Can’t decide what to do this summer? No worries—we’ve got your plans figured out. Instead of scrolling through social media or watching hours of television, take the family out to a local farm to pick all the fruit while contributing to your local producer.
Though many local farms suffered this year from the freeze, they’re still opening their barn doors to the public to share their bounty.
Here is your guide to a sweet summer. Before you go, though, call each farm to confirm availability.
Get your hands dirty, and pick eggplants, blackberries, and tomatoes straight off the vine. While you are there, check out Froberg’s on-site bakery, and taste its fresh-baked chocolate-chip cookies and seasonal pies. Alvin. From 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sun–Sat. frobergsfarm.com
Looking for a one-stop shop for all of your produce? Jollisant Farm has blackberries, cantaloupes, corn, tomatoes, and watermelon. Plus, you can cut your own floral arrangements, like sunflowers and daisies. If that wasn’t enough, Jollisant has Jollipops, or ice pops made with farm-fresh strawberries, blackberries, and honey. What a perfect, healthy frozen treat to combat the summer heat. Plantersville. From 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sun–Sat. jollisantfarm.com
Apply some sunscreen, put on that hat, and head over to Montgomery for some blackberry picking and sunflower snipping. Don’t miss out on photo ops (a.k.a. selfies in the middle of the sunflower field) or taking a whirl on P-6’s vintage fair rides, all while stuffing yourself silly with kettle corn. Buy tickets online before you make the trip. Montgomery. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sat and Sun. p-6farms.com
Lots of restaurants—like Dish Society and Local Foods—and Houstonians get their produce from Spring’s Atkinson Farms. The family farm is open for your picking pleasure, so head up there and take home some tomatoes and blackberries. You can also pick sunflowers and plenty more. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mon–Sat, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sun. atkinsonfarm.com
Chmielewski Blueberry Farm
We'll give you one guess on what this farm offers. Grab some cash and a bucket or a bag, arrive there early, and get to picking those beautiful blueberries. Take home your riches and eat them raw or bake them into a delicious dessert. Hockley, From 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wed and Sat. chmielewski-blueberry.com
Chappell Hill Lavender Farm
The winter storm may have hindered a good season of sweet lavender blooms, but fortunately the blackberries here are abundant, and pears and figs are expected to follow soon. Just because you can’t pick any lavender doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the sweet plant. The farm’s onsite shop sells everything, from lavender soaps to lavender-infused ice cream. Brenham. Hours vary, Thurs–Sun. chappellhilllavender.com