5 Pick-Your-Own Farms in Dallas-Fort WorthBy The Editors
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.
Blueberry picking is at its peak at Blueberry Hill Farm in Edom, about 20 miles west of Tyler. The farm invites families to fill picking buckets (provided) with organically-grown blueberries and blackberries daily from 7am–5pm. Blueberries cost $2.95 per pound; blackberries run $3 per pound. After working up a sweat harvesting, cool off with a blueberry ’n cream pie or blueberry lemonade from the bakery or blueberry frozen yogurt from the store.
10268 FM 314, Edom, 903/852-6175
Take kids of all ages to experience the fields and stables at Cypress Lake Ranch in Bonham, a one- to two-hour drive northeast of the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Cucumbers, tomatoes, spinach, herbs and beets are up for grabs for the next few weeks, but the open farm days are the real attraction for youngsters. For $5 per person, families try their hands at milking the goats, feeding the cows, chickens, ducks, ponies and horses during a three-hour experience. Purchase a $5 pony ride on top of admission and ask about birthday parties at the farm too.
661 FM1553, Bonham, 214/681-1306
Make it a day (or longer) at The Greer Farm in Daingerfield, just shy of a three-hour drive east of the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Spend a few hours picking blueberries and blackberries for $3.25 per pound, then reserve a private overnight cabin to experience the life of a farmer. The kids can bottle-feed lambs, gather chicken eggs and pick vegetables by day, then roast s’mores at night. The farm is open daily from 7:30am–5:30pm, and the Greers are happy to educate both parents and kids on the ins and outs of farm life.
1444 CR 1125, Daingerfield, 903/645-3232
Due to a low peach yield this year, families can only pick from the pizza plot and organic vegetable garden at Henrietta Creek Orchard. Harvest tomatoes, garlic, onions, herbs, okra, black eyed peas, cantaloupe, watermelon and more (check Facebook for updates on crop availability). Or come to the family field trips ($9 per person; kids 2 and younger are free) on July 3 and 5 at 9:30am, where you’ll learn about bee pollination, butterflies, worm composting and where our food comes from. Call ahead to reserve your spots. And mark your calendars now for apple picking in the fall, which starts mid-September and lasts through October.
14255 Old Denton Road, Roanoke, 817/439-3202
The family-owned Lavon Farms in Plano 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 5:30pm on Monday, Wednesday or Thursday for a walking tour of the farm. The 30-minute tour consists of photo ops with the heifers and a demonstration in the milking parlor. The tour costs $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 ($8) along with various cheeses, yogurt, eggs and other treats from local vendors.
3721 N. Jupiter Road, Plano, 972/423-8080
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 June 2017
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