Summer brings an abundance of delicious, fresh fruit to the Dallas, Texas, area. The best way to enjoy it is by picking your own from the many orchards within striking distance of the city.
Alford Family Farm
At Alford Family Farm, you can pick your own blueberries and blackberries. The berries are ready to be harvested from May to July, and with more than 4,000 bushes, you’re sure to fill your buckets. You can check out the Belted Galloway cows as they graze in the pastures, as well. The farm is also home to free-range guineas, chickens, and pheasants.
Alford Family Farm is located at 199 Private Road 6181 in Emory, which is about 60 miles east of Dallas. The farm is open daily May through July from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Blueberry Hill Farms
Blueberry Hill Farms is a family-owned farm where you can pick your own blueberries and blackberries. There are more than 50 rows of blueberries and blackberries, and while the farm practices organic principles of farming, it is not certified as organic by the state.
The farm also includes a country store and bakery where you can purchase delicious baked goods such as muffins and breads, raw and unpasteurized honey, and even blueberry and blackberry plants to take home and plant in your own garden.
Blueberry Hill Farms is located at 10268 FM 314 in Edom, about 80 miles southeast of Dallas. It is open daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. through the summer until the end of July.
Echo Springs Blueberry Farm
The blueberries at Echo Springs Blueberry Farm get their delicious flavor from the natural freshwater springs that flow beneath the farm. The farm has 75 acres of blueberries and 12 acres of blackberries and they aren’t sprayed with pesticides. After picking your berries, grab some pies, cheesecakes, muffins, cookies, scones, jams, juice, and more.
The farm also plays host to the annual Blueberry Festival in June, where you can enjoy special pricing on berries, try your luck with raffles, and sample wines from local wineries. Echo Springs Blueberry Farm is located at 7235, FM 697 in Brownsboro, which is about 88 miles southeast of Dallas. It’s open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the summer months until the end of July.
The Blueberry Farm
At The Blueberry Farm, you can pick a variety of Rabbiteye Blueberries. While the bushes are not certified as organic, the farm doesn’t use pesticides. For those who’d prefer to simply eat the blueberries rather than pick them, the farm offers gallons of pre-picked blueberries for sale. The blueberries begin ripening in late May and typically continue to ripen until mid-July, depending on the heat. In addition to picking fruit, you can enjoy homemade jams, jellies, and ice cream.
The Blueberry Farm is located at 982 TX-37 in Quitman, which is about 90 miles east of Dallas. The farm is open Monday through Saturday from late May to mid-July from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
When the heat is on and you’re craving fresh fruit, head to one of these great orchards near Dallas to pick your own.
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