What a crowd we had out today! Thanks everyone who came out and picked berries, figs, veggies and flowers, and shopped in the market too. We appreciate all of you too who are supporting this small local farm by sharing our posts and spreading the word. It's working! We will be open tomorrow (Wed. 7/1/20 from 7:30am-1:00pm). Y'all picked most of the ripe berries today, but more should be ready tomorrow. There are still quite a few figs ripe, and there will be a lot again tomorrow. Most of the kinds of vegs will be available to pick, but all the eggplants got picked down pretty small, so we have to stop eggplant picking for a few days to let some get big enough to pick again. Purple Hull peas are ready to pick in the new patch behind the pond, outside of the electric fence. (If you get lost, follow the site map on the "site map" tab here, lol.) The field behind the arch is now closed, about to be plowed up, and the last of the butternut squash and spaghetti squash that were there are now available in the market. As always, pickers please check in before 12:30pm to pick, weigh and pay before our 1:00pm sharp closing time. And remember to bring your shears for cutting flowers and okra. We do plan to be open July 4th (7:30am-1:00pm) but not sure yet about Thurs. or Friday this week--it will depend on what is left to pick after Wednesday.
Will be open Tues 6/30/20 7:30am-1:00pm. LOTS OF CELESTE FIGS TO PICK! The main season for Celeste only lasts 2-3 weeks, and even less if the birds find them before you do! Other 3 varieties of figs will be producing soon, but no date yet. New patch of sunflowers ready for U-Pick lines the grassy pathway to fig orchard. Watermelon radishes only available for another week or so. Last variety of blackberries is still producing (see photo for box picked on Sat.).Tomatoes, peppers, okra, cucumbers, squash, and zinnias are really putting on after the rains last week. See yellow sign for what you can (and cannot) pick on Tuesday. Lots of pre-picked goodies will be for sale in the market, all grown here on this farm: Peaches ($3.00/lb, or $15.00 half-peck tote, or $45.00 for 25 lb. box. Also watermelons (red & yellow meat), cantaloupes (Pecos and Dove), tomatoes (red, yellow, all sizes), cukes, eggplant, onions, cushaw (green striped pumpkin), squash (yellow, scallop, spaghetti, butternut). Pickers must check in before 12:30pm in order to pick, weigh and pay before out 1:00pm sharp closing time. Remember to bring your shears to cut sunflowers, zinnias, eggplant and okra. Also, please keep in mind the ONLY FRUITS for U-PICK are blackberries and figs. DO NOT PICK PEACHES, APPLES, GRAPES, CHERRIES OR ANY OTHER FRUIT. Peaches are sold in the market now, and the other fruit will be ready to pick in about two years, but we need to leave the few that are on the trees to monitor season for future reference.
Will be closed Sun, 6/28 & Mon 6/29. Open Tues 6/30/20 7:30am-1:00pm. Will post Monday about what will be available on Tues. to pick and buy pre-picked in the market.
Open tomorrow (Sat. 6/27/20) 7:30am-1:00pm. Please see yellow sign pictured here for what you can pick (and cannot pick) tomorrow. For the first time this season, FIGS ARE ON THE PICK LIST! Celeste is the only variety ripe yet, but the others won't be far behind. New patch of sunflowers just opened today for U-Pick. And the recent rains and cool temps have given the blackberries a boost and lots more are producing than we have had in the last couple of weeks. The huge blackberries you picked at the first of the season are ripening again, as you can see from this partial box of beauties picked by a customer today. Many of the squash are really loaded, as are the tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplant, okra, radishes and peppers. Peach season is in full swing, so get these great tasting Freestone peaches while you can. Come on out tomorrow and enjoy the day outside. Note: we are in Harris County. Blackberry rows are 12' apart, so you can pass without getting too close to anyone. Most veg rows are 6' or more apart, and it is easy to keep plenty of distance between parties. Pickers please check in before 12:30pm in order to pick, weigh and pay before our 1:00pm closing time. And bring shears for cutting okra, eggplant, zinnias and sunflowers.
Weather radar predicts most of the scattered showers missing us, so we plan to be open our regular hours 7:30am-1:00pm, for U-Pick berries, flowers, and veggies, and market shopping. Any rain looks to be early before 8:30am and after 12:00pm, so mid-morning looks great with cooler temps in the 80's. Will post here if our hours change.
