Where in Southwest Arkansas to find pick your own farms and orchards for fruit, vegetables, pumpkins and canning & freezing instructions!

This month's notes: April 2014: Spring is just around the corner.  Strawberries are here in Florida, Texas and California, next in late March and April for much of the South, then in May for most of the country and June in cooler northern areas. See how easy it is to make strawberry jam or strawberry-rhubarb jam!

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Southwest Arkansas U-Pick Farms and Orchards, sorted by county

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!


Calhoun County

  • Suzanne's Fruit Farm - blackberries, blueberries, flowers, grapes, other berries, peaches, plums, pumpkins, Other fruit or veg, and prepicked produce, school tours
    500 Peach Road, Hampton, AR 71744. Phone: 870-798-4975. Fax: 870-798-4123. Email: biggem@sat-co.net. Directions: 5 Miles NE of Hampton, AR on Tinsman/Fordyce Hwy. 274. And for a map to our farm, Click here. Crops are usually available in June, July, August, September, October. Open: Hours vary due to availability of fruit. For 'Fall Fun in the Country', call ahead for reservations for individuals and/or groups. Payment: Cash, Check. Recorded Fruit Updates; June through October: Peaches, Blueberries, Blackberries, Plums, Muscadines, Scuppernongs and Pumpkins. U-pick or we pick with 24 hour notice. Call ahead for 24 hour recorded fruit availability and hours--updated each night at 7 pm. Enjoy a nostalgic experience at 'Fall Fun in the Country' from late September through October 31st with hayrides, John Deere train rides, pumpkin patch, Indian corn, sunflowers and more!...call, fax or e-mail for reservations. Will ship fresh peaches nationwide in special made gift boxes. Handcrafted baskets filled with jams, jellies, syrups, fruit spreads and MORE can be shipped nationwide. In business since 1975. 

Clark County

  • 5 K Orchard - Strawberries, blackberries, peaches (Red Globe, Alberta, and many other varieties), muscadines (purple and white).
    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..." (Suggested by a visitor, ADDED: October 11, 2008)

Columbia County

Dallas County

Garland County

  • Berry Hill Farms - blueberries,
    344 Walter Adams Tr., Jessieville, AR 71949. Phone: 501-984-5498. Email: berryhillfarms@ymail.com. 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 Grapes, Muscadines.
    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

Hot Spring

  • Five K Farms, Inc - Strawberries, Peaches, blackberries
    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 check 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: masseycharlesr@catc.net. 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. Prices for the 2013 season are  $18.00/gallon picked (it helps me if you order ahead), or $14.00/gallon U-Pick or $3.00 per pint U-Pick. . Free 1-gallon buckets for pickers.(ADDED: July 08, 2012) (UPDATED: April 30, 2013)

Howard County

  • 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: rtlcunited@yahoo.com. 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.

Lafayette County

Little River County

Miller County

  • Enoch Berry Farm - Blueberries, Blackberries.
    Route 2, Box 227, Fouke, AR, 71837. Phone: 870- 653-2806.  Email: plants@berryfarm.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)

Montgomery County

Navada County

Ouachita County

Polk County

  • 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)

Pope County

  • 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: jdjjhm@cswnet.com. Open: Monday to Saturday; Call for availability. Directions: 2 ½ miles Southwest of Atkins on Hwy 324 (Southwest 3rd Street).
  • Renee's Berry Garden - No pesticides are used, blueberries, Other fruit or veg, porta-potties, picnic area
    1265 Will Baker Road, London, AR 72847. Phone: 479-293-3229. Email: ford_pat@hotmail.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. 

Sevier County

Union County


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