5 Local Farms for Picking Fresh Produce Around Lubbock
Eating local is a growing trend in the culinary scene. Many foodies look to where restaurants source produce and visit local farmer markets when sourcing their own produce. Whether it’s picking apples and peaches right off the tree, going behind the scenes at a goat dairy farm, or exploring award winning wineries, Lubbock is known for its agricultural roots growing cotton, wine grapes, corn, peanuts and more. Take a look at these local farms where food is sourced in Lubbock.
Grab a bucket and walk through The Orchard, where you can pick from Earliblaze, Akane, Gala, Honeycrisp, Pink Lady and Fuji apples. Harvest season typically lasts from late June or early July through early November, so check The Orchard’s Facebook page for updates on when the apples are ready to be picked. While you’re there, take home some of The Orchard’s other goodies, such as raw honey, dried apples, apple pie, apple butter and famous German Apple Cake.
Noble Farms Texas
Peach farms are a rarity here in the Lone Star State, as Texas only produces about one percent of the nation’s supplies of peaches. Rarer still is the chance to actually walk an orchard and pick your share of fruits right off the tree, yet that’s exactly what you can do at Noble Farms Texas this summer. Pick from vibrant Ranger, Red Globe and Hale Haven peaches, and spend time with your family among rows of peach trees. Harvest season tends to run through early August, and the farm opens Thursday evenings, Friday mornings and evenings, and Saturdays until the early afternoon. Follow their Facebook page for hours and crop updates.
Thistle Dew Lavender Farm
Make a beautiful drive east to Thistle Dew Lavender Farm in Dickens, Texas to wander through rows of sweet-smelling bushels of lavender. When you leave, bring the fragrance with you with bundles of lavender for purchase. The blooming season is relatively short (mid-May through June), so keep an eye on Thistle Dew Lavender Farm’s Facebook page to see the up-to-date information on the current crop. Make sure to call in advance to let owners Danny and Laurie know you’re headed their way—they often make lavender lemonade and cookies for guests! While you’re there, shop their natural lavender products like body butter and linen spray.
Coursey Family Farm
“Doing raw products is a passion for people’s health,” says Annette Coursey, who owns Coursey Family Farm with her husband, Mike. “That’s why we farm. It’s such a blessing to be healthy and it’s why we want to share that with others.” A visit to the farm, next to Pheasant Ridge Winery, includes meeting the dairy goats, guardian dogs and a few chicks. And, while you are there, learn about their soap-making process. Before you leave, shop the selection of fresh or frozen raw goat milk, raw goat milk yogurt (Greek style), kefir, buttermilk and goat milk soap.
Honey Hen Farms
For that true farm-to-table experience, pay a visit to Honey Hen Farms. Explore this small homestead farm and you’ll see chickens roaming the pasture or laying their eggs in the barn. Fed with non-soy, non-GMO feed made in Texas, Honey Hen Farms’ products are flavorful and nutritious.
Want to see the farm for yourself? Schedule your visit by reaching out to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you don’t have time to tour the farm, you can also find Honey Hen Farms at the Wolfforth Farmers Market (located just 15 minutes southwest of Lubbock) on Saturdays.
We can’t talk agritourism in Lubbock without talking wine. The High Plains grows 90 percent of Texas wine grapes and offers six area wineries to sample the award-winning wine. Spend a day exploring Llano Estacado Winery, CapRock Winery, McPherson Cellars, Pheasant Ridge Winery, La Diosa Cellars, and Trilogy Cellars for a look at the local wine scene.
If you are interested in a behind-the-scenes look at the agricultural industry, visit the Bayer Museum of Agriculture for insight into the area’s agricultural history and future. Planning to visit any of these places? Use the hashtag #LiveLoveLubbock to share your photos with us. Happy picking!