Pick Your Own
Sure, you could buy a pint of juicy berries at the supermarket, but half the fun is picking them yourself! We’ve put together a list of some of the best U-pick farms across the United States that are open for business. These farms have all put Covid-19 guidelines in place to keep staff and visitors safe, so be sure to check out the rules before you go.
Also note that U-pick farm schedules and crop availability vary depending on the season and the weather, so always give farms a call or check their website before visiting to make sure they’re open and to find out what's ripe for the picking. To find local pick-your-own farms in your area, visit pickyourown.org .
Wheeler Berry Farm in Worthington, Massachusetts
This U-pick blueberry farm in the foothills of the Berkshires opened in the 1940s, but over the years the property fell into disrepair. Today, new owners have been cultivating a berry heaven with more than 1,000 blueberry bushes on site. There's plenty of space for social distancing, and because of Covid-19, the farm now accepts payment by Venmo. As a bonus, leashed fur pals are welcome to visit with their families.
Schnepf Farms in Queen Creek, Arizona
Schnepf Farms, a popular family destination just an hour outside of Phoenix, almost always has something worth picking. This year, however, the U-pick garden is closed for the summer while the farm gears up for the fall harvest. But you can order produce online for pickup, along with homemade pies and other tempting treats. U-pick will resume in the fall, and the farm will also offer gardening classes for those interested in cultivating a green thumb.
Bompa’s Blues in Oregon City, Oregon
Bompa’s Blues, located a half hour from Portland, is bursting with fresh berries ripe for picking. To make sure you don't miss out, sign up for the farm's mailing list to receive updates on picking dates and times. In light of the pandemic, everyone over 12 years old must wear a mask, and social distancing is requested in all areas of the farm. While sanitized buckets are provided, pickers are free to bring their own. Bompa’s is now also accepting Venmo payments for those who prefer not to use cash or checks.
Berry Heaven in Garden Valley, California
This farm's roots reach back only to 2005, but production has expanded rapidly in this short time. The picking season is well underway at Berry Heaven, a Northern California farm where U-pick delights include blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries. Because of Covid-19, prospective pickers must text to make an appointment before visiting. Social distancing is mandatory, but masks are optional.
Dooley Groves in Ruskin, Florida
These citrus groves about 30 miles south of Tampa got their start when "Grandma Dooley" (Mrs. Edith Houghtaling) started sharing her homegrown produce with friends and neighbors back in the 1960s. Today, the farm has expanded its offerings to include kumquats and several tasty new orange varieties. Dooley Groves is open for U-pick from mid-November through April.
Green Mountain Orchards in Putney, Vermont
Green Mountain Orchards has been around for four generations and boasts more than 18 acres of blueberries. It’s currently open for blueberry picking with a few new rules in place, including mandatory masks and assigned field rows for pickers. If the summer heat's too much for you, wait for fall—the farm has 125 acres of apple trees as well as other delicious produce, including peaches, plums, and pumpkins.
Watt Farms in Albion, New York
Established in 1980, Watt Farms, about 30 miles west of Rochester, has more than 40,000 fruit-bearing trees and offers a range of U-pick options throughout the summer. You can pick red and purple raspberries now, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., although it's always a good idea to call ahead to check on weather conditions and availability. Starting August 1, you can pick your own peaches. Everyone visiting the farm is required to wear a mask and keep a minimum of six feet from others.
Rue Claire Lavender Farm in Lodi, New York
If you’ve had your fill of fruits, why not harvest something a bit different on a hot summer day? At Rue Claire, a picturesque destination in the Finger Lakes region of New York, you can pick your own lavender, and even enjoy artisanal chocolates. U-pick begins on July 8 and is by appointment only. Visitors must follow safety guidelines, such as wearing a mask and maintaining social distance. Pickers should also bring their own scissors if possible and stick to their designated rows. Check out the farm's Facebook page for event postings and more info.
Flo’s Blossoms and Herbs in Warrenton, Virginia
Here’s another outside-the-box U-pick activity for you and yours: Flo’s Blossoms & Herbs, located about an hour from Washington, D.C., invites customers to pick their own flowers! Enjoy a stroll in the fresh air and sunshine, and leave with a beautiful bouquet of locally grown flowers that you picked yourself. The season begins in late July, when summertime flowers start blooming in earnest. Visits are by appointment only, and pickers should bring scissors and their own glass jar.
Hockaday Orchards in Lakeside, Montana
This gem in northern Montana is one of the oldest pick-your-own orchards in the area. The season starts in late July, when ripe cherries are ready for the taking. To minimize the risk of spreading Covid-19, hand-washing and sanitizing stations will be available, and regularly touched surfaces will be cleaned with disinfectants. Visitors are asked to maintain social distance and keep the size of their group to 10 or fewer people.
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