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So Berry Delicious! Local Fruit & Veggie Picking!

With a rainy, short winter, our spring is getting an early start this year, as is the start of our fruit growing season. There are plenty of farms in the north area of town to get your berry fix and strawberries are about to be in season. Berry picking is a great outdoor family activity to encourage kids to learn about how the fruit we eat gets from the farm to our table.

My family visits Moorhead's Blueberry Farm a few times each season and as my kids get older and better at picking I'm finding that the two year olds eat as much as they pick before we leave the farm and my four year old is becoming quite the master picker. I love bring home heavy, swollen bags of blueberries to immediately fold into blueberry pancakes.

To ensure a great visit (and keep your little pickers happy), watch your weather. Early in the morning before the heat hits or on a cloudy or rainy day are great times to pick, otherwise prepare for sun, humidity and heat. If your day will be sunny, bring a hat, sunscreen and plenty of drinks. Fields are often sandy or muddy so play shoes or easily cleanable shoes are a good idea. Check accepted payment methods before you go - some farms only take cash or check. U-pick farms also generally have sporadic days and times that they are open for picking. Please call farms ahead or check Facebook for hours and what's in season before loading up the car.

Atkinson Farms
3217 Spring Cypress Rd.
Spring, TX 77388
What to pick: strawberries
When to pick: March-October

Blackberries of Houston
19531 Cypress Church Rd
Cypress, TX 77433
What to pick: blackberries
When to pick: late May-June

Blakelock's Berries
15761 FM 3083
Grangerland, TX 77302
What to pick: blackberries
When to pick: May-June

Chmielewski's Blueberry Farm
23810 Bauer Hockley Rd.
Hockley, TX 77447
What to pick: blueberries
When to pick: May-July

E & B Orchards
28268 Clark Bottom
Hempstead, TX 77445
What to pick: peaches, nectarines, blackberries
When to pick: May-July

Jollisant Farm
11351 County Rd. 203
Plantersville, TX 77363
What to pick: Strawberries, Blueberries, Pumpkins, Carrots, Kale, Swiss Chard, Cabbage, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Arugula, Beets, Turnips, Collard Greens, Spinach, Lettuce, Asparagus, Tomatoes, Peas, Squash, Zucchini, Green Beans, Cucumbers, Lavender, Flowers, Corn, Red Potatoes, Onions, Okra, Peppers, Basil, Dill, Gourmet Garlic, Watermelon, Cantaloupe, Blackberries
When to pick: depends on month (call ahead!)

Matt Family Orchard
21110 Bauer Hockley Rd.
Tomball, TX 77377-5767
What to pick: Blueberries (April-May), Blackberries (May-Mid July), Fig (July-September), Pear (July-August), Jujube (July-August), Asian Persimmon (October-November), Citrus (October-November)

Moorhead's Blueberry Farm
19531 Moorhead Rd.
Conroe, TX 77302
What to pick: blueberries
When to pick: June-July

9963 Poole's Road
Montgomery, Texas 77356
What to pick: Blackberries (May-July), Strawberries

Party Barn Farm
18611 Becker Rd.
Hockley, TX 77447-9325
281-255-4428 or 832-404-8135
What to pick: beans, corn, cucumbers, lemons, melons, peaches, peppers, plums, raspberries, summer squash, winter squash, tomatoes
When to pick: Mid-April-November

Pioneer Berries
2512 Pioneer Ln.
Cleveland, TX 77328
What to pick: blueberries
When to pick: May-July

Wood Duck Farm
270 Pine Valley Rd
Cleveland, TX 77328
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