Once you taste a handpicked fruit, there’s no going back. With friendly prices and bursting flavors, it’ll be hard to go back to store-bought apples and berries. Plus, you can’t replace the experience of picking your own.
Luckily, there are places where you can get your fruity fill, even some near Global Discovery Vacations destinations! Here are some of our favorite places to go fruit picking.
No state produces more blueberries than Washington. Yielding 96.1 million pounds of blueberries per year, you can find blueberry farms at almost every turn. Lynden is no exception, with numerous patches for picking anything you can think of: apples, pumpkins, saskatoons, blackberries and blueberries, of course. When you are so close to the coast, the land can grow an amazing array of fruits and vegetables.
Hood River County, Oregon
The Hood River Fruit Loop offers 35 miles of pure air, glowing scenery and, of course, plenty of fruit. This fertile valley offers several U-Pick farms, such as the Gorge White House and Packer Farm Place, for raspberries, blueberries, blackberries and more. In between stops, you can find alpaca and lavender farms, as well as some remarkable wineries. This area more than lives up to its name.
There’s a reason Florida has so much orange imagery. Outside of Orlando is the Showcase of Citrus, a U-Pick farm showcasing – you guessed it – citrus. Aside from several types of oranges, you’ll find grapefruit, tangerines, lemons and limes. Nearby Southern Hill Farms features blueberry picking, as Florida is one of the top blueberry producers on the east coast.
We’ve covered the coasts, so let’s see what the Midwest is growing. The Persimmon Hill Farm outside of Branson near Table Rock Lake is the area’s go-to berry picking area, along with a restaurant providing farm-to-table dining options, berry specialties and homegrown shiitake mushroom dishes.
Come fall, the northeast is a treasure trove of apples. When you’re visiting Loon Mountain, you have two options to pick your own while enjoying the fall foliage: Windy Ridge Orchard and Hatches Orchard. Windy Ridge also has blueberries and pumpkin patches.
Picking season is a fun and rewarding way to spend time with family, but growing season varies by fruit and destination. Make sure to contact the farm beforehand to make sure you’ll have plenty to pick! If you want to find more places to go picking near you, you can find a comprehensive U-Pick Farms list on PickYourOwn.farm.
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