Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Dallas area of Texas in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for blueberries that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have blueberries 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!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Fannin County

  • Walkers Blueberries - - No pesticides are used, blueberries, porta-potties are available
    2933 FM 274, Ravenna, TX 75476. Phone: 915-204-1346. Email: ahwalker@outlook.com. Open: By appointment only on most Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; Always call the evening before your appointment to confirm availability. Directions: From the Dallas area, take highway 121 to Bonham, TX, and stay on highway 121 until it intersects with highway 78 N. Follow highway 78 north about 8 miles until you see the green sign to Mulberry. Turn left \(west\) on FM 274 S and go about 3 12 miles until you see on the left the small white sign with blue letters at 2933 FM 274. Turn left and go about 14 mile down the dirt road where the blueberries will be on the left. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. Walkers Blueberries . From the Dallas area, take highway 121 to Bonham, TX, and stay on highway 121 until it intersects with highway 78 N. Follow highway 78 north about 8 miles until you see the green sign to Mulberry. Turn left (west) on FM 274 S and go about 3 1/2 miles until you see on the left the small white sign with blue letters at 2933 FM 274. Turn left and go about 1/4 mile down the dirt road where the blueberries will be on the left. We do not use pesticides on the crops. As of July 25, 2014, the blueberry season has ended. The patch should reopen around the second week of June 2015.

Grayson County

  • Bloomer's Garden & Wildflower Farm - Uses natural growing practices, blackberries, blueberries, sunflowers, zinnias, flowers, herbs or spices, gift shop, restrooms, picnic area, picnic area you may bring your own food, farm animals
    905 Crawford Road, Sadler, TX 76264. Phone: (903) 564-5206. Email: lbloomer89@gmail.com. Open: ting June 8, 2021 - Open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 am to 1 pm. Directions: From Dallas- Take highway 75 north to Sherman, exit highway 82 west. Travel west 13 miles and exit Sadler Exit. Go north 4 miles and take a left on Crawford Road We are the last house on the right. Blackberries- small crop this year- Mid June through late June Blueberries- small crop this year- Mid June- late June Sunflowers- earlymid June- July Zinnias- earlymid June-July. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover.
    Bloomer's Garden & Wildflower Farm Facebook page. . From Dallas- Take highway 75 north to Sherman, exit highway 82 west. Travel west 13 miles and exit Sadler Exit. Go north 4 miles and take a left on Crawford Road We are the last house on the right. Blackberries- small crop this year- Mid June through late June Blueberries- small crop this year- Mid June- late June Sunflowers- early/mid June- July Zinnias- early/mid June-July. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. We also have handmade teas, soaps, candles and more in the gift shop. (formerly Wild Berry Farm) (UPDATED: May 26, 2022) (UPDATED: May 16, 2022)

Hunt County

  • TAMUC Twin Oaks Blueberry Farm - blueberries, restrooms
    2965 highway 24, Campbell, TX 75422. Phone: 903-886-5100. Email: blueberry@tamuc.edu. Open: Thursday to Saturday from 7am to 12 noon; We will post on Facebook with information regarding picking opportunities when the blueberries are ready. Directions: Taking exit 101 on I30, Twin Oaks is five miles north on Highway 50 on the right side of the road. From Commerce, the farm is 4 miles south on Highway 50 on the left side. Look for the sign. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
    TAMUC Twin Oaks Blueberry Farm Facebook page. . AKA, Texas A&M University-Commerce Twin Oaks Blueberry Farm.

Rockwall County

  • Blackland Berry Farm - No pesticides are used, blackberries, blueberries, concessions or refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area
    230 Jones Road, Royse City, TX 75189. Phone: . Open: Please see our Facebook page as picking times and days vary based on fruit availability, typically June through early August, but conditions vary from year to year. Directions: We are located south of I-30 and east of 205 in unincorporated Royse City, TX. We do not use pesticides on the . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Venmo, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
  • Blase Family Farm - Uses natural growing practices, blueberries, pumpkins, concessions or refreshment stand, porta-potties are available, picnic area, picnic area you may bring your own food, birthday parties, school tours, group reservations
    1232 East Fork Drive, Rockwall, TX 75087. Phone: 972-772-3645. Email: jill@blasefamilyfarm.com. Open: Please visit our web site for dates and times as they can vary. Directions: From Route 66: North on N. Lakeshore Drive 1 mile. Turn right on East Fork Drive \(formally N. Alamo\) just before the entrance to The Shores From 205: East Fork Drive \(formally N. Alamo\) is located off 205, slightly south of Rockwall\'s YMCA and American National Bank Travel West .7 miles from 205. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
    Blase Family Farm Facebook page. . From Route 66: North on N. Lakeshore Drive 1 mile. Turn right on East Fork Drive (formally N. Alamo) just before the entrance to The Shores From 205: East Fork Drive (formally N. Alamo) is located off 205, slightly south of Rockwall's YMCA and American National Bank Travel West .7 miles from 205. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. Pick-your-own blueberries, usually from the end of May until the beginning of July, and a pumpkin patch during October. Field Trips, Weddings Pumpkin Patch Pick-Your-Own Blueberries Seasonal Petting Zoo Seasonal Hay Ride. (UPDATED: March 1, 2021 JBS) (UPDATED: April 12, 2018)

 

Blueberry

Blueberry Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

Blueberries are one of the easiest fruit to prepare and serve. There's no peeling, pitting, coring or cutting. They have few natural pests, (other than birds), so pesticides are generally unnecessary! This year's crop is fantastic (see related news story), thanks both to the weather and to more farms planting more blueberry bushes due to increased consumer demand over the past few years as more studies proclaim the anti-oxidant and other health properties of blueberries.

Click here to find a local Blueberry Festival (usually held between April and July).

If you are looking for information about a similar berry, the saskatoon (also called the June berry or Serviceberry) see this page about saskatoons.

Picking tips:

Select plump, full blueberries with a light gray-blue color. A berry with any hint of red isn't fully ripened.

Ripening AFTER picking?

First, it is key to know that once picked, blueberries will NOT become any sweeter, nor will the flavor improve. The only change that occurs is the color. They will APPEAR to ripen, but it is only a color change, from white to green to rose to red to pale blue to fully blue. So, white and green colored blueberries will not "ripen" after they are picked; while blueberries that have already turned purple, red or blue-ish usually DO change color after they are picked (if they are kept at room temperature to "ripen").

As the blueberries ripen ON THE BUSH, the flavor goes from tastless to bitter to tasteless tart to tart blueberry flavor to sweet blueberry flavor.

Grocery stores sell blueberries that are tart, not sweet because they had them picked unripe by machine so they are very firm and can handled being bumped around in shipping. They may look good, but are not as tasty as those picked when actually ripe.

So, the key is, PICK ONLY RIPE BERRIES!

How to pick blueberries

Since blueberries hang on the bushes in bunches a but like grapes do, the easiest and fastest way to pick them is hold your bucket under them in one hand and with your other hand, cup a ripe bunch and gently rub them with your fingers. The ripe berries will drop into your bucket, while the unripe ones will remain attached to the bush.

When the bushes are at peak, I can easily pick 2 gallons per hour (if I'm not being distracted by the kids and the sun isn't too hot!). A newbie might do 1 gallon per hour.and at the beginning or end of the season it takes more time as the berries are not as plentiful nor concentrated in clusters.

Tips for storing blueberries after harvesting:

  • Once picked, don't place the berries, still warm from the sun, in a closed bag or container. Leave the container open so moisture doesn't form in the container.
  • Don't wash berries until just before using, to prevent berries from becoming mushy.
  • Chill berries soon after picking to increase shelf life. Store your fresh blueberries in the refrigerator as soon as you get them home, without washing them, in a covered bowl or storage container. If refrigerated, fresh-picked blueberries will keep 10 to 14 days.
  • Freeze berries in freezer containers without washing to keep the skins from toughening. Place berries one layer deep. Freeze, then pour the frozen berries into freezer containers. Because unwashed blueberries freeze individually, they can be easily poured from containers in desired amounts. Remember both frozen and fresh berries should be rinsed and drained just before serving. Just before using, wash the berries in cold water.

Blueberry Measurements and Conversions

Keep in mind that blueberries vary considerably in density and moisture content, so these ranges are approximates.

  • 1 gallon of blueberries weighs about 7.5 lbs or (4 liters of blueberries is about 3.5 kg)

  • 1 pint of fresh blueberries weights about 3/4 of a pound. (1 liter of blueberries is about 700 grams)

  • 1 pound of fresh blueberries is usually between about 2 and 3 cups of berries.

  • It takes about 4 cups (about of blueberries to make a blueberry pie (see this fantastic and easy blueberry pie recipe)

  • A normal batch of blueberry preserves, jam or jelly requires 5 pints of berries.

  • Blueberries do come in a variety of sizes from small (190-250 berries per cup) to extra large (<90 berries per cup).

Blueberry Recipes, Canning and Freezing Blueberries

Recipes

Canning, freezing and other blueberry recipes:

Baking tips

If you have trouble with blueberries settling to the bottom of muffins and blueberry breads, try one or more of these tips:

  • Coat them with flour before adding to the batter. Just gently shake the blueberries in a bag (plastic or paper) with 1/2 cup of flour, then dump them mix in a sieve to remove excess flour.
  • It may just be that your batter is too thin. try making the batter a little thicker!
  • Fill the muffin cups or baking pan up to 1/4 full with batter (which hasn't had blueberries added to it yet); then stir the blueberries into the remaining batter, and continue to fill the muffin cups or bread pan. The blueberries will start off higher in the mix!

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)

Dallas area of Texas Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Dallas area of Texas in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for blueberries that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have blueberries 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!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Fannin County

  • Walkers Blueberries - - No pesticides are used blueberries, porta-potties are available
    2933 FM 274, Ravenna, TX 75476. Phone: 915-204-1346. Email: ahwalker@outlook.com. Open: By appointment only on most Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; Always call the evening before your appointment to confirm availability. Directions: From the Dallas area, take highway 121 to Bonham, TX, and stay on highway 121 until it intersects with highway 78 N. Follow highway 78 north about 8 miles until you see the green sign to Mulberry. Turn left \(west\) on FM 274 S and go about 3 12 miles until you see on the left the small white sign with blue letters at 2933 FM 274. Turn left and go about 14 mile down the dirt road where the blueberries will be on the left. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. Walkers Blueberries . From the Dallas area, take highway 121 to Bonham, TX, and stay on highway 121 until it intersects with highway 78 N. Follow highway 78 north about 8 miles until you see the green sign to Mulberry. Turn left (west) on FM 274 S and go about 3 1/2 miles until you see on the left the small white sign with blue letters at 2933 FM 274. Turn left and go about 1/4 mile down the dirt road where the blueberries will be on the left. We do not use pesticides on the crops. As of July 25, 2014, the blueberry season has ended. The patch should reopen around the second week of June 2015.

Grayson County

  • Bloomer's Garden & Wildflower Farm - Uses natural growing practices, blackberries, blueberries, sunflowers, zinnias, flowers, herbs or spices, gift shop, restrooms, picnic area, picnic area you may bring your own food, farm animals
    905 Crawford Road, Sadler, TX 76264. Phone: (903) 564-5206. Email: lbloomer89@gmail.com. Open: ting June 8, 2021 - Open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 am to 1 pm. Directions: From Dallas- Take highway 75 north to Sherman, exit highway 82 west. Travel west 13 miles and exit Sadler Exit. Go north 4 miles and take a left on Crawford Road We are the last house on the right. Blackberries- small crop this year- Mid June through late June Blueberries- small crop this year- Mid June- late June Sunflowers- earlymid June- July Zinnias- earlymid June-July. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover.
    Bloomer's Garden & Wildflower Farm Facebook page. . From Dallas- Take highway 75 north to Sherman, exit highway 82 west. Travel west 13 miles and exit Sadler Exit. Go north 4 miles and take a left on Crawford Road We are the last house on the right. Blackberries- small crop this year- Mid June through late June Blueberries- small crop this year- Mid June- late June Sunflowers- early/mid June- July Zinnias- early/mid June-July. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. We also have handmade teas, soaps, candles and more in the gift shop. (formerly Wild Berry Farm) (UPDATED: May 26, 2022) (UPDATED: May 16, 2022)

Hunt County

  • TAMUC Twin Oaks Blueberry Farm - blueberries, restrooms
    2965 highway 24, Campbell, TX 75422. Phone: 903-886-5100. Email: blueberry@tamuc.edu. Open: Thursday to Saturday from 7am to 12 noon; We will post on Facebook with information regarding picking opportunities when the blueberries are ready. Directions: Taking exit 101 on I30, Twin Oaks is five miles north on Highway 50 on the right side of the road. From Commerce, the farm is 4 miles south on Highway 50 on the left side. Look for the sign. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
    TAMUC Twin Oaks Blueberry Farm Facebook page. . AKA, Texas A&M University-Commerce Twin Oaks Blueberry Farm.

Rockwall County

  • Blackland Berry Farm - No pesticides are used blackberries, blueberries, concessions or refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area
    230 Jones Road, Royse City, TX 75189. Phone: . Open: Please see our Facebook page as picking times and days vary based on fruit availability, typically June through early August, but conditions vary from year to year. Directions: We are located south of I-30 and east of 205 in unincorporated Royse City, TX. We do not use pesticides on the . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Venmo, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
  • Blase Family Farm - Uses natural growing practices, blueberries, pumpkins, concessions or refreshment stand, porta-potties are available, picnic area, picnic area you may bring your own food, birthday parties, school tours, group reservations
    1232 East Fork Drive, Rockwall, TX 75087. Phone: 972-772-3645. Email: jill@blasefamilyfarm.com. Open: Please visit our web site for dates and times as they can vary. Directions: From Route 66: North on N. Lakeshore Drive 1 mile. Turn right on East Fork Drive \(formally N. Alamo\) just before the entrance to The Shores From 205: East Fork Drive \(formally N. Alamo\) is located off 205, slightly south of Rockwall\'s YMCA and American National Bank Travel West .7 miles from 205. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
    Blase Family Farm Facebook page. . From Route 66: North on N. Lakeshore Drive 1 mile. Turn right on East Fork Drive (formally N. Alamo) just before the entrance to The Shores From 205: East Fork Drive (formally N. Alamo) is located off 205, slightly south of Rockwall's YMCA and American National Bank Travel West .7 miles from 205. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. Pick-your-own blueberries, usually from the end of May until the beginning of July, and a pumpkin patch during October. Field Trips, Weddings Pumpkin Patch Pick-Your-Own Blueberries Seasonal Petting Zoo Seasonal Hay Ride. (UPDATED: March 1, 2021 JBS) (UPDATED: April 12, 2018)

 

Blueberry

Blueberry Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

Blueberries are one of the easiest fruit to prepare and serve. There's no peeling, pitting, coring or cutting. They have few natural pests, (other than birds), so pesticides are generally unnecessary! This year's crop is fantastic (see related news story), thanks both to the weather and to more farms planting more blueberry bushes due to increased consumer demand over the past few years as more studies proclaim the anti-oxidant and other health properties of blueberries.

Click here to find a local Blueberry Festival (usually held between April and July).

If you are looking for information about a similar berry, the saskatoon (also called the June berry or Serviceberry) see this page about saskatoons.

Picking tips:

Select plump, full blueberries with a light gray-blue color. A berry with any hint of red isn't fully ripened.

Ripening AFTER picking?

First, it is key to know that once picked, blueberries will NOT become any sweeter, nor will the flavor improve. The only change that occurs is the color. They will APPEAR to ripen, but it is only a color change, from white to green to rose to red to pale blue to fully blue. So, white and green colored blueberries will not "ripen" after they are picked; while blueberries that have already turned purple, red or blue-ish usually DO change color after they are picked (if they are kept at room temperature to "ripen").

As the blueberries ripen ON THE BUSH, the flavor goes from tastless to bitter to tasteless tart to tart blueberry flavor to sweet blueberry flavor.

Grocery stores sell blueberries that are tart, not sweet because they had them picked unripe by machine so they are very firm and can handled being bumped around in shipping. They may look good, but are not as tasty as those picked when actually ripe.

So, the key is, PICK ONLY RIPE BERRIES!

How to pick blueberries

Since blueberries hang on the bushes in bunches a but like grapes do, the easiest and fastest way to pick them is hold your bucket under them in one hand and with your other hand, cup a ripe bunch and gently rub them with your fingers. The ripe berries will drop into your bucket, while the unripe ones will remain attached to the bush.

When the bushes are at peak, I can easily pick 2 gallons per hour (if I'm not being distracted by the kids and the sun isn't too hot!). A newbie might do 1 gallon per hour.and at the beginning or end of the season it takes more time as the berries are not as plentiful nor concentrated in clusters.

Tips for storing blueberries after harvesting:

  • Once picked, don't place the berries, still warm from the sun, in a closed bag or container. Leave the container open so moisture doesn't form in the container.
  • Don't wash berries until just before using, to prevent berries from becoming mushy.
  • Chill berries soon after picking to increase shelf life. Store your fresh blueberries in the refrigerator as soon as you get them home, without washing them, in a covered bowl or storage container. If refrigerated, fresh-picked blueberries will keep 10 to 14 days.
  • Freeze berries in freezer containers without washing to keep the skins from toughening. Place berries one layer deep. Freeze, then pour the frozen berries into freezer containers. Because unwashed blueberries freeze individually, they can be easily poured from containers in desired amounts. Remember both frozen and fresh berries should be rinsed and drained just before serving. Just before using, wash the berries in cold water.

Blueberry Measurements and Conversions

Keep in mind that blueberries vary considerably in density and moisture content, so these ranges are approximates.

  • 1 gallon of blueberries weighs about 7.5 lbs or (4 liters of blueberries is about 3.5 kg)

  • 1 pint of fresh blueberries weights about 3/4 of a pound. (1 liter of blueberries is about 700 grams)

  • 1 pound of fresh blueberries is usually between about 2 and 3 cups of berries.

  • It takes about 4 cups (about of blueberries to make a blueberry pie (see this fantastic and easy blueberry pie recipe)

  • A normal batch of blueberry preserves, jam or jelly requires 5 pints of berries.

  • Blueberries do come in a variety of sizes from small (190-250 berries per cup) to extra large (<90 berries per cup).

Blueberry Recipes, Canning and Freezing Blueberries

Recipes

Canning, freezing and other blueberry recipes:

Baking tips

If you have trouble with blueberries settling to the bottom of muffins and blueberry breads, try one or more of these tips:

  • Coat them with flour before adding to the batter. Just gently shake the blueberries in a bag (plastic or paper) with 1/2 cup of flour, then dump them mix in a sieve to remove excess flour.
  • It may just be that your batter is too thin. try making the batter a little thicker!
  • Fill the muffin cups or baking pan up to 1/4 full with batter (which hasn't had blueberries added to it yet); then stir the blueberries into the remaining batter, and continue to fill the muffin cups or bread pan. The blueberries will start off higher in the mix!

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)

Dallas area of Texas Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Dallas area of Texas in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for blueberries that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have blueberries 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!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Fannin County

  • Walkers Blueberries - - No pesticides are used blueberries, porta-potties are available
    2933 FM 274, Ravenna, TX 75476. Phone: 915-204-1346. Email: ahwalker@outlook.com. Open: By appointment only on most Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; Always call the evening before your appointment to confirm availability. Directions: From the Dallas area, take highway 121 to Bonham, TX, and stay on highway 121 until it intersects with highway 78 N. Follow highway 78 north about 8 miles until you see the green sign to Mulberry. Turn left \(west\) on FM 274 S and go about 3 12 miles until you see on the left the small white sign with blue letters at 2933 FM 274. Turn left and go about 14 mile down the dirt road where the blueberries will be on the left. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. Walkers Blueberries . From the Dallas area, take highway 121 to Bonham, TX, and stay on highway 121 until it intersects with highway 78 N. Follow highway 78 north about 8 miles until you see the green sign to Mulberry. Turn left (west) on FM 274 S and go about 3 1/2 miles until you see on the left the small white sign with blue letters at 2933 FM 274. Turn left and go about 1/4 mile down the dirt road where the blueberries will be on the left. We do not use pesticides on the crops. As of July 25, 2014, the blueberry season has ended. The patch should reopen around the second week of June 2015.

Grayson County

  • Bloomer's Garden & Wildflower Farm - Uses natural growing practices, blackberries, blueberries, sunflowers, zinnias, flowers, herbs or spices, gift shop, restrooms, picnic area, picnic area you may bring your own food, farm animals
    905 Crawford Road, Sadler, TX 76264. Phone: (903) 564-5206. Email: lbloomer89@gmail.com. Open: ting June 8, 2021 - Open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 am to 1 pm. Directions: From Dallas- Take highway 75 north to Sherman, exit highway 82 west. Travel west 13 miles and exit Sadler Exit. Go north 4 miles and take a left on Crawford Road We are the last house on the right. Blackberries- small crop this year- Mid June through late June Blueberries- small crop this year- Mid June- late June Sunflowers- earlymid June- July Zinnias- earlymid June-July. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover.
    Bloomer's Garden & Wildflower Farm Facebook page. . From Dallas- Take highway 75 north to Sherman, exit highway 82 west. Travel west 13 miles and exit Sadler Exit. Go north 4 miles and take a left on Crawford Road We are the last house on the right. Blackberries- small crop this year- Mid June through late June Blueberries- small crop this year- Mid June- late June Sunflowers- early/mid June- July Zinnias- early/mid June-July. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. We also have handmade teas, soaps, candles and more in the gift shop. (formerly Wild Berry Farm) (UPDATED: May 26, 2022) (UPDATED: May 16, 2022)

Hunt County

  • TAMUC Twin Oaks Blueberry Farm - blueberries, restrooms
    2965 highway 24, Campbell, TX 75422. Phone: 903-886-5100. Email: blueberry@tamuc.edu. Open: Thursday to Saturday from 7am to 12 noon; We will post on Facebook with information regarding picking opportunities when the blueberries are ready. Directions: Taking exit 101 on I30, Twin Oaks is five miles north on Highway 50 on the right side of the road. From Commerce, the farm is 4 miles south on Highway 50 on the left side. Look for the sign. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
    TAMUC Twin Oaks Blueberry Farm Facebook page. . AKA, Texas A&M University-Commerce Twin Oaks Blueberry Farm.

