Where in Texas Panhandle to find pick your own farms and orchards for fruit, vegetables, pumpkins and canning & freezing instructions!
This month's notes: November 2015: Strawberries and blueberries each have a very brief season; don't miss them: See your state's crop availability calendar for more specific dates of upcoming crops. And see our guide to local fruit and vegetable festivals, such as strawberry festivals and blueberry festivals. Organic farms are identified in green! Also make your own ice cream - see How to make ice cream and ice cream making equipment and manuals.) 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!
- To see the pick-your-own farms and orchards for this area, click here or scroll down the page
- Crop availability / harvest calendar
- Farm markets, roadside stands, local meat, milk, eggs, local honey, horse riding, farm B&B's etc.
- To find pumpkin patches, corn mazes and other Halloween activities, click here.
- To find choose and cut-your-own Christmas tree farms, click here.
I'm always looking for suggestions of more farms and events to add and feedback about any you have visited, so if you encounter any, just click on the preceding link, as appropriate! And if you have a farm and want to add it or correct the information, please click on the link to "add my farm".
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!
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. (ADDED: February 08, 2012, suggested by a visitor)
Farmer's Markets, Farm Stands and Roadside Stands, Etc. (NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)
Gee Family's Farm - Farm stand / farm market on a farm, corn
8994 Fm 1151, Claude, TX 79019. Phone: 806-346-5677. Alternate Phone: 806-944-5219. Email: email@example.com. Open: July 4th until Labor Day; Saturdays 1 pm to 5. Directions: Travel South on 287 towards Fort Worth. Turn right onto FM 2250 in Wadhburn. Travel on 2250 until you come to a stop sign on FM 1151. Turn left and travel approximately 5 miles until you see the Gee Family's sign on the right side of 1151. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Gee Family's Sweet Corn also sells fresh ground whole wheat flour and cornmeal. (ADDED: October 10, 2015)
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