We plan to be open tomorrow (Friday, 6/26/20) 7:30am-1:00pm for U-Pick thornless blackberries, veggies and zinnias, and the market will be open for pre-picked produce. Lots of stuff to pick in the fields, and shop for in the market. Most of the heavy rain we got this morning has run off, but still wear rain boots or shoes you don't mind getting wet if you come tomorrow. Weather radar for tomorrow shows partly sunny with occasional chance of thunderstorm, but we have the covered rest area near the berry fields for shelter in case of rain while you are picking. See yesterday's post and the yellow sign pictured here for what will be available to pick and buy pre-picked. Pickers please check in before 12:30pm to pick, weigh and pay before our 1:00 pm sharp closing time.
Closed today, Thursday 6/25/20 due to being rained out. We plan to be open Friday 7:30am-1:00pm.
We will be open Thursday (6/25/20) 7:30am-1:00pm. The last variety of blackberries is producing now and these are the huge ones like you picked at the beginning of the season. (See photo below for blackberries picked today in the rain by a customer) We expect these to ripen into the month of July, but how long into July will depend on the weather. So come pick them while you can. Mid-pride (Freestone) peaches are in peak season, and they are having a great year. Peaches are not available for U-Pick, but are for sale in the market $3.00/lb or $15.00/half-peck tote or $45.00/25 lb box. We also have all the veggies on the yellow sign (see photo) for picking tomorrow. There are lots of most of the vegetables ready for you to pick. Please bring your shears to clip zinnias, okra and eggplant.For tomorrow,we advise you to wear rain boots or shoes you don't mind getting wet. Berry field is grassy with few or no puddles, but the veggie/zinnia fields might be muddy in places. Pickers please arrive before 12:30pm so you can pick, weigh and pay before our 1:00pm sharp closing time.
WEATHER UPDATE: Most of the rain missed us--we got about 1/4" overnight, so will be open today (6/24/20) at 7:30am for U-Pick and market shopping. There is not much standing water, but we advise you to wear shoes you don't mind getting wet. We plan to be open til 1:00pm unless weather forces us to close. Radar shows future rain missing us this morning, but in case of lightening we would have to close, so check back here for any additional updates we may make. There are still some blackberries and lots of vegetables to pick.
Open Wednesday, June 24, 2020 (7:30am-1:00pm) for U-pick and market shopping. See yellow sign in picture here for what you can (and cannot) pick. Second picture here shows red zinnias, okra and (in the background) U-Pick tomatoes. We have had very little rain here in the last few weeks, so currently conditions are great for picking. We will be closely watching the weather tonight and in the morning for any change we need to make in tomorrow's hours, and if it rains A LOT we might have to close early. But we will certainly be open if at all possible, I just made a tour of the fig orchard, and the Celeste variety is loaded, but there is about one single fig ripe on each tree, as you can see in the picture. So U-pick figs will be available soon, but not yet.
Watch here for further updates or visit https://www.facebook.com/Neals-Berry-Farm-Farmers-Market-221180603853/ for the latest information.
Will be open tomorrow (Tues., 6/23/20) 7:30am-1:00pm for U-Pick veggies, flowers, and some blackberries, and lots of veggies, peaches, watermelon and cantaloupe for sale pre-picked in the market. If you are looking to fill your freezer with blackberries, you have missed it til next year. But if you want to pick a small amount of berries, and lots of veggies and zinnias, it is worth the trip. We were closed for Sun. & Mon, so everything has had 2 1/2 days to ripen and mature more. The delicious Mid-Pride (freestone) peaches are really producing heavily now, and are for sale pre-picked $3.00/lb, half-peck tote for $15.00 or 25# box for $45.00. U-Pick tomatoes and eggplant are really loaded now. Please see yellow sign pictured here for what you can (and cannot) pick. And please bring your scissors or shears for harvesting. For U-Pick, please arrive before 12:30pm to pick, weigh and pay before our 1:00pm sharp closing time
Closed Sunday 6/21/20 & Monday 6/22/20. Open Tuesday 6/23/20 7:30am-1:00pm. Pickers check-in before 12:30pm and pay before 1:00pm.
Open Saturday, 6/20/20, 7:30am-1:00pm. Please see yellow sign pictured here for what is available for U-Pick. In the market, pre-picked we will have lots of great-tasting Mid-Pride (Freestone) peaches, sold $3.00/lb., or $15.00/half-peck tote, or $45.00/25# box. Also, pre-picked eggplant, tomatoes, red cabbage, beets, cantaloupe, onions, fresh-shelled purple-hull peas, watermelon (yellow and red meat), and squash (butternut, spaghetti, scallop, yellow, Delicata) and cushaw (aka green striped pumpkin). Bring your own scissors or clippers to pick zinnias and certain vegetables that need them. Pickers please check in before 12:30pm to pick, weigh and pay before our 1:00pm sharp closing time. We will be closed Sunday, 6/21/20 and Monday 6/22/20. Back open again Tuesday 6/23/20 with lots of U-pick vegs, zinnias and more blackberries. Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there!
