Spring is my absolute favorite time of year. Not only does it bring beautiful flowers, pleasant temperatures, and Easter eggs and bunnies …. it brings berries! Enjoying those juicy red south Louisiana strawberries is part of saying hello to Spring. There are so many ways to enjoy them in desserts, jams, salads, or all by themselves. Locally, there are several options for picking your own strawberries, all while making it a family affair.
Mrs. Heather’s Strawberry Farm: 31458 Hwy 43 Albany, LA 70711
This farm, located near the Ponchatoula area, has something appealing to all ages. There are endless rows of strawberry patches where you can fill your basket until it’s overflowing with juicy goodness. Mrs. Heathers has a jumping pillow, zip line, bouncing raise horses, and some fun ride on tractors for the kids to enjoy. There are several picnic areas around the property if you would like to bring your lunch or snacks. I would advise bringing rain boots, as it does tend to get muddy around the patch. Also, Mrs. Heather has yummy chocolate covered strawberries and jams for sale, as well. Always check their Facebook page or call them at 225-567-33493 to check for open picking, as weather conditions and berry conditions (ripeness) may affect hours. The cost for a flat is $20 and half flat is $12. This is also a wonderful place for a birthday party or field trip!
Liuzza Land: 56186 Holden Circle Amite, LA 70422
While this farm is only open to school groups/field trips, they are open to the public for scheduled events. One of those scheduled events is the Liuzza Land Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 11 10-3pm. You must register and purchase tickets in advance at www.liuzzaland.com. If you are lucky enough to attend a field trip or event at this farm you will enjoy a ride on a covered wagon throughout the land, all while receiving a lesson in agriculture to show what it takes to bring strawberries from farm to table. This family owned farm since 1909 is worth the time and drive!
Looking Ahead to Summer
Following strawberries in the Spring, comes blueberries in the heat of the Summer! Blueberry picking normally begins in late May/early June and goes to July. Blueberries are a superfruit and can be used in endless ways!
Blue Harvest: 78495 Hwy 21 Bush, LA 70431
This was my all-time favorite place to pick blueberries. However, beginning Summer 2020, this farm will be on a membership only basis to pick due to downsizing. Memberships are already full but you can join the waitlist by going to their website.
3D Blueberry Farm: 41031 Hwy 1056 Franklinton, LA 70438
This beautiful farm will be open for public picking for the 2020 Summer season on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 7-5pm. Check their Facebook page for further details of when the berries will be ripe and ready for picking. They will have Premier, Climax, and Tifblue blueberry varieties available.
Ridemore Berry Farm: 22154 John T Prats Rd. Covington, LA 70435
This small run family farm is a delight! The farm is open May-July with options to pick blueberries, blackberries, veggies and figs. The produce is grown without the use of chemicals or pesticides!
Berry picking is such a great outing for the family to enjoy the outdoors, homegrown fruit, and some beautiful local farmland. I hope you take the opportunity this Spring and Summer to stop and pick some berries!
Melissa is a former accountant, former educator, and current stay at home mom. She has two sons, Blake (12) and Owen (7). Residing on the Northshore for the last 15 years with her husband of 15 years and their sons, Melissa enjoys the simple life of coffee, gardening, decorating, and exercise.