Geography has a lot to do with when fruits are in season, but U.S. residents can generally find the popular ones at the following times:
- Strawberries: April-June (peak April-May in Florida & Texas, May in South, June in rest of country)
- Blackberries: June-August (peak June in South, July in North)
- Blueberries: June-August
- Raspberries: July-October (first crop peaks June in South, July in North, second peaks late July South, late August North)
- Cherries: June-August
- Peaches: July-September (peak late June-July in South, July and August North)
- Pears: August-October (peak August-September in South, September-October in North)
To find local U-pick farms, take a look at pickyourown.org in Links to see if they list any farms in your area. If not, do some searching for fruits of interest in your area. If fruit isn't your thing, try some of other locally-grown foods, like avocados for fresh guacamole.
Before driving out, always call for the following information:
- If the farm will be open
- Whether the fruit you want is available and ripe
- The best time of day to pick
- If you need to bring containers
- The cost
- Whether you can snack while you pick.
- That there will be plenty of ripe fruit available in the field when you arrive (go early)
It's also a good idea to ask about proper picking technique so that you don't damage the plants.
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