Where in Southwest Arkansas to find pick your own farms and orchards for fruit, vegetables, pumpkins and canning & freezing instructions!
This month's notes: October 2015: Strawberries and blueberries each have a very brief season; don't miss them: See your state's crop availability calendar for more specific dates of upcoming crops. And see our guide to local fruit and vegetable festivals, such as strawberry festivals and blueberry festivals. Organic farms are identified in green! Also make your own ice cream - see How to make ice cream and ice cream making equipment and manuals.) Have fun, eat healthier and better tasting, and save money by picking your own locally grown fruit and vegetables, and then using our easy canning and freezing directions!
- To see the pick-your-own farms and orchards for this area, click here or scroll down the page
- Crop availability / harvest calendar
- Farm markets, roadside stands, local meat, milk, eggs, local honey, horse riding, farm B&B's etc.
- To find pumpkin patches, corn mazes and other Halloween activities, click here.
- To find choose and cut-your-own Christmas tree farms, click here.
I'm always looking for suggestions of more farms and events to add and feedback about any you have visited, so if you encounter any, just click on the preceding link, as appropriate! And if you have a farm and want to add it or correct the information, please click on the link to "add my farm".
Remember: ALWAYS call (or follow the link to the farm's own website, if the name is a blue link) to confirm the information before you go! They may close, run out or change events, times, etc. without notifying me!
- Crop availability / harvest schedule
- Click here for roadside stands, produce markets, farm stands and farmer markets in Arkansas.
- 5 K Orchard - Strawberries, blackberries,
peaches (Red Globe, Alberta, and many other varieties), muscadines (purple
South Kratz Road, Donaldson, AR 71941. Phone: 501-384-2486. Open: Monday through Saturday from 8am to 5pm from sometime in May until the first of October. Comments from a visitor on October 11, 2008: "I love this farm. The owners are friendly and the farm is clean and neat. The picking is controlled so that you are not picking behind someone else or in a row that was recently picked. Rides to and from the picking areas are available. They are proud of their products and for good reason. You can also opt to buy fruit that has been picked, if you are busy, and the quality is as good as if you picked yourself. Call for Muscadines because the crop can go through October after they "officially" close for the season. Sani-cans are available. I don't know about the organic question. They take checks and cash. (I have never asked about credit cards) Crafts are available with other products such as: farm fresh eggs, jellies and jams, honey, bread mixes, plants, etc..." (ADDED: October 11, 2008, suggested by a visitor)
Berry Hill Farms - blueberries,
344 Walter Adams Tr., Jessieville, AR 71949. Phone: 501-984-5498. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Open: Mid June - July Call for picking days and times. Directions: Hwy 7 north towards Jessieville, turn left on highway 298 towards story, go 10 miles . Turn left on Rock Springs Road Drive 2 miles then take first left after Jessieville fire station. Walter Adams trl.Drive down Walter Adams Trl. Road curves left,then turn right into first drive.There will be a shop sign. You're here. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. We also grow vegetables and propagate blueberry plants. Will have both for sale from the farm. We will also have U-pick Purple hull peas this year. We use organic pesticides. (UPDATED: January 22, 2013)
- Horse Shoe Vineyards - Blueberries, Table Grapes, Blackberries, Wine
251 Sparling Road, Hot Springs, AR, 71913. Phone: 501-767-6562. Directions: Located on Hwy 270 West 1 mile West of Pearcy on North side of Hwy.
- Muscadine Farm - muscadine grapes,
170 Rush Fork Circle, Hot Springs, AR 71913. Phone: 501-340-3900. Email: email@example.com. Open: Open Labor Day Weekend through early October (or until the grapes are picked); Hours are from dawn to dusk, 7 days a week; Upick the grapes which are sold per gallon; We provide the buckets and plastic bags to take your grapes home. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. (ADDED: September 09, 2014)
Royal Berry Farm - blueberries, restrooms
436 Grizzly Road, Royal, AR 71968. Phone: 501-767-2502. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Open: Saturday from 6 am to 12 pm. Directions: Take 270 west from Hot Springs. Turn right on Old Bear Road. Turn right on Grizzly Road. Follow the signs. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. (ADDED: July 19, 2014)
- Five K Farms, Inc - Strawberries, Peaches,
2467 Kratz Road, Malvern, AR 72104. Phone: 501-384-2486. U pick or we pick. Also called 5K Orchard, near Donaldson. Open 8 am to 5 pm, Monday to Saturday. Call for pre-picked orders and to verify availability before you come. Open rain or shine.
- Massey Blueberry Farm -
Uses natural growing practices,
blueberries, U-pick and already picked
1752 Lonesome Road, Bismarck, AR 71929. Phone: 501-865-6344. Email: email@example.com. Open: seven days a week 6 am to 8 pm. Directions: Located 7.2 miles west of Bismarck on highway 84, sign will be up if we are open to the public. Turn left on Lonesome Road if coming in from Bismarck, it is the first house on the left. We are across from Philippi Church. Click here for a map and directions. Berries are usually ready from the middle of June through the month of July depending on weather factors. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. Payment: Cash, Check. We provide gallon buckets, the berries are in neat, mowed rows, no chiggers! Best time to pick is 6 in the morning or 6 at night. Due to a late Spring the blueberries won't be ready until probably the 2nd week of July. 2014 prices are $18/gallon picked for you, or $14/gallon if you pick your own. Best time to pick is 6:00 AM or 6:00 PM. (UPDATED: April 29, 2014) (UPDATED: April 30, 2013) (ADDED: July 08, 2012)
Daddy Bob's Orchards - blackberries, blueberries, snacks and
refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, weddings and wedding parties,
school tours, events at your location (call for info)
551 Trenton Blvd, Nashville, AR 71852. Phone: 870-845-4145. Alternate Phone: 870-557-0215. Fax: 870-845-4145. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Open: Monday to Friday, from 8 am to 7 pm; Saturday and Sunday, from 7 am to 5 pm. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. Directions: Nashville, AR 1. Head south on N Main Street toward E Shepherd Street 0.8 mi 2. Turn right at AR-27 BUS S/W Dodson Street Continue to follow AR-27 BUS S 1.5 mi 3. Continue onto AR-27 S 0.8 mi 4. Turn right at Trenton Blvd Destination will be on the left 295 ft. Click here for a map and directions. Blueberries: Mid-May thru First Week of July Blackberries: Mid June thru Mid July Peaches: Mid June thru Mid July October: Pumpkin Patch. Payment: Cash, Check. (ADDED: March 26, 2010)
- Jamison Farm - Peaches.
