Where in Austin area of Texas to find pick your own farms and orchards for fruit, vegetables, pumpkins and canning & freezing instructions!

This month's notes: November 2014: Apples are in full swing!  Raspberries tomatoes, corn and most vegetables are being picked in most places, most blueberries and peaches are finished. Find a corn maze, hayride or pumpkin patch here. Make your own homemade ice cream including low fat, low sugar and other flavors))  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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Austin area of Texas U-Pick Farms and Orchards, sorted by county

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Bastrop County

  • Bastrop Garden Farms - Tomatoes, Peppers, Spinach, Leafy Greens, Other Seasonal Vegetables 
    316 Old Highway 71 (Country Road 335), Cedar Creek, TX. Phone: 512-303-5672. Email: ladybutterfly@bastropgardens.com. I'm told they are organically grown.
  • Chickamaw Farm - Blueberries,
    CR 361, Mcdade, TX 78650. Phone: 512.567.3456. Alternate Phone: 5125673456. Email: chickamaw@gmail.com. Open: on weekends beginning May 31, from can till can't. Directions: Please telephone or email; Near Elgin, located between Elgin and Bastrop. Thanks. Click here for a map and directions. Presently only blueberries are available beginning May 31, 2013; We should be picking for up to six weeks. Payment: Cash, Check. Used to be certified organic but have moved into BioDynamic growing in the last several years; which is an upscale form of organic production. Not Demeter certified but working on it. From time to time we have organically raised grass fed aged beef for sale. (UPDATED: May 28, 2014) (UPDATED: June 07, 2008)
  • Evergreen Farms Christmas Trees - tomatoes, train rides, and prepicked produce, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, tractor-pulled hay rides
    242 Monkey Road, Elgin, TX 78621. Phone: 512-281-4833. Email: evergreen@evergreen-farms.com.  Directions: From Austin: Hwy. 290 East; 8 miles past Manor turn right on County Line Road; 2 miles left on Monkey Road; Farm will be on the left after 2 miles. And for a map to our farm, click here. Crops are usually available in October, November, December. Open: Pumpkin Hunt: 10:00-5:00 on Saturday; 1:00-5:00 on Sunday Tree Cutting begins the Friday after Thanksgiving Monday to Friday 12:00-Dark; Week-ends: 9:00-Dark Pumpkin Hunt: October 15,16;22,23;29,30 Hunt for mini pumpkins among the Christmas trees; Ride a train through the field, play all kinds of Pumpkin games. No admission, each activity $2.00. Farm vegetables also available that have been grown on the farm, but already picked. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa/MasterCard. (UPDATED: September 23, 2008)

Bell County

Blanco County

  • Hill Country Lavender - Lavender
    1672 McKinney Loop, Blanco, TX. Visit the Web site for exact dates and directions.  Phone: 830-833-5008. E-mail: jralston@moment.net.
  • M & J Lavender Farm - lavender, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms
    2484 Round Mountain Sandy Road, Johnson City, TX 78636. Phone: 830-693-6624. Alternate Phone: 830-385-3336. Email: mstep@hughes.net. Open: See our Events page on our website for current hours. Directions: M & J Lavender Farm is located just off of highway 281 about 10 miles north of Johnson City, Texas. Click here for a map and directions. Lavender blooms late May through July and again in the fall; Events: Fall Lavender Festival for all farms in the Johnson -Cit-y area is October 2, 2010. Payment: Cash, Check. (ADDED: May 13, 2010)
  • Texas Lavender Hills - Uses natural growing practices, flowers, gift shop
    5110 Kendalia Road, Blanco, TX 78606. Phone: 830-833-9183. Email us at: jill@texaslavenderhills.com. And for a map to our farm, Click here. Crops are usually available in May, June, October, November. Open: mid-May - end of June - Saturday and Sunday (call for times) See website or call for dates and times farm is open. We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. Payment: Cash, Check. Pick-Your-Own Lavender and lavender products available during bloom season. Lavender products available at all times online on our website.

