Where in Lubbock area of Texas to find pick your own farms and orchards for fruit, vegetables, pumpkins and canning & freezing instructions!
This month's notes: May 2013: The cool weather has delayed blooms and slowed growth by a couple of weeks, but don't miss strawberries: they started in most Southern areas in late April, and in late May up north. Click here for strawberry facts and picking tips, and this page for easy strawberry jam making directions. Blueberries will come in June in most areas. Of course, Florida, southern Texas, and other very warm areas are already picking both crops! See this page for hundreds of easy canning and freezing instructions/recipes, canning equipment guide! Also make your own ice cream - see How to make ice cream and ice cream making equipment and manuals. Then see each state's crop availability calendar for more specific dates of upcoming crops. 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!!
Apple Country Orchards
Apples (year round), apple cider.
12206 East Hwy 62, Idalou TX, 79329. Phone: 806-892-2961, Fax: (806) 892-2266. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Directions: Four miles east of Idalou on Hwy. 62/82/144 (14 miles east of Lubbock). One of the few places for citrus in this area. Have lunch with us. Sample our Famous German Apple Cake and other bakery goodies. Visit our cider mill, drink a cup of fresh apple cider in our wedding gazebo, Relax beside our waterfall and fountain, And of course, PICK APPLES ! (click here for picking schedule). Please call for current apple prices. Also prepicked: Peaches, Tomatoes, Peppers, Sweet Corn, Sweet Potatoes, Watermelons, Pumpkins, Other Seasonal Vegetables. Note: the Pick Texas website claims they have PYO Oranges and Grapefruit, but their website says nothing about it so if you are interested, call them first! (UPDATED June 6, 2008)
Comments from a visitor on April 18, 2011: "While they had REALLY good apples, and the gentleman who was riding around in his tractor was very helpful in locating the best apples, the lady who had rung us up for the 160 lbs. of apples we picked and half gallon honey we bought couldnOpen: 't have been more rude to us. Considering we were picking apples with 5 elderly men and women and 4 kids, we were moving as fast as we could go. I have no idea if this woman owns the farm, but we will try it one more time and give them the benefit of the doubt. Maybe she was having a bad day? No matter. The apples are very good and we never mind blemishes as long as they are on a non-sprayed apple and kissed by genuine sunshine! The honey was good. Pure because there was a honeybee floating in the top! Love it! Wish they would have allowed me to bottle my own though as the opening of their 1/2 gal. jar is way too small. All in all, a fun trip for the kids and visiting in-laws!"
Gallaghers Apple Orchard - Apples, Blackberries,
Strawberries, Nectarines, Peaches
Lubbock , TX. Phone: (806) 763-0096. Directions: Call for directions.Open: Daily, from 8 am until dark. Crop availability: August- December 1st.
Santa Maria Lavender- Lavender
66927 Highway 84, Shallowater, TX. Phone: 806-928-1612. Fax: 806-832-5939. E-mail: email@example.com.
TreeGrace Farms - ORGANIC,
Organic Watermelons and Cantaloupes
2204 Alcove Avenue, Lubbock, TX. Phone: 806-792-2026. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Directions: in city limits, south of the Loop on 19th Street.
Joyce Lavender Ranch
- pyo lavender
12737 County Road 4102, Hermleigh, TX 79526. Phone: 325-673-7431. Email: email@example.com. Directions: click here for a map and directions.
Shoestring Cattle Co. - Peppers, Peas, Okra, Tomatoes
Stateline and Highway 83, Denver City, TX. Phone: 806-732-8611 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Email: email@example.com. Directions: Call for directions. Open: Daily from 8 am to 5 pm. Crop availability Peppers, Peas, Okra and Tomatoes in July.
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Farmer's Markets, Farm Stands and Roadside Stands, Etc.
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Meats, Milk and Eggs:
Field of Dreams Dairy - Chicken (free range), Beef, USDA Natural,
No hormones used, No antibiotics used, 100% Grass fed (includes finishing),
Eggs (free range), Unpasteurized Milk, Farm market with fruits and
vegetables, Within an easy drive to an Interstate road, children welcome,
Fresh eggs, gift shop, restrooms
800 Borden County Road 144, Odonnell, TX 79351. Phone: 806-439-6316. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Open: Monday to Saturday 10 am to 7 pm Sunday 1pm to 7 pm. Directions: Our website contains a map. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. We also have shelled pecans. (ADDED: July 27, 2010)
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