We all love Fresh Fruits and Veggies, and it doesn’t get more fresh than picking your own!
Here in Alabama, we have a wonderful moderate Spring season that you should enjoy to the fullest! Get the kids and get out! A fun and unique activity is to go to a you-pick-your-own farm. You get fresh air, the kids get a new activity that won’t bore them, it can be educational, and it can yield some yummy foods for dinner that night! A lot of the farms aren’t open until June, but there are some that start in April with fresh strawberries, YUM! Strawberries have a very brief season; and they start in early April here in the South, if you can sneak away in the next few weeks, you’ll have a better selection for picking!
The warm winter means strawberries will be EARLY this year! Move the dates ahead by 2 – 3 weeks on the crop calendar for strawberries. See your state’s crop availability calendar for more specific dates of upcoming crops.
If you’ve never been picking, here are a few things you might want to take with you:
- We always bring snacks, hand towels or disposable wipes and plenty of liquids to drink.
- Include containers for picking and for carrying the fruit home (smaller containers are better for children’s smaller hands), Some farms provide them, but usually for a fee.
- Dress in old/play clothes and shoes; you want to be comfortable and not worried about staining or tearing your clothes! If the ground is wet, it will really ruin any nice shoes, we always avoid Flip Flops.
- Hats to help protect you from the sun. Don’t forget the sunscreen!
Alabama U-Pick Farms and Orchards
Huntsville and Northern Alabama
Birmingham, Tuscaloosa and Central Alabama
Montgomery and Southeastern Alabama
Mobile and Southwestern Alabama
*Tip: It’s always best to call before you get in the car and drive all the way out there. A lot of these are small family run farms and sometimes things come up.