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GENERAL INFORMATION FOR U-PICK  IS POSTED HERE. FOR MOST CURRENT PICKING UPDATE, SCROLL DOWN TO THE FIRST POSTING WITH COLOR PICTURE BELOW THIS GENERAL INFORMATION SECTION.

Posted 5-18-14: Blackberry picking season opens Monday, May 19, 2014. This year, we plan to have picking only on SOME weekdays, Monday thru Friday, from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm. However, if we get picked out for any of those days, the field will be closed at that time. Please call 281-255-3699, check Facebook, or see post immediately following this general section.  (We try to keep this website updated, but it does not always show up immediately after we post it.) We got a good 4.5” rain last week, so the berries are plump and juicy. In a few days, we will also have U-Pick cherry tomatoes and grape tomatoes. Both the berries and the small tomatoes are LOADED, so we’re looking forward to a great season.

Pickers, please arrive by 5:30 pm so that you may pick and check out before our 6:00 pm closing time. Pickers please make an immediate right turn as you enter the driveway, and park in the lot up near Gosling Road. (Pickers, thank you for NOT parking in front of the building so that area can remain open for market shoppers.) Walk south to our Farmer’s Market and get a bucket and picking instructions. Price for U-Pick is $4.50/lb. We accept cash, MC, Visa, and Discover, with a minimum purchase of $10 for credit cards. 

Directions: If you would like to pick berries, please make an immediate right turn as you enter the driveway. Please park in the shaded lot up near Gosling Road. Thank you for keeping the front of the market parking for short-term shoppers. After parking, come into the market for a bucket and picking instructions. Once you have picked all  you desire, return to the market and we will weigh your purchase. The buckets are lined with plastic bags, so we just remove the bag and you can take your purchase home in that.

Amenities: You can’t always get what you want, but you get what you need:  Porta-pottie (we do business with locally-owned  “Tanks Alot”  from Tomball) on the side of the driveway, with a hand sink under the trees.  We have park benches on the edge of the field for that all-important hydration break.

How to select a great blackberry: First and foremost, red berries 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, squeeze out excess air, flatten the bag and put it back in the freezer. This way, the water is completely drained from the berries and they don’t take up much room in the freezer.

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. The greenhouse and all other farm property, including poultry house, is ALWAYS cl0sed to the public.  Note that the area beyond the greenhouse is also closed to the public due to the bee hives being located there.   Please remember, this is a WORKING FARM and contains restricted areas that are 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. PLEASE NOTE: The picking field and Farmer’s Market are the ONLY areas that are open to the public.

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Posted 7-1-14: Last Chance for U-Pick Blackberries & cherry tomatoes–Tuesday, July 1, 2014. Open 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Some berries still there but we need to cut down the vines now so they can grow for next year’s crop. Our Farmer’s market will continue to be open daily til the end of July (closed July 4). We have a limited supply of pre-picked blackberries, both fresh and frozen.

 

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Posted 6-29-14: Last 2 days for berry picking!! Open Monday June 30 & Tues, July 1 for blackberry and cherry tomato picking, 10 am – 6 pm. Not too much left to pick but you hard-core berry pickers will find some anyway. Those looking to pick berries for cobbler/jelly/jam should still find some. Cherry tomatoes have slowed down considerably but a few of those left to pick also.

 

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Posted 6-26-14: U-Pick open on Friday, June 27, 9:00 am-6:00pm. Still lots of huge berries, you just have to walk further between bearing plants now compared to last week. Some plants have finished bearing and are dying, while others are still producing fairly heavily. In another week or so, production will probably end so don’t wait too long to come in and pick. Cherry tomatoes are still bearing but those are coming to a close soon also.

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Posted 6-26-14:  Some of the largest berries of the season are getting ripe now, so you can fill a bucket in a short time. Our worker picked about 7 full buckets (40 lbs.) in 2 1/2 hours Wednesday evening. This will probably be the last really good week of picking, so hurry in and get your berries before the birds get them. U-Pick open Thurs. & Fri. (June 26 & 27) 9am-6pm.

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Posted 6-24-14:LOTS of huge blackberries still out there ready for picking. They are a little further apart than they were last week, but still plenty for the rest of this week. But numbers are diminishing quickly so don’t wait much longer to pick. Opening Wednesday, 6-25-15 @ 9:00 am.

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Posted 6-23-14: Even though peak season is over, there are still LOTS of blackberries and cherry tomatoes for picking. This evening one of our farm workers picked 37 lbs.of blackberries in 2 1/2 hours on only 4 rows, so you can see there are still plenty of berries. Come on out and get them while you can. Picking will be open every day this week unless we get picked out for the day.

