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Strawberry picking season is nearly over but if you’re still looking to get some berry picking in, you’re in luck! These local farms are open for business.
Here’s where you can pick your own fruit near Austin.
Sweet Berry Farm
1801 FM 1980, Marble Falls
The Sweet Berry Farm website currently states the following: While we recognize the seriousness of this situation, the farm will remain open and we will do our best to provide a safe environment. The Farm covers 50 acres, 8 of which are Strawberry fields. We have 180 – 300 feet long rows (a 10 mile row if you put them end to end) of plants, each row is 6 feet apart. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. seems to be when most folks arrive.
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday; 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday; Closed all Wednesdays.
Pricing and more info here.
Sweet Eats Fruit Farm
14400 E Hwy 29, Granger
Weather determines whether or not Sweet Eats is open so call before making a trip out. They offer a variety of activities including pony rides, a petting zoo, a hay maze, giant slides, pig races, an art wall, and more. If you are only going to pick berries you do not have to pay admission. Pick your own strawberries are $3.25/lb.
When open, hours are usually from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. but call to confirm.
Pricing and more info here.
Punkin Center Berry Farm
1785 Waldo Road, Oglesby
If you’re a fan of blackberries instead of strawberries, head to thisfarm located outside of Waco. Their website states that they’re taking precautions so that customers are practicing social distancing. When you arrive, head to the porch to get a bucket. It will be necessary for everyone to stay 6 feet away from other customers. Don’t forget to bring your own container to take the berries home. The price of the berries is $4.50 per pound. Method of payment is cash or charge.
More info here.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Bring cash or contact the farm ahead of time to see if they accept credit cards.
- Bring snacks. Kids are always tempted to pick-and-eat, which is typically frowned upon. Make sure their bellies are good and full before you head out to pick.
- Wear sunscreen and bring water. It can get very hot out there in the direct sun.
- Weekdays are usually less crowded, so to beat the crowds and have a better picking selection, skip the weekends and try to go on a weekday.
- Dress like a farmer. Not really, but don’t wear your Sunday best out to the farm. Play clothes and closed toe shoes are best for picking.
- Call ahead or check websites for best directions. Don’t always rely on your phone’s GPS to get you to the farm. It’s best to get exact directions when you’re heading a bit off the beaten path.
- Ditch the strollers; baby carriers or wagons are much better out in the fields.