U-Pick farm, located at 21104 Binford Rd., Waller, Texas. An indoor farmer’s market is also on site where pre-picked produce is available for sale. The main crops are thornless blackberries and figs, along with secondary crops including peaches, nectarines and other orchard fruits and vegetables. Not all crops are available for U-Pick.
Opening date for current season: Saturday, May 4, 2019. At first, only blackberries, veggies, and zinnias will be offered for U-Pick, but soon we will have figs and more for picking, including tomatoes, cucumbers, peas, squash, green beans, and whatever else we decide to grow for you to pick. Sorry, no U-Pick peaches and nectarines, but we will have tons of pre-picked peaches and nectarines for sale in the market when they ripen.
Please note: Pickers may not enter market or fields before opening time. Pickers must arrive at least 30 minutes before closing time and must be thru picking and checked out by closing time. Hours and availability of U-Pick are subject to change without notice.
Admission: $1.00 per person (cash only)
Picking boxes: $2.00 each (cash only). Each box holds about 10 lbs of berries. Berries may only be picked and weighed in our box. After box is purchased, we will stamp with the date. Box may be re-used on the next visits and we will date-stamp the box each time.
Price for U-Pick blackberries: $5.00/lb.
(We accept Cash, MC,Visa, Discover, AMEX )
Please note that fields are only open to the public during picking season. All other times of the year the public is not allowed in the field. Please observe the boundary signs and stay within the designated areas. This is a WORKING FARM and contains restricted areas that are ALWAYS closed to the public for safety reasons. Parents, please make sure children at all times observe all warning signs and barrier tape, and treat the plants in a respectful manner. No pets (other than guide dogs) are permitted anywhere on the farm. The picking field and Farmer’s Market are the ONLY areas that are open to the public.
How to select a great blackberry: In the red stage, blackberries are sour and will stay sour–they will not ripen after picking. In blackberries, more important than the size of the berry is the size of the individual “drupes,”–the little round balls that make up the blackberry. The larger they are, the greater the pulp-to-seed ratio, so the juicier the berry. Also, if you feel the need to tug on the berry at all, just leave it–if you attempt to break the berry stem over at an approximate 90 degree angle (right angle, L-shape) , a fully ripe one will fall into your hand. When that happens you know you just found a perfect one! Oh, one more thing–if you wear sunglasses while picking, you just might end up with a whole bucket of red blackberries. Just peek out from under them in the beginning to discover what color berry you need to pick so you get the ones you want.
How to freeze blackberries: We recommend washing the berries before freezing them. Pour the washed berries into a 1 lb. plastic clamshell (the kind like we sell strawberries, blackberries, okra, etc. in, or you may have some from Driscoll’s strawberries, etc.). The excess water drains out the bottom holes and you can stack these in your freezer with a pan underneath to catch the last drips. After the berries are frozen solid, you can hit the container on the cabinet and the berries will all separate from one another. Then pour the berries into a plastic zip-top bag and freeze.