Rockwall County

  • Blackland Berry Farm - No pesticides are used blackberries, blueberries, concessions or refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area
    230 Jones Road, Royse City, TX 75189. Phone: . Open: Please see our Facebook page as picking times and days vary based on fruit availability, typically June through early August, but conditions vary from year to year. Directions: We are located south of I-30 and east of 205 in unincorporated Royse City, TX. We do not use pesticides on the . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Venmo, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
  • Blase Family Farm - Uses natural growing practices, blueberries, pumpkins, concessions or refreshment stand, porta-potties are available, picnic area, picnic area you may bring your own food, birthday parties, school tours, group reservations
    1232 East Fork Drive, Rockwall, TX 75087. Phone: 972-772-3645. Email: jill@blasefamilyfarm.com. Open: Please visit our web site for dates and times as they can vary. Directions: From Route 66: North on N. Lakeshore Drive 1 mile. Turn right on East Fork Drive \(formally N. Alamo\) just before the entrance to The Shores From 205: East Fork Drive \(formally N. Alamo\) is located off 205, slightly south of Rockwall\'s YMCA and American National Bank Travel West .7 miles from 205. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
    Blase Family Farm Facebook page. . From Route 66: North on N. Lakeshore Drive 1 mile. Turn right on East Fork Drive (formally N. Alamo) just before the entrance to The Shores From 205: East Fork Drive (formally N. Alamo) is located off 205, slightly south of Rockwall's YMCA and American National Bank Travel West .7 miles from 205. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. Pick-your-own blueberries, usually from the end of May until the beginning of July, and a pumpkin patch during October. Field Trips, Weddings Pumpkin Patch Pick-Your-Own Blueberries Seasonal Petting Zoo Seasonal Hay Ride. (UPDATED: March 1, 2021 JBS) (UPDATED: April 12, 2018)

 

Blueberry

Blueberry Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

Blueberries are one of the easiest fruit to prepare and serve. There's no peeling, pitting, coring or cutting. They have few natural pests, (other than birds), so pesticides are generally unnecessary! This year's crop is fantastic (see related news story), thanks both to the weather and to more farms planting more blueberry bushes due to increased consumer demand over the past few years as more studies proclaim the anti-oxidant and other health properties of blueberries.

Click here to find a local Blueberry Festival (usually held between April and July).

If you are looking for information about a similar berry, the saskatoon (also called the June berry or Serviceberry) see this page about saskatoons.

Picking tips:

Select plump, full blueberries with a light gray-blue color. A berry with any hint of red isn't fully ripened.

Ripening AFTER picking?

First, it is key to know that once picked, blueberries will NOT become any sweeter, nor will the flavor improve. The only change that occurs is the color. They will APPEAR to ripen, but it is only a color change, from white to green to rose to red to pale blue to fully blue. So, white and green colored blueberries will not "ripen" after they are picked; while blueberries that have already turned purple, red or blue-ish usually DO change color after they are picked (if they are kept at room temperature to "ripen").

As the blueberries ripen ON THE BUSH, the flavor goes from tastless to bitter to tasteless tart to tart blueberry flavor to sweet blueberry flavor.

Grocery stores sell blueberries that are tart, not sweet because they had them picked unripe by machine so they are very firm and can handled being bumped around in shipping. They may look good, but are not as tasty as those picked when actually ripe.

So, the key is, PICK ONLY RIPE BERRIES!

How to pick blueberries

Since blueberries hang on the bushes in bunches a but like grapes do, the easiest and fastest way to pick them is hold your bucket under them in one hand and with your other hand, cup a ripe bunch and gently rub them with your fingers. The ripe berries will drop into your bucket, while the unripe ones will remain attached to the bush.

When the bushes are at peak, I can easily pick 2 gallons per hour (if I'm not being distracted by the kids and the sun isn't too hot!). A newbie might do 1 gallon per hour.and at the beginning or end of the season it takes more time as the berries are not as plentiful nor concentrated in clusters.

Tips for storing blueberries after harvesting:

  • Once picked, don't place the berries, still warm from the sun, in a closed bag or container. Leave the container open so moisture doesn't form in the container.
  • Don't wash berries until just before using, to prevent berries from becoming mushy.
  • Chill berries soon after picking to increase shelf life. Store your fresh blueberries in the refrigerator as soon as you get them home, without washing them, in a covered bowl or storage container. If refrigerated, fresh-picked blueberries will keep 10 to 14 days.
  • Freeze berries in freezer containers without washing to keep the skins from toughening. Place berries one layer deep. Freeze, then pour the frozen berries into freezer containers. Because unwashed blueberries freeze individually, they can be easily poured from containers in desired amounts. Remember both frozen and fresh berries should be rinsed and drained just before serving. Just before using, wash the berries in cold water.

Blueberry Measurements and Conversions

Keep in mind that blueberries vary considerably in density and moisture content, so these ranges are approximates.

  • 1 gallon of blueberries weighs about 7.5 lbs or (4 liters of blueberries is about 3.5 kg)

  • 1 pint of fresh blueberries weights about 3/4 of a pound. (1 liter of blueberries is about 700 grams)

  • 1 pound of fresh blueberries is usually between about 2 and 3 cups of berries.

  • It takes about 4 cups (about of blueberries to make a blueberry pie (see this fantastic and easy blueberry pie recipe)

  • A normal batch of blueberry preserves, jam or jelly requires 5 pints of berries.

  • Blueberries do come in a variety of sizes from small (190-250 berries per cup) to extra large (<90 berries per cup).

Blueberry Recipes, Canning and Freezing Blueberries

Recipes

Canning, freezing and other blueberry recipes:

Baking tips

If you have trouble with blueberries settling to the bottom of muffins and blueberry breads, try one or more of these tips:

  • Coat them with flour before adding to the batter. Just gently shake the blueberries in a bag (plastic or paper) with 1/2 cup of flour, then dump them mix in a sieve to remove excess flour.
  • It may just be that your batter is too thin. try making the batter a little thicker!
  • Fill the muffin cups or baking pan up to 1/4 full with batter (which hasn't had blueberries added to it yet); then stir the blueberries into the remaining batter, and continue to fill the muffin cups or bread pan. The blueberries will start off higher in the mix!

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)

Dallas area of Texas Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Dallas area of Texas in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for blueberries that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have blueberries 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!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Fannin County

  • Walkers Blueberries - - No pesticides are used blueberries, porta-potties are available
    2933 FM 274, Ravenna, TX 75476. Phone: 915-204-1346. Email: ahwalker@outlook.com. Open: By appointment only on most Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; Always call the evening before your appointment to confirm availability. Directions: From the Dallas area, take highway 121 to Bonham, TX, and stay on highway 121 until it intersects with highway 78 N. Follow highway 78 north about 8 miles until you see the green sign to Mulberry. Turn left \(west\) on FM 274 S and go about 3 12 miles until you see on the left the small white sign with blue letters at 2933 FM 274. Turn left and go about 14 mile down the dirt road where the blueberries will be on the left. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. Walkers Blueberries . From the Dallas area, take highway 121 to Bonham, TX, and stay on highway 121 until it intersects with highway 78 N. Follow highway 78 north about 8 miles until you see the green sign to Mulberry. Turn left (west) on FM 274 S and go about 3 1/2 miles until you see on the left the small white sign with blue letters at 2933 FM 274. Turn left and go about 1/4 mile down the dirt road where the blueberries will be on the left. We do not use pesticides on the crops. As of July 25, 2014, the blueberry season has ended. The patch should reopen around the second week of June 2015.

Grayson County

  • Bloomer's Garden & Wildflower Farm - Uses natural growing practices, blackberries, blueberries, sunflowers, zinnias, flowers, herbs or spices, gift shop, restrooms, picnic area, picnic area you may bring your own food, farm animals
    905 Crawford Road, Sadler, TX 76264. Phone: (903) 564-5206. Email: lbloomer89@gmail.com. Open: ting June 8, 2021 - Open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 am to 1 pm. Directions: From Dallas- Take highway 75 north to Sherman, exit highway 82 west. Travel west 13 miles and exit Sadler Exit. Go north 4 miles and take a left on Crawford Road We are the last house on the right. Blackberries- small crop this year- Mid June through late June Blueberries- small crop this year- Mid June- late June Sunflowers- earlymid June- July Zinnias- earlymid June-July. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover.
    Bloomer's Garden & Wildflower Farm Facebook page. . From Dallas- Take highway 75 north to Sherman, exit highway 82 west. Travel west 13 miles and exit Sadler Exit. Go north 4 miles and take a left on Crawford Road We are the last house on the right. Blackberries- small crop this year- Mid June through late June Blueberries- small crop this year- Mid June- late June Sunflowers- early/mid June- July Zinnias- early/mid June-July. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. We also have handmade teas, soaps, candles and more in the gift shop. (formerly Wild Berry Farm) (UPDATED: May 26, 2022) (UPDATED: May 16, 2022)

Hunt County

  • TAMUC Twin Oaks Blueberry Farm - blueberries, restrooms
    2965 highway 24, Campbell, TX 75422. Phone: 903-886-5100. Email: blueberry@tamuc.edu. Open: Thursday to Saturday from 7am to 12 noon; We will post on Facebook with information regarding picking opportunities when the blueberries are ready. Directions: Taking exit 101 on I30, Twin Oaks is five miles north on Highway 50 on the right side of the road. From Commerce, the farm is 4 miles south on Highway 50 on the left side. Look for the sign. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
    TAMUC Twin Oaks Blueberry Farm Facebook page. . AKA, Texas A&M University-Commerce Twin Oaks Blueberry Farm.

Rockwall County

  • Blackland Berry Farm - No pesticides are used blackberries, blueberries, concessions or refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area
    230 Jones Road, Royse City, TX 75189. Phone: . Open: Please see our Facebook page as picking times and days vary based on fruit availability, typically June through early August, but conditions vary from year to year. Directions: We are located south of I-30 and east of 205 in unincorporated Royse City, TX. We do not use pesticides on the . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Venmo, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
  • Blase Family Farm - Uses natural growing practices, blueberries, pumpkins, concessions or refreshment stand, porta-potties are available, picnic area, picnic area you may bring your own food, birthday parties, school tours, group reservations
    1232 East Fork Drive, Rockwall, TX 75087. Phone: 972-772-3645. Email: jill@blasefamilyfarm.com. Open: Please visit our web site for dates and times as they can vary. Directions: From Route 66: North on N. Lakeshore Drive 1 mile. Turn right on East Fork Drive \(formally N. Alamo\) just before the entrance to The Shores From 205: East Fork Drive \(formally N. Alamo\) is located off 205, slightly south of Rockwall\'s YMCA and American National Bank Travel West .7 miles from 205. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
    Blase Family Farm Facebook page. . From Route 66: North on N. Lakeshore Drive 1 mile. Turn right on East Fork Drive (formally N. Alamo) just before the entrance to The Shores From 205: East Fork Drive (formally N. Alamo) is located off 205, slightly south of Rockwall's YMCA and American National Bank Travel West .7 miles from 205. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. Pick-your-own blueberries, usually from the end of May until the beginning of July, and a pumpkin patch during October. Field Trips, Weddings Pumpkin Patch Pick-Your-Own Blueberries Seasonal Petting Zoo Seasonal Hay Ride. (UPDATED: March 1, 2021 JBS) (UPDATED: April 12, 2018)

 

Blueberry

Blueberry Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

Blueberries are one of the easiest fruit to prepare and serve. There's no peeling, pitting, coring or cutting. They have few natural pests, (other than birds), so pesticides are generally unnecessary! This year's crop is fantastic (see related news story), thanks both to the weather and to more farms planting more blueberry bushes due to increased consumer demand over the past few years as more studies proclaim the anti-oxidant and other health properties of blueberries.

Click here to find a local Blueberry Festival (usually held between April and July).

If you are looking for information about a similar berry, the saskatoon (also called the June berry or Serviceberry) see this page about saskatoons.

Picking tips:

Select plump, full blueberries with a light gray-blue color. A berry with any hint of red isn't fully ripened.

Ripening AFTER picking?

First, it is key to know that once picked, blueberries will NOT become any sweeter, nor will the flavor improve. The only change that occurs is the color. They will APPEAR to ripen, but it is only a color change, from white to green to rose to red to pale blue to fully blue. So, white and green colored blueberries will not "ripen" after they are picked; while blueberries that have already turned purple, red or blue-ish usually DO change color after they are picked (if they are kept at room temperature to "ripen").

As the blueberries ripen ON THE BUSH, the flavor goes from tastless to bitter to tasteless tart to tart blueberry flavor to sweet blueberry flavor.

Grocery stores sell blueberries that are tart, not sweet because they had them picked unripe by machine so they are very firm and can handled being bumped around in shipping. They may look good, but are not as tasty as those picked when actually ripe.

So, the key is, PICK ONLY RIPE BERRIES!

How to pick blueberries

Since blueberries hang on the bushes in bunches a but like grapes do, the easiest and fastest way to pick them is hold your bucket under them in one hand and with your other hand, cup a ripe bunch and gently rub them with your fingers. The ripe berries will drop into your bucket, while the unripe ones will remain attached to the bush.

When the bushes are at peak, I can easily pick 2 gallons per hour (if I'm not being distracted by the kids and the sun isn't too hot!). A newbie might do 1 gallon per hour.and at the beginning or end of the season it takes more time as the berries are not as plentiful nor concentrated in clusters.

Tips for storing blueberries after harvesting:

  • Once picked, don't place the berries, still warm from the sun, in a closed bag or container. Leave the container open so moisture doesn't form in the container.
  • Don't wash berries until just before using, to prevent berries from becoming mushy.
  • Chill berries soon after picking to increase shelf life. Store your fresh blueberries in the refrigerator as soon as you get them home, without washing them, in a covered bowl or storage container. If refrigerated, fresh-picked blueberries will keep 10 to 14 days.
  • Freeze berries in freezer containers without washing to keep the skins from toughening. Place berries one layer deep. Freeze, then pour the frozen berries into freezer containers. Because unwashed blueberries freeze individually, they can be easily poured from containers in desired amounts. Remember both frozen and fresh berries should be rinsed and drained just before serving. Just before using, wash the berries in cold water.

Blueberry Measurements and Conversions

Keep in mind that blueberries vary considerably in density and moisture content, so these ranges are approximates.

  • 1 gallon of blueberries weighs about 7.5 lbs or (4 liters of blueberries is about 3.5 kg)

  • 1 pint of fresh blueberries weights about 3/4 of a pound. (1 liter of blueberries is about 700 grams)

  • 1 pound of fresh blueberries is usually between about 2 and 3 cups of berries.

  • It takes about 4 cups (about of blueberries to make a blueberry pie (see this fantastic and easy blueberry pie recipe)

  • A normal batch of blueberry preserves, jam or jelly requires 5 pints of berries.

  • Blueberries do come in a variety of sizes from small (190-250 berries per cup) to extra large (<90 berries per cup).

Blueberry Recipes, Canning and Freezing Blueberries

Recipes

Canning, freezing and other blueberry recipes:

Baking tips

If you have trouble with blueberries settling to the bottom of muffins and blueberry breads, try one or more of these tips:

  • Coat them with flour before adding to the batter. Just gently shake the blueberries in a bag (plastic or paper) with 1/2 cup of flour, then dump them mix in a sieve to remove excess flour.
  • It may just be that your batter is too thin. try making the batter a little thicker!
  • Fill the muffin cups or baking pan up to 1/4 full with batter (which hasn't had blueberries added to it yet); then stir the blueberries into the remaining batter, and continue to fill the muffin cups or bread pan. The blueberries will start off higher in the mix!

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)

Dallas area of Texas Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Dallas area of Texas in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for blueberries that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have blueberries 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!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Fannin County

  • Walkers Blueberries - - No pesticides are used blueberries, porta-potties are available
    2933 FM 274, Ravenna, TX 75476. Phone: 915-204-1346. Email: ahwalker@outlook.com. Open: By appointment only on most Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; Always call the evening before your appointment to confirm availability. Directions: From the Dallas area, take highway 121 to Bonham, TX, and stay on highway 121 until it intersects with highway 78 N. Follow highway 78 north about 8 miles until you see the green sign to Mulberry. Turn left \(west\) on FM 274 S and go about 3 12 miles until you see on the left the small white sign with blue letters at 2933 FM 274. Turn left and go about 14 mile down the dirt road where the blueberries will be on the left. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. Walkers Blueberries . From the Dallas area, take highway 121 to Bonham, TX, and stay on highway 121 until it intersects with highway 78 N. Follow highway 78 north about 8 miles until you see the green sign to Mulberry. Turn left (west) on FM 274 S and go about 3 1/2 miles until you see on the left the small white sign with blue letters at 2933 FM 274. Turn left and go about 1/4 mile down the dirt road where the blueberries will be on the left. We do not use pesticides on the crops. As of July 25, 2014, the blueberry season has ended. The patch should reopen around the second week of June 2015.

Grayson County

  • Bloomer's Garden & Wildflower Farm - Uses natural growing practices, blackberries, blueberries, sunflowers, zinnias, flowers, herbs or spices, gift shop, restrooms, picnic area, picnic area you may bring your own food, farm animals
    905 Crawford Road, Sadler, TX 76264. Phone: (903) 564-5206. Email: lbloomer89@gmail.com. Open: ting June 8, 2021 - Open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 am to 1 pm. Directions: From Dallas- Take highway 75 north to Sherman, exit highway 82 west. Travel west 13 miles and exit Sadler Exit. Go north 4 miles and take a left on Crawford Road We are the last house on the right. Blackberries- small crop this year- Mid June through late June Blueberries- small crop this year- Mid June- late June Sunflowers- earlymid June- July Zinnias- earlymid June-July. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover.
    Bloomer's Garden & Wildflower Farm Facebook page. . From Dallas- Take highway 75 north to Sherman, exit highway 82 west. Travel west 13 miles and exit Sadler Exit. Go north 4 miles and take a left on Crawford Road We are the last house on the right. Blackberries- small crop this year- Mid June through late June Blueberries- small crop this year- Mid June- late June Sunflowers- early/mid June- July Zinnias- early/mid June-July. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. We also have handmade teas, soaps, candles and more in the gift shop. (formerly Wild Berry Farm) (UPDATED: May 26, 2022) (UPDATED: May 16, 2022)

Hunt County

  • TAMUC Twin Oaks Blueberry Farm - blueberries, restrooms
    2965 highway 24, Campbell, TX 75422. Phone: 903-886-5100. Email: blueberry@tamuc.edu. Open: Thursday to Saturday from 7am to 12 noon; We will post on Facebook with information regarding picking opportunities when the blueberries are ready. Directions: Taking exit 101 on I30, Twin Oaks is five miles north on Highway 50 on the right side of the road. From Commerce, the farm is 4 miles south on Highway 50 on the left side. Look for the sign. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
    TAMUC Twin Oaks Blueberry Farm Facebook page. . AKA, Texas A&M University-Commerce Twin Oaks Blueberry Farm.

Rockwall County

  • Blackland Berry Farm - No pesticides are used blackberries, blueberries, concessions or refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area
    230 Jones Road, Royse City, TX 75189. Phone: . Open: Please see our Facebook page as picking times and days vary based on fruit availability, typically June through early August, but conditions vary from year to year. Directions: We are located south of I-30 and east of 205 in unincorporated Royse City, TX. We do not use pesticides on the . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Venmo, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
  • Blase Family Farm - Uses natural growing practices, blueberries, pumpkins, concessions or refreshment stand, porta-potties are available, picnic area, picnic area you may bring your own food, birthday parties, school tours, group reservations
    1232 East Fork Drive, Rockwall, TX 75087. Phone: 972-772-3645. Email: jill@blasefamilyfarm.com. Open: Please visit our web site for dates and times as they can vary. Directions: From Route 66: North on N. Lakeshore Drive 1 mile. Turn right on East Fork Drive \(formally N. Alamo\) just before the entrance to The Shores From 205: East Fork Drive \(formally N. Alamo\) is located off 205, slightly south of Rockwall\'s YMCA and American National Bank Travel West .7 miles from 205. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
    Blase Family Farm Facebook page. . From Route 66: North on N. Lakeshore Drive 1 mile. Turn right on East Fork Drive (formally N. Alamo) just before the entrance to The Shores From 205: East Fork Drive (formally N. Alamo) is located off 205, slightly south of Rockwall's YMCA and American National Bank Travel West .7 miles from 205. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. Pick-your-own blueberries, usually from the end of May until the beginning of July, and a pumpkin patch during October. Field Trips, Weddings Pumpkin Patch Pick-Your-Own Blueberries Seasonal Petting Zoo Seasonal Hay Ride. (UPDATED: March 1, 2021 JBS) (UPDATED: April 12, 2018)

 

Blueberry

Blueberry Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

Blueberries are one of the easiest fruit to prepare and serve. There's no peeling, pitting, coring or cutting. They have few natural pests, (other than birds), so pesticides are generally unnecessary! This year's crop is fantastic (see related news story), thanks both to the weather and to more farms planting more blueberry bushes due to increased consumer demand over the past few years as more studies proclaim the anti-oxidant and other health properties of blueberries.

