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

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San Antonio area of 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!

Atascosa County

  • Hallie's Strawberry Patch - strawberries, U-pick and already picked
    575 Rutledge Road, Poteet, TX 78065. Phone: 830-480-2060. Alternate Phone: 830-742-8674. Email: bateswill248@gmail.com. Open: By appointment only - Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm - March 1 to June 1. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. (ADDED: March 30, 2014)

Bandera County

  • Imagine Lavender Farm - No pesticides are used, lavender, gift shop, picnic area
    17582 Farm To Market 337 East, Vanderpool, TX 78885. Phone: 830-966-5105. Alternate Phone: 830-589-7467. Email: info@imaginelavender.com. Open: Friday to Saturday 9 am to 5 pm, Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm; We also accept appointments during the week. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. Directions: 17 miles West of Medina, Texas, on highway 337 East; 3 miles east of Vanderpool. We are located on the north side of the road. Click here for a map and directions. Main Lavender Harvest: May 1st through July 4th weekend; Second Lavender Harvest: October 15th through November 28th. We do not use pesticides on the crops. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover. (ADDED: August 01, 2010)
  • Love Creek Orchards - apples, blackberries, figs, peaches, persimmons, Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises), U-pick and already picked, gift shop, concessions / refreshment stand, porta-potties, picnic area, face painting, pony rides, petting zoo, farm animals, birthday parties, school tours, events at your location (call for info)
    14024 State highway 16 North, Medina, TX 78055. Phone: 830-529-2202. Alternate Phone: 210-215-1995. Fax: 830-589-2880. Email: hutzler@lovecreekorchards.com. Open: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: 13 miles north of Bandera Texas on highway 16 North. Click here for a map and directions. Pick your own Apples begin in July through September Pick your own Blackberries begin in June through July Pick your own Figs begin in August through September Pick Your own Peaches begin in June Great Hill Country Pumpkin Patch is open to the public every Saturday, Sunday and Monday in October and open for school tours on every Thursday and Friday in October. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover. Click here for our Facebook page. (UPDATED: October 23, 2012) (ADDED: September 13, 2009)

Bexar County

Comal County

  • Markley Family Farm - strawberries, blueberries, lettuce, spinach
    394 Union Wine Road, New Braunfels, TX 78130. Email: info@markleyfamilyfarm.com. Open: See their website and/or Facebook page for hours and availability. Directions: See their website for directions. Payment: Cash, only.. Click here for their Facebook page. (Suggested by a visitor, ADDED: August 20, 2013)
    A visitor writes on August 20, 2013: "I love their farm, it is very clean and their produce is amazing! Their crops are raised hydroponically. I believe they try to stay as organic as possible. They also bring in vegetables and fruits from nearby farms and offer a CSA membership. I believe they are open every month except July and August. But they still go to the New Braunfels Farmers Market and there is a ton more info on their website., "
  • Omi's Place - grapes,
    20192 Fm 2252, San Antonio, TX 78266. Phone: 830-609-0672. Email: nrathburn@aol.com. Open: Saturday and Sunday, from 8am to 8pm, Grapes are ready this year on August 10, 2013, then for about a month; Appointments can be made for Monday to Friday. Directions: From San Antonio take IH 35 north to exit FM 3009, Natural Bridge Caverns and turn left. Go one mile to FM 2252 and turn right. Go one mile and farm is on the right. Black Spanish Grapes only. Payment: Cash, Check. (UPDATED: July 30, 2013) (UPDATED: July 06, 2012) (ADDED: July 04, 2012)

