5 Pick-Your-Own Farms in Dallas-Fort Worth / Visit a local DFW farm for hands-on fun

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Nicole Jordan & Karla Hess
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Favio Moreno
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March 24, 2016
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Pick-your-own fruit and vegetable farms are becoming destinations for families looking to inject a lot of fun and a little learning into their next “shopping” trip. Skip the supermarket chain and go directly to the source for everything from blackberries to peaches to vine-ripened grapes. We may be living the urban American lifestyle, but there are still plenty of farmers sprinkled throughout the area who are willing to open their doors and give their time to families looking for a lesson in agriculture. We rounded up a few of the best spots for families looking to get out of the produce aisle and back to their roots.

1. Lavon Farms in Plano
The family-owned farm is home to a small group of top-of-the-line cows that provide Grade “A” raw milk on a daily basis. Make an appointment before stopping in at 4:30pm on Monday–Friday for a walking tour of the farm. The 30-minute tour starts off with a close-up view of cows and calves (think: photo op) before heading to the milking parlor for a demonstration and wrapping up with a Q&A session. The tour cost is $3 per person. Don’t leave before stopping by the farm store to stock up on dairy goods. Lavon Farms’ raw milk is sold by the gallon along with various cheeses, caramels, yogurt, eggs and other treats from local vendors.
972/423-8080; lavonfarms.com and facebook.com
 
2. The Greer Farm in Dangerfield
Complete with private cabins and “farm-to-fork” cooking classes, The Greer Farm epitomizes agritourism. Roast s’mores over the fire and kick back in the comfortable confines of the cabin by night; bottle-feed lambs, gather chicken eggs and pick vegetables by day. You can pick your own blueberries and blackberries and pay per pound. If you bring a gallon bucket it will usually hold 5–6 pounds of fruit, but smaller paper bags are also available free of charge. The farm is open 7:30am–5:30pm every day, and the Greers are happy to educate both parents and kids on the ins and outs of farm life.
903/645-3232; greerfarm.com and facebook.com

3. Homestead Farms in Keller
Homestead produces raw goat milk, grass-fed beef, free-range chicken and eggs and a variety of produce, including the most adorable kid-sized watermelons. During store hours, customers are welcome to walk the property. Homestead offers seasonal kids’ camps where little ones ages 2–6 (parents must stay) and 6–12 (parents may leave) spend a morning doing chores, watching a milking demonstration, bottle-feeding baby goats, gathering chicken eggs and more. Camps aim to introduce kids to farming life in a fun and age-appropriate manner. When it cools down, check out their pumpkin patch for hayrides and more family fun.
817/966-0482; homestead-farms.net and facebook.com

4. Henrietta Creek Orchard in Roanoke
Henrietta Creek fruit trees yield peaches in the summer and six varieties of apples in the fall. It’s one of a dwindling number of places in Texas that grows apples. This year, peaches are expected to ripen in June and July. Check their Facebook for the latest updates on crop availability. Call ahead and set up a walking tour, which can include a presentation about bees, a tour of the “pizza garden,” pond, chickens and apple-washing machine. Each child picks a piece of fruit and can also pick by the pound, when available. Don’t leave without asking about the local honey.
817/439-3202; henriettacreekorchard.com and facebook.com

5. Duck Creek Blackberry Farm
The family-owned farm is open to the public during the early summer months when blackberries are in season. The blackberry bushes are thorn-free, allowing kids to pick to their heart’s content. When you get home, be sure to try out one of the suggested recipes on their website. Use your loot to make everything from a low-fat blackberry smoothie to a delectable blackberry cobbler. Keep an eye on their website for the most up-to-date information. 
940/458-3217; duckcreekblackberries.com
 
Be sure to call ahead before visiting any farm or orchard. Hours, prices and produce vary by location and season. Visit pickyourown.org for an extensive list of pick-your-own farms and orchards.

Updated March 2016


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