It’s May in North Texas, which marks the start of berry and peach season in the DFW area. Visiting a local pick-your-own farm is a great way to enjoy some fresh air, teach your kids about where our food comes from, and give them a little slice of agricultural life. While I’ll be the first to admit that berry picking with your offspring isn’t always as idyllic as it sounds— one year, my daughter insisted on only picking green blueberries— it’s the memories that count, right? Making blueberry muffins with berries I pulled off the bushes myself always fills me with deep sense of Little House on the Prairie-esque satisfaction.
The best part is that you really don’t have to go far to find a local farm that gives you this opportunity. So grab the kids, pack a picnic lunch, and head to one of the following:
Storm Farms in Arlington— Strawberries
Strawberry season in North Texas is a short one, lasting only a few weeks, but check Storm Farms’ Facebook page for updates on their pick-your-own, pesticide-free strawberries. I’m here to tell you that homemade strawberry freezer jam is easy to make and beyond delicious. Storm Farms also has fresh strawberry preserves for purchase.
2021 Update: Advanced reservations are required at this time.
Pure Land Farm in McKinney— Berries and veggies depending on the week
Pure Land Farm has blackberry picking from late May through June. Additionally, they will soon be offering seasonal pick-your-own organic produce such as carrots, lettuce, kale, tomatoes, and herbs. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram for more information and dates.
2021 Update: Advanced reservations are required at this time. Check website to see what’s ready for picking.
Blase Family Farm in Rockwall— Blueberries
This cute little farm has blueberry picking from the end of May through the beginning of July. Follow them on Facebook to know when the berries are at peak ripeness and available for picking. Make sure you go back in October for their pumpkin patch, hay rides, and petting zoo. It’s the perfect local spot for those adorable fall photos of your kiddos.
Blueberry Hill Farms in Edom – Blueberries and Blackberries
DM Contributor Carla wrote all about this quick day-trip destination last year. Just a little over 70 miles outside of Dallas, this family-owned farm also has a country store that sells local honey and fresh preserves. You can pick blueberries and blackberries right off the bush and plop them into some of your favorite desserts at home!
2021 Update: As with many of these farms, the winter storms affected berry crops this year. They’ll be ready for picking a little later than usual. Check the site for current picking info.
Ham Orchards in Terrell— Peaches & Blackberries
Ham Orchards is a great place for a fun day trip, complete with yummy barbecue and fresh peach ice cream. While the peaches at Ham Orchards are already picked and waiting for you to take home to make into pies, cobblers, and jams, you can pick blackberries from the end of May through June. Their Farm Market store also features a variety of canned goods and fresh produce.
As interest in local organic produce, meat, and dairy grows, Dallas-areas farms are stepping up to the demand. While these two don’t allow you to pick produce, they do sell everything from turnips to fresh eggs to raw milk and are definitely worth checking out:
Cartermere Farms in Celina
For a true farm-to-table experience, place your online order through the Cartermere website and then head off to the farm to pick it up at this family-owned and operated business that sells organic produce, eggs, pastured poultry, and grass-fed beef and lamb. Cartermere also has family farm tours twice a month and day camps for school-aged kids.
Lucky Layla Farms in Plano
Lucky Layla Farms is the storefront for Lavon Farms in Garland, home to some lovely Guernsey and Jersey milk cows. At Lucky Layla, you can buy raw milk and cheese, fresh butter, and drinkable yogurt.
Whether it’s a quick run to buy fresh milk or a day-long excursion for peaches and blackberries, a visit to one of these is sure to be a great summer adventure for the whole family.