The early reports from strawberry growers that send out periodic newsletters to their perennial customers is that Michigan strawberries will be early this year. If you normally plan to pick on Father's Day, you may be too late for the crop.
None of the places I track are yet announcing opening dates for picking, but I'll share those when I have them; it's looking more like Memorial Day as the beginning of the season, with peak picking dates typically 7-10 days after the first opening day.
Some likely opening dates:
Whittaker's Berry Farm, Ida MI: May 28th.
The 2012 Strawberry Season has arrived! We will be open for the season TOMORROW, MAY 28TH, 8:00am-8:00pm. The berries we are picking Monday are called Honeoye, they are very deep red in color, and have a DELICIOUS flavor!
Rowe's Produce Farm, Belleville MI: May 28th.
STRAWBERRY SEASON BEGINS MONDAY MAY 28TH !