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Posted 6-23-14: Peak season is over, but there are still LOTS of blackberries and cherry tomatoes for picking today. You can’t just hold out your bucket in one place and fill it like you could last week, but there are still plenty to be picked. Come on out and get them while you can. Picking will be open every day this week unless we get picked out for the day.

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Posted 6-19-14: Blackberries are still at their peak this week, but production will decline rapidly next week. We might have another 1 1/2 weeks left in the season. Friday, June 20, we will open at 9:00 a.m. so you may pick in the cooler morning temperatures. Cherry tomatoes & grape tomatoes are still plentiful, and a few strawberries available for picking also. U-Pick price $4.50 lb. The birds from the neighboring retention pond are discovering our field, and they can decimate it in a matter of a few days, so hurry in and pick before the season ends. Thanks to all the pickers we have had so far!

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Posted 6-18-14: Blackberries are still at their peak only for a few days, then production will decline rapidly. We might have another 1 1/2 weeks left in the season, and the best time to pick is Thursday and Friday of this week (June 19-20), We will open at 9:00 a.m. both days. Lots of cherry tomatoes & grape tomatoes, and a few strawberries available for picking also. U-Pick price  $4.50/lb.

 

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Posted 6-18-14: Open Wednesday, June 18 at 9:00 am for some of the best berry picking this year. This is peak week and there will not be any better picking than we have right now. After this week, the production will begin to decline, and the season will end in another couple of weeks. So don’t put off picking blackberries or you will miss out. Thanks to all those who have already visited out farm!

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Posted 6-17-14:  Thanks to all you blackberry pickers who came out on Monday. Lots more still left for the Tuesday pickers. ‘Tis the season to fill your buckets in record time, so plan a visit while the picking is easy and fast. (Example: our own farm worker picked 38 lbs in 2 hours & 10 minutes Monday evening after closing. These pre-picked berries are for sale Tuesday, $6.00/lb.) We open Tuesday at 9:00 am to give you an extra hour of cooler morning picking weather. Still tons of Cherry & Grape tomatoes for picking, and strawberries too! U-Pick price: $4.50 lb.

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Posted 6-15-14: PEAK BLACKBERRY SEASON IS NOW! We expect this to be the best picking week of the season. Lots of huge blackberries ripe and ready for picking. Cherry and grape tomato vines are loaded with various colors of super-sweet fruit. We keep thinking strawberry season is over, but they just keep producing some very tasty strawberries on our hydroponic tower system, so those are available for picking also. So if you are need a lot of berries for jam, jelly, preserves or wine, this will be a great week to pick. We are opening all week 1 hour early (9:00 am) for early picking. All U-Pick $4.50/lb. We have limited parking, so carpooling is encouraged if possible. Monday, 6-16-14 will be a great picking day since the fruit has ripened on Saturday and Sunday.

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Posted 6-12-14: Open for Blackberry and Cherry tomato picking Friday, June 13, 2014, from 9 am til 6pm. WE are in PEAK Season now, but peak won’t last but maybe another week, then volume of berries will start to decline. So the easiest picking days are NOW! Today one of our farm workers picked 28 lbs of blackberries in exactly 2 hours, and they picked mostly the smaller berries that customers passed up earlier today. Picking larger berries goes even faster, but not for much longer. U-Pick price $4.50/lb.

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Posted 6-11-14: Open one hour early Thursday morning (June 12, 2014) for blackberry picking & shopping in the market. Thursday hours: (9:00 am til 6:00 pm). Still LOTS of huge blackberries, cherry tomatoes & grape tomatoes for U-Pick $4.50/b. Early birds might find a few buckets of ripe strawberries as well. Also, open for picking and shopping Fri. June 13 10:00 am til 6:00 pm. WE ARE IN PEAK BLACKBERRY SEASON NOW SO HURRY IN BEFORE THEY ARE GONE. TOMATO PICKING WILL END WHEN BLACKBERRY SEASON ENDS.

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posted 6-10-14: We will open an hour early on Wed., June 11, 2014 so more berry pickers can take advantage of the cooler morning hours. Farmer’s Market and picking field is open Wed. 9:00 am til 6:00 pm. At this time, we plan to be open on Thurs., & Friday, June 12 & 13, for our regular hours, 10:00 am til 6:00 pm. Peak blackberry season is NOW, so don’t wait too long or you will miss out. Peak will only go on for another week or maybe two, and then will start to decline. We have TONS of blackberries and cherry tomatoes, so hurry in before they are gone for the year.

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Posted 6-9-14: We are in peak blackberry season now, so we plan to be open for picking daily this week Tuesday through Friday, June 10 through 13, 2014, from 10:00 am til 6:00 pm. Inclement weather may alter our plans, so check Facebook or nealsberryfarm.com for any scheduled changes.