Wagon loaded down with fresh produce (all grown on this farm), clockwise from upper left: Delicata squash, spaghetti squash, watermelon, cushaw (green striped pumpkin). $15 boxes of Freestone peaches, green tomatoes, more Mid-Pride peaches in $15 boxes, onions (white, 1015 and red), large red tomatoes and buttternut squash.
Homegrown watermelons just-picked and unloaded for sale in the market. After they are picked and they travel a couple of hundred yards in the bucket of the tractor before they are priced and put on the shelf. You can't get melons any fresher than these! Sorry, watermelons and cantaloupes are not available for U-Pick but we have plenty for sale in the market.
Open Friday, 6/19/20 7:30am-1:00pm. Please see yellow sign pictured here for what is available to pick. In the market, pre-picked we will have lots of great-tasting Mid-Pride (Freestone) peaches, sold $3.00/lb., or $15.00/half-peck tote, or $45.00/25# box. Also, pre-picked eggplant, tomatoes, red cabbage, beets, cantaloupe, onions, fresh-shelled purple-hull peas, watermelon (yellow and red meat), and squash (butternut, spaghetti, scallop, yellow, Delicata). We have been closed for a day, so more veggies have had time to grow and more blackberries have been able to ripen. Should be a great day to come out and pick. Pickers please check in before 12:30pm to pick, weigh and pay before our 1:00pm sharp closing time.
Will be CLOSED Thurs 6/18/20 to ripen more thornless blackberries.
Will be OPEN Friday 6/19/20 (7:30am-1:00pm). Pickers must arrive before 12:30 pm to pick, weigh and pay before 1:00pm sharp closing time.
Will be open Wednesday, June 17, 2020 (7:30am-1:00pm). The 12 lb. box of blackberries you see pictured here was picked by a customer today, but she had to really look high and low and under leaves for them. There are still scattered berries to pick, but peak season is history and plants are just ripening the existing berries from red to black. Mid-Pride peaches are bearing now, and they are having a good year--freestone with great peach flavor. Please see yellow sign pictured here for what you can and cannot pick tomorrow. For sale in the market, we will have Mid-pride peaches, eggplant, tomatoes, (green, red, and yellow grape) red cabbage, beets, cantaloupes, onions, fresh-shelled purple-hull peas, watermelons (red meat and yellow meat). Squash for sale: butternut, spaghetti, scallop, Delicata and yellow squash and maybe zucchini. Please bring scissors or clippers for cutting flowers (and certain vegetables), but please get instructions from the cashier on where to cut the flower stems so the future blooms can still grow. For picking, please arrive before 12:30pm so you can pick, weigh and pay before our 1:00pm sharp closing time.
Wow! What an awesome crowd we had today at the farm! Thanks everyone who came out on this beautiful day. We will be closed tomorrow (our usual Monday closed day), but back open Tuesday (June 16, 2020), from 7:30am-1:00pm. (Check in before 12:30pm to pick, weigh and pay before our 1:00pm sharp closing time.) Sad to say, peak blackberry season is well over, but y'all knew that was to be expected. There are still some scattered ripe blackberries, but you will have to work harder for them now. On Tuesday, for the first time we will have watermelon radishes for U-Pick, as shown in the picture here with the farmer. Please note we DO NOT HAVE U-PICK WATERMELONS, only U-Pick RADISHES that have a watermelon color. The new patch of sunflowers is in the row next to them--not blooming yet, but it won't be long. Please see the yellow sign in the picture for what will be available on Tuesday 'til picked out. And as always, bring your clippers for cutting zinnias and okra. Mid-Pride (freestone) peaches are ripe now, and will be for sale in pre-picked in the market, along with lots of homegrown vegetables.
