Farms across Oklahoma are throwing open their gates and inviting visitors to enjoy bountiful harvests of ripe berries, sweet peaches, fresh vegetables and more. Return to the farm for a seasonal u-pick experience and delicious produce.
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There’s nothing quite like the rush of sweet juice that comes from the first bite of a freshly picked fruit or the heightened flavor of a vegetable straight from the farm. Oklahoma has plenty of places to make memories and get your fill of fresh produce including u-pick berry farms. Take advantage of food at its ripest and stock up on your favorite mouthwatering berries and more at the top u-pick farms we’ve outlined here.
South of Tulsa in the small town of Mounds, the Endicott family owns Endicott Farms. Head out on their perfectly spaced and well-maintained fields of blueberries and blackberries that make for beautiful scenery. With juicy blueberries available from mid to late June and blackberries from late June to early July, you’ll be able to make a unique blueberry pie or blackberry cobbler from the stash of nearly a dozen varieties you collect. Endicott Farms also has seasonal pecans perfect for a nutty topping.
Thunderbird Berry Farm in Broken Arrow is open from May through August offering a plethora of different types of produce ripe for the picking. Get your hands on some asparagus in April, sweet strawberries in May, plump blueberries in June and tart blackberries in July. Thunderbird Berry Farm is open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday morning, but feel free to stop by any other day as long as you have an appointment first.
The Poteau Scenic Bypass and Pleasant Valley Road make for a peaceful drive along country roads to Maple Creek Berry Farm in the small town of Poteau. Explore over two acres of blueberries that have been pristinely maintained since their debut in 2002. With over 2,000 blueberry plants to harvest, take a container provided by Maple Creek and fill up on different varieties of the juicy fruit by the quart on Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings throughout the growing season.
For a full farm and u-pick experience, take a trip away from the city and into the country by visiting Wild Things Farm in Pocola. Over the spring growing season, Wild Things offers delicious, huge u-pick strawberries. Don’t miss out on sinking your teeth into this ripe delicacy straight off the vine and the chance to pick up other fruit and vegetables including blackberries, blueberries, asparagus, cucumbers, herbs, eggplants, melons, squash, tomatoes and sweet corn.
Blackberry picking is safe for all ages at N40 Berries in Stillwater. With 800 thornless blackberry bushes, this family-friendly farm offers a prick-free u-pick experience from late May through summer. Simply choose from one of four ripened varieties, including Natchez, Ouachita, Osage and Apache blackberries, and bring home pounds of fruits produced right here in Oklahoma. After washing off your freshly picked berries, be sure to toss a few into a pie crust before freezing the rest to enjoy throughout the year.
Peach, nectarine and plum options are seemingly endless at Wind Drift Orchards in Harrah. Venture into Wind Drift Orchards East, and search 6,000 trees’ worth of plentiful peaches in 12 varieties like Cresthaven, Encore, Topaz, Sugar Giant and Summer Pearl. Over at Wind Drift Orchards West, besides 25 types of peaches, visitors will also find five kinds of nectarines and two styles of plums. Pick these plump fruits from mid-June through early September, and stock up on the seasonal fruits.
Guests can choose their own produce when they visit Canadian Valley Farms. Although some of the ripe vegetables and fruits are pre-picked, others remain on the vine or bush for personalized picking. At this farm in Lexington, visitors will find everything from okra and heirloom tomatoes to watermelon and strawberries. As an added bonus, in the fall, kids can select their very own pumpkin in the patch. With a constantly changing supply of seasonal fruits and vegetables available, this local farm provides healthy food for all throughout the year.
Berries are bountiful at Creekside Berry Farm. At this family-friendly farm in Red Oak, the kids are welcome to come on down and take their pick of ripe blueberries, strawberries and blackberries, direct from the thriving berry bushes. Since the berries are grown on land originally owned and cultivated by the Choctaw Nation for decades, the berries are bound to reach peak sweetness year after year. For a delicious, juicy bite of berries, look no further than this seasonal farm packed with strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and more.
Get your hands on a variety of ripe wine grapes thriving on the vine out west in Mustang. At Sand Stone Spring Vineyard, homegrown grapes are up for grabs for those who book a summer u-pick appointment in advance. Once the sugar content starts to increase, the wine grapes are well on their way toward prime picking condition. For those who have long dreamed of creating their own select bottles of wine, look no further than this western Oklahoma vineyard for a jumpstart on your newest hobby.
Safe, sweet eats are the specialty at Gibson Gardens, with pesticide and herbicide-free blackberries grown in thornless bushes. Come on down to enjoy the fresh air and singing birds while stocking up on delicious summer blackberries, and treat yourself to a rocking chair break after hours spent picking. Other seasonal u-pick options include scrumptious strawberries, as well as heirloom and beefsteak tomatoes. No matter the season, head to this Bixby farm for organic, locally grown produce.
Here are some tips and tricks for getting the most out of your u-pick experience in Oklahoma.
Many u-pick farms have early hours, and it’s best to get out when the Oklahoma sun is greeting you instead of at its peak in the middle of the day. The berries and fruit are freshest then, and you’ll also get first dibs for being an early bird.
Bring a shallow container for picking so the weight of the berries on top won’t crush the ones on the bottom. Some places provide picking containers and take home bags, so call ahead to double check. If you’re driving quite a ways to get to a farm, a cooler will help your produce stay at its freshest on the ride home.
The right attire is essential to remaining comfortable while picking berries. Don’t forget to wear long sleeves, pants and a hat. Bug spray and sunscreen are also good ideas as well as gardening gloves. Document your trip with a few snap shots on your digital camera too. Expert tip: Stretch out your back, legs and arms before picking to keep from cramping up while bending over.
Read up on canning, making jam, freezing techniques or recipes for the produce you’re going to pick in order to get the most out of your produce while it’s at its peak.
Follow the farms’ rules on where to pick, how much to pick and when. If u-pick is by appointment, be sure to call ahead. Most importantly, if you need help or have questions don’t be shy. The owners will be able to answer all of your questions on ripeness, growing seasons and so much more.