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Posted 6-8-14: Field is LOADED with lots of huge, ripe blackberries and cherry tomatoes, so we will open an hour earlier than usual this Monday for picking in the cooler morning hours. Open for picking Monday, June 9, 2014 at 9:00 am, til 6:00 pm. Farmer’s market is open the same hours. Chance of afternoon rain showers, so plan to pick early if possible. U-Pick price $4.50/lb. We also have some pre-picked blackberries, tomatoes & strawberries for sale in the market.As of right now, the plan for the week is to be open for picking on Monday, Wed., & Fri., (June 9, 11, 13, 2014), but that is subject to change if we get picked out or weather forces us to change picking days.
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Posted 6-6-14: Picking field will be open Monday (June 9) thru Friday (June13) for Blackberries and Cherry Tomatoes, unless picked out or closed due to weather. Hours for picking: 10am – 6 pm, unless we need to extend the open hours. U-Pick blackberries & cherry tomatoes $4.50/lb. The field got picked over pretty well this week, so with the field closed Saturday and Sunday, Monday should be an EXCELLENT day for picking, with lots of ripe berries & tomatoes.
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Posted 6-5-14: U-Pick Blackberries and Cherry Tomatoes will be open Friday, June 6, 2014 from 10:00 am til 6:00 pm. Lots of great Blackberries and TONS of cherry tomatoes & grape tomatoes (several varieties: Juliet Grape tomato, Jolly Elf Grape, Super Sweet 100′s Cherry, Heirloom Sun Gold Cherry, Heirloom Black Cherry, and more). U-Pick $4.50/lb. Also fresh, unfrozen chickens available thru Friday afternoon, then only sold frozen after that. Chickens $5.00/lb.
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Posted 6-4-14: Thursday and Friday (June 5 & 6) Blackberry and Cherry Tomato picking from 10:00 am til 6:00 pm. Just getting into early-peak season, so this is a great time to pick. Lots of berries & tomatoes now, so get yours while they are producing so heavily. Pickers please park in Picker’s Parking Lot lot near Gosling Road. Also, we have fresh, unfrozen free-range chickens available, sold whole and ready for cooking. “Red Broilers” $5.00/lb. Raised here on our farm with no hormones & no antibiotics.
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Posted 6-3-14: Blackberry and Cherry tomato picking planned for Wed., Thur., and Friday (June 4, 5, 6) 2014, from 10 am til 6 pm. LOTS of nice berries and tomatoes ready for picking now. We also have fresh, unfrozen chickens for sale now, sold whole, dressed, and packed on ice. “Red Broilers” $5.00/lb.
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Posted 6-3-14: U-Pick Blackberries & Cherry Tomatoes, Open Tuesday June 3 & Wednesday, June 4 from 10 am til 6pm. U-Pick $4.50 lb. About to reach beginning of peak season, so don’t wait too long to do your annual picking.
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Posted 6-2-14: EXTENDED HOURS TODAY: Farmer’s Market and U-Pick open til 8:00 pm this evening (Monday, 6-2-14). LOTS of nice Blackberries and Cherry Tomatoes ripe now. $4.50/lb. We take cash, MC. Visa, Discover. We will be open Tuesday (6-3-14) 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Most likely also  open Wednesday and Friday this week, 10am-6pm.
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Posted 6-1-14: Monday, June 2, 2014 we will have U-Pick Blackberries and Cherry Tomatoes from 10:00 am til 6:00 pm, unless picked out sooner in the day. The field is finally drying out from the recent rains, and the Blackberries and tomatoes are looking really good! We will have U-Pick on more days this week between Tues., Wed, Thur and Fri, but not sure which days yet. Depends on weather and how much gets picked. The field is loaded so Monday will be a great day for picking. U-Pick price $4.50/lb.
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Posted 5-30-14: U-Pick blackberries and cherry tomatoes til 6pm today (Friday, May 30). Field is loaded so get ‘em while you can!
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Posted 5-29-14: Lots of berries ripe for picking Thursday, May 29 & Friday, May 30, 2014. Picking and Farmer’s Market will be open regular hours 10:00 am til 6:00 pm. Thanks to all who came out and picked on Wednesday! Weather looks to be pretty good on Thursday. Let’s hope it stays that way!
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Posted 5-28-14: U-Pick will be open for Blackberries and Cherry Tomatoes on Wed., Thurs, & Friday –May 28, 29, 30, from 10am – 6pm. Check weather updates for best time to pick. TONS of HUGE blackberries ripening now, so get them while you can. Even with the rain we have had,the sandy walking rows are hard-packed from so much foot traffic earlier. However, some spots may still be soft, so wear boots or closed-toe shoes that you don’t mind getting some mud on. Sandals are not recommended at all at this time.
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Posted 5-27-14: It started raining again this morning (Tuesday) , and rain is forecast til 10:00 am today, so we will NOT open early for 8:00 am picking as planned. Market and picking WILL OPEN 10:00 am today.