Frio County

Gillespie County

  • Marburger Orchard – Peaches, blackberries, strawberries & vegetables.
    559 Kuhlmann Road, Fredericksburg, TX. Phone: 830-997-9433. Email: E-mail: grower@marburgerorchard.com. Open: Monday to Saturday, 8 am to 5 pm, Sun. 1 pm to 5 pm; Pick-Your-Own: Peaches: May-August; Strawberries: March-May; Blackberries: May-June; Vegetables: June-July; Call for current information. Directions: 5 one quarter miles S on US 87 to Meusebach Road follow signs. Or 16 miles north of I-10. Take U.S. Highway 87. Watch for our sign. Turn onto Meusebach Road Follow signs to 559 Kuhlmann Road. Pick-Your-Own crop availability: Peaches: May-August; Strawberries: March-May; Blackberries: May-June; Vegetables: June-July. (UPDATED: May 11, 2012)
    Comments from a visitor on April 07, 2010:
    "This farm is a great area to pick strawberries. I grew up in Washington state and my family would pick at least 100 pounds of strawberries. I now live alone and the other day I picked 20 pounds and I plan on going back this weekend to pick more. Picking your own strawberries is an experience everyone should have and especially when the berries look this good the time is now."
  • Psencik Peach Farm – Peaches and blackberries
    255 Pfeiffer Road, Fredericksburg, Texas. Phone: Phone: 830-990-0152, 830-456-3539 (Cell). Email: psencik@ktc.com. or Email: psencik@beecreek.net. Directions: We're located north of US 290, off Jung Road. Open: from mid-May: Friday Noon to 6 pm. Open: Saturday, 8 am to 6 pm, Sun. Noon - 6 pm. Call first. 
  • Stonewall Tree Ripe Peaches – Peaches
    15371 Hwy. 290 E. Phone: 830-644-2299. 409-789-4293. 
  • Vogel Orchard - blackberries, peaches, pumpkins, tomatoes, U-pick and already picked, farm market, gift shop, concessions / refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, school tours
    12862 E. Us Highway 290, Fredericksburg, TX 78624. Phone: 830-644-2404. Email: info@vogelorchard.com. Open: Summer (mid May to mid August), open daily 8:30 am to 6 pm. Directions: 2 miles west of Stonewall on Highway 290 (on the right) and 10.6 miles east of the Fredericksburg city limits on Highway 290 (on the left). Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard. Click here for our Facebook page. (UPDATED: August 29, 2011)

Guadalupe County

  • Boenig Pecans - blackberries, corn (sweet), pecans , and prepicked produce
    4522 FM 758, Seguin, TX 78155. Phone: (830)-433-0789. Email us at: j_boenig@hotmail.com. Directions: From IH 35 in New Braunfels, TX travel south on SH 46 to Clear Springs. Turn left on FM 758, travel approximately 5 miles, past Barbarossa, TX 0.5 miles. We are the house in front of the pecan orchard on the right. From IH 10 in Seguin, Tx travel north on SH 123 past Geronimo, TX turn left on FM 758 approximately 1.5 miles. We are the house in front of the pecan orchard on the left. Open: By appointment (Call 830-832-6658). Pecans in Fall. Berries and peaches in Spring. Payment: Cash, only.
  • Markley Family Farm - Uses natural growing practices, beans, beets, blackberries, broccoli, carrots, cucumbers, eggplant, figs, herbs/spices, onions, peppers, persimmons, winter squash, strawberries, tomatoes, other vegetables,
    394 Union Wine Road, New Braunfels, TX 78130. Phone: 830-629-4877. Email: markleyfamilyfarm@yahoo.com. Open: Tuesday to Saturday, from 10 am to 6 pm; July and August, Thursday to Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. Payment: Cash, Check. (UPDATED: May 18, 2010)

Kendall County

  • Ahimsa Farm - beans, beets, broccoli, cucumbers, eggplant, figs, flowers, onions, summer squash, winter squash, tomatoes, Fresh eggs, U-pick and already picked
    65 Cravey Road, Waring, TX 78006. Phone: 830-537-4875. Alternate Phone: 210-323-8824. Fax: 210-696-2738. Email: Ahimsa108@aol.com. Open: Friday 8am to 5pm Saturday 8 am to 1pm. Directions: From San Antonio, Texas Take 1H10 North to Waring-Welfare Exit, proceed past PoPos Restaurant, take right on Waring-Welfare Road and go about 4 miles to Cravey Road, take right and you will see House on Cliff, come over bridge and we are the first farm on the right after the Little Joshua Creek-there is a sign on our gate-Ahimsa Farm, which means Compassion!. Click here for a map and directions. May-September Swiss Chard, Tomatoes, Corn, Squash, Ok Saturday, Green Peppers, Hot Peppers, Poblano Peppers, Flowers, Herbs Patti Pan Squash. Payment: Cash, Check. (ADDED: August 29, 2009)

