Blueberry Hill Farm in Edom, about 20 miles west of Tyler, invites families to fill picking buckets (provided) with organically-grown blueberries and blackberries. 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. Take your blueberries home and whip up some delicious sweet treats—check their website for blueberry recipes like the blueberry pound cake and blueberry cobbler. The season begins Memorial Day weekend and lasts through July. The farm is open seven days a week, 7am-5pm (including Father’s Day and the Fourth of July).
10268 FM 314, Edom, 903/852-6175
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 thornless blackberries for $3.25 per pound. If you can’t get enough of the rural life, 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. Take advantage of a Farm to Fork cooking classes while you’re there and have your goods picked out. Cooking classes are scheduled through July 21. Private group classes are also available, register online. The farm is open daily from 7:30am–5:30pm.
1444 CR 1125, Daingerfield, 903/645-3232
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, Tuesday, Wednesday 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, with the milking process explained. 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 ($10) along with various cheeses, unsalted butter, yogurt, eggs and other treats from local vendors.
3721 N. Jupiter Road, Plano, 972/423-8080
Father-daughter duo, Jack and Megan, are the primary farmers of Pure Land Farm, where you and the kiddos will find food favorites like carrots, lettuce, kale, radishes, onions and green garlic. The picking season is open now through the end of July. During the month of June, you’ll find sweet favorites such as thornless blackberries, green beans, zucchini, squash, cucumbers, tomatoes and more (our mouths are watering already)! Crops are charged per pound and buckets will be provided. Reserve a spot online before heading over—open slots are regularly announced on Facebook. The farm is open every Wednesday and Sunday through the end of July from 9am–noon. The entrance fee is $2 per picker. Happy picking!
7505 County Road 201, McKinney, 469/795-8585
For blueberry-picking fun with the kiddos, head over to Blase Family Farm in Rockwall, TX. Mini buckets are provided for the little ones, but you’re able to bring your own if you’d like. The farm follows organic practices and is equipped with shaded picnic tables for a perfect day of outdoor picking and snacking. And while you’re getting your cookbooks out for all the delicious blueberry recipes, take a page from Jill Blase, owner of Blase Family Farm. She makes blueberry popsicles from scratch that are available for purchase. We also hear the farm has a beautiful path to the blueberries—don’t forget to bring your polaroid for all the photos you’ll want to frame.
1232 East Fork Drive, Rockwall; 972/772-3645