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Lone Star Agritourism
Visitor-Friendly Farms in Texas
Find yourself strolling through stunning lavender fields, gifting straight-from-the-hive honey to friends and family, and enjoying Texas-grown, farm-fresh fruits and vegetables in your kitchen.
Come the holidays, you can even bring home your handpicked pumpkin for carving, or select your own Christmas tree grown on nearby soil.
Amarillo and Lubbock
The Texas Panhandle and northwestern region yield plenty of agritourism opportunities for visitors and local shoppers alike.
The Lubbock area and fruit have a history; but don’t worry, it’s not awkward. Be sure to visit Gallaghers Apple Orchard for blackberries, strawberries, nectarines, and peaches, Apple Country Orchards for year-round apples and cider, and TreeGrace Farms for organic watermelons and cantaloupes.
South of Lubbock in Odonnell, Field of Dreams Dairy offers USDA natural beef, free-range chicken and eggs, and unpasteurized milk – plus plenty of farm-fresh fruits and vegetables.
More USDA natural beef and goat meat is found at Rimrock Forage Finished Beef in Abilene.
True Panhandle farms are also aplenty. Check out Mrs. Smith's Farm for apples and grapes in Lelia Lake, Wieck Farms for sweet corn and pumpkins in Dumas, and The Apple Shack in Farwell.
Farms in the Piney Woods
The small, east Texas town of Livingston also happens to be a hotbed for agritourists looking to pick some berries. Livingston visitors can nab some fresh blueberries from Baxter's Blueberry Farm and Sandy Foot Farm, blackberries from D&D Fruit Farm and Jackson Fruit Farm, or both from Hamilton Berry Farm.
Nacodoches is also busting with berries. Check out Birdwell’s Blueberry Busy, The Blueberry Place, Stoneybrook Farm, and Appleby Community Farm. Nacodoches also hosts the annual Texas Blueberry Festival – encompassing downtown in mid-June for more than a quarter-century – and the Diamond K Christmas Tree Farm.
Tyler isn’t too shabby in the agriculture department either. Check out Indian Creek Farm, Rainbow Ranch, Tyler Blue Berry Farm, and Deep Creek Farm for PYO blueberries and blackberries galore.
Other east Texas cities are ideal for fresh fruit and vegetables. The city of Canton features Lay Berry Farm and Troubadour Blackberry Farm – also offering a petting zoo and picnic area. Consider the Cook Peach Farm in Jacksonville, and the East Texas Peach & Berry Camp in, yes, Pittsburg.
San Antonio and the Southern Hills
Whether looking for fresh peaches or baby goats, the southern hills of Texas yield some of the best visitor-friendly farms in the Lone Star State.
Check out Countyline Organic Vegetables in Kenedy for locally grown beans, peas, peppers, summer squash, and more. For more farm-fresh vegetables, don’t miss Markley Family Farm for naturally grown cucumbers, eggplant, figs, beets – you name it – in New Braunfels.
For milli… um, thousands… of peaches, head to the city of Fredericksburg for Jenschke Orchards,Marburger Orchard, and Tuscany on the Pedernales Peach Farm.
For some fun activities mixed in with your berry picking, try the petting zoo and picnic area at South Texas MAiZE in Hondo – also offering pumpkins and fresh cut flowers. Also in Hondo, Sun Seasons offers asparagus, blackberries, figs, and persimmons.
Other agritourist spots include Green Country Farm and the Wild-Pere Market (great for flowers, melons, peppers, sweet corn, and more) – both in Floresville. And for a good old fashioned hayride, check out Fiesta Farm & Trail Rides right in San Antonio.
Big Bend Country
Though west Texas can yield some wineries and vineyards like there’s no tomorrow, vines ain’t the only thing coming out of that ground.
Head to Fabens (near Clint) for Williams River Farm – ideal for an autumn visit. You can enjoy picking your favorite from the pumpkin patch, a corn maze, a hay bale maze, and tractor-pulled hay rides.
A good day-trip includes a trek to Midland and Fiddlesticks Farms. Bring the family for farm animals and picnics, and stick around for pumpkins, squash, and fresh-from-the-hive honey.
More made in west Texas produce include fresh lavender at Joyce Lavender Ranch in Hermleigh near Big Spring, pumpkins at the Mandujano Brothers Roadside Stand, and the Shoestring Cattle Co. for peppers, peas, okra, and tomatoes.
Sandwiched between the Gulf Coast and the country of Mexico, the southern region of Texas is a lively area with a storied agricultural history.
Head to Edinburg for Fike Farms – great for grapefruit, avocados, and plenty of citrus. For more delicious citrus from local farms, check out G & S Groves Farm for organic oranges and grapefruits in McAllen, and Lazy S Citrus Grove in Mercedes. For some PYO produce, head for Bell's Farm to Marketback in McAllen.
The city of Alamo yields more fruits and vegetables from the border. Check out Bachman Farms for corn, green beans, zucchini, and butterkin squash, and Obst Family Farm for oranges and Rio Red grapefruit. You’ll find more grapefruit in La Feria at Orr Farms.
Other visitor-friendly farms in southern Texas include Universal Farms for eggplant, herbs, spices, onions, and peppers in Rio Hondo, and Wernecke Citrus Farms in Mission, great ready-to-go grapefruit, oranges, and avocados.