Come on out tomorrow (Sunday, 6/14/20) and enjoy the breeze and low humidity while you pick thornless blackberries, veggies and flowers! Will be open 7:30am-1:00 pm, and be sure to check in before 12:30pm in order to pick, weigh and pay before our 1:00pm sharp closing time. Blackberries are still loaded, but now just ripening what is already there, so this is the LAST WEEKEND OF HEAVY BERRY PRODUCTION. Vegs available for picking are listed on the yellow sign pictured here, and reading it now helps move the line faster when you arrive. Also, having a picture of the sign on your phone is a great reference when you are in the field and wondering what you can pick. BTW, we NEVER have U-Pick peaches, watermelons or cantaloupes. The farmers pick those at optimum ripening stage, and have them for sale in the market when available. There are also 'keep out' signs around the orchard and melon fields, and we appreciate your paying attention to them. Please closely watch children so they only pick what is allowed. Part of learning to farm is becoming aware of how produce grows, and that it must be given water, nutrients and TIME to reach the stage of maturity as seen in HEB. So harvesting it too young, or carelessly pulling up or breaking off the plant is a loss of available future food that can never be made up. You are never too young or too old to learn to farm, and Neal's Berry Farm is a great place to nurture that interest! Tomorrow in the market we will have for sale: eggplant, peaches, tomatoes, red cabbage, beets, cantaloupes, onions, fresh-shelled purple-hull peas, and a few watermelons. Squash for sale: butternut, spaghetti, zucchini, scallop, Delicata and yellow squash. Please bring scissors or clippers for cutting flowers (and certain vegetables), but do not use them without getting instruction from the cashier on where to cut the flower stems so the future blooms can still grow. Thank you.
Closed Sat. 6/13/20 (picked out). Will be open Sun. (6/14/20) 7:30am-1:00pm. See post tomorrow for what will be available Sunday.
Open Friday (6/12/20) 7:30am-1:00pm for U-Pick thornless blackberries, lots of vegetables, and a great variety of pre-picked produce in the market. A couple of days ago, the blackberries reached the peak-of-the-peak season, but there are still LOTS of berries ripe now and ripening soon. The yellow sign in the picture shows U-Pick available for tomorrow, including the new addition of butternut squash and a fresh patch of zucchini and yellow squash.( Please note that eggplant IS NOT on the U-Pick list.) We DO have eggplant pre-picked in the market, along with homegrown peaches, tomatoes (large red/green and yellow/red grape tomatoes), red cabbage, beets, fabulous cantaloupes, onions, fresh-shelled purple-hull peas, and a few watermelons. Also, a great variety of pre-picked squash for sale in the market: Zucchini, yellow, scallop, butternut, Delicata and spaghetti squash. No projected picking date for figs yet but they are coming along nicely. As always, pickers please arrive before 12:30pm so you can pick, weigh, and pay before our 1:00pm sharp closing time.
Will be closed Thurs. 6/11/20 due to being picked out. Back open Friday 6/12/20 7:30am-1:00pm with lots of blackberries to pick.
Open Wednesday, (6/10/20) 7:30am-1:00pm for some of the best blackberry picking of the year. We are right in the middle of peak season, so don’t miss your chance to get those thornless blackberries you crave. The yellow sign in the picture here shows what you can pick tomorrow, and for the first time, Purple Hull Peas are on the list. They are easy to tell when they are ripe—just pick the pink or purple ones. We also have them for sale pre-picked (and shelled!) in the market, along with peaches, eggplant, yellow squash, zucchini, tomatoes, beets, red cabbage, onions, and super-sweet “Dove” cantaloupes. For U-Pick, please check-in before 12:30pm so you can pick, weigh and pay before our 1:00pm sharp closing time, and bring your scissors or clippers for zinnias and some of the veggies.
Open Tuesday (6/9/20) 7:30am-1:00pm for LOTS of PEAK-SEASON thornless blackberry picking, and U-Pick veggie field opened up for more variety again. This is the easiest blackberry picking of the year, so come early and listen to the birds sing while you pick in the cooler morning temps.See yellow sign pictured here for what will be available for U-Pick, till sold out. ALso, pre-picked in the market we will have peaches, eggplant, yellow squash, zucchini, tomatoes, beets, red cabbage, onions, lots of delicious homegrown cantaloupes and shelled purple-hull peas. As always, if you want to pick, please check-in before 12:30pm so you can pick, weigh and pay before our 1:00pm sharp closing time, and bring you scissors or clippers for zinnias and some of the veggies.
.Will be closed Mon 6/8/20 (regular day to be closed). Open Tues 6/9/20 (7:30am-1:00pm). Check back here tomorrow for what will be available on Tuesday in addition to lots of blackberries for picking.
Good news! We will be open tomorrow (Sunday, 6/7/20) 7:30am-1:00pm. Lots of ripe blackberries to pick, along with kale, dinosaur kale, collards and zinnias. No other fruits, veggies or flowers will be available for U-Pick. In the market, pre-picked we will offer Freestone Peaches, tomatoes (red, green and grape), beets, brussel sprouts, onions, butternut squash, delicata squash, eggplant, red cabbage, fresh-shelled purple-hull peas, and more. Please read the yellow sign in the picture here before you visit, so you will know what you can and cannot pick, and how to pick the things you can. Please check in before 12:30pm so you can pick, weigh and pay before our 1:00pm sharp closing time.