Klingelhutz Berry Farm in Waconia

Berry picking at Klingelhutz Berry Farm in Waconia.

“We wanted to aggravate ourselves,” jokes Mike Klingelhutz, when asked why he started growing strawberries about six years ago. Klingelhutz, who opens his farm for picking strawberries and raspberries in the early summer and sells pumpkins and corn in the fall, has learned that strawberries are a finicky crop, easily irritated by a late frost. But, as Klingelhutz customers’ know, the berries are as tasty as they are difficult—and they’re in high demand.

Klingelhutz’s strawberries generally ripen by mid-June and last for about three weeks, and the raspberries are usually ready in late June and early July. Call ahead (952.442.2515) to see if the berries are ready and for picking times. Klingelhutz also accepts call-ahead berry orders and will have the berries ready for pick-up.