Pick Berries by the Bushel

 East Texas hosts a number of farms where berries are picked by visitors by the bushel.  Each place offers a unique spot to really appreciate where the food originates. 

To best enjoy the experience, guests should dress appropriately – hats, sunscreen, shorts, and loose shirts are recommended. 

Blueberry Hill Farms in Edom is a prime spot to pick blueberries and blackberries.  They are open all of June and July.  Their Country Store is stocked with ice cream, lemonade, pies, muffins, jams, and turnovers.  

Efurd Orchards is just south of Pittsburg on Highway 271.  They not only farm strawberries, blueberries and blackberries, but many fruits and vegetables available for picking.  Gift baskets, jams, salsas, pies and much more are available for purchase on site. 

Texas Blueberry Farm is home to 2,200 mature blueberry bushes dating back to 1986.  Located in Avinger, the farm covers three acres and has three varieties of blueberries growing on site. 

Alford Family Easy Pickins Farm is located in Emory and hosts five acres of blueberry and blackberry vines. This is their first year to host the public for picking berries but they are more than ready. After picking guests may spend time on their farm with the friendly goats, chickens, and "oreo" cows.

Lay Blackberry Farm of Texas is between Canton and Mabank.  They offer produce picking along with the berries and a fishing area on site.  Lay is open Saturdays and Sundays through July for berry picking.

Most of the farms provide pre-picked berries for those that just want to purchase fresh berries and many of them are available also at farmers markets around the region. Learn more about them at http://www.countylinemagazine.com/May-June-2015/Enjoy-Farmers-Markets-in-the-Upper-East-Side-of-Texas/.

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