Here Are The Best Farms For All Your Berry-Picking Needs

As we transition from May’s strawberry season to June’s prime blueberry and blackberry picking, we’re highlighting the berry best places to go for fruit-foraging fun

Renee’s Berry Garden in London

At Renee’s, you can fill your provided container with delicious and nutritious blackberries and blueberries from the 4-acre (and growing) farm nestled in the Arkansas River Valley just 10 miles up the road from Russellville. Your littles will have a blast sampling nature’s candy while they collect their haul. But if they happen to get restless, take a play break in the garden’s sandbox, or bring a brown-bag lunch to enjoy at the picnic tables. A gallon of blackberries at Renee’s will set you back $12, while blueberries go for $13 (u-pick) to $18 (pre-picked) a gallon. (sites.google.com/site/reneesberrygarden; (479) 293-3229)

BoBrook Farms in Roland

Just beyond Pinnacle Mountain State Park, BoBrook Farms grows blueberries and blackberries ripe for the picking at $5/quart. But if you really want to relax while you’re out at the farm, visit BoBrook’s River Bottom Winery, where they make wine produced from the fruit grown on the premises, as well as traditional wine like chardonnay and merlot produced from grapes sourced from around the world. (bobrookfarms.com; (501) 519-5666)

Cox Berry Farm & Nursery in Clarksville

If you’re lucky and you head out right now, you might just be able to catch the tail end of strawberry-picking season at Cox Berry Farm & Nursery on Redlick Mountain. But most likely, it’ll be the blackberries and blueberries that’ll be filling your basket. Whatever you end up with, the fact that the Cox family has been farming the area for three generations ensures that it’ll be delicious. And if you just can’t get enough berry picking in your life, consider purchasing a blackberry bush of your own from the nursery. U-pick strawberries sell for $1.50/pound, blackberries for $12/gallon ($3/quart) and blueberries for $14/gallon ($3.50 a quart). (coxberryfarm.com; (479) 754-3707)

Wye Mountain Flowers & Berries in Roland

Wye Mountain may be well-known for its annual daffodil festival, but it turns out the area’s loamy soil is also perfect for cultivating berries. At Wye Mountain Flowers & Berries, not only will you find the usual blueberries and blackberries ($20/gallon), but delicious raspberries as well ($8/quart). After you’ve gotten your fill of fresh fruit, take a stroll through the farm’s 3 acres of zinnias, sunflowers and lilies, where you can put together the perfect bouquet to take home. (wyemountain.net; (501) 330-1906)

Reagan Family Farm in Fayetteville

Since 2015, the Reagans have been growing u-pick-’em strawberries ($5/pound) right off College Avenue on a 10-acre farm in the heart of the city, and last year they added blueberries ($4/pound) to their fields. You can also purchase farm-fresh eggs (your kiddos will love getting to see the chickens) and organic honey. Best of all, the Reagans are as sweet as their berries. (facebook.com/farmreaganfamily; (479) 443-5529)