For all your favorite south Texas produce in one place, visit the Jim Wells County Farmers Market for every thing from eggs to broccoli, baked good to jams, flowers, herbs, and face painting at this expansive outdoor market neighboring the City Hall of Alice.
Hill Country Farms and Markets
Love lavender? You’re in luck. Check out Hill Country Lavender and Texas Lavender Hills in Blanco, the M & J Lavender Farm in Johnson City, and Sweet Dreams Lavender Farm in Austin. Enjoy PYO lavender at the Wimberley Lavender Farm, or head back to Blanco for the annual Blanco Lavender Festival each summer.
The city of Dripping Springs – beautiful enough to gain the title, “Wedding Capital of Texas,” – is a hot spot for agritourists. Enjoy blackberries from Moody Farms & Flowers, grab some seasonal vegetables and fresh-cut flowers from Pure Luck Texas, or see it all at once at the City of Dripping Springs Farmers Market.
Berry farms are spotted throughout Hill Country, Check out Chickamaw Farm for blueberries in Bastrop (also home to Sweet Eats Fruit Farm), and strawberries and blackberries at Sweetberry Farm near Marble Falls. Apple Valley Orchard also offers raspberries and blackberries, along with fresh-from-the-hive honey in Llano.
Those in search of fresh vegetables can hit Bastrop Garden Farms in Cedar Creek or Johnson's Backyard Garden in Austin – also offering pecans. And everything from peaches to peas is found at DeZavala Vineyard Sand Pit Enterprises in Franklin.
Veggies and More on the Gulf
Known for beaches and spring break, the stunning Texas Gulf Coast also features farms, pea patches, and incredible produce. And you better believe we have some recommendations.
Veg out on the Gulf Coast with stops like Wordens Vegetables – offering fresh beans, sweet corn, cucumbers, peas, winter squash, and more in Robstown near Corpus Christi.
You can also head to the Papalote Pea Patch for fun finds like cream peas, black-eyed peas, purple peas, and green beans.
The Beaumont area visitors can head for Griffin Berry Farm, offering organic blueberries, pears, muscadines, satsumas, kumquats, and mayhaws.
If you’re just here to shop, check out Bakers Homegrown Farms for their incredible market in Hallettsville, or POY produce at Six Mile Pic-N-Pac Produce – granting beans, beets, cucumbers, eggplant, peas, summer squash, and tomatoes in Port Lavaca.
Big D and Cowtown
Just because it’s the big city doesn’t mean this isn’t still Texas. The Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex is also buzzing with visitor-friendly farms and orchards ready for some company.
Lavender lovers, check out Lavender Ridge Farms in Gainesville, or Eklund's Lavender Dream Farm in Stephenville.
Stick around Gainesville and grab some peaches at Red River Peach Orchard, or head to Nevada for pecans at Sunnyvale Pecan Orchard or Swanzy's Backyard Gardens – also offering fresh vegetables. Make your way to Sanger for a stop at the Duck Creek Blackberry Farm, or leave with some grapes, peaches, and plums from Windy Creek Vineyards.
You’ll easily find more Dallas area farms in Waxahachie – home to Windy Acres Farm (apples, beans, blackberries, sweet corn, melons, onions, peas, peaches, pumpkins, squash and more), and Larken Farms (beets, blackberries, pears, plums, pumpkins, fresh honey, and farm animals).
There are seriously so many more. Think about PYO blackberries at Worthington Orchards in Proctor, figs, pears, and fresh eggs from Hummingbird Farm in Streetman, and preserves and baked goods from C & C Dairy & Farmstead in Collinsville.
In Lone Oak, you can find almost everything at the Wolfe Pen Creek Farmstead Cheese & Farm Store. Browse through everything from asparagus, herbs, and melons to peppers, persimmons, and plums. And if you’re looking for a new living room companion during the holidays, visit the Brushy Creek Christmas Tree Farm in Bowie.
Space City Farms and Ranches
Though Space City is known for its time in zero gravity, its local farms, markets, and ranches are pretty down to Earth.
While in Houston, visit Last Organic Outpost – a natural resource for local beans, beets, broccoli, carrots, cucumbers, figs, onions, or summer and winter squash. The outpost offers a farmers’ market with additional fruits and vegetables – available picked, or pick your own.
For more PYO fun, head to Alvin for Froberg Vegetable & Fruit Farm and pick strawberries, filling up the patented Froberg Bucket. Stay in the area for Funky Monkey Farms for more strawberries, apples, blackberries, and just about everything else.
Other visitor-friendly farms in greater Houston include Home Sweet Farm in Brenham, Matt Family Orchard & Nursery in Tomball, Lavande in Bellville, and many, many more.
The Texas city of Cleveland is jammed packed with farms, berries, and berry farms. Head north of Houston and check out M@B Trading Co., Pioneer Berry Farm, and Ross's Blueberries at Prairie Pines Farm.
If you’re just here to shop, check out the cover, outdoor market at 105 Market, and check out produce from Wood Duck Farm at Urban Harvest Farmer’s Market in Houston. The Urban Harvest Farmer’s Market in Houston is divided into the Eastside, Highland Village, and City Hall Farmers’ Market.