There’s nothing quite like a day at a u-pick farm that gets the kids excited about fruit. These farms near Dallas offer apple picking in the fall, berries and peaches in the summer and even sunflower and lavender picking. Pack up a picnic basket full of your favorite snacks and get the kids ready for a day of fruit picking!
Ham Orchards - Terrell
One of the most popular farm destinations in DFW, you can pick your own raspberries at Ham's at the beginning of the summer while also being able to buy some of their famous peaches all the way until mid-August. There's plenty of other fun to be had: a browse through the general store, a BBQ lunch and enjoying some soft-serve peach ice cream are a must!
11939 County Rd. 309
Terrell, TX 75161
Apple Valley Orchard—Llano
This 32-acre farm grows apples, berries and more out in Llano, TX. Check their Facebook page for u-pick updates.
12340 S. Highway 16
Head to this farm in early summer for pear and plum picking. Did you know that pears are one of the only fruits that need to ripen after they've been picked? We didn't either! Check the farm's website before you head over as they'll indicate which fruits are ready for picking and whether they are closing early due to high temps.
You can also find them at the Hillsboro Farmer's Market.
433 Hill County Road 1306
Blase Family Farm—Rockwall
Blueberry and pumpkin picking happens at this too-cute farm in Rockwall. Blueberry season runs in early summer and October brings pumpkin season. This year you can find everyone's favorite square pumpkin, Spookley, at Blase Family Farm.
1232 E Fork Drive
If strawberries and pumpkins isn't the best combination, we don't know what is! Head to Price Farms in spring to pick your fill of strawberries, and then come back in the fall for pumpkin season.
142 Hill County Road 2401 North
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Lavender Ridge Farms—Gainesville
This picturesque spot was originally a melon and strawberry farm, but has been selling lavender, cut flowers and herbs since 2006. Head out and visit the two acres where you'll find a cafe serving lavender treats as well as a shop with soaps and other lavender-scented items. Check their Facebook page for current hours before you head over.
2391 County Road 178
Larken Farms began in 2000 as a hobby for Ken and Laura Jo Halverson to try out their “green thumb” at growing peaches. What started as a hobby has turned into a full-time orchard! Larken Farms has over 7,000 trees with 30 varieties of Texas and California Peaches, Santa Rosa Plums, Hosui Asian Pears and several hundred blackberry bushes. While not “certified” as organic growers, they practice organic methods for growing all of their fruits and vegetables. Check their website for opening dates.
3653 Greathouse Rd.
This peach orchard is 10 miles North of Bonham, TX on Hwy 78, about 90 minutes from Dallas. Peach-picking season runs from May-July and the best spot to find information on their picking status is on their Facebook page. In addition to peaches, they also grow blackberries and plums.
269 CR 1600
Wild Berry Farm—Sadler
Blackberries and blueberries are the name of the game at this North Texas farm. They also have fields of sunflowers blooming in July. If you want cut flowers, bring a jar or large container and scissors. Their outdoor farm market sells jams, jellies, veggies seeds and more.
905 Crawford Rd.
Texas Tulip Farm - Pilot Point
Closed for the 2021 season, the Texas Tulip Farm is a spring destination for DFW residents. Over six acres of brightly colored tulips, a hay maze and the opportunity to pick your own beautiful bouquet are all part of the fun when you visit.
10656 FM 2931
Pilot Point, TX 76258
—Kate Loweth with Gabby Cullen
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