Tuesday, March 17, 2015

East Texas Orchards :: Strawberries, Peaches, and Produce, Oh My!

It's that time of year again! The sweet berries are ripening and the farms are beginning to open their fields for picking. I can't wait to take the boys and pick fresh strawberries!

Last year, we picked thirty pounds of strawberries. I made several delicious cobblers and tarts.Over the next few months, I hope to fill the freezer with berries of all kinds, peaches, plums, and more.

Here are some of the local favorites! If you know of any other farms in your area, please let me know, I'd love to post them.

McPeaks Orchards ~ Opening around April 17th this year. Be sure to call! You may pick them or purchase pre-picked. Also available are cabbages, broccoli, potatoes, and other produce. They will have peaches, plums, black & raspberries, onions, and honey later this season. McPeaks is located on US 271 between Gilmer and Pittsburgh. They are open from 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday and from 10am to 3 pm on Saturday. (903) 856-2833

Efurds Orchards ~ While not currently open, they will be soon. You can find a variety of items at Efurds, like pecans, veggies, watermelons, figs, peaches, and strawberries. Their website is a wealth of information with their updated calendar, family recipes, and an online store. Efurds is located on US Hwy 271 three miles South of Pittsburgh. They are the first shed on the left. (866) 770-7936 or (903) 856-2253

Greer Farm ~ This working farm offers more than just produce for sale. Cabins rentals, cooking classes, and fine dining compliment Greer Farm nicely. I highly recommend visiting their website to discover the unique opportunities Greer Farm offers. Blackberries and blueberries should be ready in May. Located in Daingerfield, click here for directions from your locale. (903) 645-3232

Before you set out with children in tow, please call each farm or double check their calendar to ensure you can pick produce or to see if they have certain produce available. Let me know what you find!

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