Burleson County

  • Kingsbury's Blackberries/Blueberries - blueberries, farm animals
    760 County Road 316, Caldwell, TX 77836. Phone: 979-567-9138. Email: berrygrower1@gmail.com. Open: Since we are a smaller farm, we mostly operate on a customer call basis; Typically early mornings (no earlier than 8:00 am) and evenings until dark are when people come out; Please call first!. Directions: Once in Caldwell, come to the intersection of Highway 21 and 36. Turn to head north on Highway 36 for about 1 and 1/2 miles. Turn left on County Road 316. We are the 4th mailbox on the right. Our mailbox is white with a green address sign of 760 on it. We are no more than 1/4 a mile once you turn onto the county road 316. Click here for a map and directions. Our blueberry season starts around June 1st and goes through about the second week into July; We will be replanting blackberries this winter, possibly strawberries as well;. Payment: Cash, Check. We try to strive for producing organic berries as much as possible, however we are not certified organic. (UPDATED: May 24, 2010)

Burnet County 

  • Sweetberry Farm - strawberries and blackberries in season, new potatoes, tomatoes, pumpkins
    1801 FM 1980, Marble Falls, Texas 78654, TX. Phone: 830-798-1462. Email: info@sweetberryfarm.com Contact Us. Directions to: Marble FallsBe sure to get Discount coupons. They have pick your own strawberries and blackberries in season, new potatoes, tomatoes, pumpkins and a corn field maze in Fall. Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday -- 8:30 am to 5:30pm, Sunday -- 1pm to 5pm, Closed Wednesday's.  Harvest Schedule:
    Strawberries - March to mid May,
    Blackberries - mid May through June,
    New Potatoes - May,
    Tomatoes - May through the first of July,
    The Hayfield Mazes - May through June and late September through November
    Pumpkins - late September through October
    Links: Fresh News at: Marble Falls . Harvest Schedule and Hours, Cost and Prices, Hayfield Mazes: 'Texas' and 'America'.   (UPDATED: March 21, 2011)
    Comments from a visitor on May 20, 2012: "Mainly Strawberries and blackberries, but add new vegetables all the time. They currently have tomatoes, potatoes, and onions as the main crop. Others vary as sales and requests indicate., restrooms, gift shop, concession stand (drinks, snacks and/or food), picnic area, corn maze, pumpkins (brought in from the field), petting zoo, group tours"

Caldwell County

  • Bagley Smith Farms - Uses natural growing practices, beans, cucumbers, peppers, summer squash, tomatoes,
    106 Bowie St, Martindale, TX 78655. Phone: 512-357-4018. Email: admin@bagleysmith.com. Click here for a map and directions. Crops are usually available in April through November. Open: 7 days a week, while vegetables are in season April through November; Come by and pick your own. We are currently transforming from a farmers market to a pick your own garden facility; This change has increase our varieties and reduced our overall single crop output. We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. Payment: Cash, only. (ADDED: June 29, 2008)

Coryell County

Falls County

Fayette County

Hays County 

  • Moody Farms & Flowers - Blackberries 
    2600 McGregor Lane, Dripping Springs, TX. Phone: 512-894-4330,. 
  • Pure Luck Texas - Seasonal Vegetables, Cut Flowers 
    101 Twin Oaks Trail, Dripping Springs, TX.  Phone: 512-858-7034, E-mail: pureluck@mindspring.com. Open: Check see their website for current hours. Directions: Take Hwy. 290 West from Austin approximately 20 miles to Dripping Springs. Continue on 290 West for three miles and turn right on McGregor Lane (also known as Hays Country Road 187). Go two miles on CR 187 turning left onto Martin Rd. (CR 188) for 1/2 mile. Pure Luck Farm in on the left and the dairy is on the right.
  • Wimberley Lavender Farm - PYO Lavender
    11300 FM 2325, Wimberley, TX. Phone: (830) 833-1595. Email: info@wimberleylavender.com. Open: Weekends, seeWeb site for hours. Lavender in June-July

Lampasas County

Lee County

Limestone County

  • Point Enterprises Orchards - Persimmons, Pears, Peaches, Seasonal Vegetables
    FM-1365, Mexia, TX, 76667. Phone: 800-833-9321 or Phone: 254-562-6913. Directions: Four miles southeast of Mexia on FM 1365. Open: daily from 8 am to 5 pm. Crop availability: Persimmons from September- December; Pears from August-November; Peaches from May-August; and Seasonal Vegetables Year-round.

