Yeah! You’ve decided to check out what Firefly Berries is all about. Here’s a little information to make your visit the best it can be!
What to wear?? This is nature, so be sure to dress for the weather. Comfortable shoes and clothes and sunscreen are always recommended. High heels probably aren’t the best choice! If there has been a lot of rain, some rain boots or old shoes might be a good idea. Although we do have straw or grass between all of our fruit rows, this is nature after all… and you can get dirty!
DIRECTIONS — We are not open every day during the summer. Everything is dependent on the fruit and when it is ready to be picked. Here are a few more details.
We are located at 5542 23rd St NE, Rochester MN.
To find us from the South side of Rochester, travel four miles east from Broadway on US 14, then 3 miles north on County Road 11.
To find us from the North side of Rochester, take 37th St NW/Cty Rd 22, heading East. Turn left onto Viola Rd/County Rd 2. Follow County Road 2 (past Century High School) for about five minutes and turn right onto County Road 11. We will be one mile down on the left. For a complete map, click here.
HOURS OF OPERATION – We are only open to the public in June/early July for strawberries and again in the fall (September/October) for grapes, dependent on fruit availability. We also sell at the Rochester Downtown Farmers Markets from May-October.
Each fruit has its own season, so we are not open every day. It always depends on whether fruit is available. Despite the unpredictability, we try our hardest to keep regular hours as much as possible. However, hours change depending on picking and weather conditions. Please ALWAYS CALL BEFORE DRIVING OUT to confirm fruit is available to be picked. (507) 252-1309.
Approximate picking times are listed below by fruit. Please note that when a fruit starts and begins varies from year to year depending on the weather.
*Strawberries – mid June through early July
*Summer Raspberries – July (available at the Rochester Farmers Market only!)
*Fall Raspberries & Blackberries – mid August through a hard frost (available at the Rochester Farmers Market only!)
*Concord Grapes – mid/late September through a hard frost
Summer Hours (As strawberries are available. Please call to confirm.) — We are open Monday through Thursday, as well as Saturday & Sunday from 8 am – 12:30 pm. We are closed on Fridays.
Fall Hours — We will begin picking grapes on Saturday, September 21 with the following hours:
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays from 9 am – 6 pm.
We will be closed on Mondays & Thursdays.