Click here to find a local Blueberry Festival (usually held between April and July).

If you are looking for information about a similar berry, the saskatoon (also called the June berry or Serviceberry) see this page about saskatoons.

Picking tips:

Select plump, full blueberries with a light gray-blue color. A berry with any hint of red isn't fully ripened.

Ripening AFTER picking?

First, it is key to know that once picked, blueberries will NOT become any sweeter, nor will the flavor improve. The only change that occurs is the color. They will APPEAR to ripen, but it is only a color change, from white to green to rose to red to pale blue to fully blue. So, white and green colored blueberries will not "ripen" after they are picked; while blueberries that have already turned purple, red or blue-ish usually DO change color after they are picked (if they are kept at room temperature to "ripen").

As the blueberries ripen ON THE BUSH, the flavor goes from tastless to bitter to tasteless tart to tart blueberry flavor to sweet blueberry flavor.

Grocery stores sell blueberries that are tart, not sweet because they had them picked unripe by machine so they are very firm and can handled being bumped around in shipping. They may look good, but are not as tasty as those picked when actually ripe.

So, the key is, PICK ONLY RIPE BERRIES!

How to pick blueberries

Since blueberries hang on the bushes in bunches a but like grapes do, the easiest and fastest way to pick them is hold your bucket under them in one hand and with your other hand, cup a ripe bunch and gently rub them with your fingers. The ripe berries will drop into your bucket, while the unripe ones will remain attached to the bush.

When the bushes are at peak, I can easily pick 2 gallons per hour (if I'm not being distracted by the kids and the sun isn't too hot!). A newbie might do 1 gallon per hour.and at the beginning or end of the season it takes more time as the berries are not as plentiful nor concentrated in clusters.

Tips for storing blueberries after harvesting:

  • Once picked, don't place the berries, still warm from the sun, in a closed bag or container. Leave the container open so moisture doesn't form in the container.
  • Don't wash berries until just before using, to prevent berries from becoming mushy.
  • Chill berries soon after picking to increase shelf life. Store your fresh blueberries in the refrigerator as soon as you get them home, without washing them, in a covered bowl or storage container. If refrigerated, fresh-picked blueberries will keep 10 to 14 days.
  • Freeze berries in freezer containers without washing to keep the skins from toughening. Place berries one layer deep. Freeze, then pour the frozen berries into freezer containers. Because unwashed blueberries freeze individually, they can be easily poured from containers in desired amounts. Remember both frozen and fresh berries should be rinsed and drained just before serving. Just before using, wash the berries in cold water.

Blueberry Measurements and Conversions

Keep in mind that blueberries vary considerably in density and moisture content, so these ranges are approximates.

  • 1 gallon of blueberries weighs about 7.5 lbs or (4 liters of blueberries is about 3.5 kg)

  • 1 pint of fresh blueberries weights about 3/4 of a pound. (1 liter of blueberries is about 700 grams)

  • 1 pound of fresh blueberries is usually between about 2 and 3 cups of berries.

  • It takes about 4 cups (about of blueberries to make a blueberry pie (see this fantastic and easy blueberry pie recipe)

  • A normal batch of blueberry preserves, jam or jelly requires 5 pints of berries.

  • Blueberries do come in a variety of sizes from small (190-250 berries per cup) to extra large (<90 berries per cup).

Blueberry Recipes, Canning and Freezing Blueberries

Recipes

Canning, freezing and other blueberry recipes:

Baking tips

If you have trouble with blueberries settling to the bottom of muffins and blueberry breads, try one or more of these tips:

  • Coat them with flour before adding to the batter. Just gently shake the blueberries in a bag (plastic or paper) with 1/2 cup of flour, then dump them mix in a sieve to remove excess flour.
  • It may just be that your batter is too thin. try making the batter a little thicker!
  • Fill the muffin cups or baking pan up to 1/4 full with batter (which hasn't had blueberries added to it yet); then stir the blueberries into the remaining batter, and continue to fill the muffin cups or bread pan. The blueberries will start off higher in the mix!

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)

Dallas area of Texas Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Dallas area of Texas in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for blueberries that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have blueberries 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!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Fannin County

  • Walkers Blueberries - - No pesticides are used blueberries, porta-potties are available
    2933 FM 274, Ravenna, TX 75476. Phone: 915-204-1346. Email: ahwalker@outlook.com. Open: By appointment only on most Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; Always call the evening before your appointment to confirm availability. Directions: From the Dallas area, take highway 121 to Bonham, TX, and stay on highway 121 until it intersects with highway 78 N. Follow highway 78 north about 8 miles until you see the green sign to Mulberry. Turn left \(west\) on FM 274 S and go about 3 12 miles until you see on the left the small white sign with blue letters at 2933 FM 274. Turn left and go about 14 mile down the dirt road where the blueberries will be on the left. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. Walkers Blueberries . From the Dallas area, take highway 121 to Bonham, TX, and stay on highway 121 until it intersects with highway 78 N. Follow highway 78 north about 8 miles until you see the green sign to Mulberry. Turn left (west) on FM 274 S and go about 3 1/2 miles until you see on the left the small white sign with blue letters at 2933 FM 274. Turn left and go about 1/4 mile down the dirt road where the blueberries will be on the left. We do not use pesticides on the crops. As of July 25, 2014, the blueberry season has ended. The patch should reopen around the second week of June 2015.

Grayson County

  • Bloomer's Garden & Wildflower Farm - Uses natural growing practices, blackberries, blueberries, sunflowers, zinnias, flowers, herbs or spices, gift shop, restrooms, picnic area, picnic area you may bring your own food, farm animals
    905 Crawford Road, Sadler, TX 76264. Phone: (903) 564-5206. Email: lbloomer89@gmail.com. Open: ting June 8, 2021 - Open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 am to 1 pm. Directions: From Dallas- Take highway 75 north to Sherman, exit highway 82 west. Travel west 13 miles and exit Sadler Exit. Go north 4 miles and take a left on Crawford Road We are the last house on the right. Blackberries- small crop this year- Mid June through late June Blueberries- small crop this year- Mid June- late June Sunflowers- earlymid June- July Zinnias- earlymid June-July. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover.
    Bloomer's Garden & Wildflower Farm Facebook page. . From Dallas- Take highway 75 north to Sherman, exit highway 82 west. Travel west 13 miles and exit Sadler Exit. Go north 4 miles and take a left on Crawford Road We are the last house on the right. Blackberries- small crop this year- Mid June through late June Blueberries- small crop this year- Mid June- late June Sunflowers- early/mid June- July Zinnias- early/mid June-July. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. We also have handmade teas, soaps, candles and more in the gift shop. (formerly Wild Berry Farm) (UPDATED: May 26, 2022) (UPDATED: May 16, 2022)

Hunt County

  • TAMUC Twin Oaks Blueberry Farm - blueberries, restrooms
    2965 highway 24, Campbell, TX 75422. Phone: 903-886-5100. Email: blueberry@tamuc.edu. Open: Thursday to Saturday from 7am to 12 noon; We will post on Facebook with information regarding picking opportunities when the blueberries are ready. Directions: Taking exit 101 on I30, Twin Oaks is five miles north on Highway 50 on the right side of the road. From Commerce, the farm is 4 miles south on Highway 50 on the left side. Look for the sign. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
    TAMUC Twin Oaks Blueberry Farm Facebook page. . AKA, Texas A&M University-Commerce Twin Oaks Blueberry Farm.

Rockwall County

  • Blackland Berry Farm - No pesticides are used blackberries, blueberries, concessions or refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area
    230 Jones Road, Royse City, TX 75189. Phone: . Open: Please see our Facebook page as picking times and days vary based on fruit availability, typically June through early August, but conditions vary from year to year. Directions: We are located south of I-30 and east of 205 in unincorporated Royse City, TX. We do not use pesticides on the . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Venmo, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
  • Blase Family Farm - Uses natural growing practices, blueberries, pumpkins, concessions or refreshment stand, porta-potties are available, picnic area, picnic area you may bring your own food, birthday parties, school tours, group reservations
    1232 East Fork Drive, Rockwall, TX 75087. Phone: 972-772-3645. Email: jill@blasefamilyfarm.com. Open: Please visit our web site for dates and times as they can vary. Directions: From Route 66: North on N. Lakeshore Drive 1 mile. Turn right on East Fork Drive \(formally N. Alamo\) just before the entrance to The Shores From 205: East Fork Drive \(formally N. Alamo\) is located off 205, slightly south of Rockwall\'s YMCA and American National Bank Travel West .7 miles from 205. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
    Blase Family Farm Facebook page. . From Route 66: North on N. Lakeshore Drive 1 mile. Turn right on East Fork Drive (formally N. Alamo) just before the entrance to The Shores From 205: East Fork Drive (formally N. Alamo) is located off 205, slightly south of Rockwall's YMCA and American National Bank Travel West .7 miles from 205. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. Pick-your-own blueberries, usually from the end of May until the beginning of July, and a pumpkin patch during October. Field Trips, Weddings Pumpkin Patch Pick-Your-Own Blueberries Seasonal Petting Zoo Seasonal Hay Ride. (UPDATED: March 1, 2021 JBS) (UPDATED: April 12, 2018)

 

Blueberry

Blueberry Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

Blueberries are one of the easiest fruit to prepare and serve. There's no peeling, pitting, coring or cutting. They have few natural pests, (other than birds), so pesticides are generally unnecessary! This year's crop is fantastic (see related news story), thanks both to the weather and to more farms planting more blueberry bushes due to increased consumer demand over the past few years as more studies proclaim the anti-oxidant and other health properties of blueberries.

Click here to find a local Blueberry Festival (usually held between April and July).

If you are looking for information about a similar berry, the saskatoon (also called the June berry or Serviceberry) see this page about saskatoons.

Picking tips:

Select plump, full blueberries with a light gray-blue color. A berry with any hint of red isn't fully ripened.

Ripening AFTER picking?

First, it is key to know that once picked, blueberries will NOT become any sweeter, nor will the flavor improve. The only change that occurs is the color. They will APPEAR to ripen, but it is only a color change, from white to green to rose to red to pale blue to fully blue. So, white and green colored blueberries will not "ripen" after they are picked; while blueberries that have already turned purple, red or blue-ish usually DO change color after they are picked (if they are kept at room temperature to "ripen").

As the blueberries ripen ON THE BUSH, the flavor goes from tastless to bitter to tasteless tart to tart blueberry flavor to sweet blueberry flavor.

Grocery stores sell blueberries that are tart, not sweet because they had them picked unripe by machine so they are very firm and can handled being bumped around in shipping. They may look good, but are not as tasty as those picked when actually ripe.

So, the key is, PICK ONLY RIPE BERRIES!

How to pick blueberries

Since blueberries hang on the bushes in bunches a but like grapes do, the easiest and fastest way to pick them is hold your bucket under them in one hand and with your other hand, cup a ripe bunch and gently rub them with your fingers. The ripe berries will drop into your bucket, while the unripe ones will remain attached to the bush.

When the bushes are at peak, I can easily pick 2 gallons per hour (if I'm not being distracted by the kids and the sun isn't too hot!). A newbie might do 1 gallon per hour.and at the beginning or end of the season it takes more time as the berries are not as plentiful nor concentrated in clusters.

Tips for storing blueberries after harvesting:

  • Once picked, don't place the berries, still warm from the sun, in a closed bag or container. Leave the container open so moisture doesn't form in the container.
  • Don't wash berries until just before using, to prevent berries from becoming mushy.
  • Chill berries soon after picking to increase shelf life. Store your fresh blueberries in the refrigerator as soon as you get them home, without washing them, in a covered bowl or storage container. If refrigerated, fresh-picked blueberries will keep 10 to 14 days.
  • Freeze berries in freezer containers without washing to keep the skins from toughening. Place berries one layer deep. Freeze, then pour the frozen berries into freezer containers. Because unwashed blueberries freeze individually, they can be easily poured from containers in desired amounts. Remember both frozen and fresh berries should be rinsed and drained just before serving. Just before using, wash the berries in cold water.

Blueberry Measurements and Conversions

Keep in mind that blueberries vary considerably in density and moisture content, so these ranges are approximates.

  • 1 gallon of blueberries weighs about 7.5 lbs or (4 liters of blueberries is about 3.5 kg)

  • 1 pint of fresh blueberries weights about 3/4 of a pound. (1 liter of blueberries is about 700 grams)

  • 1 pound of fresh blueberries is usually between about 2 and 3 cups of berries.

  • It takes about 4 cups (about of blueberries to make a blueberry pie (see this fantastic and easy blueberry pie recipe)

  • A normal batch of blueberry preserves, jam or jelly requires 5 pints of berries.

  • Blueberries do come in a variety of sizes from small (190-250 berries per cup) to extra large (<90 berries per cup).

Blueberry Recipes, Canning and Freezing Blueberries

Recipes

Canning, freezing and other blueberry recipes:

Baking tips

If you have trouble with blueberries settling to the bottom of muffins and blueberry breads, try one or more of these tips:

  • Coat them with flour before adding to the batter. Just gently shake the blueberries in a bag (plastic or paper) with 1/2 cup of flour, then dump them mix in a sieve to remove excess flour.
  • It may just be that your batter is too thin. try making the batter a little thicker!
  • Fill the muffin cups or baking pan up to 1/4 full with batter (which hasn't had blueberries added to it yet); then stir the blueberries into the remaining batter, and continue to fill the muffin cups or bread pan. The blueberries will start off higher in the mix!

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)

Dallas area of Texas Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Dallas area of Texas in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for blueberries that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have blueberries 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!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Fannin County

  • Walkers Blueberries - - No pesticides are used blueberries, porta-potties are available
    2933 FM 274, Ravenna, TX 75476. Phone: 915-204-1346. Email: ahwalker@outlook.com. Open: By appointment only on most Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; Always call the evening before your appointment to confirm availability. Directions: From the Dallas area, take highway 121 to Bonham, TX, and stay on highway 121 until it intersects with highway 78 N. Follow highway 78 north about 8 miles until you see the green sign to Mulberry. Turn left \(west\) on FM 274 S and go about 3 12 miles until you see on the left the small white sign with blue letters at 2933 FM 274. Turn left and go about 14 mile down the dirt road where the blueberries will be on the left. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. Walkers Blueberries . From the Dallas area, take highway 121 to Bonham, TX, and stay on highway 121 until it intersects with highway 78 N. Follow highway 78 north about 8 miles until you see the green sign to Mulberry. Turn left (west) on FM 274 S and go about 3 1/2 miles until you see on the left the small white sign with blue letters at 2933 FM 274. Turn left and go about 1/4 mile down the dirt road where the blueberries will be on the left. We do not use pesticides on the crops. As of July 25, 2014, the blueberry season has ended. The patch should reopen around the second week of June 2015.

Grayson County

  • Bloomer's Garden & Wildflower Farm - Uses natural growing practices, blackberries, blueberries, sunflowers, zinnias, flowers, herbs or spices, gift shop, restrooms, picnic area, picnic area you may bring your own food, farm animals
    905 Crawford Road, Sadler, TX 76264. Phone: (903) 564-5206. Email: lbloomer89@gmail.com. Open: ting June 8, 2021 - Open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 am to 1 pm. Directions: From Dallas- Take highway 75 north to Sherman, exit highway 82 west. Travel west 13 miles and exit Sadler Exit. Go north 4 miles and take a left on Crawford Road We are the last house on the right. Blackberries- small crop this year- Mid June through late June Blueberries- small crop this year- Mid June- late June Sunflowers- earlymid June- July Zinnias- earlymid June-July. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover.
    Bloomer's Garden & Wildflower Farm Facebook page. . From Dallas- Take highway 75 north to Sherman, exit highway 82 west. Travel west 13 miles and exit Sadler Exit. Go north 4 miles and take a left on Crawford Road We are the last house on the right. Blackberries- small crop this year- Mid June through late June Blueberries- small crop this year- Mid June- late June Sunflowers- early/mid June- July Zinnias- early/mid June-July. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. We also have handmade teas, soaps, candles and more in the gift shop. (formerly Wild Berry Farm) (UPDATED: May 26, 2022) (UPDATED: May 16, 2022)

Hunt County

  • TAMUC Twin Oaks Blueberry Farm - blueberries, restrooms
    2965 highway 24, Campbell, TX 75422. Phone: 903-886-5100. Email: blueberry@tamuc.edu. Open: Thursday to Saturday from 7am to 12 noon; We will post on Facebook with information regarding picking opportunities when the blueberries are ready. Directions: Taking exit 101 on I30, Twin Oaks is five miles north on Highway 50 on the right side of the road. From Commerce, the farm is 4 miles south on Highway 50 on the left side. Look for the sign. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
    TAMUC Twin Oaks Blueberry Farm Facebook page. . AKA, Texas A&M University-Commerce Twin Oaks Blueberry Farm.

Rockwall County

  • Blackland Berry Farm - No pesticides are used blackberries, blueberries, concessions or refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area
    230 Jones Road, Royse City, TX 75189. Phone: . Open: Please see our Facebook page as picking times and days vary based on fruit availability, typically June through early August, but conditions vary from year to year. Directions: We are located south of I-30 and east of 205 in unincorporated Royse City, TX. We do not use pesticides on the . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Venmo, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
  • Blase Family Farm - Uses natural growing practices, blueberries, pumpkins, concessions or refreshment stand, porta-potties are available, picnic area, picnic area you may bring your own food, birthday parties, school tours, group reservations
    1232 East Fork Drive, Rockwall, TX 75087. Phone: 972-772-3645. Email: jill@blasefamilyfarm.com. Open: Please visit our web site for dates and times as they can vary. Directions: From Route 66: North on N. Lakeshore Drive 1 mile. Turn right on East Fork Drive \(formally N. Alamo\) just before the entrance to The Shores From 205: East Fork Drive \(formally N. Alamo\) is located off 205, slightly south of Rockwall\'s YMCA and American National Bank Travel West .7 miles from 205. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
    Blase Family Farm Facebook page. . From Route 66: North on N. Lakeshore Drive 1 mile. Turn right on East Fork Drive (formally N. Alamo) just before the entrance to The Shores From 205: East Fork Drive (formally N. Alamo) is located off 205, slightly south of Rockwall's YMCA and American National Bank Travel West .7 miles from 205. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. Pick-your-own blueberries, usually from the end of May until the beginning of July, and a pumpkin patch during October. Field Trips, Weddings Pumpkin Patch Pick-Your-Own Blueberries Seasonal Petting Zoo Seasonal Hay Ride. (UPDATED: March 1, 2021 JBS) (UPDATED: April 12, 2018)

 

Blueberry

Blueberry Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

Blueberries are one of the easiest fruit to prepare and serve. There's no peeling, pitting, coring or cutting. They have few natural pests, (other than birds), so pesticides are generally unnecessary! This year's crop is fantastic (see related news story), thanks both to the weather and to more farms planting more blueberry bushes due to increased consumer demand over the past few years as more studies proclaim the anti-oxidant and other health properties of blueberries.

Click here to find a local Blueberry Festival (usually held between April and July).

If you are looking for information about a similar berry, the saskatoon (also called the June berry or Serviceberry) see this page about saskatoons.

Picking tips:

Select plump, full blueberries with a light gray-blue color. A berry with any hint of red isn't fully ripened.

Ripening AFTER picking?

First, it is key to know that once picked, blueberries will NOT become any sweeter, nor will the flavor improve. The only change that occurs is the color. They will APPEAR to ripen, but it is only a color change, from white to green to rose to red to pale blue to fully blue. So, white and green colored blueberries will not "ripen" after they are picked; while blueberries that have already turned purple, red or blue-ish usually DO change color after they are picked (if they are kept at room temperature to "ripen").

As the blueberries ripen ON THE BUSH, the flavor goes from tastless to bitter to tasteless tart to tart blueberry flavor to sweet blueberry flavor.

Grocery stores sell blueberries that are tart, not sweet because they had them picked unripe by machine so they are very firm and can handled being bumped around in shipping. They may look good, but are not as tasty as those picked when actually ripe.

So, the key is, PICK ONLY RIPE BERRIES!

How to pick blueberries

Since blueberries hang on the bushes in bunches a but like grapes do, the easiest and fastest way to pick them is hold your bucket under them in one hand and with your other hand, cup a ripe bunch and gently rub them with your fingers. The ripe berries will drop into your bucket, while the unripe ones will remain attached to the bush.

When the bushes are at peak, I can easily pick 2 gallons per hour (if I'm not being distracted by the kids and the sun isn't too hot!). A newbie might do 1 gallon per hour.and at the beginning or end of the season it takes more time as the berries are not as plentiful nor concentrated in clusters.

