Will be closed Sunday 5/31/20 & Monday 6/1/20. Picked out for Sunday, and Monday is our regular day to be closed. Open again Tues, 6-2-20 (7:30am-1pm). More info & availability to be posted 6-1-20, when we see what has had time to grow and ripen by then.
Open tomorrow, (Sat, 5-30-20) 7:30am-1:00pm. Updated yellow sign shows what is available, and also what is NOT available for picking. There are lots of thornless blackberries, but the pea-sized hail we got earlier this week washed away lots of the ripe berries, so the red ones need a few days to ripen for the peak-season easy-picking. So come on out, enjoy the day picking but don't expect to fill the box in 20 minutes like peak season usually is. We do have pre-picked tomatoes, homegrown freestone peaches and veggies for sale in the market. As always, please arrive before 12:30 pm so you can pick, weigh and pay before our 1:00pm closing time. And don't forget to bring your scissors for cutting zinnias and some veggies.
Will be open Friday 5/29/20 regular hours 7:30am-1:00 pm. Same veggies as 5/28 and TONS of blackberries to pick.
We will be open tomorrow (Thur. May 28, 2020) regular hours 7:30am-1:00pm. See yellow sign updated to include okra, peppers and eggplant for picking, along with all the vegetables we have already had for you to pick. We had some rain today, but the grass between the rows in the berry field should be pretty well-drained by morning so you can pick thornless blackberries too. We are in peak blackberry season now, so you can fill your box quickly from any of the 49 berry rows.We recommend wearing rain boots or shoes you don't mind getting wet. The veggie fields are muddy but can still be picked in. (Please do not step on the plastic row cover--it is there as a weed barrier, and if you step on it, you make a hole in the plastic and then weeds come thru). Please bring your own scissors or garden shears if you wish to pick flowers, okra, eggplant or cabbage. Pickers please arrive by 12:30pm to pick, weigh and pay before our 1:00pm closing time. In our market, we have homegrown peaches, nectarines, squash, tomatoes, corn, cucumbers and more. Looking forward to a great day tomorrow!
We got 3.5" of rain this afternoon. Will post later tonight (after next storm passes) regarding open hours for tomorrow 5-28-20.
Tomorrow (Wed, 5/27/20) is looking like a great day for picking thornless blackberries, veggies and zinnias. Here's your yellow sign for what can be picked tomorrow. In the market, (pre-picked) we will have delicious Tex-Star peaches, nectarines, corn, tomatoes, squash and more for sale. We still won't have U-Pick tomatoes, but hopefully that's coming soon. Clear skies and lower temps are predicted for the morning, so come on out and enjoy the day and the fruits of your labor. We will be open 7:30am-1:00pm, and please arrive before 12:30pm to pick and pay before 1:00 closing time. Please bring scissors if you want to pick zinnias.
Open today 5/26/20 from 7:30 am-1:00 pm. Please arrive by 12:30 to pick, weigh and pay by 1:00 pm closing time.
We will be open tomorrow (Tuesday, May 26, 2020) from 7:30am til 1:00pm unless we get rained out. We got a good rain yesterday, but should all be drained off by tomorrow morning. Still a good idea to wear boots or shoes you don't mind getting wet. Thornless blackberry fields are all grass, but plowed rows in veggie field are muddy right now and might dry some by tomorrow.This yellow sign will be posted tomorrow morning when we open, so some things might get picked out as the day goes on. As always, pickers need to arrive by 12:30pm to pick, weigh and pay before our 1:00pm closing time. And please bring your scissors if you want to cut flowers and some vegetables. Looking forward to another great day of blackberry picking tomorrow as we ease into the first week of peak season. Most of the varieties of blackberries are ripening now, so you can pick on any rows. Peaches, nectarines, squash, onions and more are available for sale in the market. Please note that tomatoes are not ripe yet, so no tomatoes for sale and no U-Pick tomatoes. Photos below were taken 11:00 am Monday, May 25, 2020.
These rows are Freedom thornless blackberries that you first picked on when we opened May 1. We are now cutting down the vines that have no more berries to ripen on them, as you can see the cut vines in the rows. This variety will produce another crop in late summer, so they will be the FIRST and LAST berries of the season.
Apple tree in espalier formation has a few apples already, but PLEASE DO NOT PICK ANY APPLES YET. The trees are only a few months old, and the farmer will pick the first ones to assess quality and any improvements he needs to make in their care. We will have some for picking next year, so thank you for being patient and giving these time to grow and mature.
This sign shows availability when we open tomorrow (Sat., May 23, 2020). Will have LOTS of ripe thornless blackberries to pick, and the vegs and flowers have had plenty of sunshine today to grow more and ripen. We are open regular hours Sat. 5/23/20 7:30am-1:00pm. Pickers must arrive by 12:30pm to pick/weigh/pay by 1:00pm closing time. When you park, please pull up all the way to the orange traffic cones so that we may get a third row of cars down the middle of the parking lot. Thanks for your cooperation! And don't forget to bring scissors/shears for cutting flowers and some kinds of vegs. Sorry, due to social distancing, we are unable to shuttle anyone anywhere. After we close on Saturday, we will assess the berry status and decide on open hours (if any) for Sunday and Monday (Memorial Day). Looking forward to seeing lots of y'all tomorrow!
Picked out again after today's business, so closed tomorrow (Friday, May 22, 2020). We will be open Saturday, May 23, 2020 (7:30 am til 1:00 pm.) After Saturday picking, we will assess field and post hours for Sunday and Monday (Memorial Day).
