Expected opening for 2019 season is around first week of May, but may be sooner if weather warms up and production comes earlier. Prime-Ark Freedom thornless blackberries are already in bloom, and several varieties of peaches are loaded with blossoms. Fig trees are still dormant. Tomatoes, watermelons, cantaloupes, and brussel sprouts are already planted in the field, with pepper, herb and cucumbers following soon. Watch this site for more info soon!
8-3-18 . U-Pick Farm and Market will be open as usual on Sat., Aug. 4, 2018 from 7:30 am to 1:00 pm, but that will be the last regular day for this summer season. There are still LOTS of figs, and some thornless blackberries for picking, so beginning Sunday, August 5, please call 346-412-5844 and set up an appointment to pick.
Picking by appointment details: Begins Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018. Minimum is 10 lbs of fruit, priced @$4.00 per pound for figs and/or blackberries, and we waive the usual $1 per person admission. For picking by appointment, you may bring your own picking bucket, or pay $2 for one of our re-usable boxes. Please pay by cash only—no credit cards set up for appointments.–So minimum charge will be $40 (10 lbs x $4.00). Don’t wait too long if you want to pick Figs and Blackberries this summer!
Farm photos taken July 27, 2018. A limited amount of blackberries are producing, but we have LOTS of figs and okra! Visit our farm on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, 7:30 am to 1:00 pm and Pick-Your-Own or purchase pre-picked when available. Watermelon season is coming to a close, but Fairytale pumpkins and butternut squash are coming in now. Fig varieties are Celeste,LSU Gold, LSU Purple and Magnolia.
PrimeArk Freedom and PrimeArk Traveler Thornless blackberries are producing in very limited amounts for late July U-Pick. They are just as delicious as the spring crop!
7-20-18 We are open Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday, 7:30 am-1:00 pm for U-Pick and Pre-picked produce. LSU Purple, LSU Gold and Magnolia Figs ($4.00/lb) are starting to come in fairly heavily (Celeste not much production), and this weekend will be great for picking if you come early before the heat sets in. SOME thornless blackberries available for picking ($5.00/lb). The box shown in picture was picked 7-18-18. Get here early before they are all gone. Heirloom Green Velvet Okra is also available for picking ($2.50/lb.) Pre-Picked produce available: Watermelons (red & yellow meat), butternut and spaghetti squash, cucumbers, cushaw, okra, peppers, and more. Come out this weekend and enjoy the wide open skies of Waller, Texas.
Magnolia Figs and LSU Purple Figs. (LSU Gold figs are also available, but not shown in this picture. )
Thornless blackberries picked 7-18-18. Limited amount of late-season production on this variety. Sangria watermelons are having a great year! The hot dry weather makes them sweet!
Serrano peppers also love the hot dry summer we are having. The hotter the better for them, but it makes the job of a farmer even more difficult, even with irrigation.
Market and Fig Picking Open Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday 7:30 am-1:00 pm. See photo for 4 fig varieties: LSU Purple, LSU Gold, Magnolia and Celeste. Still a FEW blackberries for the early birds to pick. For sale in market: Cinderella Pumpkins (great for baking!), Butternut squash, Delicata Squash, Cushaw (makes great pies!), cantaloupe, cucumbers, peppers, a few peaches, LOTS of Okra, and a mountain of fabulous Watermelons, both red and yellow meat. Get your fresh, local fixin’s while you can!
Above, Yellow meat watermelons, cushaws, butternut squash.
Cinderella pumpkins, butternut squash, Delicata Squash, and a sunflower seed head for the birds and squirrels.
4 Varieties of figs available for picking, shown here in their ripe stage: LSU Purple, LSU Gold, Magnolia Fig and Celeste.
Updated Fig Season Hours, effective 7-6-18:
U-Pick Figs and Farmer’s Market OPEN Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday 7:30 am-1:00 pm only. CLOSED Mon., Tues, Thur., and Friday.
Fig season is just beginning and should last well into August, depending on weather. U-Pick Figs: $1 per person field admission, and $4/lb for figs. Figs must be picked in our $2 reusable handled picking box that holds about 10 lbs of figs. U-Pick cream peas are still available, @$2/lb. Pre-picked, seeded watermelons are plentiful and delicious! Some have told us ours were the best watermelons they have ever eaten in their life. Since melons are grown on this property, we have no hauling costs and can offer the melons at super low prices. Heirloom Green Velvet Okra is in full production now, sold only pre-picked.
Fig orchard shows just a few of our 240 fig trees. Mowed pathways and short tree height allows convenient picking.
Heirloom Green Velvet Okra is producing well now. Only available pre-picked.
Farm Update 6-28-18: Fig Season is here! Currently, we have Celeste (Texas Sugar Figs) for U-Pick, pictured here in our re-usable picking box filled with 10 lbs of figs. ($2 for box, U-Pick Figs $4.00/lb. (We may have some pre-picked figs also, but not always). We still have some great-tasting pre-picked peaches for sale for a few more days, then they are gone til next year. Blackberry season is completely over, and cantaloupes won’t be around much longer. Watermelons are still plentiful and we are about to start picking a whole new patch. We still have lots of okra, peppers, spaghetti squash, and eggplant. Stop in and satisfy your craving for fresh and local!
10 lbs of Celeste (Texas Sugar Figs) in our re-usable picking box. (Box only sold for $2, U-Pick figs $4.00/lb.)
Please check in at the market before you pick, where shoppers will find an array of seasonal fruits, vegetables, homemade jar products and refreshments.
Farm Update as of 6-25-18:U-Pick Texas Sugar Figs begins tomorrow, Tues., June 26. We have 240 fig trees, so soon we will also have U-Pick Celeste, LSU Purple, LSU Gold and Magnolia figs, but those varieties are not producing yet. Also currently available for picking: Cream peas, some tomatoes left and the last blackberries of the season. Pre-picked available in our market: Freestone-type peaches (hurry in this week before peach season ends), cushaw (green striped shown in picture), watermelons, cantaloupes, peppers, eggplant, cucumbers, okra (season just starting), tomatoes (season ending soon). Hours this week June 26-July 1, 2018 are Tues. thru Sunday, 9am-5pm. Watch for post soon for change in hours next week, starting July 2.
Texas Sugar Figs–U-Pick begins Tuesday, June 26, 2018.
Blackberries picked 6-23-18. Not as large or as plentiful as they were earlier in the season, but the diehards cans till find some nice ones.
La Feliciana Peaches, season ending probably later this week. U-Pick peaches, but we have some prepicked in the market. Beautiful red color on skin is also on flesh of peeled peach, so this variety makes beautiful two-tone jams or preserves.
Cushaw makes a wonderful pie or side dish.
Cream peas are available for U-Pick, probably for another week or two.