Tips for storing blueberries after harvesting:

  • Once picked, don't place the berries, still warm from the sun, in a closed bag or container. Leave the container open so moisture doesn't form in the container.
  • Don't wash berries until just before using, to prevent berries from becoming mushy.
  • Chill berries soon after picking to increase shelf life. Store your fresh blueberries in the refrigerator as soon as you get them home, without washing them, in a covered bowl or storage container. If refrigerated, fresh-picked blueberries will keep 10 to 14 days.
  • Freeze berries in freezer containers without washing to keep the skins from toughening. Place berries one layer deep. Freeze, then pour the frozen berries into freezer containers. Because unwashed blueberries freeze individually, they can be easily poured from containers in desired amounts. Remember both frozen and fresh berries should be rinsed and drained just before serving. Just before using, wash the berries in cold water.

Blueberry Measurements and Conversions

Keep in mind that blueberries vary considerably in density and moisture content, so these ranges are approximates.

  • 1 gallon of blueberries weighs about 7.5 lbs or (4 liters of blueberries is about 3.5 kg)

  • 1 pint of fresh blueberries weights about 3/4 of a pound. (1 liter of blueberries is about 700 grams)

  • 1 pound of fresh blueberries is usually between about 2 and 3 cups of berries.

  • It takes about 4 cups (about of blueberries to make a blueberry pie (see this fantastic and easy blueberry pie recipe)

  • A normal batch of blueberry preserves, jam or jelly requires 5 pints of berries.

  • Blueberries do come in a variety of sizes from small (190-250 berries per cup) to extra large (<90 berries per cup).

Blueberry Recipes, Canning and Freezing Blueberries

Recipes

Canning, freezing and other blueberry recipes:

Baking tips

If you have trouble with blueberries settling to the bottom of muffins and blueberry breads, try one or more of these tips:

  • Coat them with flour before adding to the batter. Just gently shake the blueberries in a bag (plastic or paper) with 1/2 cup of flour, then dump them mix in a sieve to remove excess flour.
  • It may just be that your batter is too thin. try making the batter a little thicker!
  • Fill the muffin cups or baking pan up to 1/4 full with batter (which hasn't had blueberries added to it yet); then stir the blueberries into the remaining batter, and continue to fill the muffin cups or bread pan. The blueberries will start off higher in the mix!

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)

Dallas area of Texas Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Dallas area of Texas in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for blueberries that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have blueberries 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!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Fannin County

  • Walkers Blueberries - - No pesticides are used blueberries, porta-potties are available
    2933 FM 274, Ravenna, TX 75476. Phone: 915-204-1346. Email: ahwalker@outlook.com. Open: By appointment only on most Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; Always call the evening before your appointment to confirm availability. Directions: From the Dallas area, take highway 121 to Bonham, TX, and stay on highway 121 until it intersects with highway 78 N. Follow highway 78 north about 8 miles until you see the green sign to Mulberry. Turn left \(west\) on FM 274 S and go about 3 12 miles until you see on the left the small white sign with blue letters at 2933 FM 274. Turn left and go about 14 mile down the dirt road where the blueberries will be on the left. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. Walkers Blueberries . From the Dallas area, take highway 121 to Bonham, TX, and stay on highway 121 until it intersects with highway 78 N. Follow highway 78 north about 8 miles until you see the green sign to Mulberry. Turn left (west) on FM 274 S and go about 3 1/2 miles until you see on the left the small white sign with blue letters at 2933 FM 274. Turn left and go about 1/4 mile down the dirt road where the blueberries will be on the left. We do not use pesticides on the crops. As of July 25, 2014, the blueberry season has ended. The patch should reopen around the second week of June 2015.

Grayson County

  • Bloomer's Garden & Wildflower Farm - Uses natural growing practices, blackberries, blueberries, sunflowers, zinnias, flowers, herbs or spices, gift shop, restrooms, picnic area, picnic area you may bring your own food, farm animals
    905 Crawford Road, Sadler, TX 76264. Phone: (903) 564-5206. Email: lbloomer89@gmail.com. Open: ting June 8, 2021 - Open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 am to 1 pm. Directions: From Dallas- Take highway 75 north to Sherman, exit highway 82 west. Travel west 13 miles and exit Sadler Exit. Go north 4 miles and take a left on Crawford Road We are the last house on the right. Blackberries- small crop this year- Mid June through late June Blueberries- small crop this year- Mid June- late June Sunflowers- earlymid June- July Zinnias- earlymid June-July. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover.
    Bloomer's Garden & Wildflower Farm Facebook page. . From Dallas- Take highway 75 north to Sherman, exit highway 82 west. Travel west 13 miles and exit Sadler Exit. Go north 4 miles and take a left on Crawford Road We are the last house on the right. Blackberries- small crop this year- Mid June through late June Blueberries- small crop this year- Mid June- late June Sunflowers- early/mid June- July Zinnias- early/mid June-July. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. We also have handmade teas, soaps, candles and more in the gift shop. (formerly Wild Berry Farm) (UPDATED: May 26, 2022) (UPDATED: May 16, 2022)

Hunt County

  • TAMUC Twin Oaks Blueberry Farm - blueberries, restrooms
    2965 highway 24, Campbell, TX 75422. Phone: 903-886-5100. Email: blueberry@tamuc.edu. Open: Thursday to Saturday from 7am to 12 noon; We will post on Facebook with information regarding picking opportunities when the blueberries are ready. Directions: Taking exit 101 on I30, Twin Oaks is five miles north on Highway 50 on the right side of the road. From Commerce, the farm is 4 miles south on Highway 50 on the left side. Look for the sign. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
    TAMUC Twin Oaks Blueberry Farm Facebook page. . AKA, Texas A&M University-Commerce Twin Oaks Blueberry Farm.

Rockwall County

  • Blackland Berry Farm - No pesticides are used blackberries, blueberries, concessions or refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area
    230 Jones Road, Royse City, TX 75189. Phone: . Open: Please see our Facebook page as picking times and days vary based on fruit availability, typically June through early August, but conditions vary from year to year. Directions: We are located south of I-30 and east of 205 in unincorporated Royse City, TX. We do not use pesticides on the . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Venmo, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
  • Blase Family Farm - Uses natural growing practices, blueberries, pumpkins, concessions or refreshment stand, porta-potties are available, picnic area, picnic area you may bring your own food, birthday parties, school tours, group reservations
    1232 East Fork Drive, Rockwall, TX 75087. Phone: 972-772-3645. Email: jill@blasefamilyfarm.com. Open: Please visit our web site for dates and times as they can vary. Directions: From Route 66: North on N. Lakeshore Drive 1 mile. Turn right on East Fork Drive \(formally N. Alamo\) just before the entrance to The Shores From 205: East Fork Drive \(formally N. Alamo\) is located off 205, slightly south of Rockwall\'s YMCA and American National Bank Travel West .7 miles from 205. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
    Blase Family Farm Facebook page. . From Route 66: North on N. Lakeshore Drive 1 mile. Turn right on East Fork Drive (formally N. Alamo) just before the entrance to The Shores From 205: East Fork Drive (formally N. Alamo) is located off 205, slightly south of Rockwall's YMCA and American National Bank Travel West .7 miles from 205. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. Pick-your-own blueberries, usually from the end of May until the beginning of July, and a pumpkin patch during October. Field Trips, Weddings Pumpkin Patch Pick-Your-Own Blueberries Seasonal Petting Zoo Seasonal Hay Ride. (UPDATED: March 1, 2021 JBS) (UPDATED: April 12, 2018)

 

Blueberry

Blueberry Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

Blueberries are one of the easiest fruit to prepare and serve. There's no peeling, pitting, coring or cutting. They have few natural pests, (other than birds), so pesticides are generally unnecessary! This year's crop is fantastic (see related news story), thanks both to the weather and to more farms planting more blueberry bushes due to increased consumer demand over the past few years as more studies proclaim the anti-oxidant and other health properties of blueberries.

Click here to find a local Blueberry Festival (usually held between April and July).

If you are looking for information about a similar berry, the saskatoon (also called the June berry or Serviceberry) see this page about saskatoons.

Picking tips:

Select plump, full blueberries with a light gray-blue color. A berry with any hint of red isn't fully ripened.

Ripening AFTER picking?

First, it is key to know that once picked, blueberries will NOT become any sweeter, nor will the flavor improve. The only change that occurs is the color. They will APPEAR to ripen, but it is only a color change, from white to green to rose to red to pale blue to fully blue. So, white and green colored blueberries will not "ripen" after they are picked; while blueberries that have already turned purple, red or blue-ish usually DO change color after they are picked (if they are kept at room temperature to "ripen").

As the blueberries ripen ON THE BUSH, the flavor goes from tastless to bitter to tasteless tart to tart blueberry flavor to sweet blueberry flavor.

Grocery stores sell blueberries that are tart, not sweet because they had them picked unripe by machine so they are very firm and can handled being bumped around in shipping. They may look good, but are not as tasty as those picked when actually ripe.

So, the key is, PICK ONLY RIPE BERRIES!

How to pick blueberries

Since blueberries hang on the bushes in bunches a but like grapes do, the easiest and fastest way to pick them is hold your bucket under them in one hand and with your other hand, cup a ripe bunch and gently rub them with your fingers. The ripe berries will drop into your bucket, while the unripe ones will remain attached to the bush.

When the bushes are at peak, I can easily pick 2 gallons per hour (if I'm not being distracted by the kids and the sun isn't too hot!). A newbie might do 1 gallon per hour.and at the beginning or end of the season it takes more time as the berries are not as plentiful nor concentrated in clusters.

Tips for storing blueberries after harvesting:

  • Once picked, don't place the berries, still warm from the sun, in a closed bag or container. Leave the container open so moisture doesn't form in the container.
  • Don't wash berries until just before using, to prevent berries from becoming mushy.
  • Chill berries soon after picking to increase shelf life. Store your fresh blueberries in the refrigerator as soon as you get them home, without washing them, in a covered bowl or storage container. If refrigerated, fresh-picked blueberries will keep 10 to 14 days.
  • Freeze berries in freezer containers without washing to keep the skins from toughening. Place berries one layer deep. Freeze, then pour the frozen berries into freezer containers. Because unwashed blueberries freeze individually, they can be easily poured from containers in desired amounts. Remember both frozen and fresh berries should be rinsed and drained just before serving. Just before using, wash the berries in cold water.

Blueberry Measurements and Conversions

Keep in mind that blueberries vary considerably in density and moisture content, so these ranges are approximates.

  • 1 gallon of blueberries weighs about 7.5 lbs or (4 liters of blueberries is about 3.5 kg)

  • 1 pint of fresh blueberries weights about 3/4 of a pound. (1 liter of blueberries is about 700 grams)

  • 1 pound of fresh blueberries is usually between about 2 and 3 cups of berries.

  • It takes about 4 cups (about of blueberries to make a blueberry pie (see this fantastic and easy blueberry pie recipe)

  • A normal batch of blueberry preserves, jam or jelly requires 5 pints of berries.

  • Blueberries do come in a variety of sizes from small (190-250 berries per cup) to extra large (<90 berries per cup).

Blueberry Recipes, Canning and Freezing Blueberries

Recipes

Canning, freezing and other blueberry recipes:

Baking tips

If you have trouble with blueberries settling to the bottom of muffins and blueberry breads, try one or more of these tips:

  • Coat them with flour before adding to the batter. Just gently shake the blueberries in a bag (plastic or paper) with 1/2 cup of flour, then dump them mix in a sieve to remove excess flour.
  • It may just be that your batter is too thin. try making the batter a little thicker!
  • Fill the muffin cups or baking pan up to 1/4 full with batter (which hasn't had blueberries added to it yet); then stir the blueberries into the remaining batter, and continue to fill the muffin cups or bread pan. The blueberries will start off higher in the mix!

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)

Dallas area of Texas Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Dallas area of Texas in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for blueberries that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have blueberries 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!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Fannin County

  • Walkers Blueberries - - No pesticides are used blueberries, porta-potties are available
    2933 FM 274, Ravenna, TX 75476. Phone: 915-204-1346. Email: ahwalker@outlook.com. Open: By appointment only on most Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; Always call the evening before your appointment to confirm availability. Directions: From the Dallas area, take highway 121 to Bonham, TX, and stay on highway 121 until it intersects with highway 78 N. Follow highway 78 north about 8 miles until you see the green sign to Mulberry. Turn left \(west\) on FM 274 S and go about 3 12 miles until you see on the left the small white sign with blue letters at 2933 FM 274. Turn left and go about 14 mile down the dirt road where the blueberries will be on the left. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. Walkers Blueberries . From the Dallas area, take highway 121 to Bonham, TX, and stay on highway 121 until it intersects with highway 78 N. Follow highway 78 north about 8 miles until you see the green sign to Mulberry. Turn left (west) on FM 274 S and go about 3 1/2 miles until you see on the left the small white sign with blue letters at 2933 FM 274. Turn left and go about 1/4 mile down the dirt road where the blueberries will be on the left. We do not use pesticides on the crops. As of July 25, 2014, the blueberry season has ended. The patch should reopen around the second week of June 2015.

Grayson County

  • Bloomer's Garden & Wildflower Farm - Uses natural growing practices, blackberries, blueberries, sunflowers, zinnias, flowers, herbs or spices, gift shop, restrooms, picnic area, picnic area you may bring your own food, farm animals
    905 Crawford Road, Sadler, TX 76264. Phone: (903) 564-5206. Email: lbloomer89@gmail.com. Open: ting June 8, 2021 - Open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 am to 1 pm. Directions: From Dallas- Take highway 75 north to Sherman, exit highway 82 west. Travel west 13 miles and exit Sadler Exit. Go north 4 miles and take a left on Crawford Road We are the last house on the right. Blackberries- small crop this year- Mid June through late June Blueberries- small crop this year- Mid June- late June Sunflowers- earlymid June- July Zinnias- earlymid June-July. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover.
    Bloomer's Garden & Wildflower Farm Facebook page. . From Dallas- Take highway 75 north to Sherman, exit highway 82 west. Travel west 13 miles and exit Sadler Exit. Go north 4 miles and take a left on Crawford Road We are the last house on the right. Blackberries- small crop this year- Mid June through late June Blueberries- small crop this year- Mid June- late June Sunflowers- early/mid June- July Zinnias- early/mid June-July. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. We also have handmade teas, soaps, candles and more in the gift shop. (formerly Wild Berry Farm) (UPDATED: May 26, 2022) (UPDATED: May 16, 2022)

Hunt County

  • TAMUC Twin Oaks Blueberry Farm - blueberries, restrooms
    2965 highway 24, Campbell, TX 75422. Phone: 903-886-5100. Email: blueberry@tamuc.edu. Open: Thursday to Saturday from 7am to 12 noon; We will post on Facebook with information regarding picking opportunities when the blueberries are ready. Directions: Taking exit 101 on I30, Twin Oaks is five miles north on Highway 50 on the right side of the road. From Commerce, the farm is 4 miles south on Highway 50 on the left side. Look for the sign. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
    TAMUC Twin Oaks Blueberry Farm Facebook page. . AKA, Texas A&M University-Commerce Twin Oaks Blueberry Farm.

Rockwall County

  • Blackland Berry Farm - No pesticides are used blackberries, blueberries, concessions or refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area
    230 Jones Road, Royse City, TX 75189. Phone: . Open: Please see our Facebook page as picking times and days vary based on fruit availability, typically June through early August, but conditions vary from year to year. Directions: We are located south of I-30 and east of 205 in unincorporated Royse City, TX. We do not use pesticides on the . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Venmo, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
  • Blase Family Farm - Uses natural growing practices, blueberries, pumpkins, concessions or refreshment stand, porta-potties are available, picnic area, picnic area you may bring your own food, birthday parties, school tours, group reservations
    1232 East Fork Drive, Rockwall, TX 75087. Phone: 972-772-3645. Email: jill@blasefamilyfarm.com. Open: Please visit our web site for dates and times as they can vary. Directions: From Route 66: North on N. Lakeshore Drive 1 mile. Turn right on East Fork Drive \(formally N. Alamo\) just before the entrance to The Shores From 205: East Fork Drive \(formally N. Alamo\) is located off 205, slightly south of Rockwall\'s YMCA and American National Bank Travel West .7 miles from 205. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
    Blase Family Farm Facebook page. . From Route 66: North on N. Lakeshore Drive 1 mile. Turn right on East Fork Drive (formally N. Alamo) just before the entrance to The Shores From 205: East Fork Drive (formally N. Alamo) is located off 205, slightly south of Rockwall's YMCA and American National Bank Travel West .7 miles from 205. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. Pick-your-own blueberries, usually from the end of May until the beginning of July, and a pumpkin patch during October. Field Trips, Weddings Pumpkin Patch Pick-Your-Own Blueberries Seasonal Petting Zoo Seasonal Hay Ride. (UPDATED: March 1, 2021 JBS) (UPDATED: April 12, 2018)

 

Blueberry

Blueberry Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

Blueberries are one of the easiest fruit to prepare and serve. There's no peeling, pitting, coring or cutting. They have few natural pests, (other than birds), so pesticides are generally unnecessary! This year's crop is fantastic (see related news story), thanks both to the weather and to more farms planting more blueberry bushes due to increased consumer demand over the past few years as more studies proclaim the anti-oxidant and other health properties of blueberries.

Click here to find a local Blueberry Festival (usually held between April and July).

If you are looking for information about a similar berry, the saskatoon (also called the June berry or Serviceberry) see this page about saskatoons.

Picking tips:

Select plump, full blueberries with a light gray-blue color. A berry with any hint of red isn't fully ripened.

Ripening AFTER picking?

First, it is key to know that once picked, blueberries will NOT become any sweeter, nor will the flavor improve. The only change that occurs is the color. They will APPEAR to ripen, but it is only a color change, from white to green to rose to red to pale blue to fully blue. So, white and green colored blueberries will not "ripen" after they are picked; while blueberries that have already turned purple, red or blue-ish usually DO change color after they are picked (if they are kept at room temperature to "ripen").

As the blueberries ripen ON THE BUSH, the flavor goes from tastless to bitter to tasteless tart to tart blueberry flavor to sweet blueberry flavor.

Grocery stores sell blueberries that are tart, not sweet because they had them picked unripe by machine so they are very firm and can handled being bumped around in shipping. They may look good, but are not as tasty as those picked when actually ripe.

So, the key is, PICK ONLY RIPE BERRIES!

How to pick blueberries

Since blueberries hang on the bushes in bunches a but like grapes do, the easiest and fastest way to pick them is hold your bucket under them in one hand and with your other hand, cup a ripe bunch and gently rub them with your fingers. The ripe berries will drop into your bucket, while the unripe ones will remain attached to the bush.

When the bushes are at peak, I can easily pick 2 gallons per hour (if I'm not being distracted by the kids and the sun isn't too hot!). A newbie might do 1 gallon per hour.and at the beginning or end of the season it takes more time as the berries are not as plentiful nor concentrated in clusters.

Tips for storing blueberries after harvesting:

  • Once picked, don't place the berries, still warm from the sun, in a closed bag or container. Leave the container open so moisture doesn't form in the container.
  • Don't wash berries until just before using, to prevent berries from becoming mushy.
  • Chill berries soon after picking to increase shelf life. Store your fresh blueberries in the refrigerator as soon as you get them home, without washing them, in a covered bowl or storage container. If refrigerated, fresh-picked blueberries will keep 10 to 14 days.
  • Freeze berries in freezer containers without washing to keep the skins from toughening. Place berries one layer deep. Freeze, then pour the frozen berries into freezer containers. Because unwashed blueberries freeze individually, they can be easily poured from containers in desired amounts. Remember both frozen and fresh berries should be rinsed and drained just before serving. Just before using, wash the berries in cold water.

Blueberry Measurements and Conversions

Keep in mind that blueberries vary considerably in density and moisture content, so these ranges are approximates.

  • 1 gallon of blueberries weighs about 7.5 lbs or (4 liters of blueberries is about 3.5 kg)

  • 1 pint of fresh blueberries weights about 3/4 of a pound. (1 liter of blueberries is about 700 grams)

  • 1 pound of fresh blueberries is usually between about 2 and 3 cups of berries.

  • It takes about 4 cups (about of blueberries to make a blueberry pie (see this fantastic and easy blueberry pie recipe)

  • A normal batch of blueberry preserves, jam or jelly requires 5 pints of berries.

  • Blueberries do come in a variety of sizes from small (190-250 berries per cup) to extra large (<90 berries per cup).

Blueberry Recipes, Canning and Freezing Blueberries

Recipes

Canning, freezing and other blueberry recipes:

Baking tips

If you have trouble with blueberries settling to the bottom of muffins and blueberry breads, try one or more of these tips:

  • Coat them with flour before adding to the batter. Just gently shake the blueberries in a bag (plastic or paper) with 1/2 cup of flour, then dump them mix in a sieve to remove excess flour.
  • It may just be that your batter is too thin. try making the batter a little thicker!
  • Fill the muffin cups or baking pan up to 1/4 full with batter (which hasn't had blueberries added to it yet); then stir the blueberries into the remaining batter, and continue to fill the muffin cups or bread pan. The blueberries will start off higher in the mix!

