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Blackberry U-Pick Orchards in San Antonio area of Texas in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for blackberries that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have blackberries orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Remember to always check with the farm's own website or Facebook page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with the farm directly before you go! If I cannot reach them, I DON'T GO!

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Bandera County

  • Love Creek Orchards - apples, blackberries, figs, peaches, persimmons, Cider mill fresh apple cider made on the premises, U-pick and already picked, gift shop, concessions or refreshment stand, porta-potties are available, picnic area, face painting, pony rides, petting zoo, farm animals, birthday parties, school tours, events at your location (call for info)
    14024 State highway 16 North, Medina, TX 78055. Phone: 830-529-2202. Email: hutzler@lovecreekorchards.com. Open: Monday through Saturday from 9:30 TO 4:30 and Sunday 10:30 to 4:30 during picking season. Directions: 13 miles north of Bandera Texas on highway 16 North. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover.
    Love Creek Orchards Facebook page. . Alternate Phone: 210-215-1995. Fax: 830-589-2880. . Pick your own Apples begin in July through September Pick your own Blackberries begin in June through July Pick your own Figs begin in August through September; Persimmons Late Sept, Oct; Pick Your own Peaches begin in June Great Hill Country Pumpkin Patch is open to the public every Saturday, Sunday and Monday in October and open for school tours on every Thursday and Friday in October. opens seasonally for pick your own fruit. Usually we begin in April and May with fresh blackberries. July we offer fresh tree-ripened apples and in August we offer some of the sweetest figs in Texas. We also offer a great selection of persimmons in October. Check the web site for picking dates and times. As with all fresh fruit, we are dependent on Mother Nature. The best time to pick is when fruit is at their peak of ripeness. When you come to pick, we provide the containers for picking. Prices are generally based on current market prices at the time of picking. We have a picnic area near the orchard for you to enjoy a picnic lunch if you want to bring one or visit the Apple Store just up the road from the orchard and eat at the Patio Cafe The Patio cafe was listed among the Top 40 best Small Town Restaurants in Texas by Texas Monthly Magazine. No Entrance or Parking Fees! Pay for what you Pick!

Medina County

  • Love Creek Orchards - Apples, Blackberries, Grapes, Peaches, Seasonal Vegetables, Figs, Persimmons
    13558 Hwy 16 N, Bandera, TX . Phone: 830-589-2588. Email: adamsapples@lovecreekorchards.com. Open: pick your own blackberries anticipated to be mid to late May. Directions: Highway 16 between Bandera and Kerrville. . Click here for a map and directions. . Alternate phone: 800-449-0882. . Please call before coming. opens seasonally for pick your own fruit. Usually we begin in April and May with fresh blackberries. July we offer fresh tree-ripened apples and in August we offer some of the sweetest figs in Texas. We also offer a great selection of persimmons in September and October. Check the web site during for picking dates and times. As with all fresh fruit, we are dependent on Mother Nature. The best time to pick is when fruit is at their peak of ripeness. We will post picking times on the web site or you can call our orchard.

Wilson County

  • Green Country Farm - Uses natural growing practices, blackberries, prepicked produce, Blackberry Honey,
    1880 Cr 331, Floresville, TX 78114. Phone: 830-393-2788. Email: jay.pullin@gmail.com. Open: FRIDAY, SATURDAY and SUNDAY from 8am to 6pm; If these times are not convenient, call ahead and we will try to accommodate your schedule. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Green Country Farm . Crops are usually available in May, June, July. First Blackberries will be ripe at the end of May and last through July. We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. A children's maze will be available if weather conditions permit. Bring you and your family to enjoy the outdoors and hand pick your own basket of delicious berries. All vines are trellised for easy picking and the aisles are kept weed-free for easy walking. Containers of pre-picked berries are also available for purchase (picked daily - call ahead). Don't forget a long sleeve shirt for picking! harvests the finest in organic blackberries. One hundred percent organic, they have been grown free of harsh pesticides and chemicals, cared for with only natural ingredients to yield a healthy, sweet-tasting berry. Nestled in the sandhills of Floresville, TX, these blackberries are ripened to perfection in the late spring and early summer months of the year, May - July.

 

Blackberry

Blackberry Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

Wild blackberries for making jamBlackberries typically peak during June in the South of the U.S., and in July in the north and in Canada. Crops are ready at various times of the month depending on which part of the state you are located. In order to produce good local Blackberries, producers depend on ideal spring and early summer weather conditions. See this page for a list of blackberry festivals around the U.S.

Before you leave to go to the farm:

  1. Always call before you go to the farm - And when they are in season, a large turnout can pick a field clean before noon, so CALL first!
  2. Leave early.  On weekends, then fields may be picked clean by NOON!
     
