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Anyone who has ever spent a day picking berries at an Arkansas U-Pick farm knows that the fresher the fruit, the sweeter it tastes. A day of fruit picking is about more than just quality produce, though. Spending time at an orchard means connecting with nature, getting out and enjoying the fresh air and supporting the local farmers who toil year-round to grow hardy, nutritious crops for the community. Plus, there is something whimsical about being able to pick your own fruit off the vine, tree, or bush. Great (and delicious) memories in the making.
From late June through August, the peach orchards are open to the public. They grow Cresthaven, Jefferson, Gloria, Baby Gold, July Prince, Contender, White Diamond and Nectarines. Check their Facebook page for updates.
Dave and Jenny Marrs of HGTV’s “Fixer To Fabulous” built The Berry Farm in order to provide Northwest Arkansas families with fresh, locally-grown food while also teaching orphaned children across the globe how to do the same in their own community. They will host their annual Berry Fest on June 24, 2023, from 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. Take a lawn chair or picnic blanket to relax and listen to live music from local artists, support local businesses by grabbing dinner from a food truck, and of course, pick a gallon of fresh organic blueberries!
Tickets for Berry Fest can be purchased HERE. All ticket proceeds will be donated to support Help One Now’s community care efforts in Zimbabwe and Belize.
This sprawling 155-acre farm has been in business, owned and operated by the Reddins since 1975. The family-friendly atmosphere alone is enough to bring you in, but you’ll come back for the remarkable selection of fruits. This is a U-Pick or we-pick farm. Call their fruit hotline at (870) 798-4975, which is updated daily with hours and fruit availability.
You’ll be blueberry bound at BoBrook Farms in the coming weeks. Blueberry picking will begin at the end of May and quickly be followed by blackberries in June. Plus, they have live music on the weekend and some wonderful, creative special events. This is on my “to-do list” soon!
To see the latest events and berry availability, you can follow their Facebook page.
Faulkner Lake Orchard is a family-owned farm, wedding venue and market. Visit their Facebook page to see what is currently available.
This farm was designed as a U-pick berry farm to serve as a kid and family-friendly activity. They have more than 2 miles of thornless blackberry plants to pick from each summer.
Mountain Home Berry Farm is a family-oriented operation in the Ozarks of North Central Arkansas. They are dedicated to natural growing practices and sustainable agriculture. Visit them in the middle of June for their annual berry festival.
The first tinge of blue has begun on the farm! They still need some warm days and rain, but the season is on its way. This blueberry, raspberry and blackberry farm season usually runs from June 1 to July 4 in most years. Check for crop status on their Facebook page.
Located in Boone County, this is one of Arkansas’s premier fruit and vegetable farms! Pick your own or fresh picked-to-order strawberries, blueberries and blackberries, and fresh-picked vegetables available in season. Stay tuned to the farm’s Facebook page for information on when/if blueberries and blackberries will be available for picking.
Mid-June is late strawberry and raspberry season at Cox Berry Farm, with blueberries and blackberries coming at the end of the month. It’s a cash-only operation, so come prepared.
The Neal Family Farm will be ready for pick-your-own blueberries in the coming month. Blackberries will also be ripening soon. To find out when to plan your trip, follow their Facebook page.
The McGarrah family aims to provide a family atmosphere and a great place to spend time outdoors gathering fresh food. Berries are available between May and July, and the farm becomes a fall activity destination with hayrides, mazes, pumpkin patches and more.
Taylor’s Orchard is located in Gentry, which is more famously known as the home of the Little Debbie snack factory. However, this farm is producing equally tasty snacks that happen to be a bit healthier as well.
Located in the small town of Guy, Cadron Crest Orchard is nestled a bit off the beaten path, but the delicious peaches they’re known for make the journey worthwhile.
Royal Berry Farm specializes in big, delicious blueberries. Buckets and bags for picking are provided. You can visit their Facebook page for the latest information on which spots have been “picked out.”
Rivercrest Orchard not only has wonderful U-Pick opportunities but wonderful fun family activities year round! They have a strawberry patch, blackberry patch, pumpkin patch, apple orchard, corn maze (and other activities), and the newest addition to our seasonal fun: Tulips and Easter Festival at Rivercrest Orchard.
A U-Pick farm operated by the Ford Family and open to the public since 1996, Renee’s Berry Garden takes a holistic approach to farming and is dedicated to providing you with great-tasting fruit and a real farm experience. Follow their page on Facebook for the current crop status.
Appel Farms is veteran-owned and operated. They are a U-Pick berry and produce farm with the option to buy from the farmstand, and they also have free-range chicken eggs, a pumpkin patch and occasionally host events that are announced on the Appel Farms Facebook page.
RidgeRunner Blackberry Farm is wholeheartedly dedicated to (you guessed it) blackberries. Their thornless blackberries may be the biggest you’ve ever seen and will be ready towards the end of June. To stay up to date on when the season begins, you can follow their Facebook page.
Blueberries and blackberries are expected at Knoxville Berry Farm by the first of June. Need some local veggies to go with your berries? Purchase them at the farm stand, too.
Photo courtesy of Reagan Family Farms, and their fruit is beautiful. Planning a trip there now!
Locally grown strawberries which have not been sprayed with herbicides or pesticides.
Sweet, juicy peaches! Watch their Facebook page for picking information.
NOTE: Call or message before heading to the farms, because conditions may change rapidly. All of these farms expect to be open for u-pick with extra precautions. They may not allow too many people in the field at the same time, or they may simply be picked clean for the next few days.
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Blueberry photos from The Berry Farm.
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