Looking for a summer day trip destination where the air is sweet and the charm is plentiful?
Just about one hour north of our busy Frisco suburb, Wild Berry Farm offers visitors a full day of berry-picking fun and kid-friendly farm activities. A perfect blend of old-fashioned charm and modern convenience, the farm looks like it jumped right off the pages of a storybook!
The month of June is peak berry season when you can spend the day picking delicious berries right from the vine! But that's not all…
Open for Picking
While berry picking is the main event, Wild Berry Farm offers a variety of produce, including melons, zucchini, okra, cucumbers, and tomatoes. Picking hours are available Tues – Thurs, and Sat – Sun. (They're closed on Mondays and Fridays for berry ripening and farm maintenance.)
The farm provides buckets for picking, so all you need to bring is your sense of adventure! It's a wonderful way for children to learn about where and how our food is grown.
In addition to berry and produce picking, Wild Berry Farm also offers $5 all day farm fun passes! Meet farm critters, zoom down the slide hill, feed catfish at the pond, dig for fossils, and more!
Wild Berry Farm has a quaint outdoor market that carries everything from jams and jellies to organic soaps and seeds. You can also grab lunch and some cold lemonade at the newly opened Farm Café or step into the beautiful fields of sunflowers for a family photo opportunity.
Fun for the Whole Family
My family visited Wild Berry Farm for the first time last year and it was definitely a highlight of the summer. I visited with my sister and our four children, who ranged in age from 13 years old to 14 months. Everyone had a blast!
The little ones loved exploring the farm and we all got really into the berry picking. It was fun to get lost in the rows and see which of us could find the biggest and best berries.
We have so many sweet memories from our morning at the farm and can’t wait to go back this year. Wild Berry Farm was a totally unique experience for our suburban kids and a great way for the family to spend time together. It's truly a special day trip that grandparents, parents, and kids of all ages can enjoy.
How to Make the Most of Your Visit
Here are a few tips to make it a great experience.
- Pick the best day to visit. We learned that during peak season the berries grow very quickly, so consider visiting Tuesday or Saturday after the plants get their Friday and Monday “days off” and before other visitors arrive.
- Go early! You’ll get the first pick of the berries and avoid the hottest time of day in the afternoon.
- Check their Facebook page before you go. The farm consistently provides updates about the weather and crops via social media and the crop-o-meter. Make sure there will be plenty to pick before you make the drive.
- Embrace getting dirty. You’ll have muddy feet, sticky fingers, and probably plenty of purple stains. Wear “farm friendly” clothes, sunscreen, and have fun!
- Check their calendar of events from time to time. This month they have canning classes! You can make your own jam and take it with you!
So, What Will You Do With ALL of Those Berries?
When we got back to Frisco, my sister- who is an excellent cook (and even better person) – volunteered to bake a vast array of blackberry-themed baked goods. As the typical slacker little sister, I volunteered to eat everything she cooked…
We tried all kinds of scrumptious blackberry recipes and it was great fun (especially for me). In the end, our families voted the old fashioned blackberry cobbler was the favorite, hands-down!
Here's my sister’s delicious recipe. I hope you enjoy it – and your experience at Wild Berry Farm – as much as we did! If you have a fresh fruit recipe to share, please leave us a comment!
3 cups fresh blackberries
1 cup sugar
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup cold water
1 tablespoon butter
1(1/2) cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1(1/2) teaspoons baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup cold butter, cubed
½ cup 2% milk
Whipped topping or vanilla ice cream, optional
1) In a large saucepan, combine the berries, sugar, and cinnamon. Cook and stir until mixture comes to a boil. Combine cornstarch and water until smooth; stir into fruit mixture. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Pour into a greased 8 inch square baking dish. Dot with butter.
2) For topping: in a small bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in milk until moistened. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto the hot berry mixture.
3) Bake, uncovered, at 350 for 30-35 minutes or until filling is bubbly and topping is golden brown. Serve warm, with whipped topping or ice cream if desired.
Wild Berry Farm
903.564.5206 or 903.818.5402
905 Crawford Rd. Sadler, TX
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