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The upcoming weekend kicks off seasonal strawberry picking around Rhode Island. Most locations offer a “pick your own” (PYO) option as well as pre-picked berries by the pint at the farm store.

Reminder: Check with your favorite farm before heading out. Arrive early – best days for picking vary across the state and many locations run out of berries before Noon!

Sweet Berry Farm at 915 Mitchell’s Lane in Middletown is the top spot on Aquidneck Island for strawberry picking and more. The farm has a well-stocked market and cafe, and is fun for families year-round. They are open daily from 9AM-6PM. For more, check their web site here.

Brandon Family Farm at  592 Fairgrounds Rd in West Kingstown has “pick your own” berries beginning June 6. They are known for a wide variety of organic fruits and vegetables. Here’s their schedule for the upcoming weekend: Friday 6/10 9-5pm; Saturday 6/11 3-6pm; Sunday 6/12 9-5pm; Monday 6/13 9-5pm. Click here for more details.

4 Town Farm at 90 George St. in Seekonk (directly on the border with RI) is expected to open this weekend or early next week for picking. The 5th generation family farm has acres of berries and a seasonal store has the best locally produced products and more. Details of their website here.

Quonset View Farm at 895 Middle Rd. in Portsmouth recently kicked off the season and will be open daily from 8AM – 6PM. The 100-year-old is a local favorite. Note: Quonset View is cash only. For updates, check their Facebook page here.

Goodwin Brothers Farm at 458 Greenville Rd. in North Smithfield is open for PYO most mornings at 9AM. They specialize in selling quality fruits and vegetables from their own and other local farms. Check their facebook page here for updates.

Salisbury Farm at 11 Peck Hill Rd, in Johnston, is another seasonal favorite with daily strawberry picking beginning in early June. The farm stand is open 10AM – 6PM daily. They often require a day or two for ripening, so check their Facebook page here for updates.

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Ken Abrams

Lifestyle Editor Ken Abrams writes about music and more for What'sUpNewp, Providence Monthly, SO RI, and The Bay. He DJ's "The Kingston Coffeehouse" Tuesday nights, 6-9 PM on WRIU 90.3 FM.