It’s the sweetest time of year here in Niagara! Cherry picking is a fun family activity and one of the best ways to experience what the Niagara Region has to offer.
Get outdoors with this safe and socially-distanced activity! There’s no better way to reap the rewards of prime fruit season than to earn it yourself. With thousands of cherry trees here in Niagara, there is no shortage of places to go to do just that!
Ready to go cherry picking? Here’s your list of farms available to visit!
Cherry picking in Niagara
Please call ahead to the farm prior to arriving for picking status. There may be different rules or booking procedures. Some farms may require e-transfer instead of cash, so be prepared for that too!
Please be respectful while on property. Many of these farms, as you’ll see, are family owned. Be gentle with the trees, since many have been damaged in the past by visitors climbing on them.
Plenty of these properties offer ladders throughout the orchards. Please familiarize yourself with ladder safety, especially with young children, prior to visiting.
When are Cherries ready in Niagara?
Cherries are generally ready in late June – mid July and can last through to the end of July , weather depending!
How long is cherry picking season?
Cherries have a very short season – just 4 to 5 weeks. The PYO cherry season can be lessened by weather conditions, especially rain, when the fruit is present. Be sure to take advantage of the prime picking season while it lasts!
How much does it cost to go cherry picking?
Cherries range in price from farm to farm. Some of our local Niagara farms will have an admission fee in place, and because of the pandemic, others will charge a a few dollars for the basket which you can keep.
Pre-picked prices range from $15-$30 for sour cherries and $20-$35 for sweet cherries, depending on the size pail you select.
Pick-your-own will be less, since you’re the one doing the labour!
Where can you pick cherries in Niagara?
Cherry Picking in Grimsby
Two Century Farm
This fruit farm has been growing and selling fruit for seven generations! Pick-your-own Sweet and sour cherries available.
Psst. Come back in late July for PYO peaches!
Address: 400 Main St W., Grimsby
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Cherry Picking in Lincoln
Hildreth Farms is well-known throughout the community for their amazing farm stand (which I drive by every day!) with freshly picked produce, pies, flowers and more! They’ve been in Niagara for four generations.
Offering PYO cherries (and strawberries!), they do not offer an admission fee, as as of 2021 they offered two different sizes of baskets: 4 litres for $18 or 7 litres for $25.
Address: 5529 Greenlane Ave, Beamsville
This farm wasn’t open for PYO cherries in 2021 due to the pandemic. I’m currently waiting to find out if they’ll be offering this again in 2022.
Address: 5511 Greenlane Ave., Beamsville
Cherry Avenue Farms
Cherry Avenue Farms has been family owned and operated since 1799!
Visitors are encouraged to call and listen to their voicemail prior to coming to the farm, for updates on picking conditions and any restrictions.
Also offers: PYO apricots, plums, peaches, and pears!
Address: 4303 Cherry Avenue, Vineland
20 Valley Harvest Farms
Offering pick-your-own sweet and sour cherries on over 1000 trees on this family-owned farm!
Did you know…you can sign up for their newsletter and find out when they open each year!
Sweet cherries range from $19-$33 depending on size of basket, and sour cherries range from $16-$28.
Address: 4235 Fifteenth St., Jordan Station
Cherry Picking near Niagara Falls
Metler Cherry Farm
Lesser known but with rave reviews of friendly owners is Metler Cherry Farm!
This farm is just down the street from the Comfort Maple, so be sure to stop by for a visit there, too!
Address: 359 Metler Rd., Ridgeville
Mathias Farms is a third generation family run fruit farm offering much more than just cherries! Bringing your own basket is encouraged, but not required.
Visit for sweet and sour cherries along with raspberries, blackberries, currants and more. There is also a variety of homemade jams to purchase at their fruit stand.
Debit and cash accepted.
Address: 1909 Effingham St., Ridgeville
Stop by this quieter farm for PYO cherries, and later in the year for other seasonal fruit like peaches, apples, pears, and pumpkins!
Cash only (as of last year’s season).
Address: 1541 Rice Rd., Welland
Serving Fonthill and the surrounding area for over 50 years! There are a few sweet cherry varieties here to pick from at Weiland Orchard, from the end of June through the end of July. They’re open daily from 8:00 am – 8:00 pm during prime cherry season.
Address: 1625 Haist St., Fonthill
Cherry Picking in Niagara-on-the-Lake
Parkway Orchards is well known in the Niagara community for having an abundance of PYO fruit available, from cherries, plums, peaches, apples, grapes, and nectarines.
Stop in their store from baked goods, sandwiches, jams and much more.
Address: 15000 Niagara Parkway, Niagara-on-the-Lake
Some PYO cherry farms just outside of Niagara…
The Niagara Region has a ton of awesome places to pick cherries, but if you’re looking for some others close by outside of the region you’re spoiled for choice, too!
Would you believe Puddicombe Farms has been harvesting its own fruit for over 210 years? This estate farm is an amazing place to visit to come and experience the countryside.
In addition to offering PYO cherries, they’re also their own winery, farm market, and country store!
Puddicombe Farms is your one stop shop for all things PYO. Visit in July-August for cherries, and in the fall for apples, pears and pumpkins!
Address: 1468 Highway 8, Stoney Creek
Sun Valley Farms, Stoney Creek
Sun Valley Farms is the closest cherry orchard to the GTA! It’s another family-owned farm (since 1955!) and is known for being an easy-picking orchard, since the trees are grown on a full-dwarf rootstock.
Four sizes of baskets are available, from 2 litre ($20) up to 6 quarts ($35). Baskets are supplied.
Washroom facilities are available, parking is free, and there is no admission fee!
Address: 1186 Highway 8, Stoney Creek
Yet another well-loved family owned farm! Fratric Orchard is known to be very friendly and have great prices.
Address: 162 Cokers Ln, Stoney Creek
This 200 year old family farm is open 8 am – 8 pm daily during cherry season!
Baskets are supplied, ranging from 3 litres to 7 litres, and are included in the price. You also have the option to bring your own basket and receive a small credit.
Address: 20 Bridgman Ln, Stoney Creek
Cherry Picking Tips
- The darker the cherry, the sweeter it will be.
- Leave stems on sweet cherries. They’ll keep longer when the stems are attached.
- If the cherry is ripe, it will easily come off the tree in your hand, with the stem attached.
- Avoid placing picked cherries in direct sunlight – opt for a shady spot under the tree.
- Cool them as soon as you can by putting them in the fridge. They’ll store best here for a couple of days if you’re eating them immediately, but don’t wash them until you’re ready to use them!
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Thanks I found this information very useful in planning a PYO Cherry-picking trip in the summer!
Thanks Rhonda! I appreciate that! 🙂
Job well done young lady with all your information. Regarding all orchard news. Thank you.
Thank you so much! 🙂
How about ED Smith Cherry Farm?
any info. Thank you!
That used to be THE place to go, right John? They no longer have public access to their orchards, but fortunately there’s lots nearby to enjoy! 🙂
Is cherry-picking ready now
Yes they are!