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Its fun for everyone in the family at Blue Harvest's pick-your-own-farm in Covington, Louisiana. ©LouisianaNorthshore.com

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Blueberries ripen on the vine at Blue Harvest Farm in Covington, Louisiana. ©LouisianaNorthshore.com

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Blueberries are an abundant crop

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While Louisiana’s farmers markets are great spots for picking up fresh, locally grown fruits and veggies, so are our pick-your-own farms. 

A visit to a pick-your-own farm is a fun, family-friendly thing to do in Louisiana.  

Teach your kids about where their food really comes from, and savor the flavors of berries fresh off the vine.  

No matter what you’re picking, there are a few things to keep in mind for your visit. Always call the farm in advance to inquire about hours and make sure the produce is prime for picking. Some pick-your-own farms post updates on crops and farm conditions on their websites or Facebook pages. Also ask if baskets and other picking supplies are provided. 

Remember, you’re visiting a farm, so dress appropriately. Wear closed-toe shoes, loose clothing and a hat. Pack your sunscreen too. 

At the farm, ask the owners or workers for their picking tips. They can tell you how to select ripe fruit and how to store and freeze your harvest once you get home. They may even have some recipes to share.

Louisiana’s farms most often offer you-pick strawberries, blueberries and blackberries. Growing seasons for these berries vary throughout the state, but April is typically prime time for strawberries, with blueberries and blackberries following from May through mid-July.

Louisiana's Pick-Your-Own Farms to experience on your trip to Louisiana:  

Berry Sweet Orchards: Travel north of Baton Rouge to the town of Ethel, and you’ll find Louisiana’s first state-certified organic "you-pick” blueberry farm boasting more than 1,500 blueberry bushes that are 30 years old.

Hillcrest Blueberry Farm: At this large farm south of Gloster, you can pick blueberries and blackberries and select other berry items from the store located in their state-of-art processing facility.

Blue Harvest Farms: You’ll find Premier, Brightwell and Powder Blue blueberry varieties at this chemical-free farm in Covington.

Blahut Strawberry Farm: Pick a gallon of strawberries at Blahut in Holden, and then head to nearby Tickfaw State Park for a picnic. 

Landry-Poche Farms: This pick-your-own strawberry farm in Holden is home to the 2013 Strawberry Festival king.

Louisiana Herbs: Located on the historic Breston Plantation in Riverton, this herb farm grows a wide array of organic herbs. Take their Wine & Dine Plantation and Herb Farm Tour or purchase fresh cut herbs or live plants to enhance your recipes.

Liuzza Produce Farm: Take a guided wagon tour to see what’s growing on the Liuzza farm in Amite.  Depending on the season, you may have the opportunity to pick strawberries, squash, zucchini, cucumbers, tomatoes and more.  In the fall, choose a perfect carving pumpkin right off the vine. 

Mrs. Heather's Farms: In Albany, children can actually walk through the Strawberry Patch and pick their own strawberries to take home with them. When you come to the farm, you'll also get to enjoy all the fun activities that Mrs. Heather has set up for you!

3D Blueberry Farm: Just outside Franklinton, head to the 3D Blueberry farm to pick multiple varieties including Rabbiteye blueberries. They also have a variety of jams and syrups to take home.

Ridemore Blueberry Farm: In Covington (just a short drive from New Orleans) visit the Ridemore farm to pick blueberries, blackberries, figs and an assortment of veggies. Stay for a picnic in the shaded picnic area and visit the honey bees and other farm animals. 

While you are planning your farm experience, or after your fun visit to one of Louisiana's blueberry farms, try our recipe for Louisiana Blueberry Lemonade.

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