McLennan County

  • Punkin Center Berry Farm - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, blackberries, grapes, U-pick and already picked
    1785 Waldo Road, Oglesby, TX 76561. Phone: 254-580-8096. Alternate Phone: 254-716-7889. Email: scott@punkincenterberryfarm.com. Open: See our website for current hours. Directions: From Waco, drive 14 miles to McGregor, traveling west on Highway 84. Continue through McGregor 2 miles, still traveling west, and turn right on FM 938. Travel 4 miles and take a left on Waldo Road. Travel 1 ½ miles to 1785 Waldo Road. Turn left into Punkin Center Berry Farm. Call ahead for availability of berries. Click here for a map and directions. Our grapes are Champanel grapes. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Payment: Cash, only. (UPDATED: June 16, 2014)  (ADDED: May 12, 2012)

Milam County

  • Star Farmers Market - blackberries, cucumbers, melons, onions, peaches, peppers, plums, pumpkins, summer squash, winter squash, strawberries, tomatoes, other vegetables, prepicked produce, farm market, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties, school tours, events at your location (call for info)
    701 East Highway 79, Rockdale, TX 76567. Phone: 512-446-3078. Fax: 512 446 3078. Email: starfarmersmarket@yahoo.com. Directions: We are .3 mile east from Rockdale, Texas on us 79. And for a map to our farm, click here. Crops are usually available in March, April, May, June, July, September, October, November. Open: 7 days a week from 12 pm to 5 pm or by appointments. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa/MasterCard, Discover. Call to set up special group outings. (ADDED: December 31, 2008) (UPDATED: March 20, 2010)

Robertson County

  • DeZavala Vineyard Sand Pit Enterprises - Blueberries, Blackberries, Raspberries, Peaches, Grapes, Peas, Other Seasonal Vegetables
    US-79, Franklin, TX, 77856. Phone: 979-828-4767 (phone and fax). Directions: Eight and a half miles east of Franklin on U.S. Highway Highway 79. Turn at DeZavala Vineyard sign, south on DeZavala Road, cross railroad tracks. Open: daily, from sun-up to sunset.
  • Epps Family Planters - Uses natural growing practices, beans, blackberries, carrots, corn (sweet), melons, peppers, pumpkins, summer squash, winter squash, tomatoes, other vegetables,
    10383 Jim Town Lane, Calvert, TX 77837. Phone: 979-224-3453. Email: fnepps@gmail.com. Open: Approximately open for business May 1 from 8 AM to 8 PM seven days a week  but please give us a call to make sure we are home. Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. Directions: About 1 mile south of Calvert, turn on to Beech Street, then turn on to Jim Town Lane, go to the second turn and go directly into the gate. Click here for a map and directions. Refer to our website. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. Payment: Cash, only. We plant naturally grown local food for us and you to enjoy. So come and visit us. We are now offering grass fed beef, pastured pork, eggs and chickens. (UPDATED: February 28, 2011) (ADDED: April 02, 2010)
  • Kelumac Christmas Tree Farm Bed and Breakfast - blackberries, gift shop, restrooms, picnic area
    10379 Taylor Road, Bryan, TX 77808. Phone: 979-279-3931. Fax: 979-279-3931. Email: kelumac@aol.com. Open: the Day after Thanksgiving 10:00 am to 5:30 pm Thursday and Friday 10:00 am to 5:30 pm Saturday and Sunday 10:00 am to 5:30 pm. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: From Bryan take TX. highway 6 North to O.S.R. (Old San Antonio Road). Exit right on O.S.R.; 1.5 mi. to Jackrabbit Lane; 3.5 mi. turn left to 10379 Taylor Road; Farm located at end of Taylor Road. From Hearne Tx. take highway 6 South to FM 2549; turn left onto FM 2549 to Jackrabbit Lane(1.5 mi); right on Jackrabbit Lane(3.5 mi.) to 10379 Taylor Road; Farm located at end of Taylor Road. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. (ADDED: December 25, 2009)

