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The Rockies.Life Staff

Four U-Pick Farms You Should Pick This Summer!

Whether you're after berries, vegetables, or just a fun day out, there's a U-Pick farm waiting for you!

Have you ever had the itch to ditch city living for a humble farm in the countryside? 

What if we told you you could be a farmer without all the back-breaking labour? 

If that sounds like your can of beer, then U-pick farms are for you! 

U-pick or Pick-Your-Own farms let customers pick their fruits and vegetables as part of a farm-to-table strategy. 

As the name suggests, farm-to-table means purchasing produce directly from a farm instead of from a store, market, or distributor. 

U-Pick farms usually offer better quality, cheaper alternatives to the questionable produce at the grocery stores. 

Did we mention U-Pick farm produce is way fresher? 

You can’t get fresher than straight off the stem or right out of the ground.

U-Pick farms are also a great way to support your local farmers since profits go straight to farmers instead of a portion going to middlemen or grocery CEOs. 

Dollars and cents aside, U-Pick farms are a great way to spend time outdoors with friends, family, and loved ones. 

Nothing says romance like picking fresh strawberries with your partner. At least, we think so.

U-pick farms surged in popularity following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Still, finding a U-Pick farm can be difficult. 

Here are four great options for visiting a U-Pick farm this summer! 

Jungle Farm | Tourism Red Deer
Jungle Farm | Tourism Red Deer

Jungle Farm (Red Deer County)

Jungle Farm’s history dates back to the 1800s, and it was named after a brown bear that used to live in the area. 

Blaine, Leona, and their three sons run the family farm in Red Deer County. The family grows many fruits, vegetables, and flowers. 

The farm plans to open its barn doors for the season starting in early July. 

If you like strawberries, Jungle Farm is kicking the summer U-Pick season off with the superior berry. 

Throughout the summer, the farm grows and offers U-Pick for strawberries, raspberries, and saskatoons, a berry similar to blueberries but with a sweet and nutty flavour. 

Suppose you are eager to get your hands on fresh produce now. Jungle Farm sells ready-picked produce, including early-season favourites like lettuce, spinach, rhubarb, and radish. 

Jungle Farm knows that picking fruits and vegetables works up an appetite. 

If you are feeling hungry, the farm serves its strawberry shortcake, oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, fruit beverages, and more. 

The farm provides customers with baskets. Reservations aren’t required, but availability is based on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Jungle Farm charges $5.10 per pound (lb) of strawberries, $5.10/lb of raspberries, and $4.85/lb for saskatoons. 

Strawberry picking is not guaranteed to be available every day or all day, so check the farm’s website for updates before making the trip! 

No dogs or other pets are allowed at Jungle Farm to meet food safety requirements and ensure everyone’s safety.

Saskatoon Farm | Travel Alberta
Saskatoon Farm | Travel Alberta

Saskatoon Farm (De Winton)

Saskatoon Farm was born from a dream Paul and Karen Hamer shared 34 years ago: living and working in the countryside. The couple spent three decades turning an empty barley field into their dream farm.

Saskatoon Farm in De Winton offers plenty of variety. In addition to U-Pick, the farm has a restaurant, garden centre, farmer’s market, and…tortoises. 

The farm is home to various tortoises, including Sulcatta and red-foot tortoises. Saskatoon Farm’s oldest Sulcatta tortoise is 36 years old, still a teenager in tortoise years!

His name is Felix, and you can recognize him by his slightly deformed shell and love of cherry tomatoes fresh off the vine! 

Felix’s knack for picking vegetables has inspired others to do the same. Last summer, the farm lived up to its name with a ripe selection of Saskatoon berries. 

Customers can purchase their own 4-litre U-Pick buckets for $20 each or 5 pounds of frozen saskatoons for $32 from the farm year-round. 

The farm offers pre-picked 5-pound baskets for $28 if frozen fruit isn’t your jam. 

Saskatoon Farm still needs to update its website for the 2024 U-Pick season, but if it’s anything like last year, it’s bound to be a good time! 