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)

Dallas area of Texas Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Dallas area of Texas in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for blueberries that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have blueberries 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!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Fannin County

  • Walkers Blueberries - - No pesticides are used blueberries, porta-potties are available
    2933 FM 274, Ravenna, TX 75476. Phone: 915-204-1346. Email: ahwalker@outlook.com. Open: By appointment only on most Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; Always call the evening before your appointment to confirm availability. Directions: From the Dallas area, take highway 121 to Bonham, TX, and stay on highway 121 until it intersects with highway 78 N. Follow highway 78 north about 8 miles until you see the green sign to Mulberry. Turn left \(west\) on FM 274 S and go about 3 12 miles until you see on the left the small white sign with blue letters at 2933 FM 274. Turn left and go about 14 mile down the dirt road where the blueberries will be on the left. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. Walkers Blueberries . From the Dallas area, take highway 121 to Bonham, TX, and stay on highway 121 until it intersects with highway 78 N. Follow highway 78 north about 8 miles until you see the green sign to Mulberry. Turn left (west) on FM 274 S and go about 3 1/2 miles until you see on the left the small white sign with blue letters at 2933 FM 274. Turn left and go about 1/4 mile down the dirt road where the blueberries will be on the left. We do not use pesticides on the crops. As of July 25, 2014, the blueberry season has ended. The patch should reopen around the second week of June 2015.

Grayson County

  • Bloomer's Garden & Wildflower Farm - Uses natural growing practices, blackberries, blueberries, sunflowers, zinnias, flowers, herbs or spices, gift shop, restrooms, picnic area, picnic area you may bring your own food, farm animals
    905 Crawford Road, Sadler, TX 76264. Phone: (903) 564-5206. Email: lbloomer89@gmail.com. Open: ting June 8, 2021 - Open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 am to 1 pm. Directions: From Dallas- Take highway 75 north to Sherman, exit highway 82 west. Travel west 13 miles and exit Sadler Exit. Go north 4 miles and take a left on Crawford Road We are the last house on the right. Blackberries- small crop this year- Mid June through late June Blueberries- small crop this year- Mid June- late June Sunflowers- earlymid June- July Zinnias- earlymid June-July. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover.
    Bloomer's Garden & Wildflower Farm Facebook page. . From Dallas- Take highway 75 north to Sherman, exit highway 82 west. Travel west 13 miles and exit Sadler Exit. Go north 4 miles and take a left on Crawford Road We are the last house on the right. Blackberries- small crop this year- Mid June through late June Blueberries- small crop this year- Mid June- late June Sunflowers- early/mid June- July Zinnias- early/mid June-July. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. We also have handmade teas, soaps, candles and more in the gift shop. (formerly Wild Berry Farm) (UPDATED: May 26, 2022) (UPDATED: May 16, 2022)

Hunt County

  • TAMUC Twin Oaks Blueberry Farm - blueberries, restrooms
    2965 highway 24, Campbell, TX 75422. Phone: 903-886-5100. Email: blueberry@tamuc.edu. Open: Thursday to Saturday from 7am to 12 noon; We will post on Facebook with information regarding picking opportunities when the blueberries are ready. Directions: Taking exit 101 on I30, Twin Oaks is five miles north on Highway 50 on the right side of the road. From Commerce, the farm is 4 miles south on Highway 50 on the left side. Look for the sign. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
    TAMUC Twin Oaks Blueberry Farm Facebook page. . AKA, Texas A&M University-Commerce Twin Oaks Blueberry Farm.

Rockwall County

  • Blackland Berry Farm - No pesticides are used blackberries, blueberries, concessions or refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area
    230 Jones Road, Royse City, TX 75189. Phone: . Open: Please see our Facebook page as picking times and days vary based on fruit availability, typically June through early August, but conditions vary from year to year. Directions: We are located south of I-30 and east of 205 in unincorporated Royse City, TX. We do not use pesticides on the . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Venmo, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
  • Blase Family Farm - Uses natural growing practices, blueberries, pumpkins, concessions or refreshment stand, porta-potties are available, picnic area, picnic area you may bring your own food, birthday parties, school tours, group reservations
    1232 East Fork Drive, Rockwall, TX 75087. Phone: 972-772-3645. Email: jill@blasefamilyfarm.com. Open: Please visit our web site for dates and times as they can vary. Directions: From Route 66: North on N. Lakeshore Drive 1 mile. Turn right on East Fork Drive \(formally N. Alamo\) just before the entrance to The Shores From 205: East Fork Drive \(formally N. Alamo\) is located off 205, slightly south of Rockwall\'s YMCA and American National Bank Travel West .7 miles from 205. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
    Blase Family Farm Facebook page. . From Route 66: North on N. Lakeshore Drive 1 mile. Turn right on East Fork Drive (formally N. Alamo) just before the entrance to The Shores From 205: East Fork Drive (formally N. Alamo) is located off 205, slightly south of Rockwall's YMCA and American National Bank Travel West .7 miles from 205. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. Pick-your-own blueberries, usually from the end of May until the beginning of July, and a pumpkin patch during October. Field Trips, Weddings Pumpkin Patch Pick-Your-Own Blueberries Seasonal Petting Zoo Seasonal Hay Ride. (UPDATED: March 1, 2021 JBS) (UPDATED: April 12, 2018)

 

Blueberry

Blueberry Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

Blueberries are one of the easiest fruit to prepare and serve. There's no peeling, pitting, coring or cutting. They have few natural pests, (other than birds), so pesticides are generally unnecessary! This year's crop is fantastic (see related news story), thanks both to the weather and to more farms planting more blueberry bushes due to increased consumer demand over the past few years as more studies proclaim the anti-oxidant and other health properties of blueberries.

Click here to find a local Blueberry Festival (usually held between April and July).

If you are looking for information about a similar berry, the saskatoon (also called the June berry or Serviceberry) see this page about saskatoons.

Picking tips:

Select plump, full blueberries with a light gray-blue color. A berry with any hint of red isn't fully ripened.

Ripening AFTER picking?

First, it is key to know that once picked, blueberries will NOT become any sweeter, nor will the flavor improve. The only change that occurs is the color. They will APPEAR to ripen, but it is only a color change, from white to green to rose to red to pale blue to fully blue. So, white and green colored blueberries will not "ripen" after they are picked; while blueberries that have already turned purple, red or blue-ish usually DO change color after they are picked (if they are kept at room temperature to "ripen").

As the blueberries ripen ON THE BUSH, the flavor goes from tastless to bitter to tasteless tart to tart blueberry flavor to sweet blueberry flavor.

Grocery stores sell blueberries that are tart, not sweet because they had them picked unripe by machine so they are very firm and can handled being bumped around in shipping. They may look good, but are not as tasty as those picked when actually ripe.

So, the key is, PICK ONLY RIPE BERRIES!

How to pick blueberries

Since blueberries hang on the bushes in bunches a but like grapes do, the easiest and fastest way to pick them is hold your bucket under them in one hand and with your other hand, cup a ripe bunch and gently rub them with your fingers. The ripe berries will drop into your bucket, while the unripe ones will remain attached to the bush.

When the bushes are at peak, I can easily pick 2 gallons per hour (if I'm not being distracted by the kids and the sun isn't too hot!). A newbie might do 1 gallon per hour.and at the beginning or end of the season it takes more time as the berries are not as plentiful nor concentrated in clusters.

Tips for storing blueberries after harvesting:

  • Once picked, don't place the berries, still warm from the sun, in a closed bag or container. Leave the container open so moisture doesn't form in the container.
  • Don't wash berries until just before using, to prevent berries from becoming mushy.
  • Chill berries soon after picking to increase shelf life. Store your fresh blueberries in the refrigerator as soon as you get them home, without washing them, in a covered bowl or storage container. If refrigerated, fresh-picked blueberries will keep 10 to 14 days.
  • Freeze berries in freezer containers without washing to keep the skins from toughening. Place berries one layer deep. Freeze, then pour the frozen berries into freezer containers. Because unwashed blueberries freeze individually, they can be easily poured from containers in desired amounts. Remember both frozen and fresh berries should be rinsed and drained just before serving. Just before using, wash the berries in cold water.

Blueberry Measurements and Conversions

Keep in mind that blueberries vary considerably in density and moisture content, so these ranges are approximates.

  • 1 gallon of blueberries weighs about 7.5 lbs or (4 liters of blueberries is about 3.5 kg)

  • 1 pint of fresh blueberries weights about 3/4 of a pound. (1 liter of blueberries is about 700 grams)

  • 1 pound of fresh blueberries is usually between about 2 and 3 cups of berries.

  • It takes about 4 cups (about of blueberries to make a blueberry pie (see this fantastic and easy blueberry pie recipe)

  • A normal batch of blueberry preserves, jam or jelly requires 5 pints of berries.

  • Blueberries do come in a variety of sizes from small (190-250 berries per cup) to extra large (<90 berries per cup).

Blueberry Recipes, Canning and Freezing Blueberries

Recipes

Canning, freezing and other blueberry recipes:

Baking tips

If you have trouble with blueberries settling to the bottom of muffins and blueberry breads, try one or more of these tips:

  • Coat them with flour before adding to the batter. Just gently shake the blueberries in a bag (plastic or paper) with 1/2 cup of flour, then dump them mix in a sieve to remove excess flour.
  • It may just be that your batter is too thin. try making the batter a little thicker!
  • Fill the muffin cups or baking pan up to 1/4 full with batter (which hasn't had blueberries added to it yet); then stir the blueberries into the remaining batter, and continue to fill the muffin cups or bread pan. The blueberries will start off higher in the mix!

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)

Dallas area of Texas Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Dallas area of Texas in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for blueberries that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have blueberries 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!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Fannin County

  • Walkers Blueberries - - No pesticides are used blueberries, porta-potties are available
    2933 FM 274, Ravenna, TX 75476. Phone: 915-204-1346. Email: ahwalker@outlook.com. Open: By appointment only on most Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; Always call the evening before your appointment to confirm availability. Directions: From the Dallas area, take highway 121 to Bonham, TX, and stay on highway 121 until it intersects with highway 78 N. Follow highway 78 north about 8 miles until you see the green sign to Mulberry. Turn left \(west\) on FM 274 S and go about 3 12 miles until you see on the left the small white sign with blue letters at 2933 FM 274. Turn left and go about 14 mile down the dirt road where the blueberries will be on the left. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. Walkers Blueberries . From the Dallas area, take highway 121 to Bonham, TX, and stay on highway 121 until it intersects with highway 78 N. Follow highway 78 north about 8 miles until you see the green sign to Mulberry. Turn left (west) on FM 274 S and go about 3 1/2 miles until you see on the left the small white sign with blue letters at 2933 FM 274. Turn left and go about 1/4 mile down the dirt road where the blueberries will be on the left. We do not use pesticides on the crops. As of July 25, 2014, the blueberry season has ended. The patch should reopen around the second week of June 2015.

Grayson County

  • Bloomer's Garden & Wildflower Farm - Uses natural growing practices, blackberries, blueberries, sunflowers, zinnias, flowers, herbs or spices, gift shop, restrooms, picnic area, picnic area you may bring your own food, farm animals
    905 Crawford Road, Sadler, TX 76264. Phone: (903) 564-5206. Email: lbloomer89@gmail.com. Open: ting June 8, 2021 - Open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 am to 1 pm. Directions: From Dallas- Take highway 75 north to Sherman, exit highway 82 west. Travel west 13 miles and exit Sadler Exit. Go north 4 miles and take a left on Crawford Road We are the last house on the right. Blackberries- small crop this year- Mid June through late June Blueberries- small crop this year- Mid June- late June Sunflowers- earlymid June- July Zinnias- earlymid June-July. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover.
    Bloomer's Garden & Wildflower Farm Facebook page. . From Dallas- Take highway 75 north to Sherman, exit highway 82 west. Travel west 13 miles and exit Sadler Exit. Go north 4 miles and take a left on Crawford Road We are the last house on the right. Blackberries- small crop this year- Mid June through late June Blueberries- small crop this year- Mid June- late June Sunflowers- early/mid June- July Zinnias- early/mid June-July. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. We also have handmade teas, soaps, candles and more in the gift shop. (formerly Wild Berry Farm) (UPDATED: May 26, 2022) (UPDATED: May 16, 2022)

Hunt County

  • TAMUC Twin Oaks Blueberry Farm - blueberries, restrooms
    2965 highway 24, Campbell, TX 75422. Phone: 903-886-5100. Email: blueberry@tamuc.edu. Open: Thursday to Saturday from 7am to 12 noon; We will post on Facebook with information regarding picking opportunities when the blueberries are ready. Directions: Taking exit 101 on I30, Twin Oaks is five miles north on Highway 50 on the right side of the road. From Commerce, the farm is 4 miles south on Highway 50 on the left side. Look for the sign. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
    TAMUC Twin Oaks Blueberry Farm Facebook page. . AKA, Texas A&M University-Commerce Twin Oaks Blueberry Farm.

Rockwall County

  • Blackland Berry Farm - No pesticides are used blackberries, blueberries, concessions or refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area
    230 Jones Road, Royse City, TX 75189. Phone: . Open: Please see our Facebook page as picking times and days vary based on fruit availability, typically June through early August, but conditions vary from year to year. Directions: We are located south of I-30 and east of 205 in unincorporated Royse City, TX. We do not use pesticides on the . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Venmo, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
  • Blase Family Farm - Uses natural growing practices, blueberries, pumpkins, concessions or refreshment stand, porta-potties are available, picnic area, picnic area you may bring your own food, birthday parties, school tours, group reservations
    1232 East Fork Drive, Rockwall, TX 75087. Phone: 972-772-3645. Email: jill@blasefamilyfarm.com. Open: Please visit our web site for dates and times as they can vary. Directions: From Route 66: North on N. Lakeshore Drive 1 mile. Turn right on East Fork Drive \(formally N. Alamo\) just before the entrance to The Shores From 205: East Fork Drive \(formally N. Alamo\) is located off 205, slightly south of Rockwall\'s YMCA and American National Bank Travel West .7 miles from 205. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
    Blase Family Farm Facebook page. . From Route 66: North on N. Lakeshore Drive 1 mile. Turn right on East Fork Drive (formally N. Alamo) just before the entrance to The Shores From 205: East Fork Drive (formally N. Alamo) is located off 205, slightly south of Rockwall's YMCA and American National Bank Travel West .7 miles from 205. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. Pick-your-own blueberries, usually from the end of May until the beginning of July, and a pumpkin patch during October. Field Trips, Weddings Pumpkin Patch Pick-Your-Own Blueberries Seasonal Petting Zoo Seasonal Hay Ride. (UPDATED: March 1, 2021 JBS) (UPDATED: April 12, 2018)

 

Blueberry

Blueberry Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

Blueberries are one of the easiest fruit to prepare and serve. There's no peeling, pitting, coring or cutting. They have few natural pests, (other than birds), so pesticides are generally unnecessary! This year's crop is fantastic (see related news story), thanks both to the weather and to more farms planting more blueberry bushes due to increased consumer demand over the past few years as more studies proclaim the anti-oxidant and other health properties of blueberries.

Click here to find a local Blueberry Festival (usually held between April and July).

If you are looking for information about a similar berry, the saskatoon (also called the June berry or Serviceberry) see this page about saskatoons.

Picking tips:

Select plump, full blueberries with a light gray-blue color. A berry with any hint of red isn't fully ripened.

Ripening AFTER picking?

First, it is key to know that once picked, blueberries will NOT become any sweeter, nor will the flavor improve. The only change that occurs is the color. They will APPEAR to ripen, but it is only a color change, from white to green to rose to red to pale blue to fully blue. So, white and green colored blueberries will not "ripen" after they are picked; while blueberries that have already turned purple, red or blue-ish usually DO change color after they are picked (if they are kept at room temperature to "ripen").

As the blueberries ripen ON THE BUSH, the flavor goes from tastless to bitter to tasteless tart to tart blueberry flavor to sweet blueberry flavor.

Grocery stores sell blueberries that are tart, not sweet because they had them picked unripe by machine so they are very firm and can handled being bumped around in shipping. They may look good, but are not as tasty as those picked when actually ripe.

So, the key is, PICK ONLY RIPE BERRIES!

How to pick blueberries

Since blueberries hang on the bushes in bunches a but like grapes do, the easiest and fastest way to pick them is hold your bucket under them in one hand and with your other hand, cup a ripe bunch and gently rub them with your fingers. The ripe berries will drop into your bucket, while the unripe ones will remain attached to the bush.

When the bushes are at peak, I can easily pick 2 gallons per hour (if I'm not being distracted by the kids and the sun isn't too hot!). A newbie might do 1 gallon per hour.and at the beginning or end of the season it takes more time as the berries are not as plentiful nor concentrated in clusters.

Tips for storing blueberries after harvesting:

  • Once picked, don't place the berries, still warm from the sun, in a closed bag or container. Leave the container open so moisture doesn't form in the container.
  • Don't wash berries until just before using, to prevent berries from becoming mushy.
  • Chill berries soon after picking to increase shelf life. Store your fresh blueberries in the refrigerator as soon as you get them home, without washing them, in a covered bowl or storage container. If refrigerated, fresh-picked blueberries will keep 10 to 14 days.
  • Freeze berries in freezer containers without washing to keep the skins from toughening. Place berries one layer deep. Freeze, then pour the frozen berries into freezer containers. Because unwashed blueberries freeze individually, they can be easily poured from containers in desired amounts. Remember both frozen and fresh berries should be rinsed and drained just before serving. Just before using, wash the berries in cold water.

Blueberry Measurements and Conversions

Keep in mind that blueberries vary considerably in density and moisture content, so these ranges are approximates.

  • 1 gallon of blueberries weighs about 7.5 lbs or (4 liters of blueberries is about 3.5 kg)

  • 1 pint of fresh blueberries weights about 3/4 of a pound. (1 liter of blueberries is about 700 grams)

  • 1 pound of fresh blueberries is usually between about 2 and 3 cups of berries.

  • It takes about 4 cups (about of blueberries to make a blueberry pie (see this fantastic and easy blueberry pie recipe)

  • A normal batch of blueberry preserves, jam or jelly requires 5 pints of berries.

  • Blueberries do come in a variety of sizes from small (190-250 berries per cup) to extra large (<90 berries per cup).

Blueberry Recipes, Canning and Freezing Blueberries

Recipes

Canning, freezing and other blueberry recipes:

Baking tips

If you have trouble with blueberries settling to the bottom of muffins and blueberry breads, try one or more of these tips:

  • Coat them with flour before adding to the batter. Just gently shake the blueberries in a bag (plastic or paper) with 1/2 cup of flour, then dump them mix in a sieve to remove excess flour.
  • It may just be that your batter is too thin. try making the batter a little thicker!
  • Fill the muffin cups or baking pan up to 1/4 full with batter (which hasn't had blueberries added to it yet); then stir the blueberries into the remaining batter, and continue to fill the muffin cups or bread pan. The blueberries will start off higher in the mix!

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)

Dallas area of Texas Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Dallas area of Texas in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for blueberries that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have blueberries 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!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Fannin County

  • Walkers Blueberries - - No pesticides are used blueberries, porta-potties are available
    2933 FM 274, Ravenna, TX 75476. Phone: 915-204-1346. Email: ahwalker@outlook.com. Open: By appointment only on most Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; Always call the evening before your appointment to confirm availability. Directions: From the Dallas area, take highway 121 to Bonham, TX, and stay on highway 121 until it intersects with highway 78 N. Follow highway 78 north about 8 miles until you see the green sign to Mulberry. Turn left \(west\) on FM 274 S and go about 3 12 miles until you see on the left the small white sign with blue letters at 2933 FM 274. Turn left and go about 14 mile down the dirt road where the blueberries will be on the left. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. Walkers Blueberries . From the Dallas area, take highway 121 to Bonham, TX, and stay on highway 121 until it intersects with highway 78 N. Follow highway 78 north about 8 miles until you see the green sign to Mulberry. Turn left (west) on FM 274 S and go about 3 1/2 miles until you see on the left the small white sign with blue letters at 2933 FM 274. Turn left and go about 1/4 mile down the dirt road where the blueberries will be on the left. We do not use pesticides on the crops. As of July 25, 2014, the blueberry season has ended. The patch should reopen around the second week of June 2015.

Grayson County

  • Bloomer's Garden & Wildflower Farm - Uses natural growing practices, blackberries, blueberries, sunflowers, zinnias, flowers, herbs or spices, gift shop, restrooms, picnic area, picnic area you may bring your own food, farm animals
    905 Crawford Road, Sadler, TX 76264. Phone: (903) 564-5206. Email: lbloomer89@gmail.com. Open: ting June 8, 2021 - Open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 am to 1 pm. Directions: From Dallas- Take highway 75 north to Sherman, exit highway 82 west. Travel west 13 miles and exit Sadler Exit. Go north 4 miles and take a left on Crawford Road We are the last house on the right. Blackberries- small crop this year- Mid June through late June Blueberries- small crop this year- Mid June- late June Sunflowers- earlymid June- July Zinnias- earlymid June-July. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover.
    Bloomer's Garden & Wildflower Farm Facebook page. . From Dallas- Take highway 75 north to Sherman, exit highway 82 west. Travel west 13 miles and exit Sadler Exit. Go north 4 miles and take a left on Crawford Road We are the last house on the right. Blackberries- small crop this year- Mid June through late June Blueberries- small crop this year- Mid June- late June Sunflowers- early/mid June- July Zinnias- early/mid June-July. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. We also have handmade teas, soaps, candles and more in the gift shop. (formerly Wild Berry Farm) (UPDATED: May 26, 2022) (UPDATED: May 16, 2022)

Hunt County

  • TAMUC Twin Oaks Blueberry Farm - blueberries, restrooms
    2965 highway 24, Campbell, TX 75422. Phone: 903-886-5100. Email: blueberry@tamuc.edu. Open: Thursday to Saturday from 7am to 12 noon; We will post on Facebook with information regarding picking opportunities when the blueberries are ready. Directions: Taking exit 101 on I30, Twin Oaks is five miles north on Highway 50 on the right side of the road. From Commerce, the farm is 4 miles south on Highway 50 on the left side. Look for the sign. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
    TAMUC Twin Oaks Blueberry Farm Facebook page. . AKA, Texas A&M University-Commerce Twin Oaks Blueberry Farm.