195 Orchard Road, Nashville, AR, 71852. Phone: 870-845-4827. Open: Call for appointments.
Little River County
Enoch Berry Farm - Blueberries, Blackberries.
Route 2, Box 227, Fouke, AR, 71837. Phone: 870- 653-2806. Email: email@example.com. Open: 7 am to 5 p.m. Containers are available. Directions: 5 miles East of Fouke CR 10. Follow signs. We have u-pick blackberries starting in late May. We have u-pick blueberries starting in mid-June. We are open 7am-Noon Mon., Tue., Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, during the picking season. In 2005, all berries were $1.50/lb. We encourage everyone to eat lot's of berries as you pick: When you eat the berries you know which ones are ripe. They also sell Blackberry plants, including by mail order. Check out the blackberry Plant Care page for answers to frequently asked questions. This information pertains to how blackberry plants grow and how to take care of them. The Plant Propagation page explains about our field grown and container grown plants. The Plant Prices page has the prices for the blackberry plants. We take orders by phone, call toll free, 877-772-2806. We are located in Central Time Zone. We also welcome questions about blackberry planting stock.
Tennessee Road Blueberry Patch - blueberries,
On Tennessee Road 1 Mile East Of Mosely Road, Genoa, AR 71854. Phone: 903-293-7545. Open: Monday thru Saturday from 6:30 am to 11:00 am, closed on Sunday. Directions: From Texarkana take 82 east. Turn right on South Mosely Road. At the end of Mosely turn left on Tennessee Road. Go 1 mile, farm is on the right. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. (ADDED: June 18, 2009) (UPDATED: May 29, 2012)
- Wildacre Ranch -
Uses natural growing practices,
blueberries, U-pick and already picked
165 Polk 191, Mena, AR 71953. Phone: 479-216-9202. Open: Sunday to Friday, from 8 am to 8 pm; July and August. Directions: Drive 5 miles from Mena on Highway 88 East to the Ink Community. Turn left on County Road 87 and drive for 2 miles. Turn left on County Road 194, then right on County Road 191. We are the second driveway on the left. Follow signs. Click here for a map and directions. We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. Payment: Cash, Check. (UPDATED: May 03, 2011) (ADDED: September 05, 2008)
Bewley Peach Orchard
- nectarines, peaches, already-picked produce
379 Johnson Road, Dover, AR 72837. Phone: 479-331-3247. Open: every day from 7 am to 7 pm. Directions: take Highway 7 north through Dover and follow the signs. Click here for a map and directions. Peaches and Nectarines: June 25 to August 30. Payment: Cash, only. (ADDED: May 06, 2009)
Drewry Farm & Orchards - apples, beans, blackberries, cucumbers,
eggplant, flowers, melons, other berries, peaches, plums, pumpkins,
raspberries (Spring, red), tomatoes, Honey from hives on the farm, gift
shop, concessions / refreshment stand, porta-potties, school tours
267 Vaughan Circle, Dover, AR 72837. Phone: 479-331-2987. Open: Seasonally 8 till 8 and Sunday 1 pm to 5;;;call ahead for availability,. Directions: 3.1/2 miles East of Dover at Hatley watch for signs. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. (UPDATED: March 18, 2012)
- Jerry Markham (Not a PYO) - Grapes, Muscadines,
Blackberries, Garden Produce.
3434 Bells Chapel Road East, Atkins, AR, 72823. Phone: 479-641-0987. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Open: Monday to Saturday; Call for availability. Directions: 2 Â½ miles Southwest of Atkins on Hwy 324 (Southwest 3rd Street).
Renee's Berry Garden -
pesticides are used, blueberries, Other fruit or veg,
porta-potties, picnic area
1265 Will Baker Road, London, AR 72847. Phone: 479-293-3229. Email: email@example.com. Open: Monday to Wednesday, 7am to 7pm; Friday and Saturday, 7am to 7pm (Closed Thursdays and Sundays); Late May to mid - June. Directions: Exit I-40 at London (Exit 74); go 1.5 miles north on highway 333. Turn left at the large cell tower onto Will Baker Road., and then go 1.5 miles to Renee's Berry Garden. We're on your left at 1265 Will Baker Road. Click here for a map and directions. We do not use pesticides on the crops. Payment: Cash, Check. We supply the containers; limited supply of pre-picked fruit; blueberry and blackberry plants are available from our nursery. During season we update picking conditions on a regular basis, so always call before you drive out for a visit. (UPDATED: December 08, 2011)
- Russellville's Farmers Market (Not a PYO) - Large Variety
of Fruits and Vegetables.
Russellville Fairgrounds, Russellville, AR. Phone: 479-968-7098. Open: Monday 6:30 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 7:00 am to 11:00 a.m. & 1:00 pm to 3:00 p.m.; Saturday 7:00 am to 11:00 a.m. Directions: Hwy 7 turn East on Parkway. one half mile, over railroad tracks, where Knoxville runs into Hwy 7.
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