You-pick farms: A guide to where to pick your own blueberries in Louisiana

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Fruit and produce picking can be a fun and educational activities for families. There are several local, pick-your-own farms in the New Orleans area, and now is the perfect time to plan a day trip.

We’re heading into blueberry season. Some farms are opening now, with the majority opening by Memorial Day weekend. According to John Slemmer at Pickyourown.org, many farms also have other fun activities for kids including playgrounds, farm animals, petting zoos and more.

The folks at Pickyourown.org offered some great tips for first-timers:

Good to know before you go: Most important, always call to confirm directly with the farm the night before or morning before heading out. You want to make sure that they are open and have the crops you want to pick available. Some farms have plumbed toilets, but unless you are a fan of port-o-potties, “go” at home before you leave!

What to bring: You’re going into a field; it could be muddy, so dress appropriately. Bring boots and old trainers, not high heels or flip-flops. Bring deet along in case for mosquitos. If you are allergic to a bee sting, bring your epi-pen, just in case! Also, pack sunscreen and wide-brimmed hats for the sun. Bring water or something to drink. Many farms provide picnic tables for food you bring.

When to arrive: Many crops, especially strawberries and blueberries, ripen daily, and get picked out by late morning.  So go as early as the farm opens for best selection and easiest picking. Going early also avoids the hot sun and heat!

Quick picking tips: Know how to tell when the fruit you are picking is ripe and how to pick and then store it. See this page for picking tips for almost any fruit. When you get home, spread the fruit out, pick out any smashed or damaged ones and follow the fruit-specific tips for storing.

Understand the costs: Know beforehand how much you will pick and the total cost.  It’s usually best to bring cash, but you can ask beforehand if farms take credit cards.

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Below is a listing of you-pick farms in the New Orleans area of Louisiana, according to Pickyourown.org.

New Orleans area U-Pick Farms and Orchards in 2018, listed by parish

Plaquemines Parish

Star Nursery – 14039 Highway 23, Belle Chasse, La. 70037 | 504-656-7760
What to pick: Blueberries
Hours: Thursday 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; until blueberries are all picked out, call ahead
Payment: Cash only

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St. Charles Parish

Nature’s Magic – 12563 River Road, Luling, La. 70070 | 985-240-9677
What to pick: Beans, grapefruit, lemons, onions, oranges, other citrus, summer squash, tomatoes, other fruit or veg (U-pick and already picked available)
Hours: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays year-round, by appointment; Call or email for times (miche@naturesmagicfarm.com)
Payment: Cash, check, credit card

St. Tammany Parish

Blue Harvest Farms – 78495 Highway 21, Bush, La. 70431
What to pick:  Blueberries
Hours: Check website schedule for 2018 opening date and weekly for open days and times
Payment: Cash, check, credit card

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Ridemore Ranch and Berry Farm – 22154 John T Prats Road, Covington, La. 70435 | 985-875-1965
What to pick: Blackberries, blueberries
Other produce: corn (sweet), cucumbers, figs, peppers, tomatoes, other fruit or veg, honey from hives on the farm also available
Hours: Opening for 2018 season on May 26
Payment: Cash, check, credit card

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Sunhillow Berry Farm – 33510 Magee-Mahner Road, Pearl River, La. 70452 | 985-630-1915
What to pick:  Blueberries, Mayhaw, Muscadines
Hours: Estimated opening date on May 25, but call to confirm; Opens daily, daylight until dark
Payment: Cash, check

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Tangipahoa Parish

Berry Hill Farm – 21136 Highway 40, Loranger, La. 70446 | 985-878-9040
What to pick: Blueberries
Hours: Opening soon for 2018 season, Call before heading to farm
Payment: 
Cash, Check

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Loblolly U-Pick Blueberries – 1000 Andrew Bankston Road, Amite, La. 70422 | 985-748-6843
What to pick: Blueberries
Hours: Opens June 2018, additional days may be available in May/July based on crop conditions; Opens Thursday through Sunday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Call before heading there
Payment: Cash only

Liuzza Produce Farm, Inc. – 56457 Holden Circle, Amite, La. 70422 | 985-981-5788
What to pick: strawberries, cucumbers, eggplant, melons, peppers, summer squash, tomatoes, other vegetables

Hours: Wednesday through Sunday beginning June 2 to July 1; public Saturday and Sunday; Please call ahead of time for availability
Payment: Cash, check

Washington Parish

3D Blueberry Farm – 41031 Highway 1056, Franklinton, La. 70438 | 985-839-2987
What to pick: Blueberries
Hours: Opening for 2018 season on May 23, then Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. until season ends, call before heading there
Payment: Cash only

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L and E Blueberry Farm, LLC – 27159 James Creel Road, Franklinton, La. 70438 | 504-858-3086
What to pick: Blueberries
Hours: Opens May 18 to July 15, daily from 7 a.m. to dusk
Payment: Cash only

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