Sunday, May 30, 2010

Blueberries!! Blackberries!!

This is information taken  directly from the internet. Last summer my family and I enjoyed picking our own blueberries and blackberries so much that I returned twice more to have more in the freezer! Take an ice chest, stop when you get hot, cool off, then return to the fields! Just moderate your activity with the weather temperature.

DESOTO Parish: Shuqalak Farms - blueberries and blackberries

Gravel Pointe Road, Frierson, LA, Phone: 318-797-8273. Email: Open: 7 days a week from 7 am to 7 pm from June to July 15th. Directions: I-49 South Exit 186,Left Hwy175 North 2 miles Turn Right on Gravel Point Road. Turn right at Shuqualak Farms.

A visitor writes: "This is a family owned farm. We pick blueberries and blackberries here every year. You have the option to pick or they pick for a few dollars more a gallon. They clean and bag the berries for you. It is a wonder [sic] experience for the kids." (ADDED: June 20, 2008) (UPDATED: May 27, 2009)

 Hillcrest Blueberry Farm
Note: I just added (June 13, 2014) this next farm--Hillcrest Blueberry Farm, located a mile south of Gloster, La. and 15 miles (20 minutes) south of Shreveport.  Take I-49 S from Shreveport toward Alexandria, take exit 186 for La 175 toward Kingston, turn right at LA 175, turn right at La 5, turn left at Ferguson Rd, then voila! on the right is the farm!
Caddo Parish

Lenox Acres Blueberry Farm - blackberries, blueberries, restrooms

6501 Vardaman Road, Keithville, LA 71047. Phone: 318-925-8461. Alternate Phone: 318-286-9076. Email: Open: Tuesday to Saturday from 7 a;m to 11:am Evening pick Tuesday and Thursday only 5 pm to 8 pm Closed Sunday and Monday. Directions: Go south on Mansfield Road (Hwy 171) from the intersection with Bert Kouns Industrial Loop approximately 8.5 miles to a stoplight in Stonewall, La. Turn right on Stonewall Road and go west approximately 2.5 miles to intersection with Keithville-Keatchie Road Turn left and go south half mile to Vardaman Road. Turn right on Vardaman Road and go west 1.1 miles to entrance on left hand side of the road. Click here for a map and directions. Blueberries and Blackberries: June 1 to July 10. Payment: Cash, Check. (ADDED: June 08, 2009) (UPDATED: April 07, 2010)

Poverty Hollow Farms - blueberries, figs,

9143 Crawford Road, Oil City, LA 71061. Phone: 318-995-7924. Alternate Phone: 318-995-7117. Email: Open: Sunday through Saturday, 7am to dark. Directions: Highway 1 north & I-220 - north to "Y." Take left fork (Hwy 1) to Vivian & OIl City. Continue north until you CROSS Caddo Lake. At first blinking light make 45 degree right turn at La Highway 538. Continue north through Oil City. Turn right onto Crawford Road, continue 1/2 mile. Turn right into grey gravel driveway. Sign by road reads "Poverty Hollow Farms." Continue south on driveway. Pull in behind the green house. Click here for a map and directions. Blueberries: 01 June to 31 July, Figs: 15 July to 10 August. Payment: Cash, Check. (ADDED: July 24, 2009)

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