Travis County

  • Johnson's Backyard Garden - ORGANIC, pecans , tomatoes,
    9515 Hergotz Lane, Austin, TX 78742. Email: farm@johnsonsbackyardgarden.com. Directions:: 5 miles east of downtown Austin, near Austin Bergstrom International Airport. Turn onto Thompson Lane at Callahan's on 183 and follow the signs to 9515 Hergotz Lane. Farm visits by appointment only, please e-mail first. And for a map to our farm, Click here. Crops are usually available in January, May, June, July, December. Open: CSA members harvest Saturday 8-12 Johnson's Backyard Garden is an organic vegetable farm located five miles east of downtown Austin. Year round we grow over 75 different types of vegetables and have about 5 acres of pecans. We sell our organic produce, free range eggs and grass fed beef primarily to farm members through Community Supported Agriculture subscriptions. By paying a monthly subscription, CSA members receive their choice of a weekly or bi-weekly box of our produce, fruits and herbs. Some crops are grown in abundance. Pick your own crops include: Tomatoes which are available mid-May, June and July and pecans are available usually in December and January We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. Payment: Cash, Check.
  • Sweet Dreams Lavender Farm - flowers, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, picnic area, weddings and wedding parties
    10600 Wagon Road West, Austin, TX 78736. Phone: 512-288-7270. Email: info@sweetdreamslavenderfarm.com. Click here for a map and directions. Crops are usually available in May, June. Open: Weekends May and June, Weather Permitting; 10am to 4 pm; Call before you come out to confirm opening 288 to 7270. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa/MasterCard, AmEx. (ADDED: April 28, 2008)

Williamson County


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Lampasas County

  • Oliver Pecan Co. Inc. - pecans -  UPDATE March 20, 2006: No longer a pick-your-own
    10 Miles East of San Saba on Hwy. 190 , San Saba, TX 76877. Phone: 800-657-9291. Fax: 325-372-3256. Email us at: soliver@centex.net. Directions: Our farmstand and orchard is located on Hwy. 190, 10 miles east of San Saba. We also have a retail store in San Saba at 1402 W. Wallace(Hwy 190). Click here for a map to our farm. We are open October, November, December. Our hours are: Monday to Saturday 9:30-5:30 Not only do we offer pick your own pecans, but we also have inshell and shelled pecans, homemade pecan candies, pecan pies, jams, etc. Bus tours are available for our cleaning plant, shelling plant and occasionally a tour of our candy factory.

Limestone County

  • Cedar Grove Produce - Garden stand on a residence (which is NOT on a farm), Wide variety of seasonal, locally grown fruits and vegetables, all produce is certified organically grown, Uncovered outdoor market, beans, beets, cucumbers, melons, onions, peas, peppers, summer squash, winter squash, tomatoes, other vegetables, Other fruit or veg,
    1684 Lcr 374, Groesbeck, TX 76642. Phone: 254-203-1479. Email: jpkass42@aol.com. Open: Monday to Friday, from 8 am to 8 pm; Saturday 12 pm to 8 pm; Sunday 8 am to 8 pm; May 3 to November 31. Directions: From Groesbeck, go 8 miles on 1245, then right on 368 and right on 374 then about two miles. Follow signs. From Mexia go 8 miles west on US 84. Turn left at Mini Mart, take first, right cross bridge and then second right on 374. I am one and a half miles on right. Follow signs. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. I will have home grown popcorn. LA soda red potatoes. Delicious early frosty sweet peas. Swiss chard, radishes, leaf lettuce, collard greens. okra, zipper cream peas, red sweet peppers, Jalapeno peppers. (ADDED: April 23, 2014)

Milam County

  • Star Farmers Market - blackberries, cucumbers, melons, onions, peaches, peppers, plums, pumpkins, summer squash, winter squash, strawberries, tomatoes, other vegetables, prepicked produce, farm market, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties, school tours, events at your location (call for info)
    701 East Highway 79, Rockdale, TX 76567. Phone: 512-446-3078. Fax: 512 446 3078. Email: starfarmersmarket@yahoo.com. Directions: We are .3 mile east from Rockdale, Texas on us 79. And for a map to our farm, click here. Crops are usually available in March, April, May, June, July, September, October, November. Open: 7 days a week from 12 pm to 5 pm or by appointments. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa/MasterCard, Discover. Call to set up special group outings. (ADDED: December 31, 2008) (UPDATED: March 20, 2010)

