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

This month's notes: July 2014: Blueberries, blackberries, raspberries tomatoes, corn and most vegetables are being picked in most places; strawberries are finishing or done; Peaches are in and early apples will start in late July. Find a local blueberry festival and blueberry picking tips here. See how easy it is to make strawberry jam or strawberry-rhubarb jam! Make your own homemade strawberry 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!

Organic farms are identified in green!  See our guide to local fruit and vegetable festivals!. Please tell the farms you found them here - and ask them to update their information!!

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Far West Texas 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!

Unfortunately, I've only found ONE pick-your-own farm in the the far west of Texas yet!  If you know of any, please click on Suggest a farm!

Brewster County

Crane County

Culberson County

Ector County

El Paso County

  • Williams River Farm - beans, pumpkins, pumpkin patch-pick in the field, pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field, corn maze, straw or hay bale maze, child-sized haybale maze, corn cannon, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, tractor-pulled hay rides
    1501 Hole in the Wall Road, Fabens, TX 79838. Phone: (915)764-3530. Email us at: kamy_williams@hotmail.com. Directions: From El Paso take Alameda Avenue past Clint, TX. Turn right onto Denton Road. Take Denton road 1 one half miles to Socorro Road. Turn left onto Socorro Road. Go one half mile and turn right onto Hole in the Wall Road. The farm is on the right side of the road 1 mile down. And for a map to our farm, click here. Crops are usually available in September, October, November. Open: Friday 6 pm to 10pm Saturday 10 am to 10pm Sunday 12pm -6pm Maze is open September 24 - November 5th. Payment: Cash, only.

Hudspeth County

Jeff Davis County

Loving County

Midland County

  • Fiddlesticks Farms - pumpkins, winter squash, Honey from hives on the farm, prepicked produce, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, farm animals, birthday parties, school tours
    5610 East County Road 120, Midland, TX 79706. Phone: (432) 687-MAZE. Email: info@fiddlesticksfarms.com. And for a map to our farm, click here. Crops are usually available in July, September, October, November, December. Open: Friday: 5 pm to 9 pm Saturday: 10 am to 9 pm Sunday: Noon - 6 pm Maze grounds close at 10:30 pm Friday/Saturday and 7:30 pm Sunday Field trips are offered Tuesday - Friday, 9 am to 2 pm by reservation only. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa/MasterCard. (ADDED: July 14, 2008)

Pecos County

Presidio County

Reeves County

Terrell County

Upton County

Ward County

Winkler County


Farmer's Markets, Farm Stands and Roadside Stands, Etc.
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)

Pecos County

  • Mandujano Brothers - melons, onions, pumpkins, summer squash, winter squash, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, school tours
    Fm 1776 And Watermelon Row, Coyanosa, TX 79730. Phone: 432-343-2669. Alternate Phone: 432-343-2257. Email: coyanosapumpkins@yahoo.com. Open: Monday to Sunday, from 8 am to 8 pm. Directions: 1 mile North of Coyanosa, Texas. Turn East on Watermelon Row. Pecos Sweet Cantaloupe: June 20 to August 20, Watermelon: June 20 to October 20, Pumpkins: September 5th to November 10 Thursday, Pumpkin Patch Open: October 1st to October 31st, Market Stand Open: June 20 to October 31. Payment: Cash, only. Pecos sweet Cantaloupe Watermelon. (ADDED: September 10, 2010)

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Picking Tips

[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]

Home Canning Kits

Features:

Ball Enamel Waterbath Canner, Including Chrome-Plated Rack and 4-Piece Utensil Set

* All the tools you need for hot waterbath canning - in one comprehensive set!
* Complete with 21 1/2 qt. enameled waterbath canner
* Also includes canning rack, funnel, jar lifter, jar wrencher, bubble freer, tongs and lid lifter.
* A Kitchen Krafts exclusive collection.

This is the same type of standard canner that my grandmother used to make everything from applesauce to jams and jellies to tomato and spaghetti sauce. This complete kit includes everything you need and lasts for years: the canner, jar rack, jar grabber tongs, lid lifting wand, a plastic funnel, labels, bubble freer. It's much cheaper than buying the items separately. You'll never need anything else except jars & lids (and the jars are reusable)! There is also a simple kit with just the canner and rack, and a pressure canner, if you want to do vegetables (other than tomatoes). To see more canners, of different styles, makes and prices, click here!
Don't forget the Ball Blue Book!

Lids, Rings, Jars, mixes, pectin, etc.

Need lids, rings and replacement jars?  Or pectin to make jam, spaghetti sauce or salsa mix or pickle mixes?  Get them all here, and usually at lower prices than your local store!

Get them all here at the best prices on the internet!