Kerr County

Medina County

  • Love Creek Orchards - Apples, Blackberries, Grapes, Peaches, Seasonal Vegetables, Figs, Persimmons
    13558 Hwy 16 N, Bandera, TX. Phone: 830-589-2588, 800-449-0882. E-mail: adamsapples@lovecreekorchards.com.  Directions: Highway 16 between Bandera and Kerrville.  Please call before coming.
  • South Texas MAiZE - flowers, pumpkins, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, petting zoo, birthday parties, school tours
    911 Us Highway 90 East, Hondo, TX 78861. Phone: 830-741-3968. Fax: 830-741-8464. Email: info@southtexasmaize.com. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Crops are usually available in September, October, November. Open: see our website for current hours. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. The South Texas MAiZE is open from September 26 to November 29, 2009. Payment: Cash, Check. (UPDATED: March 11, 2009)
  • Sun Seasons - Uses integrated pest management practices, asparagus, blackberries, figs, persimmons, Other fruit or veg,
    1504 County Road 532. Post Office Box 103., Hondo, TX 78861. Phone: 830-426-1343. Alternate Phone: 830-741-8521. Email: stan.moulton@gmail.com. Open: Closed all day on Sundays and closed Tuesdays after 10:30 in the morning; Open most other days; Very small operation, call ahead for directions and times. Directions: From Highway 90 and Avenue U in Hondo, Texas proceed south about one-half mile to 30th street, cross 30th street and continue south on the County Road for two miles to the intersection with County Road 532. Turn right and proceed west on County Road 532 to 1504 County Road 532. It will be on the right as you drive west, and it will be a two-story white house with large windows and tan trim. Click here for a map and directions. Asparagus: March 10 to April 20; Blackberries: May 5 to August 10; Figs: Typically July 5 to August 5; Persimmons: October 1 to November 15; Sour or "Seville" Oranges: November 10 to December 15. We use integrated pest management practices. Payment: Cash, only. (ADDED: March 09, 2014)

Real County

Uvalde County

Wilson County

  • Green country Farm - Uses natural growing practices, blackberries, prepicked produce
    1880 Cr 331, Floresville, TX 78114. Phone: 830-393-2788. Email: Jpullin@texas.net. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Crops are usually available in May, June, July. Open: Seven days a week from 8 am to 6 pm. First Blackberries will be ripe at the end of May and last through July. We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. Payment: Cash, Check. A children's maze will be available if weather conditions permit. (ADDED: February 15, 2009)

Zavala County


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Bandera County

  • Love Creek Orchards - Indoor market, Preserves, jams, jellies, apples, blackberries, figs, persimmons, pumpkins, Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises), gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, face painting, pony rides, petting zoo, farm animals, birthday parties, school tours
    13558 State Highway 16 North, Medina, TX 78055. Phone: 800-449-0882. Alternate Phone: 830-589-2202. Fax: 830-589-2880. Email: genie@lovecreekorchards.com. Open: See our web site for current hours. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: Located 13 miles north of the city of Bandera, on Highway 16 North. From San Antonio take highway 16 North to Bandera, turn right on Main Street which is also Highway 16 North. Go through Bandera and drive 13 miles to Medina. From Kerrville, take Highway 16 South to Medina. Click here for a map and directions. Apples in July, Blackberries in May and June, Figs in August-September Persimmons in October. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. The Apple Store owned by Love Creek boast one of the top best small town restaurants in Texas by Texas Monthly Magazine as well as receiving the honors of one of the top 9 best pies of Texas The Great Hill Country Pumpkin Patch is listed as the top Patch in Central Texas! Live entertainment includes story telling, sing a - longs, and playing in the Great Hill Country Symphony!. (ADDED: September 13, 2009)

Guadalupe County

Medina County

  • Sun Seasons - Uses integrated pest management practices, asparagus, blackberries, figs, persimmons,
    1504 County Road 532. Post Office Box 103, Hondo, TX 78861. Phone: 830-426-1343. Alternate Phone: 830-741-8521. Email: stan.moulton@gmail.com. Open: Closed all day on Sundays and closed Tuesdays after 10:30 in the morning; Open most other days; Very small operation, call ahead for directions and times. Directions: From Highway 90 and Avenue U in Hondo, Texas proceed south about one-half mile to 30th street, cross 30th street and continue south on the County Road for two miles to the intersection with County Road 532. Turn right and proceed west on County Road 532 to 1504 County Road 532. It will be on the right as you drive west, and it will be a two-story white house with large windows and tan trim. Click here for a map and directions. Asparagus: March 10 to April 20; Blackberries: May 5 to August 10; Figs: Typically July 5 to August 5; Persimmons: October 1 to November 15; Sour or "Seville" Oranges: November 10 to December 15. We use integrated pest management practices. Payment: Cash, only. Also available: Sour or "Seville" oranges. (ADDED: March 09, 2014)

