Strawberry & Blueberry picking can be a fun, delicious, and educational outing with kids. Nothing compares to picking one’s own food and seeing where our food comes from. In Louisiana, the picking season usually starts earlier than other parts of the country, and we’re blessed to have several options for berry picking near Baton Rouge.
We’ve listed a number of fruit picking farms below; while some of these Strawberry & Blueberry picking farms are not close, they are within an hour or two and would make a fun day trip with a new city to explore. Time to get some dirt on your hands and fresh fruit in your buckets!
Good to Know Before You Go: Please be sure to call the farm before heading out, so many variables can affect your outing. Berry ripening, Weather, Berry availability, etc.
What to Bring: Prepare for a trip to the farm like you would a day at the park. With very little shade in the berry patches, you’ll want to bring hats and sunscreen. Wear full feet covering shoes, no flip-flops or the sort; those pesky Louisiana ants will get you every time! Bring baby wipes and a change of clothes for the littles; you never know what blueberry shenanigans the kids will get into.
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Strawberry & Blueberry picking near Baton Rouge & Beyond
Last year my family and I had the pleasure of spending time at Landry-Poche’ farms in Holden. It was like taking a step back in time. There’s a fruit stand on site where you can buy bushels of strawberries already picked, or you can pay $12 a bucket and pick your own. We went out to pick our own. My 4-year-old and 2-year-old loved looking for the ripest berries. There were rows and rows of strawberries to pick from, and it didn’t take long for us to fill our bucket.
The farm also sells breads and jams, and fresh veggies. We munched on the yummy strawberries, and I made strawberry sangria with all the berries we had leftover. It was a great little getaway, and I totally suggest y’all going to check them out and support local farmers.
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Where: Landry-Poché Farm, 29955 Richardson Drive, Holden, LA 70744
When: Open daily from 9-4 for already picked strawberries. Upick begins April 17th and continues every weekend until Mother’s Day.
More info: http://www.landrypochefarm.com/
Fresh strawberries pick and eat right off the farm! Plenty of other activities and delicious chocolate strawberries for EVERYBODY!
• Learn How A Strawberry Grows
• Pick Your Own Strawberries From the Strawberry Patch – Children actually walk through the Strawberry Patch and pick their own strawberries to take home with them.
• Face and Hand Painting
• Tractor Races
• Picnic Area
• Bouncing Race Horse
• Jumping Pillow
• Birthday Parties
Where: 31458 LA Highway 43, Albany
When: Open every day until Mother’s Day, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
More info: 567-3493
Blahut Strawberry Farm
Open: April through May, Monday to Friday from 9 am until 12 pm. Directions: Blahut Farm is located off I-12; exit 32 (Albany-Springfield) three miles south of interstate. Crops are usually available in April, May. Strawberries are placed in gallon, souvenir bucket while picking and will be taken home. Tickfaw State Park is only 5 minutes from Blahut Farm and is perfect for picnicking.
Where: 24980 Fayard Road, Springfield
More info: 294-5073
Pick-your-own orchard with fruits grown throughout the year. Pick and purchase blueberries, peaches, kumquats, satsumas, persimmons, strawberries, and others. Please call before coming pick to make sure we have fruits available. They will post on their Facebook page when Strawberries are ready for picking! https://www.facebook.com/DanielAnnasOrchard/
Where: 5116 North Freetown Rd New Iberia, LA 70560
More info: (337) 365-1690
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Blueberry picking near Baton Rouge & Beyond
Blueberry picking usually starts in May – We will update this page as new information becomes available.
Blueberry Ridge Orchard: Hours of operation are M-Sat- sunrise to sunset. Closed on Sundays. Please bring your own containers to take your berries home. The price for a u-pick is $1.50/lb.
WHERE: 2199 Holly Ridge Road, Jackson, Louisiana 70748.
More Info: Online | Facebook |225-603-2935 or leave a message at 225-629-5311.
Blue Harvest Farms: Blue Harvest Farms is the largest U-Pick Blueberry Farm in St. Tammany parish, located on the Covington/Bush border (Waldheim). Starting in 2020, Blue Harvest Farms will no longer be a public U-pick blueberry farm. They now operate a membership program. They are still U-pick, and they still only grow blueberries, but because the fields have been downsized, they can no longer handle historical BHF crowds.
WHERE: 78495 HWY 21, Bush, LA 70431
More Info: Online | Facebook | firstname.lastname@example.org
EquiTerra Farm: EquiTerra Farm is a certified organic horse-powered farm. We have a goal here on the farm to provide the highest quality food possible to our customers. We believe that a healthy body starts with healthy food. We are currently going through the new LA organic application process; but, we have been organic since we began farming. We provide organic blueberries, figs, blackberries, muscadines, and vegetables. We also have wonderful big brown free-range eggs and free-range broilers. Pick, weigh, and pay!
WHERE: 12798 Muse Lane, Clinton, LA 70722
More Info: 225-683-8406 | email@example.com
Loblolly Ridge Farm: Located in the northern section of Tangipahoa Parish, Amite, Louisiana. Loblolly Ridge Farm is a U-Pick Blueberry farm. The farm consists of 2 acres of blueberries (approximately 1200 bushes consisting of 6 varieties of hybrid blueberries). The season opens Friday, May 28th, 2021. Open Friday and Saturday Only 07:00am- 3:00pm. Berries are $10.00 per gallon cash only.
WHERE: 1000 Andrew Bankston Road, Amite, LA 70422
More Info: Online | (985) 748-6843
Shuqualak Farms: Shuqualak Farms is small and inviting, with six acres of blueberries and four acres of blackberries. Open from early June to mid-July; visitors are provided with a 5-quart WHERE: bucket and strap for collecting their harvest. Berries are packaged in freezer-safe bags, and children are given 1-quart take-home buckets.
232 Shuqualak Farms Rd, Frierson, LA
More Info: Online | Facebook | (318) 797-8273
Sunhillow Berry Farm: Locally owned and operated. This farm has been in operation since 1993. We operate on the “honor” system. Come on out and pick your own! Pick, weigh, and pay!
WHERE: 33510 Magee-Mahner Rd Pearl River, LA
More Info: Online | Facebook | (985) 867-9737
After Strawberry & Blueberry picking – Caring for Berries
Store unwashed berries in containers or gallon-sized zip-top bags layered with paper towels. Refrigerated berries will last about two days. Frozen blueberries can last from season to season or beyond, do not wash berries for the freezer. THEY MUST BE DRY BEFORE FREEZING; you can wash before use. Serve at room temperature after washing with a spray of cool water. Whole berries can be frozen in zip-top freezer bags for jams, smoothies, and homemade ice cream. Add berries to cereal, smoothies, or snacks straight from the refrigerator or freezer. Berries are fat-free, low in calories, and have fiber, vitamin C, and disease-fighting antioxidants. We know you’ll enjoy blueberry picking near Baton Rouge & Beyond!