Where in Texas Panhandle to find pick your own farms and orchards for fruit, vegetables, pumpkins and canning & freezing instructions!
This month's notes: March 2014: The weather is great, apples are ripe (see our apple varieties guide), hayrides, Fall fun and corn mazes are open now! 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!!
Unfortunately, I haven't found many pick-your-own farms in the Texas panhandle! If you know of any, please click on Suggest a farm!
Deaf Smith County
- Mrs Smith's Farm - apples, grapes, muscadine
111 North Front Street, Lelia Lake, TX 79240. Phone: 874-9222. Email: email@example.com. Open: Monday - Saturday 9:00 am to 6:00pm. Directions: Please call before you come so we can go over these directions. If you are heading East on highway 287, 1/4 Mile past the city limit sign for Lelia Lake turn North or Left on Front Street (which is not marked) It is a dirt road and crossed the railroad tracks directly across Highway 287 from the rock front store building. The house is approximately one city block past the railroad tracks on the West or Left side of the road. Click here for a map and directions. Golden Delicious Apples September 1 to October 1; Red Delicious Apples September 15 to October 1; Pears August 15 to October 1. Payment: Cash, only. (ADDED: September 19, 2010) (UPDATE: September 11, 2012)
- Wieck Farms - corn (sweet), pumpkins, and
prepicked produce, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area,
birthday parties, school tours, pumpkin patch-pick in the field, corn maze,
child-sized haybale maze,
304 Regier Drive, Dumas, TX 79029. Phone: 806-922-3720. Fax: 806 966 5221. Email: wjwieck@hot mail.com. Directions: Dumas, Texas, north on Hwy 287, 14 miles east on county road EE for 2 miles. And for a map to our farm, click here. Crops are usually available in July, August, September, October. Open: for sweet corn daily 8 am to 9pm from July 15 to August 30; for pumpkins and corn maze open Monday through Friday by appointment for school busses or other individuals or groups; open to the public Fridays 4pm to 8pm Saturdays l0am to 8pm Sundays 1pm to 8pm sweet corn July 15 through August 30. Pumpkins and corn maze runs from September 29 through November 4. There is a large tent with tables, snacks and drinks available, Portapotty, pull wagons available to pick your own pumpkins and gourds. There is a small bale maze for children. Also a climbing stack and corn pit. We have corn bundles and wheat bales for sale. See the educational plot! Payment: Cash, Check.
- The Apple Shack - PYO apples, farm stand
715 FM 292, Farwell, TX 79325. Phone: 806-481-8682. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Open: Monday through Saturday from 9:00 am - 5:30 pm, August to January. Directions: Call for directions. Payment: Cash, only. (Suggested by a visitor, ADDED: February 08, 2012)
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