Where in Texas to find pick your own farms and orchards for fruit, vegetables, pumpkins and canning & freezing instructions!
This month's notes: April 2015: Spring IS here! 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
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This page provides links to Texas's regional pages to find pick- your- own (PYO, U-pick, pick-it-yourself) farms for everything from apples, berries, fruit, pumpkins, vegetables to cut-you-own Christmas trees! 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".
Select your area from the list below (or click on the map farther down the page, which is easier):
- Abilene area
- Austin area
- Corpus Christi area
- Dallas / Fort Worth (also try northeast TX, number 7, below)
- Houston and south east Texas (also try Austin, number 2)
- Lubbock area
- Northeastern Texas
- San Angelo area
- San Antonio area
- Southern tip of Texas
- Southwestern corner of Texas
- Wichita Falls area
- Crop availability / harvest schedule - click here
- To find pumpkin patches, corn mazes and other Halloween activities in Texas, click here.
- To find choose and cut-your-own Christmas tree farms in Texas, click here.
also have a page with links to our own simple
instructions on canning, freezing and drying many fruits and
vegetables, such as how to make jam, apple
butter, applesauce, spaghetti
sauce, salsa, pickles,
ketchup or freezing
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Click on the map in the area that you want to find a farm or use the links following the map, or click here for a larger Texas County Map (with greater precision).
[General picking tips and a guide to each fruit and vegetable] [How much do I need to pick? (Yields - how much raw makes how much cooked or frozen)] [Selecting the right varieties to pick] [All about apple varieties - which to pick and why!] [Picking tips for Vegetables] [ Strawberry picking tips] [ Blueberries picking tips]
Illustrated Canning, Freezing, Jam Instructions and Recipes
[ All About Home Canning, Freezing and Making Jams, Pickles, Sauces, etc. ] [FAQs - Answers to common questions and problems] [Recommended books about home canning, jam making, drying and preserving!] [Free canning publications to download and print]