Local Honey Sources:

Bandera County

  • Imagine Lavender Farm - No pesticides are used, Honey (retail), Honey (wholesale), Lavender honey, Wildflower honey, Raw honeys, Tours, gift shop, picnic area
    17582 Farm To Market 337 East, Vanderpool, TX 78885. Phone: 830-966-5105. Alternate Phone: 830-589-7467. Email: info@imaginelavender.com. Open: Friday to Saturday 9 am to 5 pm, Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm; We also accept appointments during the week. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Honey updates: Click here for updates. Directions: 17 miles West of Medina, Texas, on highway 337 East; 3 miles east of Vanderpool. We are located on the north side of the road. Click here for a map and directions. Main Lavender Harvest: May 1st through July 4th weekend; Second Lavender Harvest: October 15th through November 28th. We do not use pesticides on the crops. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover. (ADDED: August 01, 2010)

Resources For Farmers

Gillespie County

  • Vogel Orchard - Local sales at our farm, Local delivery, Regional delivery (see below for details), National delivery, sale, trade, farm equipment, U-pick and already picked, farm market, gift shop, concessions / refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, school tours
    12862 E. Us Highway 290, Fredericksburg, TX 78624. Phone: 830-644-2404. Email: info@vogelorchard.com. Open: Summer (mid May to mid August), open daily 8:30 am to 6 pm. Directions: 2 miles west of Stonewall on Highway 290 (on the right) and 10.6 miles east of the Fredericksburg city limits on Highway 290 (on the left). Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard. Click here for our Facebook page. Used farm tractors and new and used farm equipment. (UPDATED: August 29, 2011)

Horse Rides and More:

Bexar County

  • Fiesta Farm and Trail Rides - Horses rented (guided trails), snacks, refreshments and/or concessions, Beautiful rural setting, Within an easy drive to an Interstate road, School tours, children welcome, No pets please, meeting room available, gift shop, concessions / refreshment stand, porta-potties, picnic area, face painting, pony rides, petting zoo, farm animals, birthday parties, school tours, events at your location (call for info)
    8497 Fm 1560n, San Antonio, TX 78254. Phone: 210-316-3166. Alternate Phone: 210-316-3166. Email: Fiestafarm@gmail.com. Open: Everyday 9 am to dusk, 6pm. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Pumpkin patch open September 29 through October 31, 2012. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover. Click here for our Facebook page. Fiesta Farm has a large number of farm animals to visit, and large covered pavilions with picnic tables. Bubble machine and play areas as well.Our decorative pumpkin patch is open through Thanksgiving and we have added lots of fun turkey decorations. In December we will be all decked out for Christmas! (UPDATED: October 31, 2012)  (ADDED: September 16, 2012)

Farm Venues for Events, Activities, Parties and Meetings:

Bexar County

  • Fiesta Farm and Trail Rides - Lighting, Heating, Birthday parties, Business outings, Corporate events, Filming or photo shoots, School and educational groups, Daycare and preschool groups, Other Private Parties, You may bring your own food, Tables and chairs are Provided , Bring your own linens and table silverware, Servers Must Be Licensed for alcohol, Hotel nearby, Motel nearby, Pumpkin patch, steers/cattle, sheep, goats, horses, chickens, pigs, llamas/alpacas, other animals, Horse riding at the farm, Beautiful rural setting, Free Onsite Lot parking lot, Within an easy drive to an Interstate road, children welcome, No pets please, Smoking allowed in designated areas, gift shop, concessions / refreshment stand, porta-potties, picnic area, face painting, pony rides, petting zoo, farm animals, birthday parties, school tours, events at your location (call for info)
    8497 Fm 1560n, San Antonio, TX 78254. Phone: 210-316-3166. Alternate Phone: 210-316-3166. Email: Fiestafarm@gmail.com. Open: We are available daily to bring a pony and petting zoo to your event; 9 am to 9 pm. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Pumpkin patch open September 29 through October 31, 2012. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover. Click here for our Facebook page. Our decorative pumpkin patch is open through Thanksgiving and we have added lots of fun turkey decorations. In December we will be all decked out for Christmas! (UPDATED: October 31, 2012)  (ADDED: September 16, 2012)

 

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