Tuesday, April 28, 2009


When I was a kid I remember going to my great-grandma's house for visits. Like most kids, great-grandma's house was not the most fun place to go....it was actually quite boring. Two things stick out in my memory from trips to her house: 1. She always thought it was funny to sneak up on you and start "counting your ribs." I think she was trying to tickle, but honestly it hurt really bad. Those were not tears of laughter, they were tears and screams of pain. 2. There was a dried up pond at the back of her property that my dad would always walk us down to pick wild blackberries. They grew everywhere (or so I thought), and I had the hardest time not eating every single one I picked.

I love the idea of growing your own fruit and vegetables, but not all of us have the knack to be a successful farmer. For those of us who were born without a green thumb or those who don't have space for a garden there are farmers who grow delicious fruits and vegetables, and graciously allow us (idiots) to pick their harvest for them!

There are picking farms all over the U.S. Here is a great site to find the ones closest to you! Berry picking season is usually May-July, so start planning your trip to the farm now!

Here are a few more great farms to check out:
Home Sweet Farm- grows over 100 varieties of vegetables and herbs.
Yonder Way Farm- specializing in grass-fed beef, pastured pork, free-range eggs, and pastured poultry.
Chappell Hill Lavender Farm- cut your own fresh lavender, or visit the gift shop for pre-picked and packaged culinary lavender and bath products.

8 comments:

Paige said...

Can we go pick berries together when I get back from Peru? I promise I won't poke you in the ribs...

Carly said...

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lori said...

thanks for posting that link. im excited to see all the blackberry and blueberry farms in and around houston! im going to have to see if i can get my mom to take me for my birthday. haha (hopefully its all still ripe)
have i told you how much i love your stories? i think my favorite is still when you and paige sold toris poems on the side of the road. haha! thats great!:)

Tori said...

this is definitely field trip worthy... i'm with paige lets plan this one after the peru trip!

Haley said...

I have added berry picking to the list of field trips. Consider it planned!! (Now, someone just needs to give me my car back, so I can get my rubber boots out of the trunk... gotta prepare for those snakes in the tall grasses!)

Paige said...

You are ridiculous! I will get you stupid boots and your sunglasses before I come home next week!! haha

Haley said...

Thanks! Haha

Sophie said...

Congrats on the award. Your great grandma sounds really funny :). I've gone berry picking once, went to pick blueberries last year, I think. I loved it!

That's a great pic, like the vintage feel :).