Thank you to all who came out today May 16, 2020 to pick thornless blackberries in the wet grass! We had so many blackberry pickers today, that we will be picked out for tomorrow, (Sunday, May 17, 2020), and closed as usual on Monday. So next day open will be Tuesday, May 19, 2020. And with 2.5 days to ripen more berries and vegetables, it should be a fabulous day for picking. More varieties of blackberries are beginning to ripen, and every day we are getting closer to the start of peak season. If you plan to pick zinnias or vegetables, please remember to bring your shears or scissors. We will be open regular hours (Tues-Sun 7:30am-1:00pm) til further notice
Farm and market is expected to be open Sat. 5/16/20, regular hours from 7:30am til 1:00pm. U-Pick will be only available for thornless blackberries, but NO VEGETABLE PICKING due to rain we received this afternoon. The berry fields are covered in grass and drain much better than the plowed ground in the vegetable fields, as you can see in these photos taken 6:00 pm Friday 5/15/20 after the rain.
Tex-Star Peaches still maturing, but not ready for the farmer to pick and sell in the market. They have color, but will about double in size when they are fully mature. This is one reason we don't have U-Pick peaches--just because they have color, doesn't mean they are anywhere near ready to pick. The farmer will pick them at the optimum time.
This one's for all you fig lovers who have been asking how the figs are coming along. These are Celeste, still dripping with rain from our storm this afternoon 5/15/20. The farmer says the Celeste will be the first variety ready, and they are bigger than ever before, possibly because the trees are more mature. So it is looking great so far for the Celeste variety.
As of 5/14/2020, Farm and Market are open regular hours until further notice. Tues. thru Sunday 7:30am til 1:00pm. Many blackberries ripening now!
Open Thurs. 5/14/20 7:30am-1:00pm. Second variety of blackberries is starting to ripen, along with the first variety that is still producing, so more rows to pick on. Please arrive before 12:30pm to pick and check out by our 1:00 pm closing time.
Due to overwhelming response for our first day (this year) of unlimited blackberry picking, combined with the rain we are getting now, we will be closed tomorrow (Wed. May 13, 2020). The plan is to be back open Thursday, May 14, 2020, but that could change if we get a lot more rain tonight and tomorrow and berries don't get a chance to ripen. Right now, only 7 of our 49 rows of blackberries are producing, so there is still lots more pickin' to be done soon. So please check back on this "Updates" tab or on Facebook before you drive out here. Thanks to all who picked today--lots of great blackberry jam is going to be made in many kitchens soon!
More blackberries are ripe now, so we no longer limit the amount you can pick. At check-in, visitors age 2 yrs and over pay $1.00 entry, and berry pickers will purchase a picking box with handle for $2.00/box that will hold 10 lbs. of blackberries when level full, and we will date-stamp the box. Also, at that time, purchase a large, clear bag for $.50 each if you wish to pick vegetables. We do not allow picking of anything in your own containers/bags, so please leave them at home.
For better results, pick your heavier vegetables first so they can be at the bottom of the bag. Veggies priced individually, such as cabbage, kale leaves, very hot peppers, etc. should go in separate smaller bags so that we can put your large clear bag on the scale and weigh contents @$2.00/lb. Cashier will give you those smaller bags (for individually priced vegs) as needed. Blackberries are the only thing that should be in your handled box so that it may be put on the scale and weighed @ $5.00/lb.
The number of visitors to the farm so far this season has been phenomenal, and we thank all of you who have ventured out to pick. We have a very small staff, so we are trying to streamline the check-in/out process as much as possible. Sorry we have to require you to buy a bag for $.50 for veggie picking, but our former system of picking veggies in our baskets is no longer appropriate. Paying with cash is faster than using cards, and having smaller bills is also a great help. (Coming in with a $100 bill for $2.00 check-in is rough on our change situation.) It is also helpful if you screenshot the site map on this website so you can find your way around, or view the big map we have posted in the market. Reminder: the only fruit available for picking now is blackberries, and figs later in the summer. We NEVER have U-Pick peaches, nectarines, plums, persimmons, etc but all those will be for sale pre-picked in the market when ready. See you soon!
Open regular hours for Mother's Day weekend (Sat. May 9 & Sun. May 10, 2020-- 7:30 am-1:00 pm). U-Pick thornless blackberries currently limited to one quart-size zip-top bag per person. (We furnish bags.) $1.00/person entry. U-Pick berries $5.00/lb. U-pick veggies ready at this time: kale, dinosaur kale, green onions, beets, Napa cabbage. Also sunflowers. Lots more veggies ready in a few days. List subject to change at any time. Weather should be great for enjoying the outdoors!
We are open regular hours until further notice. Regular hours are: Tuesday thru Sunday, 7:30 am -1:00 pm. Closed Mondays. Pickers please arrive by 12:30 pm to pick and be checked out by 1:00 pm closing time.
Farm is open tomorrow (Tues 5/5/20) 7:30am-1:00pm. Lots of thornless blackberries ripened in the last two days, but we will still limit each picker to one quart zip-top bag. A second variety of blackberries will ripen in about 10 days, and soon after that the other 3 varieties will be ready. Tomorrow we will have these vegs for U-Pick: kale, dinosaur kale, beets, Napa cabbage, brussel sprouts, collards, green onions and a few carrots. Pre-picked in the market will be: lettuce, red & green cabbage, 1015 onions, nectarines, red potatoes (dug today) and a few blackberries. Thanks everyone for maintaining your social distance but still coming out to enjoy the side open skies of Waller, Texas.
We are picked out for Sunday 5/3/20, and closed as usual on Monday 5/4/20. So closed now and re-opening Tues 5/5/20 at 7:30 am. Thanks everyone who came out and picked yesterday and today! Soon we will have so many berries ripe that it will be hard to get picked out. Quantity of berries to pick will still be limited to one quart-size bag/person for at least another week or so.