Robertson County

  • Epps Family Planters - Uses natural growing practices, blackberries, carrots, corn (sweet), melons, peppers, pumpkins, summer squash, winter squash, tomatoes,
    10383 Jim Town Lane, Calvert, TX 77837. Phone: 979-224-3453. Email: fnepps@gmail.com. Open: Approximately open for business May 1 from 8 AM to 8 PM seven days a week but please give us a call to make sure we are home. Market updates: Click here for updates. Directions: About 1 mile south of Calvert, turn on to Beech Street, then turn on to Jim Town Lane, go to the second turn and go directly into the gate. Click here for a map and directions. Refer to our website. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. Payment: Cash, only. We plant naturally grown local food for us and you to enjoy. So come and visit us. We also have Okra, spinach, mustard greens, nine water-melon varieties, 11 cantaloupe varieties, sweet potatoes, 5 varieties of regular potatoes and 8 varieties of blackberry but these berries will only start to produce berries in 2011. We are now offering grass fed beef, pastured pork, eggs and chickens. (UPDATED: February 28, 2011)  (ADDED: April 02, 2010)
  • Kelumac Christmas Tree Farm Bed and Breakfast - blackberries, gift shop, restrooms, picnic area
    10379 Taylor Road, Bryan, TX 77808. Phone: 979-279-3931. Fax: 979-279-3931. Email: kelumac@aol.com. Open: the Day after Thanksgiving 10:00 am to 5:30 pm Thursday and Friday 10:00 am to 5:30 pm Saturday and Sunday 10:00 am to 5:30 pm. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: From Bryan take TX. highway 6 North to O.S.R. (Old San Antonio Road). Exit right on O.S.R.; 1.5 mi. to Jackrabbit Lane; 3.5 mi. turn left to 10379 Taylor Road; Farm located at end of Taylor Road. From Hearne Tx. take highway 6 South to FM 2549; turn left onto FM 2549 to Jackrabbit Lane(1.5 mi); right on Jackrabbit Lane(3.5 mi.) to 10379 Taylor Road; Farm located at end of Taylor Road. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. (ADDED: December 25, 2009)

Travis County

  • Star Creek Country - Farm stand / farm market on a farm, Wide variety of seasonal, locally grown fruits and vegetables, all produce is sustainably grown, Uncovered outdoor market, Fresh local eggs, Baked goods, Preserves, jams, jellies, Crafts, artistic products, etc, beans, carrots, corn (sweet), cucumbers, flowers, herbs/spices, onions, peas, peppers, pumpkins, summer squash, winter squash, tomatoes, other vegetables, farm animals, events at your location (call for info)
    23702 Old Ferry Rd, Spicewood, TX 78669. Phone: 512-845-0216. Email: txstarcreekcountry@yahoo.com. Open: Saturdays 10 am to 5. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. Click here for our Facebook page. We also offer homesteading classes. Currently scheduled are Mlking Classes (Cow and Goat 101) and Backyard Chickens. See web site for more info!. (ADDED: March 17, 2013)

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Williamson County


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Burleson County

  • Krazy Kountry Maze & Pumpkin Patch - Local sales at our farm, Local delivery, sale, farm equipment, farm buildings or structures, fruit/vegetable plants , Farm equipment repair services, Other services , Corn maze design services, Halloween-related consumer products , Other consumer products to sell on your farm), U-pick and already picked, concessions / refreshment stand, porta-potties, restrooms, picnic area, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties, school tours
    Cr 269 @ Cr 268, Snook, TX 77878. Phone: 979-272-FARM. Alternate Phone: 817-341-9041. Email: paulwigginsfarm@gmail.com. Open: Thursday 3pm to 9pm Friday 3pm to 11pm Saturday 1pm to 11pm Sunday 1pm to 9pm. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: Take FM 60 from College Station or Texas A&M and drive 11 miles west into Snook, Tx. Take a left at Citizens State Bank onto 2155. Drive 0.8 miles and take another left onto County Road 269. Drive 0.6 miles and we are on the right side of the road. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. (ADDED: October 14, 2012)

 

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