Rockwall County

  • Blackland Berry Farm - No pesticides are used blackberries, blueberries, concessions or refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area
    230 Jones Road, Royse City, TX 75189. Phone: . Open: Please see our Facebook page as picking times and days vary based on fruit availability, typically June through early August, but conditions vary from year to year. Directions: We are located south of I-30 and east of 205 in unincorporated Royse City, TX. We do not use pesticides on the . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Venmo, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
  • Blase Family Farm - Uses natural growing practices, blueberries, pumpkins, concessions or refreshment stand, porta-potties are available, picnic area, picnic area you may bring your own food, birthday parties, school tours, group reservations
    1232 East Fork Drive, Rockwall, TX 75087. Phone: 972-772-3645. Email: jill@blasefamilyfarm.com. Open: Please visit our web site for dates and times as they can vary. Directions: From Route 66: North on N. Lakeshore Drive 1 mile. Turn right on East Fork Drive \(formally N. Alamo\) just before the entrance to The Shores From 205: East Fork Drive \(formally N. Alamo\) is located off 205, slightly south of Rockwall\'s YMCA and American National Bank Travel West .7 miles from 205. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
    Blase Family Farm Facebook page. . From Route 66: North on N. Lakeshore Drive 1 mile. Turn right on East Fork Drive (formally N. Alamo) just before the entrance to The Shores From 205: East Fork Drive (formally N. Alamo) is located off 205, slightly south of Rockwall's YMCA and American National Bank Travel West .7 miles from 205. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. Pick-your-own blueberries, usually from the end of May until the beginning of July, and a pumpkin patch during October. Field Trips, Weddings Pumpkin Patch Pick-Your-Own Blueberries Seasonal Petting Zoo Seasonal Hay Ride. (UPDATED: March 1, 2021 JBS) (UPDATED: April 12, 2018)

 

Blueberry

Blueberry Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

Blueberries are one of the easiest fruit to prepare and serve. There's no peeling, pitting, coring or cutting. They have few natural pests, (other than birds), so pesticides are generally unnecessary! This year's crop is fantastic (see related news story), thanks both to the weather and to more farms planting more blueberry bushes due to increased consumer demand over the past few years as more studies proclaim the anti-oxidant and other health properties of blueberries.

Click here to find a local Blueberry Festival (usually held between April and July).

If you are looking for information about a similar berry, the saskatoon (also called the June berry or Serviceberry) see this page about saskatoons.

Picking tips:

Select plump, full blueberries with a light gray-blue color. A berry with any hint of red isn't fully ripened.

Ripening AFTER picking?

First, it is key to know that once picked, blueberries will NOT become any sweeter, nor will the flavor improve. The only change that occurs is the color. They will APPEAR to ripen, but it is only a color change, from white to green to rose to red to pale blue to fully blue. So, white and green colored blueberries will not "ripen" after they are picked; while blueberries that have already turned purple, red or blue-ish usually DO change color after they are picked (if they are kept at room temperature to "ripen").

As the blueberries ripen ON THE BUSH, the flavor goes from tastless to bitter to tasteless tart to tart blueberry flavor to sweet blueberry flavor.

Grocery stores sell blueberries that are tart, not sweet because they had them picked unripe by machine so they are very firm and can handled being bumped around in shipping. They may look good, but are not as tasty as those picked when actually ripe.

So, the key is, PICK ONLY RIPE BERRIES!

How to pick blueberries

Since blueberries hang on the bushes in bunches a but like grapes do, the easiest and fastest way to pick them is hold your bucket under them in one hand and with your other hand, cup a ripe bunch and gently rub them with your fingers. The ripe berries will drop into your bucket, while the unripe ones will remain attached to the bush.

When the bushes are at peak, I can easily pick 2 gallons per hour (if I'm not being distracted by the kids and the sun isn't too hot!). A newbie might do 1 gallon per hour.and at the beginning or end of the season it takes more time as the berries are not as plentiful nor concentrated in clusters.

Tips for storing blueberries after harvesting:

  • Once picked, don't place the berries, still warm from the sun, in a closed bag or container. Leave the container open so moisture doesn't form in the container.
  • Don't wash berries until just before using, to prevent berries from becoming mushy.
  • Chill berries soon after picking to increase shelf life. Store your fresh blueberries in the refrigerator as soon as you get them home, without washing them, in a covered bowl or storage container. If refrigerated, fresh-picked blueberries will keep 10 to 14 days.
  • Freeze berries in freezer containers without washing to keep the skins from toughening. Place berries one layer deep. Freeze, then pour the frozen berries into freezer containers. Because unwashed blueberries freeze individually, they can be easily poured from containers in desired amounts. Remember both frozen and fresh berries should be rinsed and drained just before serving. Just before using, wash the berries in cold water.

Blueberry Measurements and Conversions

Keep in mind that blueberries vary considerably in density and moisture content, so these ranges are approximates.

  • 1 gallon of blueberries weighs about 7.5 lbs or (4 liters of blueberries is about 3.5 kg)

  • 1 pint of fresh blueberries weights about 3/4 of a pound. (1 liter of blueberries is about 700 grams)

  • 1 pound of fresh blueberries is usually between about 2 and 3 cups of berries.

  • It takes about 4 cups (about of blueberries to make a blueberry pie (see this fantastic and easy blueberry pie recipe)

  • A normal batch of blueberry preserves, jam or jelly requires 5 pints of berries.

  • Blueberries do come in a variety of sizes from small (190-250 berries per cup) to extra large (<90 berries per cup).

Blueberry Recipes, Canning and Freezing Blueberries

Recipes

Canning, freezing and other blueberry recipes:

Baking tips

If you have trouble with blueberries settling to the bottom of muffins and blueberry breads, try one or more of these tips:

  • Coat them with flour before adding to the batter. Just gently shake the blueberries in a bag (plastic or paper) with 1/2 cup of flour, then dump them mix in a sieve to remove excess flour.
  • It may just be that your batter is too thin. try making the batter a little thicker!
  • Fill the muffin cups or baking pan up to 1/4 full with batter (which hasn't had blueberries added to it yet); then stir the blueberries into the remaining batter, and continue to fill the muffin cups or bread pan. The blueberries will start off higher in the mix!

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)

Dallas area of Texas Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Dallas area of Texas in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for blueberries that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have blueberries 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!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Fannin County

  • Walkers Blueberries - - No pesticides are used blueberries, porta-potties are available
    2933 FM 274, Ravenna, TX 75476. Phone: 915-204-1346. Email: ahwalker@outlook.com. Open: By appointment only on most Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; Always call the evening before your appointment to confirm availability. Directions: From the Dallas area, take highway 121 to Bonham, TX, and stay on highway 121 until it intersects with highway 78 N. Follow highway 78 north about 8 miles until you see the green sign to Mulberry. Turn left \(west\) on FM 274 S and go about 3 12 miles until you see on the left the small white sign with blue letters at 2933 FM 274. Turn left and go about 14 mile down the dirt road where the blueberries will be on the left. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. Walkers Blueberries . From the Dallas area, take highway 121 to Bonham, TX, and stay on highway 121 until it intersects with highway 78 N. Follow highway 78 north about 8 miles until you see the green sign to Mulberry. Turn left (west) on FM 274 S and go about 3 1/2 miles until you see on the left the small white sign with blue letters at 2933 FM 274. Turn left and go about 1/4 mile down the dirt road where the blueberries will be on the left. We do not use pesticides on the crops. As of July 25, 2014, the blueberry season has ended. The patch should reopen around the second week of June 2015.

Grayson County

  • Bloomer's Garden & Wildflower Farm - Uses natural growing practices, blackberries, blueberries, sunflowers, zinnias, flowers, herbs or spices, gift shop, restrooms, picnic area, picnic area you may bring your own food, farm animals
    905 Crawford Road, Sadler, TX 76264. Phone: (903) 564-5206. Email: lbloomer89@gmail.com. Open: ting June 8, 2021 - Open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 am to 1 pm. Directions: From Dallas- Take highway 75 north to Sherman, exit highway 82 west. Travel west 13 miles and exit Sadler Exit. Go north 4 miles and take a left on Crawford Road We are the last house on the right. Blackberries- small crop this year- Mid June through late June Blueberries- small crop this year- Mid June- late June Sunflowers- earlymid June- July Zinnias- earlymid June-July. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover.
    Bloomer's Garden & Wildflower Farm Facebook page. . From Dallas- Take highway 75 north to Sherman, exit highway 82 west. Travel west 13 miles and exit Sadler Exit. Go north 4 miles and take a left on Crawford Road We are the last house on the right. Blackberries- small crop this year- Mid June through late June Blueberries- small crop this year- Mid June- late June Sunflowers- early/mid June- July Zinnias- early/mid June-July. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. We also have handmade teas, soaps, candles and more in the gift shop. (formerly Wild Berry Farm) (UPDATED: May 26, 2022) (UPDATED: May 16, 2022)

Hunt County

  • TAMUC Twin Oaks Blueberry Farm - blueberries, restrooms
    2965 highway 24, Campbell, TX 75422. Phone: 903-886-5100. Email: blueberry@tamuc.edu. Open: Thursday to Saturday from 7am to 12 noon; We will post on Facebook with information regarding picking opportunities when the blueberries are ready. Directions: Taking exit 101 on I30, Twin Oaks is five miles north on Highway 50 on the right side of the road. From Commerce, the farm is 4 miles south on Highway 50 on the left side. Look for the sign. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
    TAMUC Twin Oaks Blueberry Farm Facebook page. . AKA, Texas A&M University-Commerce Twin Oaks Blueberry Farm.

Rockwall County

  • Blackland Berry Farm - No pesticides are used blackberries, blueberries, concessions or refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area
    230 Jones Road, Royse City, TX 75189. Phone: . Open: Please see our Facebook page as picking times and days vary based on fruit availability, typically June through early August, but conditions vary from year to year. Directions: We are located south of I-30 and east of 205 in unincorporated Royse City, TX. We do not use pesticides on the . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Venmo, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
  • Blase Family Farm - Uses natural growing practices, blueberries, pumpkins, concessions or refreshment stand, porta-potties are available, picnic area, picnic area you may bring your own food, birthday parties, school tours, group reservations
    1232 East Fork Drive, Rockwall, TX 75087. Phone: 972-772-3645. Email: jill@blasefamilyfarm.com. Open: Please visit our web site for dates and times as they can vary. Directions: From Route 66: North on N. Lakeshore Drive 1 mile. Turn right on East Fork Drive \(formally N. Alamo\) just before the entrance to The Shores From 205: East Fork Drive \(formally N. Alamo\) is located off 205, slightly south of Rockwall\'s YMCA and American National Bank Travel West .7 miles from 205. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
    Blase Family Farm Facebook page. . From Route 66: North on N. Lakeshore Drive 1 mile. Turn right on East Fork Drive (formally N. Alamo) just before the entrance to The Shores From 205: East Fork Drive (formally N. Alamo) is located off 205, slightly south of Rockwall's YMCA and American National Bank Travel West .7 miles from 205. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. Pick-your-own blueberries, usually from the end of May until the beginning of July, and a pumpkin patch during October. Field Trips, Weddings Pumpkin Patch Pick-Your-Own Blueberries Seasonal Petting Zoo Seasonal Hay Ride. (UPDATED: March 1, 2021 JBS) (UPDATED: April 12, 2018)

 

Blueberry

Blueberry Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

Blueberries are one of the easiest fruit to prepare and serve. There's no peeling, pitting, coring or cutting. They have few natural pests, (other than birds), so pesticides are generally unnecessary! This year's crop is fantastic (see related news story), thanks both to the weather and to more farms planting more blueberry bushes due to increased consumer demand over the past few years as more studies proclaim the anti-oxidant and other health properties of blueberries.

Click here to find a local Blueberry Festival (usually held between April and July).

If you are looking for information about a similar berry, the saskatoon (also called the June berry or Serviceberry) see this page about saskatoons.

Picking tips:

Select plump, full blueberries with a light gray-blue color. A berry with any hint of red isn't fully ripened.

Ripening AFTER picking?

First, it is key to know that once picked, blueberries will NOT become any sweeter, nor will the flavor improve. The only change that occurs is the color. They will APPEAR to ripen, but it is only a color change, from white to green to rose to red to pale blue to fully blue. So, white and green colored blueberries will not "ripen" after they are picked; while blueberries that have already turned purple, red or blue-ish usually DO change color after they are picked (if they are kept at room temperature to "ripen").

As the blueberries ripen ON THE BUSH, the flavor goes from tastless to bitter to tasteless tart to tart blueberry flavor to sweet blueberry flavor.

Grocery stores sell blueberries that are tart, not sweet because they had them picked unripe by machine so they are very firm and can handled being bumped around in shipping. They may look good, but are not as tasty as those picked when actually ripe.

So, the key is, PICK ONLY RIPE BERRIES!

How to pick blueberries

Since blueberries hang on the bushes in bunches a but like grapes do, the easiest and fastest way to pick them is hold your bucket under them in one hand and with your other hand, cup a ripe bunch and gently rub them with your fingers. The ripe berries will drop into your bucket, while the unripe ones will remain attached to the bush.

When the bushes are at peak, I can easily pick 2 gallons per hour (if I'm not being distracted by the kids and the sun isn't too hot!). A newbie might do 1 gallon per hour.and at the beginning or end of the season it takes more time as the berries are not as plentiful nor concentrated in clusters.

Tips for storing blueberries after harvesting:

  • Once picked, don't place the berries, still warm from the sun, in a closed bag or container. Leave the container open so moisture doesn't form in the container.
  • Don't wash berries until just before using, to prevent berries from becoming mushy.
  • Chill berries soon after picking to increase shelf life. Store your fresh blueberries in the refrigerator as soon as you get them home, without washing them, in a covered bowl or storage container. If refrigerated, fresh-picked blueberries will keep 10 to 14 days.
  • Freeze berries in freezer containers without washing to keep the skins from toughening. Place berries one layer deep. Freeze, then pour the frozen berries into freezer containers. Because unwashed blueberries freeze individually, they can be easily poured from containers in desired amounts. Remember both frozen and fresh berries should be rinsed and drained just before serving. Just before using, wash the berries in cold water.

Blueberry Measurements and Conversions

Keep in mind that blueberries vary considerably in density and moisture content, so these ranges are approximates.

  • 1 gallon of blueberries weighs about 7.5 lbs or (4 liters of blueberries is about 3.5 kg)

  • 1 pint of fresh blueberries weights about 3/4 of a pound. (1 liter of blueberries is about 700 grams)

  • 1 pound of fresh blueberries is usually between about 2 and 3 cups of berries.

  • It takes about 4 cups (about of blueberries to make a blueberry pie (see this fantastic and easy blueberry pie recipe)

  • A normal batch of blueberry preserves, jam or jelly requires 5 pints of berries.

  • Blueberries do come in a variety of sizes from small (190-250 berries per cup) to extra large (<90 berries per cup).

Blueberry Recipes, Canning and Freezing Blueberries

Recipes

Canning, freezing and other blueberry recipes:

Baking tips

If you have trouble with blueberries settling to the bottom of muffins and blueberry breads, try one or more of these tips:

  • Coat them with flour before adding to the batter. Just gently shake the blueberries in a bag (plastic or paper) with 1/2 cup of flour, then dump them mix in a sieve to remove excess flour.
  • It may just be that your batter is too thin. try making the batter a little thicker!
  • Fill the muffin cups or baking pan up to 1/4 full with batter (which hasn't had blueberries added to it yet); then stir the blueberries into the remaining batter, and continue to fill the muffin cups or bread pan. The blueberries will start off higher in the mix!

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)

Dallas area of Texas Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Dallas area of Texas in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for blueberries that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have blueberries 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!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Fannin County

  • Walkers Blueberries - - No pesticides are used blueberries, porta-potties are available
    2933 FM 274, Ravenna, TX 75476. Phone: 915-204-1346. Email: ahwalker@outlook.com. Open: By appointment only on most Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; Always call the evening before your appointment to confirm availability. Directions: From the Dallas area, take highway 121 to Bonham, TX, and stay on highway 121 until it intersects with highway 78 N. Follow highway 78 north about 8 miles until you see the green sign to Mulberry. Turn left \(west\) on FM 274 S and go about 3 12 miles until you see on the left the small white sign with blue letters at 2933 FM 274. Turn left and go about 14 mile down the dirt road where the blueberries will be on the left. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. Walkers Blueberries . From the Dallas area, take highway 121 to Bonham, TX, and stay on highway 121 until it intersects with highway 78 N. Follow highway 78 north about 8 miles until you see the green sign to Mulberry. Turn left (west) on FM 274 S and go about 3 1/2 miles until you see on the left the small white sign with blue letters at 2933 FM 274. Turn left and go about 1/4 mile down the dirt road where the blueberries will be on the left. We do not use pesticides on the crops. As of July 25, 2014, the blueberry season has ended. The patch should reopen around the second week of June 2015.

Grayson County

  • Bloomer's Garden & Wildflower Farm - Uses natural growing practices, blackberries, blueberries, sunflowers, zinnias, flowers, herbs or spices, gift shop, restrooms, picnic area, picnic area you may bring your own food, farm animals
    905 Crawford Road, Sadler, TX 76264. Phone: (903) 564-5206. Email: lbloomer89@gmail.com. Open: ting June 8, 2021 - Open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 am to 1 pm. Directions: From Dallas- Take highway 75 north to Sherman, exit highway 82 west. Travel west 13 miles and exit Sadler Exit. Go north 4 miles and take a left on Crawford Road We are the last house on the right. Blackberries- small crop this year- Mid June through late June Blueberries- small crop this year- Mid June- late June Sunflowers- earlymid June- July Zinnias- earlymid June-July. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover.
    Bloomer's Garden & Wildflower Farm Facebook page. . From Dallas- Take highway 75 north to Sherman, exit highway 82 west. Travel west 13 miles and exit Sadler Exit. Go north 4 miles and take a left on Crawford Road We are the last house on the right. Blackberries- small crop this year- Mid June through late June Blueberries- small crop this year- Mid June- late June Sunflowers- early/mid June- July Zinnias- early/mid June-July. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. We also have handmade teas, soaps, candles and more in the gift shop. (formerly Wild Berry Farm) (UPDATED: May 26, 2022) (UPDATED: May 16, 2022)

Hunt County

  • TAMUC Twin Oaks Blueberry Farm - blueberries, restrooms
    2965 highway 24, Campbell, TX 75422. Phone: 903-886-5100. Email: blueberry@tamuc.edu. Open: Thursday to Saturday from 7am to 12 noon; We will post on Facebook with information regarding picking opportunities when the blueberries are ready. Directions: Taking exit 101 on I30, Twin Oaks is five miles north on Highway 50 on the right side of the road. From Commerce, the farm is 4 miles south on Highway 50 on the left side. Look for the sign. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
    TAMUC Twin Oaks Blueberry Farm Facebook page. . AKA, Texas A&M University-Commerce Twin Oaks Blueberry Farm.

Rockwall County

  • Blackland Berry Farm - No pesticides are used blackberries, blueberries, concessions or refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area
    230 Jones Road, Royse City, TX 75189. Phone: . Open: Please see our Facebook page as picking times and days vary based on fruit availability, typically June through early August, but conditions vary from year to year. Directions: We are located south of I-30 and east of 205 in unincorporated Royse City, TX. We do not use pesticides on the . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Venmo, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
  • Blase Family Farm - Uses natural growing practices, blueberries, pumpkins, concessions or refreshment stand, porta-potties are available, picnic area, picnic area you may bring your own food, birthday parties, school tours, group reservations
    1232 East Fork Drive, Rockwall, TX 75087. Phone: 972-772-3645. Email: jill@blasefamilyfarm.com. Open: Please visit our web site for dates and times as they can vary. Directions: From Route 66: North on N. Lakeshore Drive 1 mile. Turn right on East Fork Drive \(formally N. Alamo\) just before the entrance to The Shores From 205: East Fork Drive \(formally N. Alamo\) is located off 205, slightly south of Rockwall\'s YMCA and American National Bank Travel West .7 miles from 205. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
    Blase Family Farm Facebook page. . From Route 66: North on N. Lakeshore Drive 1 mile. Turn right on East Fork Drive (formally N. Alamo) just before the entrance to The Shores From 205: East Fork Drive (formally N. Alamo) is located off 205, slightly south of Rockwall's YMCA and American National Bank Travel West .7 miles from 205. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. Pick-your-own blueberries, usually from the end of May until the beginning of July, and a pumpkin patch during October. Field Trips, Weddings Pumpkin Patch Pick-Your-Own Blueberries Seasonal Petting Zoo Seasonal Hay Ride. (UPDATED: March 1, 2021 JBS) (UPDATED: April 12, 2018)

 

Blueberry

Blueberry Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

Blueberries are one of the easiest fruit to prepare and serve. There's no peeling, pitting, coring or cutting. They have few natural pests, (other than birds), so pesticides are generally unnecessary! This year's crop is fantastic (see related news story), thanks both to the weather and to more farms planting more blueberry bushes due to increased consumer demand over the past few years as more studies proclaim the anti-oxidant and other health properties of blueberries.

