A great website to find you pick farms in the Houston area

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http://www.pickyourown.org/TXhouston.htm

Blackberry Jam…You-Picks and Farmer’s Markets in Houston

A couple of weeks ago my kids and I visited a you-pick farm and picked blackberries. We picked close to 8 lbs of blackberries. I packed 1/2 of the berries in ziploc bags and froze them with a sprinkle of sugar. The other 1/2 of the berries I turned into jam this past weekend.

I was able to can 8 jars of blackberry jam! My daughter noticed that she had spelled “farms” fars” on this photo. Ha ha!

My kids were so proud of themselves when they saw the jars of jam. My daughter designed and printed the labels. My son was so excited to see the finished product that he wanted to immediately go out in the neighborhood and start selling the jam for $15! This fruit picking/canning experience was really good for the kids. If you want to know how I made the jam, feel free to email me and I will send you the steps.

My family got the chance to see how their effort created something wonderful and that to this mom is priceless!

Here is a website that lists the you-pick farms around Houston.

http://www.visithoustontexas.com/visitors/farmers_markets/

Speaking of fresh produce check out the following farmer’s markets in Katy:

La Centerra Farmer’s Market

(located next to Cinco Ranch High School on the Grand Parkway)

has a farmer’s market at the shopping plaza on Saturdays or click here for more information.

CrossPoint Community Church Farmer’s Market on Saturdays

(Westgreen/I-10)

where the Texas Gardening Sanctury is offering a pre-select product packages for pick-up.

Check out the website for more information and what they have to offer. Click here.

Visiting Fruit and Veggies Farms In Houston Area… Visit a Farm Located in Cypress, Katy, Rosenberg, Richmond or Houston

We did not pick the turnips, peppers or tomatoes.  We just bought these.  They are so nice to admire.Today, my kids and I picked blackberries for about an hour at the

Matt Family Orchard out in Cypress, Texas about an 8 minute drive from 290 and Highway 6.

I plan to make some awesome  blackberry jelly and a tasy blackberry cobbler.

And when I do I plan to post the pictures for the world to see.

Thanks to Helene Erickson’s Blog “Inside Katy” and the Houston Chronicle article on blackberries for providing me with some great information about farms in the area.  The websites and location guide on where to pick the blackberries and and other little tasty vegetables were referenced in both websites.

Also check out this blog by a Kim Pina, a writer, living in Sugarland where she reviews and links to several area farmer’s markets.

If you know of any other locations, please send me a comment.  Also, if you have a recipe for blackberry cobbler send it to me today!

Peace…