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

This month's notes: August 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 have started. 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!

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Texas Panhandle 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 haven't found many pick-your-own farms in the Texas panhandle!  If you know of any, please click on Suggest a farm!

Armstrong County

Briscoe County

Carson County

Castro County

Childress County

Collingsworth County

Deaf Smith County

Dallam County

Donley County

  • Mrs Smith's Farm - apples, grapes, muscadine grapes,
    111 North Front Street, Lelia Lake, TX 79240. Phone: 874-9222. Email: franismith@hotmail.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)

Gray County

Hall County

Hansford County

Hartley County

Hemphill County

Hutchinson County

Lipscomb County

Moore County

  • 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.

Ochiltree County

Oldham County

Parmer County

  • The Apple Shack - PYO apples, farm stand
    715 FM 292, Farwell, TX 79325. Phone: 806-481-8682. Email: theappleshacktx@gmail.com. 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)

Potter County

Randall County

Roberts County

Sherman County

Swisher County

Wheeler County


  

 


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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:

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* 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!
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