If you’re lucky, the farm might even have delicious sour cherries available for picking this year. While Saskatoon Farm prepares for the U-Pick season, check out the farm’s farmer’s market.

During the middle of June, you can get your hands on fresh rhubarb, strawberries, arugula, mint, baby potatoes, and more. 

Coming up, the farm is hosting its Summer Solstice Night Market on June 21. Visitors can expect carnival lights, fire-roasted pizza, food trucks, booze, and more at the event. 

No dogs or pets are allowed at Saskatoon Farm, but service animals are welcome. 

Broxburn Vegetables | Tourism Lethbridge
Broxburn Vegetables | Tourism Lethbridge

Broxburn Vegetables (Lethbridge)

Broxburn Vegetables started in 1994 when Paul de Jonge purchased 80 acres of land east of Lethbridge. 

While the farm functioned as a home, its primary purpose was to be a U-Pick strawberry operation. Since then, Broxburn Vegetables has evolved into something even more significant. 

On top of offering U-Pick opportunities, the farm is famous for its Broxburn Cafe and YYC mobile market. 

The Broxburn Cafe uses fresh produce from the farm’s greenhouses, field crops, and other local suppliers to make its meals. 

From breakfast to booze, there’s no shortage of choices at the Broxburn Cafe. The cafe’s menu includes soups, salads, desserts, and sandwiches. 

The farm’s YYC mobile market travels around Calgary communities, selling fresh produce to quality-conscious Calgarians. 

In addition to fruits and vegetables, the YYC mobile market offers fresh pies, eggs, meat products, honey, goat cheese, and yogurt. 

Broxburn Vegetables is also home to one of Alberta’s largest commercial broccoli crops. 

Broxburn Vegetables is for you if you like strawberries and raspberries. The farm hopes to start its U-Pick season sometime this month and will feature these delicious berries in abundance. 

Customers are welcome to bring their own baskets but must weigh them before they start picking. Otherwise, customers must purchase the farm’s 4-litre baskets for $2 before deciding. 

Broxburn Vegetables charges $4.00/lb for its strawberries and raspberries. The farm’s website says nothing about pets, but you’re probably better off assuming your furry friends aren’t allowed. 

Sunflower field at Eagle Creek Farm  Bowden SunMaze & Eagle Creek Farms
Sunflower field at Eagle Creek Farm | Bowden SunMaze & Eagle Creek Farms | Facebook

Eagle Creek Farm (Red Deer County)

Eagle Creek Farm in Bowden has been in John Mills’ family for almost a century. However, It wasn’t always destined to be a thriving U-Pick location.

Before the Mills family owned the land, it was owned by Simon Mcgilvery, who purchased it hoping to find minerals. 

Mcgilvery’s gamble was a bust, but the Mills family turned the location’s dirt into gold by growing quality crops, vegetables, fruit, flowers, and animals.

One of the farm’s highlights is a selection of over 30 organic seed potatoes that can be bought on the Eagle Creek Farm Seed Potatoes online store and shipped across Canada. 

Eagle Creek Farm also knows how to have a good time and offers fun activities like corn, sunflower, and tree maze. 

If you are feeling romantic, the farm offers wedding ceremonies near its sunflower fields, but who needs marriage when there is U-Picking? 

Eagle Creek Farm’s U-Pick Garden is packed with vegetables and flowers. Starting in July, the farm will offer cut flowers, potatoes, carrots, peas, beans, onions, and zucchini for U-Pick. 

If you’re worried about cost, Eagle Creek Farm is very affordable. There is no admission fee to enter U-Pick Gardens, and you are only charged for what you pick. 

The farm also supplies everything, including clippers, forks, and bags. You can buy tickets on-site if you are interested in the farm’s famous Sunflower Maze.

Tickets for adults cost $15, $7.50 for children, and free for children four years old or younger. 

Unlike most U-Pick farms, Eagle Creek Farm is dog-friendly but asks customers to keep their pets on a leash and clean up after them.

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