, or hotels, to maximize your berry harvest! Happy Picking!