Click here to find a local Blueberry Festival (usually held between April and July).

If you are looking for information about a similar berry, the saskatoon (also called the June berry or Serviceberry) see this page about saskatoons.

Picking tips:

Select plump, full blueberries with a light gray-blue color. A berry with any hint of red isn't fully ripened.

Ripening AFTER picking?

First, it is key to know that once picked, blueberries will NOT become any sweeter, nor will the flavor improve. The only change that occurs is the color. They will APPEAR to ripen, but it is only a color change, from white to green to rose to red to pale blue to fully blue. So, white and green colored blueberries will not "ripen" after they are picked; while blueberries that have already turned purple, red or blue-ish usually DO change color after they are picked (if they are kept at room temperature to "ripen").

As the blueberries ripen ON THE BUSH, the flavor goes from tastless to bitter to tasteless tart to tart blueberry flavor to sweet blueberry flavor.

Grocery stores sell blueberries that are tart, not sweet because they had them picked unripe by machine so they are very firm and can handled being bumped around in shipping. They may look good, but are not as tasty as those picked when actually ripe.

So, the key is, PICK ONLY RIPE BERRIES!

How to pick blueberries

Since blueberries hang on the bushes in bunches a but like grapes do, the easiest and fastest way to pick them is hold your bucket under them in one hand and with your other hand, cup a ripe bunch and gently rub them with your fingers. The ripe berries will drop into your bucket, while the unripe ones will remain attached to the bush.

When the bushes are at peak, I can easily pick 2 gallons per hour (if I'm not being distracted by the kids and the sun isn't too hot!). A newbie might do 1 gallon per hour.and at the beginning or end of the season it takes more time as the berries are not as plentiful nor concentrated in clusters.

Tips for storing blueberries after harvesting:

  • Once picked, don't place the berries, still warm from the sun, in a closed bag or container. Leave the container open so moisture doesn't form in the container.
  • Don't wash berries until just before using, to prevent berries from becoming mushy.
  • Chill berries soon after picking to increase shelf life. Store your fresh blueberries in the refrigerator as soon as you get them home, without washing them, in a covered bowl or storage container. If refrigerated, fresh-picked blueberries will keep 10 to 14 days.
  • Freeze berries in freezer containers without washing to keep the skins from toughening. Place berries one layer deep. Freeze, then pour the frozen berries into freezer containers. Because unwashed blueberries freeze individually, they can be easily poured from containers in desired amounts. Remember both frozen and fresh berries should be rinsed and drained just before serving. Just before using, wash the berries in cold water.

Blueberry Measurements and Conversions

Keep in mind that blueberries vary considerably in density and moisture content, so these ranges are approximates.

  • 1 gallon of blueberries weighs about 7.5 lbs or (4 liters of blueberries is about 3.5 kg)

  • 1 pint of fresh blueberries weights about 3/4 of a pound. (1 liter of blueberries is about 700 grams)

  • 1 pound of fresh blueberries is usually between about 2 and 3 cups of berries.

  • It takes about 4 cups (about of blueberries to make a blueberry pie (see this fantastic and easy blueberry pie recipe)

  • A normal batch of blueberry preserves, jam or jelly requires 5 pints of berries.

  • Blueberries do come in a variety of sizes from small (190-250 berries per cup) to extra large (<90 berries per cup).

Blueberry Recipes, Canning and Freezing Blueberries

Recipes

Canning, freezing and other blueberry recipes:

Baking tips

If you have trouble with blueberries settling to the bottom of muffins and blueberry breads, try one or more of these tips:

  • Coat them with flour before adding to the batter. Just gently shake the blueberries in a bag (plastic or paper) with 1/2 cup of flour, then dump them mix in a sieve to remove excess flour.
  • It may just be that your batter is too thin. try making the batter a little thicker!
  • Fill the muffin cups or baking pan up to 1/4 full with batter (which hasn't had blueberries added to it yet); then stir the blueberries into the remaining batter, and continue to fill the muffin cups or bread pan. The blueberries will start off higher in the mix!

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)

Dallas area of Texas Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Dallas area of Texas in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for blueberries that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have blueberries 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!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Fannin County

  • Walkers Blueberries - - No pesticides are used blueberries, porta-potties are available
    2933 FM 274, Ravenna, TX 75476. Phone: 915-204-1346. Email: ahwalker@outlook.com. Open: By appointment only on most Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; Always call the evening before your appointment to confirm availability. Directions: From the Dallas area, take highway 121 to Bonham, TX, and stay on highway 121 until it intersects with highway 78 N. Follow highway 78 north about 8 miles until you see the green sign to Mulberry. Turn left \(west\) on FM 274 S and go about 3 12 miles until you see on the left the small white sign with blue letters at 2933 FM 274. Turn left and go about 14 mile down the dirt road where the blueberries will be on the left. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. Walkers Blueberries . From the Dallas area, take highway 121 to Bonham, TX, and stay on highway 121 until it intersects with highway 78 N. Follow highway 78 north about 8 miles until you see the green sign to Mulberry. Turn left (west) on FM 274 S and go about 3 1/2 miles until you see on the left the small white sign with blue letters at 2933 FM 274. Turn left and go about 1/4 mile down the dirt road where the blueberries will be on the left. We do not use pesticides on the crops. As of July 25, 2014, the blueberry season has ended. The patch should reopen around the second week of June 2015.

Grayson County

  • Bloomer's Garden & Wildflower Farm - Uses natural growing practices, blackberries, blueberries, sunflowers, zinnias, flowers, herbs or spices, gift shop, restrooms, picnic area, picnic area you may bring your own food, farm animals
    905 Crawford Road, Sadler, TX 76264. Phone: (903) 564-5206. Email: lbloomer89@gmail.com. Open: ting June 8, 2021 - Open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 am to 1 pm. Directions: From Dallas- Take highway 75 north to Sherman, exit highway 82 west. Travel west 13 miles and exit Sadler Exit. Go north 4 miles and take a left on Crawford Road We are the last house on the right. Blackberries- small crop this year- Mid June through late June Blueberries- small crop this year- Mid June- late June Sunflowers- earlymid June- July Zinnias- earlymid June-July. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover.
    Bloomer's Garden & Wildflower Farm Facebook page. . From Dallas- Take highway 75 north to Sherman, exit highway 82 west. Travel west 13 miles and exit Sadler Exit. Go north 4 miles and take a left on Crawford Road We are the last house on the right. Blackberries- small crop this year- Mid June through late June Blueberries- small crop this year- Mid June- late June Sunflowers- early/mid June- July Zinnias- early/mid June-July. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. We also have handmade teas, soaps, candles and more in the gift shop. (formerly Wild Berry Farm) (UPDATED: May 26, 2022) (UPDATED: May 16, 2022)

Hunt County

  • TAMUC Twin Oaks Blueberry Farm - blueberries, restrooms
    2965 highway 24, Campbell, TX 75422. Phone: 903-886-5100. Email: blueberry@tamuc.edu. Open: Thursday to Saturday from 7am to 12 noon; We will post on Facebook with information regarding picking opportunities when the blueberries are ready. Directions: Taking exit 101 on I30, Twin Oaks is five miles north on Highway 50 on the right side of the road. From Commerce, the farm is 4 miles south on Highway 50 on the left side. Look for the sign. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
    TAMUC Twin Oaks Blueberry Farm Facebook page. . AKA, Texas A&M University-Commerce Twin Oaks Blueberry Farm.

Rockwall County

  • Blackland Berry Farm - No pesticides are used blackberries, blueberries, concessions or refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area
    230 Jones Road, Royse City, TX 75189. Phone: . Open: Please see our Facebook page as picking times and days vary based on fruit availability, typically June through early August, but conditions vary from year to year. Directions: We are located south of I-30 and east of 205 in unincorporated Royse City, TX. We do not use pesticides on the . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Venmo, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
  • Blase Family Farm - Uses natural growing practices, blueberries, pumpkins, concessions or refreshment stand, porta-potties are available, picnic area, picnic area you may bring your own food, birthday parties, school tours, group reservations
    1232 East Fork Drive, Rockwall, TX 75087. Phone: 972-772-3645. Email: jill@blasefamilyfarm.com. Open: Please visit our web site for dates and times as they can vary. Directions: From Route 66: North on N. Lakeshore Drive 1 mile. Turn right on East Fork Drive \(formally N. Alamo\) just before the entrance to The Shores From 205: East Fork Drive \(formally N. Alamo\) is located off 205, slightly south of Rockwall\'s YMCA and American National Bank Travel West .7 miles from 205. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
    Blase Family Farm Facebook page. . From Route 66: North on N. Lakeshore Drive 1 mile. Turn right on East Fork Drive (formally N. Alamo) just before the entrance to The Shores From 205: East Fork Drive (formally N. Alamo) is located off 205, slightly south of Rockwall's YMCA and American National Bank Travel West .7 miles from 205. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. Pick-your-own blueberries, usually from the end of May until the beginning of July, and a pumpkin patch during October. Field Trips, Weddings Pumpkin Patch Pick-Your-Own Blueberries Seasonal Petting Zoo Seasonal Hay Ride. (UPDATED: March 1, 2021 JBS) (UPDATED: April 12, 2018)

 

Blueberry

Blueberry Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

Blueberries are one of the easiest fruit to prepare and serve. There's no peeling, pitting, coring or cutting. They have few natural pests, (other than birds), so pesticides are generally unnecessary! This year's crop is fantastic (see related news story), thanks both to the weather and to more farms planting more blueberry bushes due to increased consumer demand over the past few years as more studies proclaim the anti-oxidant and other health properties of blueberries.

Click here to find a local Blueberry Festival (usually held between April and July).

If you are looking for information about a similar berry, the saskatoon (also called the June berry or Serviceberry) see this page about saskatoons.

Picking tips:

Select plump, full blueberries with a light gray-blue color. A berry with any hint of red isn't fully ripened.

Ripening AFTER picking?

First, it is key to know that once picked, blueberries will NOT become any sweeter, nor will the flavor improve. The only change that occurs is the color. They will APPEAR to ripen, but it is only a color change, from white to green to rose to red to pale blue to fully blue. So, white and green colored blueberries will not "ripen" after they are picked; while blueberries that have already turned purple, red or blue-ish usually DO change color after they are picked (if they are kept at room temperature to "ripen").

As the blueberries ripen ON THE BUSH, the flavor goes from tastless to bitter to tasteless tart to tart blueberry flavor to sweet blueberry flavor.

Grocery stores sell blueberries that are tart, not sweet because they had them picked unripe by machine so they are very firm and can handled being bumped around in shipping. They may look good, but are not as tasty as those picked when actually ripe.

So, the key is, PICK ONLY RIPE BERRIES!

How to pick blueberries

Since blueberries hang on the bushes in bunches a but like grapes do, the easiest and fastest way to pick them is hold your bucket under them in one hand and with your other hand, cup a ripe bunch and gently rub them with your fingers. The ripe berries will drop into your bucket, while the unripe ones will remain attached to the bush.

When the bushes are at peak, I can easily pick 2 gallons per hour (if I'm not being distracted by the kids and the sun isn't too hot!). A newbie might do 1 gallon per hour.and at the beginning or end of the season it takes more time as the berries are not as plentiful nor concentrated in clusters.

Tips for storing blueberries after harvesting:

  • Once picked, don't place the berries, still warm from the sun, in a closed bag or container. Leave the container open so moisture doesn't form in the container.
  • Don't wash berries until just before using, to prevent berries from becoming mushy.
  • Chill berries soon after picking to increase shelf life. Store your fresh blueberries in the refrigerator as soon as you get them home, without washing them, in a covered bowl or storage container. If refrigerated, fresh-picked blueberries will keep 10 to 14 days.
  • Freeze berries in freezer containers without washing to keep the skins from toughening. Place berries one layer deep. Freeze, then pour the frozen berries into freezer containers. Because unwashed blueberries freeze individually, they can be easily poured from containers in desired amounts. Remember both frozen and fresh berries should be rinsed and drained just before serving. Just before using, wash the berries in cold water.

Blueberry Measurements and Conversions

Keep in mind that blueberries vary considerably in density and moisture content, so these ranges are approximates.

  • 1 gallon of blueberries weighs about 7.5 lbs or (4 liters of blueberries is about 3.5 kg)

  • 1 pint of fresh blueberries weights about 3/4 of a pound. (1 liter of blueberries is about 700 grams)

  • 1 pound of fresh blueberries is usually between about 2 and 3 cups of berries.

  • It takes about 4 cups (about of blueberries to make a blueberry pie (see this fantastic and easy blueberry pie recipe)

  • A normal batch of blueberry preserves, jam or jelly requires 5 pints of berries.

  • Blueberries do come in a variety of sizes from small (190-250 berries per cup) to extra large (<90 berries per cup).

Blueberry Recipes, Canning and Freezing Blueberries

Recipes

Canning, freezing and other blueberry recipes:

Baking tips

If you have trouble with blueberries settling to the bottom of muffins and blueberry breads, try one or more of these tips:

  • Coat them with flour before adding to the batter. Just gently shake the blueberries in a bag (plastic or paper) with 1/2 cup of flour, then dump them mix in a sieve to remove excess flour.
  • It may just be that your batter is too thin. try making the batter a little thicker!
  • Fill the muffin cups or baking pan up to 1/4 full with batter (which hasn't had blueberries added to it yet); then stir the blueberries into the remaining batter, and continue to fill the muffin cups or bread pan. The blueberries will start off higher in the mix!

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)

Dallas area of Texas Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Dallas area of Texas in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for blueberries that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have blueberries 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!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Fannin County

  • Walkers Blueberries - - No pesticides are used blueberries, porta-potties are available
    2933 FM 274, Ravenna, TX 75476. Phone: 915-204-1346. Email: ahwalker@outlook.com. Open: By appointment only on most Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; Always call the evening before your appointment to confirm availability. Directions: From the Dallas area, take highway 121 to Bonham, TX, and stay on highway 121 until it intersects with highway 78 N. Follow highway 78 north about 8 miles until you see the green sign to Mulberry. Turn left \(west\) on FM 274 S and go about 3 12 miles until you see on the left the small white sign with blue letters at 2933 FM 274. Turn left and go about 14 mile down the dirt road where the blueberries will be on the left. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. Walkers Blueberries . From the Dallas area, take highway 121 to Bonham, TX, and stay on highway 121 until it intersects with highway 78 N. Follow highway 78 north about 8 miles until you see the green sign to Mulberry. Turn left (west) on FM 274 S and go about 3 1/2 miles until you see on the left the small white sign with blue letters at 2933 FM 274. Turn left and go about 1/4 mile down the dirt road where the blueberries will be on the left. We do not use pesticides on the crops. As of July 25, 2014, the blueberry season has ended. The patch should reopen around the second week of June 2015.

Grayson County

  • Bloomer's Garden & Wildflower Farm - Uses natural growing practices, blackberries, blueberries, sunflowers, zinnias, flowers, herbs or spices, gift shop, restrooms, picnic area, picnic area you may bring your own food, farm animals
    905 Crawford Road, Sadler, TX 76264. Phone: (903) 564-5206. Email: lbloomer89@gmail.com. Open: ting June 8, 2021 - Open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 am to 1 pm. Directions: From Dallas- Take highway 75 north to Sherman, exit highway 82 west. Travel west 13 miles and exit Sadler Exit. Go north 4 miles and take a left on Crawford Road We are the last house on the right. Blackberries- small crop this year- Mid June through late June Blueberries- small crop this year- Mid June- late June Sunflowers- earlymid June- July Zinnias- earlymid June-July. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover.
    Bloomer's Garden & Wildflower Farm Facebook page. . From Dallas- Take highway 75 north to Sherman, exit highway 82 west. Travel west 13 miles and exit Sadler Exit. Go north 4 miles and take a left on Crawford Road We are the last house on the right. Blackberries- small crop this year- Mid June through late June Blueberries- small crop this year- Mid June- late June Sunflowers- early/mid June- July Zinnias- early/mid June-July. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. We also have handmade teas, soaps, candles and more in the gift shop. (formerly Wild Berry Farm) (UPDATED: May 26, 2022) (UPDATED: May 16, 2022)

Hunt County

  • TAMUC Twin Oaks Blueberry Farm - blueberries, restrooms
    2965 highway 24, Campbell, TX 75422. Phone: 903-886-5100. Email: blueberry@tamuc.edu. Open: Thursday to Saturday from 7am to 12 noon; We will post on Facebook with information regarding picking opportunities when the blueberries are ready. Directions: Taking exit 101 on I30, Twin Oaks is five miles north on Highway 50 on the right side of the road. From Commerce, the farm is 4 miles south on Highway 50 on the left side. Look for the sign. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
    TAMUC Twin Oaks Blueberry Farm Facebook page. . AKA, Texas A&M University-Commerce Twin Oaks Blueberry Farm.

Rockwall County

  • Blackland Berry Farm - No pesticides are used blackberries, blueberries, concessions or refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area
    230 Jones Road, Royse City, TX 75189. Phone: . Open: Please see our Facebook page as picking times and days vary based on fruit availability, typically June through early August, but conditions vary from year to year. Directions: We are located south of I-30 and east of 205 in unincorporated Royse City, TX. We do not use pesticides on the . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Venmo, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
  • Blase Family Farm - Uses natural growing practices, blueberries, pumpkins, concessions or refreshment stand, porta-potties are available, picnic area, picnic area you may bring your own food, birthday parties, school tours, group reservations
    1232 East Fork Drive, Rockwall, TX 75087. Phone: 972-772-3645. Email: jill@blasefamilyfarm.com. Open: Please visit our web site for dates and times as they can vary. Directions: From Route 66: North on N. Lakeshore Drive 1 mile. Turn right on East Fork Drive \(formally N. Alamo\) just before the entrance to The Shores From 205: East Fork Drive \(formally N. Alamo\) is located off 205, slightly south of Rockwall\'s YMCA and American National Bank Travel West .7 miles from 205. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
    Blase Family Farm Facebook page. . From Route 66: North on N. Lakeshore Drive 1 mile. Turn right on East Fork Drive (formally N. Alamo) just before the entrance to The Shores From 205: East Fork Drive (formally N. Alamo) is located off 205, slightly south of Rockwall's YMCA and American National Bank Travel West .7 miles from 205. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. Pick-your-own blueberries, usually from the end of May until the beginning of July, and a pumpkin patch during October. Field Trips, Weddings Pumpkin Patch Pick-Your-Own Blueberries Seasonal Petting Zoo Seasonal Hay Ride. (UPDATED: March 1, 2021 JBS) (UPDATED: April 12, 2018)

 

Blueberry

Blueberry Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

Blueberries are one of the easiest fruit to prepare and serve. There's no peeling, pitting, coring or cutting. They have few natural pests, (other than birds), so pesticides are generally unnecessary! This year's crop is fantastic (see related news story), thanks both to the weather and to more farms planting more blueberry bushes due to increased consumer demand over the past few years as more studies proclaim the anti-oxidant and other health properties of blueberries.

Click here to find a local Blueberry Festival (usually held between April and July).

If you are looking for information about a similar berry, the saskatoon (also called the June berry or Serviceberry) see this page about saskatoons.

Picking tips:

Select plump, full blueberries with a light gray-blue color. A berry with any hint of red isn't fully ripened.

Ripening AFTER picking?

First, it is key to know that once picked, blueberries will NOT become any sweeter, nor will the flavor improve. The only change that occurs is the color. They will APPEAR to ripen, but it is only a color change, from white to green to rose to red to pale blue to fully blue. So, white and green colored blueberries will not "ripen" after they are picked; while blueberries that have already turned purple, red or blue-ish usually DO change color after they are picked (if they are kept at room temperature to "ripen").

As the blueberries ripen ON THE BUSH, the flavor goes from tastless to bitter to tasteless tart to tart blueberry flavor to sweet blueberry flavor.

Grocery stores sell blueberries that are tart, not sweet because they had them picked unripe by machine so they are very firm and can handled being bumped around in shipping. They may look good, but are not as tasty as those picked when actually ripe.

So, the key is, PICK ONLY RIPE BERRIES!

How to pick blueberries

Since blueberries hang on the bushes in bunches a but like grapes do, the easiest and fastest way to pick them is hold your bucket under them in one hand and with your other hand, cup a ripe bunch and gently rub them with your fingers. The ripe berries will drop into your bucket, while the unripe ones will remain attached to the bush.

When the bushes are at peak, I can easily pick 2 gallons per hour (if I'm not being distracted by the kids and the sun isn't too hot!). A newbie might do 1 gallon per hour.and at the beginning or end of the season it takes more time as the berries are not as plentiful nor concentrated in clusters.

