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 near the New Orleans area, and now is the perfect time to plan a day trip.

It’s blueberry season, and a majority of local farms open 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 2019, listed by parish


St. Tammany Parish

Blue Harvest Farms – 78495 Highway 21, Bush, La. 70431
What to pick:  Blueberries (u-pick and pre-picked available)
Other produce: Jelly, sweet and spicy pickles, and honey available for purchase
Hours: Season Open; check website schedule 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, figs, veggies, honey from hives on the farm also available
Hours: Season opens May 25 through end of June; Saturdays and Tuesdays from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.
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: Season open, but call to confirm; Open Friday through Sunday, daylight until dark
Payment: Cash, check

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Tangipahoa Parish

Loblolly Ridge Farm – 1000 Andrew Bankston Road, Amite, La. 70422 | 985-748-6843
What to pick: Blueberries
Hours: Opens on May 30th until June 29th; Hours are 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday
Payment: Cash only


Washington Parish

3D Blueberry Farm – 41031 Highway 1056, Franklinton, La. 70438 | 985-839-2987
What to pick: Blueberries
Hours: Opening for 2019 season on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. until season ends; call or check Facebook page 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: Season open until July 15, daily from 7 a.m. to dusk
Payment: Cash preferred

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Know of any other great U-pick blueberry farms near the New Orleans area? Contact us to add your favorite U-pick farm to our list.

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