Our Favourite Things – U-Pick Farms
Even though my family grows a small garden in our yard each year, we love making a trip to a U-pick farm for berries. (Many farms also offer vegetables to pick for yourself if you don’t have room to grow them in your yard.) Not only is this great to fill your fridge/freezer for months to come but it makes a great family activity! The first time we went even I was surprised by how much my 3 boys loved picking their own berries. Even as toddlers they could spend hours in the bush filling their buckets (and bellies).
We have only been to u-pick farms in Saskatchewan and British Columbia as part of our summer vacation but we are planning to check out the many offerings of Alberta soon! Search online for U-picks near you and make sure to call first to see what is available to pick. Here are a few U-pick farms that I found online around Calgary:
Saskaberry Ranch, Olds (Berries and Vegetables)
Buckler Farm, Cochrane (Berries and Vegetables)
Eagle Creek Farms, Bowden (Berries and Vegetables)
Red Lodge Upick, Bowden (Berries)
The Saskatoon Farm, Okotoks (Saskatoon berries and Sour Cherries)
For some fabulous ideas to use those delicious, farm-picked, fruits and vegetables, see our Resource section for tasty recipes!