  3. Most growers furnish picking containers designed for Blackberries, but they may charge you for them; be sure to call before you go to see if you need to bring containers.
    If you use your own containers, remember that heaping Blackberries more than 5 inches deep will bruise the lower berries. Plastic dishpans, metal oven pans with 3 inch tall sides and large pots make good containers. I like the Glad storage containers like the one at right.
  4. Bring something to drink and a few snacks; you'd be surprised how you can work up a thirst and appetite! And don't forget hats and sunscreen for the sun. Bugs usually aren't a problem, but some deet might be good to bring along if it has been rainy.

Tips on How to Pick Blackberries

  1. There are two types of blackberries to know about: thorny and thornless! Obviously, the thornless are easier to pick, but some people claim the thorny varieties are sweeter. With the thorny plants, you want to reach into the plant in the gaps, so you don't need to touch anything but the berry you're after, avoiding the thorns.
  2. A ripe blackberry is deep black with a plump, full feel. It will pull free from the plant with only a slight tug.  If the berry is red or purple, it's not ripe yet.
  3. Repeat these operations using both hands until each holds 3 or 4 berries. Unlike strawberries, blackberries are usually pretty tough, I dump mine into the bucket. Repeat the picking process with both hands.
  4. Don't overfill your containers or try to pack the berries down.

General Picking Tips

Whether you pick Blackberries from your garden or at a Pick-Your-Own farm, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  1. Pick only the berries that are fully black. Reach in between the stems to grab for hidden berries ready for harvest. Bend down and look up into the plant and you will find loads of berries that other people missed!
  2. Avoid placing the picked berries in the sunlight any longer than necessary. It is better to put them in the shade of a tree or shed than in the car trunk or on the car seat. Cool them as soon as possible after picking. Blackberries may be kept fresh in the refrigerator for up to a week, depending upon the initial quality of the berry. After a few days in storage, however, the fruit loses its bright color and fresh flavor and tends to shrivel.

When you get home

  1. blackberries, just pick from a pick your own farmDON'T wash the berries until you are ready to use them or freeze them.  Washing makes them more prone to spoiling.
  2. Pour them out into shallow pans and remove any mushed, soft or rotting berries
  3. Put a couple of days supply into the fridge, wash  off the others, drain them and freeze them up! (Unless you're going to make jam right away) Blackberries are less perishable than blueberries or strawberries, but refrigerate them as soon as possible after picking. Temperatures between 34 F and 38 F are best, but, be careful not to freeze the blackberries (while they are in the fridge)!
  4. Even under ideal conditions blackberries will only keep for a week in a refrigerator, so for best flavor and texture, use them as soon as possible after purchase

Blackberry Recipes, Freezing and Jam directions

  1. How to make Blackberry jam - It is VERY easy - especially with our free Blackberry jam directions - very easy!
  2. How to make Blackberry jelly
  3. How to freeze berries
  4. Blackberry syrup, make and can it! 
  5. Seedless blackberry pie!
  6. Blackberry Festivals: Where, When and More to Find an Blackberry Festival Near You this year:

Blackberry Facts and Tips

  • Black Raspberries, also known as "black caps" are a very healthy food; packed with anthocyanins!
  • The USDA says 1 cup of blackberries has about 62 calories.
  • 1 cup of blackberries, not packed down weighs about 140 grams.
  • Select plump, firm, fully blackberries. Unripe berries will not ripen once picked.
  • Ohio State University's Article Regarding Their Prevention of Cancer
  • Oregon Berry Black Raspberry Brochure
  • Blackberry tea was said to be a cure for dysentery during the Civil War. During outbreaks of dysentery, temporary truces were declared to allow both Union and Confederate soldiers to "go blackberrying" to forgage for blackberries to ward off the disease.
  • Blackberries were enjoyed by the ancient Greeks, who believed them to be a cure for diseases of the mouth and throat, as well as a preventative against many ailments, including gout.
  • The blackberry leaf was also used as an early hair dye, having been recommended by Culpeper, the English herbalist, to be boiled in a lye solution in order to "maketh the hair black".
  • Guide to blackberry varieties
  • Researchers have known for quite some time that berries contain antioxidants which help to fight cancer causing free radicals.  A study at the University of Ohio has found that blackberries are the most potent cancer fighting berries of them all, by nearly 40 percent!
  • U-pick Blackberry farms typically sell berries by the pound. A quart equals 1 and 1/2 pounds of fresh berries.
  • Do the math and be careful not to over-purchase as Blackberries quickly mold when left at room temperature, and only last a couple of days in the refrigerator.
  • You can easily freeze berries that you cannot use right away - just wash, cut the hulls off and pop them into a ziplock bag, removing as much air as possible.  Those vacuum food sealers REALLY do a good job of this! The berries will keep for many months frozen without air.
  • Want to go to a blackberry festival? See this page for a list!

 

 

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