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Posted 5-26-14: We will be OPEN EARLY TUESDAY May 27, 2014 for blackberry picking. Since we didn’t get picked out today, there are still lots of HUGE berries ripe for picking tomorrow. Special hours Tuesday: Market and U-Pick open at 8:00 am. Weather forecast is for afternoon rain, so we are opening early . U-pick will close when picked out, and market will stay open til our usual 6:00 pm closing.

 

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Posted 5-25-14: BLACKBERRY PICKING & FARMER’S MARKET OPEN MEMORIAL DAY. U-Pick blackberries $4.50/lb. Berries have been ripening Saturday and Sunday, so there should be lots of ripe, juicy blackberries on Memorial Day. Parking is limited so carpooling for pickers is encouraged. Pickers please make a right turn as you enter driveway and park in the lot up near Gosling Road, by Big Cab’s Crawfish Cabin. Walk to our farmer’s market for a bucket and instructions. Long pants & closed toe shoes are recommended. Children must be supervised by an adult at all times. This week’s schedule as currently planned, but is subject to change:

Monday: May 26, 2014: Market & picking opens 10:00 am. MARKET AND U-Pick WILL CLOSE WHEN FIELD IS PICKED OUT.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014: Market open 10am-6pm. No U-Pick.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014: Market open 10am-6pm. U-Pick from 10 am til picked out. Field will close when picked out, but market will stay open til 6pm. No pickers admitted into field after 5:30 if it is open that late.

Thursday, May 29, 2014: Market open 10am-6pm. No U-Pick.

Friday, May 30, 2014: Market open 10am-6pm. U-Pick from 10 am til picked out. Field will close when picked out, but market will stay open til 6pm. No pickers admitted into field after 5:30 if it is open that late.

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Posted 5-22-14: Lots of HUGE Blackberries (see photo) , ripe and ready for picking on Friday, May, 23, 2014, from 10:00 am til 6:00 pm unless we get picked out earlier in the day. U-Pick price $4.50/lb. Pickers please make a right turn as you enter driveway and park in the lot up near Gosling Road, by Big Cab’s Crawfish Cabin. Walk to our farmer’s market for a bucket and instructions. Parking is somewhat limited so carpooling is encouraged. Long pants & closed toe shoes are recommended. Pickers please arrive by 5:30 pm so you may check out by our 6pm closing time. Children must be supervised by an adult at all times. Looks to be one of our best years yet!

 

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Posted 5-21-14: Thanks to all who picked blackberries today! The field will be closed tomorrow, (Thurs., May 22) so that more berries can ripen for the Friday pickers. Blackberry picking will resume on Friday, May, 23, 2014, from 10:00 am til 6:00 pm unless we get picked out earlier in the day. U-Pick price $4.50/lb. Pickers please make a right turn as you enter driveway and park in the lot up near Gosling Road, by Big Cab’s Crawfish Cabin. Walk to our farmer’s market for a bucket and instructions. Parking is somewhat limited so carpooling is encouraged. Long pants & closed toe shoes are recommended. Pickers please arrive by 5:30 pm so you may check out by our 6pm closing time. Children must be supervised by an adult at all times.

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Posted 5-20-14 Blackberry picking will be on Wednesday, May 21 and Friday, May, 23, 2014. From 10:00 am til 6:00 pm unless we get picked out earlier in the day. U-Pick price $4.50/lb. Pickers please make a right turn as you enter driveway and park in the lot up near Gosling Road, by Big Cab’s Crawfish Cabin. Walk to our farmer’s market for a bucket and instructions. Parking is somewhat limited so carpooling is encouraged. Long pants & closed toe shoes are recommended. Wearing sunglasses while you pick is not a good idea, since the UNRIPE berries will look ripe thru the sunglasses. Pickers please arrive by 5:30 pm so you may check out by our 6pm closing time. Children must be supervised by an adult at all times.

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Posted 5-19-14 Lots of pickers were here for the first day of blackberry picking, so we will not have berries ripe again for picking until Wednesday, May 21, 2014. With the season just starting, we will close the blackberry picking for Tuesday, May 20, but re-open it again at 10:00 am Wednesday. The amount of ripe berries will increase every day for a while, so as the season builds to peak we will be open more and more days of the week. A season typically runs about 6-7 weeks, so we build for 2 weeks, peak for 2-3 weeks, and then taper off for another couple of weeks. Toward the end, sometimes a flock of birds will pass thru and feast on the ripe berries, so the season can sometimes end abruptly with no warning. So don’t wait too long or you may miss out!

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