Today, we are constantly reminded to eat healthy and avoid things like chemicals and gluten (whatever that is). And since it doesn’t get much healthier than pulling food straight out of the ground, we figured why not put together a list of the best spots in Mississippi for picking fresh fruits and veggies. Ready to get to pickin’?
1. Crystal Springs Farm Market, Crystal Springs
This pick-your-own farm offers several varieties of both blueberries and blackberries in addition to selling their own local honey. While there, be sure to check out the authentic Aermotor water-pumping windmill, which is used for irrigation and pond renewal.
2. Blue River Farms and Nursery, Mount Olive
One of the largest blueberry farms in Mississippi, Blue River Farms and Nursery has been in the business of blueberries for 30 years. After signing in at the “Berry Barn,” you can get to pickin’ and are guaranteed the largest and sweetest blueberries grown.
3. Mitchell Farms, Collins
In business since 1960, Mitchell Farms has expanded tremendously over the years and now includes a whopping 1,500 acres! In addition to pick-your-own tomatoes and peaches, the farm offers other fresh fruits and vegetables, peanuts, and tours of both the farm and the on-site historic cabin which is filled with memorabilia that has been collected throughout the years.
4. Cedar Hill Farm, Hernando
First opened to the public in 1996, Cedar Hill Farm offers a little bit of everything. While on the farm you can visit the pick-your-own fields, which include strawberries, blackberries, and blueberries, purchase other fresh food at the produce stand, take part in a number of educational trips, grab a bite to eat at the Country Kitchen, and play a game of paintball – definitely something for everyone.
5. Nesbit Blueberry Plantation, Nesbit
Since 1984, running this “U-Pick” blueberry farm has been a family affair. Each summer the Traicoff family opens the farm to the public, allowing access to several varieties of deliciously sweet blueberries. And for only $12 a gallon, it’s definitely worth braving the summer heat.
6. Charlie’s U-Pik, Lucedale
Starting off with only ten acres of tomatoes, Charlie’s U-Pik farm has grown to now include 100 acres of assorted fruits and vegetables. Promising a “pickin’ good time,” this is the perfect way to not only stock up on farm fresh goods but to spend time with the entire family.
7. Toft Farms LLC, Carriere
In addition to bushes upon bushes of pick-your-own blueberries, Toft Farms also offers pre-picked and frozen blueberries, and they’ll even deliver! Not in the mood for blueberries? That’s okay, as they also offer fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchinis, squash, and beans.
8. Dannemann Farm LLC, Kiln
Opened each year during the summer months, Dannemann Farm offers blueberries for the pickin’ for a mere $7 a gallon!
9. Dabbs Woodland Farm, Saucier
This farm is truly a nature lover’s paradise! After picking your own blueberries, you can continue spending the day outdoors thanks to on-site RV spots and a nature trail, perfect for observing a plethora of wildlife.
10. Pecan Hill Farms, Raymond
Boasting a family friendly atmosphere, Pecan Hill Farms is an ideal way to spend the day with the family picking fresh blueberries, blackberries, and peaches.
11. Blueberry Heaven, Vancleave
The family owned and operated organic “U-Pick” blueberry farm, spans six acres and includes 6,000 blueberry bushes.
12. Reese Orchard, Starkville
What started off as a dairy farm soon grew to include crops of fruit, known as Reese Orchard. Today, the dairy farm is no longer in operation, but fresh fruit is as abundant as ever. Offering pick-your-own blueberries, Asian pears, muscadines, scuppernongs, and Oriental persimmons, Reese Orchard cannot be beat when it comes to variety.
13. Hope Fruit and Berry Farm, Morton
If you’re looking to make a day of fruit pickin’ then this is the place for you. After gathering blueberries, blackberries, and muscadines, you can end the day in the most southern way possible – relaxing on the huge front porch.
14. Hays Berry Farms, Dumas
Definitely an interesting story, Hays Berry Farms was started completely by accident. Yep, that’s right; it was an accident. After planting a few plants for personal use, neighbors saw the delicious looking blackberries, asked if there were plenty to go around, and the rest is history. Today, the farm includes thousands of plants, making it a blackberry gold mine.
Whether you’re lucky enough to have crops growing in your own backyard or are able to visit one of these farms, fresh fruit and vegetables are abundant in Mississippi and that truly is a blessing! Have you visited any of these farms or know of other pick-your-own farms in the state? Share your thoughts below!