Tips for storing blueberries after harvesting:

  • Once picked, don't place the berries, still warm from the sun, in a closed bag or container. Leave the container open so moisture doesn't form in the container.
  • Don't wash berries until just before using, to prevent berries from becoming mushy.
  • Chill berries soon after picking to increase shelf life. Store your fresh blueberries in the refrigerator as soon as you get them home, without washing them, in a covered bowl or storage container. If refrigerated, fresh-picked blueberries will keep 10 to 14 days.
  • Freeze berries in freezer containers without washing to keep the skins from toughening. Place berries one layer deep. Freeze, then pour the frozen berries into freezer containers. Because unwashed blueberries freeze individually, they can be easily poured from containers in desired amounts. Remember both frozen and fresh berries should be rinsed and drained just before serving. Just before using, wash the berries in cold water.

Blueberry Measurements and Conversions

Keep in mind that blueberries vary considerably in density and moisture content, so these ranges are approximates.

  • 1 gallon of blueberries weighs about 7.5 lbs or (4 liters of blueberries is about 3.5 kg)

  • 1 pint of fresh blueberries weights about 3/4 of a pound. (1 liter of blueberries is about 700 grams)

  • 1 pound of fresh blueberries is usually between about 2 and 3 cups of berries.

  • It takes about 4 cups (about of blueberries to make a blueberry pie (see this fantastic and easy blueberry pie recipe)

  • A normal batch of blueberry preserves, jam or jelly requires 5 pints of berries.

  • Blueberries do come in a variety of sizes from small (190-250 berries per cup) to extra large (<90 berries per cup).

Blueberry Recipes, Canning and Freezing Blueberries

Recipes

Canning, freezing and other blueberry recipes:

Baking tips

If you have trouble with blueberries settling to the bottom of muffins and blueberry breads, try one or more of these tips:

  • Coat them with flour before adding to the batter. Just gently shake the blueberries in a bag (plastic or paper) with 1/2 cup of flour, then dump them mix in a sieve to remove excess flour.
  • It may just be that your batter is too thin. try making the batter a little thicker!
  • Fill the muffin cups or baking pan up to 1/4 full with batter (which hasn't had blueberries added to it yet); then stir the blueberries into the remaining batter, and continue to fill the muffin cups or bread pan. The blueberries will start off higher in the mix!

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)

Dallas area of Texas Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Dallas area of Texas in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for blueberries that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have blueberries 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!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Fannin County

  • Walkers Blueberries - - No pesticides are used blueberries, porta-potties are available
    2933 FM 274, Ravenna, TX 75476. Phone: 915-204-1346. Email: ahwalker@outlook.com. Open: By appointment only on most Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; Always call the evening before your appointment to confirm availability. Directions: From the Dallas area, take highway 121 to Bonham, TX, and stay on highway 121 until it intersects with highway 78 N. Follow highway 78 north about 8 miles until you see the green sign to Mulberry. Turn left \(west\) on FM 274 S and go about 3 12 miles until you see on the left the small white sign with blue letters at 2933 FM 274. Turn left and go about 14 mile down the dirt road where the blueberries will be on the left. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. Walkers Blueberries . From the Dallas area, take highway 121 to Bonham, TX, and stay on highway 121 until it intersects with highway 78 N. Follow highway 78 north about 8 miles until you see the green sign to Mulberry. Turn left (west) on FM 274 S and go about 3 1/2 miles until you see on the left the small white sign with blue letters at 2933 FM 274. Turn left and go about 1/4 mile down the dirt road where the blueberries will be on the left. We do not use pesticides on the crops. As of July 25, 2014, the blueberry season has ended. The patch should reopen around the second week of June 2015.

Grayson County

  • Bloomer's Garden & Wildflower Farm - Uses natural growing practices, blackberries, blueberries, sunflowers, zinnias, flowers, herbs or spices, gift shop, restrooms, picnic area, picnic area you may bring your own food, farm animals
    905 Crawford Road, Sadler, TX 76264. Phone: (903) 564-5206. Email: lbloomer89@gmail.com. Open: ting June 8, 2021 - Open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 am to 1 pm. Directions: From Dallas- Take highway 75 north to Sherman, exit highway 82 west. Travel west 13 miles and exit Sadler Exit. Go north 4 miles and take a left on Crawford Road We are the last house on the right. Blackberries- small crop this year- Mid June through late June Blueberries- small crop this year- Mid June- late June Sunflowers- earlymid June- July Zinnias- earlymid June-July. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover.
    Bloomer's Garden & Wildflower Farm Facebook page. . From Dallas- Take highway 75 north to Sherman, exit highway 82 west. Travel west 13 miles and exit Sadler Exit. Go north 4 miles and take a left on Crawford Road We are the last house on the right. Blackberries- small crop this year- Mid June through late June Blueberries- small crop this year- Mid June- late June Sunflowers- early/mid June- July Zinnias- early/mid June-July. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. We also have handmade teas, soaps, candles and more in the gift shop. (formerly Wild Berry Farm) (UPDATED: May 26, 2022) (UPDATED: May 16, 2022)

Hunt County

  • TAMUC Twin Oaks Blueberry Farm - blueberries, restrooms
    2965 highway 24, Campbell, TX 75422. Phone: 903-886-5100. Email: blueberry@tamuc.edu. Open: Thursday to Saturday from 7am to 12 noon; We will post on Facebook with information regarding picking opportunities when the blueberries are ready. Directions: Taking exit 101 on I30, Twin Oaks is five miles north on Highway 50 on the right side of the road. From Commerce, the farm is 4 miles south on Highway 50 on the left side. Look for the sign. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
    TAMUC Twin Oaks Blueberry Farm Facebook page. . AKA, Texas A&M University-Commerce Twin Oaks Blueberry Farm.

Rockwall County

  • Blackland Berry Farm - No pesticides are used blackberries, blueberries, concessions or refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area
    230 Jones Road, Royse City, TX 75189. Phone: . Open: Please see our Facebook page as picking times and days vary based on fruit availability, typically June through early August, but conditions vary from year to year. Directions: We are located south of I-30 and east of 205 in unincorporated Royse City, TX. We do not use pesticides on the . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Venmo, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
  • Blase Family Farm - Uses natural growing practices, blueberries, pumpkins, concessions or refreshment stand, porta-potties are available, picnic area, picnic area you may bring your own food, birthday parties, school tours, group reservations
    1232 East Fork Drive, Rockwall, TX 75087. Phone: 972-772-3645. Email: jill@blasefamilyfarm.com. Open: Please visit our web site for dates and times as they can vary. Directions: From Route 66: North on N. Lakeshore Drive 1 mile. Turn right on East Fork Drive \(formally N. Alamo\) just before the entrance to The Shores From 205: East Fork Drive \(formally N. Alamo\) is located off 205, slightly south of Rockwall\'s YMCA and American National Bank Travel West .7 miles from 205. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
    Blase Family Farm Facebook page. . From Route 66: North on N. Lakeshore Drive 1 mile. Turn right on East Fork Drive (formally N. Alamo) just before the entrance to The Shores From 205: East Fork Drive (formally N. Alamo) is located off 205, slightly south of Rockwall's YMCA and American National Bank Travel West .7 miles from 205. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. Pick-your-own blueberries, usually from the end of May until the beginning of July, and a pumpkin patch during October. Field Trips, Weddings Pumpkin Patch Pick-Your-Own Blueberries Seasonal Petting Zoo Seasonal Hay Ride. (UPDATED: March 1, 2021 JBS) (UPDATED: April 12, 2018)

 

Blueberry

Blueberry Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

Blueberries are one of the easiest fruit to prepare and serve. There's no peeling, pitting, coring or cutting. They have few natural pests, (other than birds), so pesticides are generally unnecessary! This year's crop is fantastic (see related news story), thanks both to the weather and to more farms planting more blueberry bushes due to increased consumer demand over the past few years as more studies proclaim the anti-oxidant and other health properties of blueberries.

Click here to find a local Blueberry Festival (usually held between April and July).

If you are looking for information about a similar berry, the saskatoon (also called the June berry or Serviceberry) see this page about saskatoons.

Picking tips:

Select plump, full blueberries with a light gray-blue color. A berry with any hint of red isn't fully ripened.

Ripening AFTER picking?

First, it is key to know that once picked, blueberries will NOT become any sweeter, nor will the flavor improve. The only change that occurs is the color. They will APPEAR to ripen, but it is only a color change, from white to green to rose to red to pale blue to fully blue. So, white and green colored blueberries will not "ripen" after they are picked; while blueberries that have already turned purple, red or blue-ish usually DO change color after they are picked (if they are kept at room temperature to "ripen").

As the blueberries ripen ON THE BUSH, the flavor goes from tastless to bitter to tasteless tart to tart blueberry flavor to sweet blueberry flavor.

Grocery stores sell blueberries that are tart, not sweet because they had them picked unripe by machine so they are very firm and can handled being bumped around in shipping. They may look good, but are not as tasty as those picked when actually ripe.

So, the key is, PICK ONLY RIPE BERRIES!

How to pick blueberries

Since blueberries hang on the bushes in bunches a but like grapes do, the easiest and fastest way to pick them is hold your bucket under them in one hand and with your other hand, cup a ripe bunch and gently rub them with your fingers. The ripe berries will drop into your bucket, while the unripe ones will remain attached to the bush.

When the bushes are at peak, I can easily pick 2 gallons per hour (if I'm not being distracted by the kids and the sun isn't too hot!). A newbie might do 1 gallon per hour.and at the beginning or end of the season it takes more time as the berries are not as plentiful nor concentrated in clusters.

Tips for storing blueberries after harvesting:

  • Once picked, don't place the berries, still warm from the sun, in a closed bag or container. Leave the container open so moisture doesn't form in the container.
  • Don't wash berries until just before using, to prevent berries from becoming mushy.
  • Chill berries soon after picking to increase shelf life. Store your fresh blueberries in the refrigerator as soon as you get them home, without washing them, in a covered bowl or storage container. If refrigerated, fresh-picked blueberries will keep 10 to 14 days.
  • Freeze berries in freezer containers without washing to keep the skins from toughening. Place berries one layer deep. Freeze, then pour the frozen berries into freezer containers. Because unwashed blueberries freeze individually, they can be easily poured from containers in desired amounts. Remember both frozen and fresh berries should be rinsed and drained just before serving. Just before using, wash the berries in cold water.

Blueberry Measurements and Conversions

Keep in mind that blueberries vary considerably in density and moisture content, so these ranges are approximates.

  • 1 gallon of blueberries weighs about 7.5 lbs or (4 liters of blueberries is about 3.5 kg)

  • 1 pint of fresh blueberries weights about 3/4 of a pound. (1 liter of blueberries is about 700 grams)

  • 1 pound of fresh blueberries is usually between about 2 and 3 cups of berries.

  • It takes about 4 cups (about of blueberries to make a blueberry pie (see this fantastic and easy blueberry pie recipe)

  • A normal batch of blueberry preserves, jam or jelly requires 5 pints of berries.

  • Blueberries do come in a variety of sizes from small (190-250 berries per cup) to extra large (<90 berries per cup).

Blueberry Recipes, Canning and Freezing Blueberries

Recipes

Canning, freezing and other blueberry recipes:

Baking tips

If you have trouble with blueberries settling to the bottom of muffins and blueberry breads, try one or more of these tips:

  • Coat them with flour before adding to the batter. Just gently shake the blueberries in a bag (plastic or paper) with 1/2 cup of flour, then dump them mix in a sieve to remove excess flour.
  • It may just be that your batter is too thin. try making the batter a little thicker!
  • Fill the muffin cups or baking pan up to 1/4 full with batter (which hasn't had blueberries added to it yet); then stir the blueberries into the remaining batter, and continue to fill the muffin cups or bread pan. The blueberries will start off higher in the mix!

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)

Dallas area of Texas Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Dallas area of Texas in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for blueberries that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have blueberries 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!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Fannin County

  • Walkers Blueberries - - No pesticides are used blueberries, porta-potties are available
    2933 FM 274, Ravenna, TX 75476. Phone: 915-204-1346. Email: ahwalker@outlook.com. Open: By appointment only on most Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; Always call the evening before your appointment to confirm availability. Directions: From the Dallas area, take highway 121 to Bonham, TX, and stay on highway 121 until it intersects with highway 78 N. Follow highway 78 north about 8 miles until you see the green sign to Mulberry. Turn left \(west\) on FM 274 S and go about 3 12 miles until you see on the left the small white sign with blue letters at 2933 FM 274. Turn left and go about 14 mile down the dirt road where the blueberries will be on the left. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. Walkers Blueberries . From the Dallas area, take highway 121 to Bonham, TX, and stay on highway 121 until it intersects with highway 78 N. Follow highway 78 north about 8 miles until you see the green sign to Mulberry. Turn left (west) on FM 274 S and go about 3 1/2 miles until you see on the left the small white sign with blue letters at 2933 FM 274. Turn left and go about 1/4 mile down the dirt road where the blueberries will be on the left. We do not use pesticides on the crops. As of July 25, 2014, the blueberry season has ended. The patch should reopen around the second week of June 2015.

Grayson County

  • Bloomer's Garden & Wildflower Farm - Uses natural growing practices, blackberries, blueberries, sunflowers, zinnias, flowers, herbs or spices, gift shop, restrooms, picnic area, picnic area you may bring your own food, farm animals
    905 Crawford Road, Sadler, TX 76264. Phone: (903) 564-5206. Email: lbloomer89@gmail.com. Open: ting June 8, 2021 - Open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 am to 1 pm. Directions: From Dallas- Take highway 75 north to Sherman, exit highway 82 west. Travel west 13 miles and exit Sadler Exit. Go north 4 miles and take a left on Crawford Road We are the last house on the right. Blackberries- small crop this year- Mid June through late June Blueberries- small crop this year- Mid June- late June Sunflowers- earlymid June- July Zinnias- earlymid June-July. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover.
    Bloomer's Garden & Wildflower Farm Facebook page. . From Dallas- Take highway 75 north to Sherman, exit highway 82 west. Travel west 13 miles and exit Sadler Exit. Go north 4 miles and take a left on Crawford Road We are the last house on the right. Blackberries- small crop this year- Mid June through late June Blueberries- small crop this year- Mid June- late June Sunflowers- early/mid June- July Zinnias- early/mid June-July. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. We also have handmade teas, soaps, candles and more in the gift shop. (formerly Wild Berry Farm) (UPDATED: May 26, 2022) (UPDATED: May 16, 2022)

Hunt County

  • TAMUC Twin Oaks Blueberry Farm - blueberries, restrooms
    2965 highway 24, Campbell, TX 75422. Phone: 903-886-5100. Email: blueberry@tamuc.edu. Open: Thursday to Saturday from 7am to 12 noon; We will post on Facebook with information regarding picking opportunities when the blueberries are ready. Directions: Taking exit 101 on I30, Twin Oaks is five miles north on Highway 50 on the right side of the road. From Commerce, the farm is 4 miles south on Highway 50 on the left side. Look for the sign. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
    TAMUC Twin Oaks Blueberry Farm Facebook page. . AKA, Texas A&M University-Commerce Twin Oaks Blueberry Farm.

Rockwall County

  • Blackland Berry Farm - No pesticides are used blackberries, blueberries, concessions or refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area
    230 Jones Road, Royse City, TX 75189. Phone: . Open: Please see our Facebook page as picking times and days vary based on fruit availability, typically June through early August, but conditions vary from year to year. Directions: We are located south of I-30 and east of 205 in unincorporated Royse City, TX. We do not use pesticides on the . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Venmo, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
  • Blase Family Farm - Uses natural growing practices, blueberries, pumpkins, concessions or refreshment stand, porta-potties are available, picnic area, picnic area you may bring your own food, birthday parties, school tours, group reservations
    1232 East Fork Drive, Rockwall, TX 75087. Phone: 972-772-3645. Email: jill@blasefamilyfarm.com. Open: Please visit our web site for dates and times as they can vary. Directions: From Route 66: North on N. Lakeshore Drive 1 mile. Turn right on East Fork Drive \(formally N. Alamo\) just before the entrance to The Shores From 205: East Fork Drive \(formally N. Alamo\) is located off 205, slightly south of Rockwall\'s YMCA and American National Bank Travel West .7 miles from 205. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
    Blase Family Farm Facebook page. . From Route 66: North on N. Lakeshore Drive 1 mile. Turn right on East Fork Drive (formally N. Alamo) just before the entrance to The Shores From 205: East Fork Drive (formally N. Alamo) is located off 205, slightly south of Rockwall's YMCA and American National Bank Travel West .7 miles from 205. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. Pick-your-own blueberries, usually from the end of May until the beginning of July, and a pumpkin patch during October. Field Trips, Weddings Pumpkin Patch Pick-Your-Own Blueberries Seasonal Petting Zoo Seasonal Hay Ride. (UPDATED: March 1, 2021 JBS) (UPDATED: April 12, 2018)

 

Blueberry

Blueberry Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

Blueberries are one of the easiest fruit to prepare and serve. There's no peeling, pitting, coring or cutting. They have few natural pests, (other than birds), so pesticides are generally unnecessary! This year's crop is fantastic (see related news story), thanks both to the weather and to more farms planting more blueberry bushes due to increased consumer demand over the past few years as more studies proclaim the anti-oxidant and other health properties of blueberries.

Click here to find a local Blueberry Festival (usually held between April and July).

If you are looking for information about a similar berry, the saskatoon (also called the June berry or Serviceberry) see this page about saskatoons.

Picking tips:

Select plump, full blueberries with a light gray-blue color. A berry with any hint of red isn't fully ripened.

Ripening AFTER picking?

First, it is key to know that once picked, blueberries will NOT become any sweeter, nor will the flavor improve. The only change that occurs is the color. They will APPEAR to ripen, but it is only a color change, from white to green to rose to red to pale blue to fully blue. So, white and green colored blueberries will not "ripen" after they are picked; while blueberries that have already turned purple, red or blue-ish usually DO change color after they are picked (if they are kept at room temperature to "ripen").

As the blueberries ripen ON THE BUSH, the flavor goes from tastless to bitter to tasteless tart to tart blueberry flavor to sweet blueberry flavor.

Grocery stores sell blueberries that are tart, not sweet because they had them picked unripe by machine so they are very firm and can handled being bumped around in shipping. They may look good, but are not as tasty as those picked when actually ripe.

So, the key is, PICK ONLY RIPE BERRIES!

How to pick blueberries

Since blueberries hang on the bushes in bunches a but like grapes do, the easiest and fastest way to pick them is hold your bucket under them in one hand and with your other hand, cup a ripe bunch and gently rub them with your fingers. The ripe berries will drop into your bucket, while the unripe ones will remain attached to the bush.

When the bushes are at peak, I can easily pick 2 gallons per hour (if I'm not being distracted by the kids and the sun isn't too hot!). A newbie might do 1 gallon per hour.and at the beginning or end of the season it takes more time as the berries are not as plentiful nor concentrated in clusters.

Tips for storing blueberries after harvesting:

  • Once picked, don't place the berries, still warm from the sun, in a closed bag or container. Leave the container open so moisture doesn't form in the container.
  • Don't wash berries until just before using, to prevent berries from becoming mushy.
  • Chill berries soon after picking to increase shelf life. Store your fresh blueberries in the refrigerator as soon as you get them home, without washing them, in a covered bowl or storage container. If refrigerated, fresh-picked blueberries will keep 10 to 14 days.
  • Freeze berries in freezer containers without washing to keep the skins from toughening. Place berries one layer deep. Freeze, then pour the frozen berries into freezer containers. Because unwashed blueberries freeze individually, they can be easily poured from containers in desired amounts. Remember both frozen and fresh berries should be rinsed and drained just before serving. Just before using, wash the berries in cold water.

Blueberry Measurements and Conversions

Keep in mind that blueberries vary considerably in density and moisture content, so these ranges are approximates.

  • 1 gallon of blueberries weighs about 7.5 lbs or (4 liters of blueberries is about 3.5 kg)

  • 1 pint of fresh blueberries weights about 3/4 of a pound. (1 liter of blueberries is about 700 grams)

  • 1 pound of fresh blueberries is usually between about 2 and 3 cups of berries.

  • It takes about 4 cups (about of blueberries to make a blueberry pie (see this fantastic and easy blueberry pie recipe)

  • A normal batch of blueberry preserves, jam or jelly requires 5 pints of berries.

  • Blueberries do come in a variety of sizes from small (190-250 berries per cup) to extra large (<90 berries per cup).

Blueberry Recipes, Canning and Freezing Blueberries

Recipes

Canning, freezing and other blueberry recipes:

Baking tips

If you have trouble with blueberries settling to the bottom of muffins and blueberry breads, try one or more of these tips:

  • Coat them with flour before adding to the batter. Just gently shake the blueberries in a bag (plastic or paper) with 1/2 cup of flour, then dump them mix in a sieve to remove excess flour.
  • It may just be that your batter is too thin. try making the batter a little thicker!
  • Fill the muffin cups or baking pan up to 1/4 full with batter (which hasn't had blueberries added to it yet); then stir the blueberries into the remaining batter, and continue to fill the muffin cups or bread pan. The blueberries will start off higher in the mix!

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)