Our taste buds love nothing more than fresh berries straight from the berry patch. Luckily, Arkansans can pick strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries at several sweet farms. And, kids can easily participate in the harvest, tossing fistfuls of blueberries and blackberries in the bucket. The hardest part: Saving some for later!

Blueberries will start ripening in mid- to late-May. Later in the season, you'll even find blackberries at some of these pick-your-own farms. 

Keep in mind that the following opening days and growing schedules are estimates and may vary depending on the weather.  Keep up with each farm’s opening and closing updates on their websites and/or Facebook pages throughout the season. Remember, it is always a good idea to call before you visit, as berry-picking may be suspended due to rain, extreme heat or limited supplies.

Freshly picked blackberries from BoBrook Farms in Roland

Mountain Home Berry Farm

Pick-your-own blueberries from early June through early July and blackberries from mid-June to mid-July at this farm in the Ozarks. There are also pre-picked strawberries and rasberries available for purchase as well as jams, salsas, sauces, spices and more at the country store. 

Mountain Home Berry Farm, 693 County Road 57, Mountain Home. Farm hours are Tuesday to Friday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Blueberries: U-pick $15 per gallon, pre-picked $22 per gallon. Blackberries: U-pick $15 per gal, pre-picked $20 per gallon. Rasberries $5 per pint; strawberries $4 per pound. For info: website, 870-425-7028.

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The Cabot Patch

Cabot’s you-pick strawberry patches are owned by a father and son duo. Strawberry season typically ends in early June and peach season follows shortly after. Though the farms don’t allow customers to pick their own peaches, you can snag some of the juicy fruit, watermelons and more at their roadside stands. The produce stands are open through the first week of September. During strawberry season, you can also find the fresh-picked berries at other roadside stands around central Arkansas (visit website for details).

The Cabot Patch, 500 Mt. Carmel Road, Cabot. Picking hours are 7 a.m.-noon daily. You-pick strawberries $2.50 per pound; other produce varies. For info:501-605-1313; Facebook.

Cox Berry Farm in Clarksville

This family-owned farm on Redlick Mountain has been in business for more than 40 years, and offers multiple pick-your-own experiences throughout the year. Unfortunately, for the first ime in decades, Cox Berry Farm will not open for strawberry season this year because the majority of their strawberry plants died out. However, they plan to open in June for blackberries and peaches.

1081 Hwy 818, Clarksville. Blackberry and peach prices are TBA. For info: 479-754-3707; website.

Fenton's Berry Farm in Harrison

Fenton's Berry Farm's strawberry crop suffered a similar fate to those at Cox Berry Farm, and unfortunately there will not be any pick-your-own starawberries available this season. However, they're predicting one of their best blueberry crops ever, so pick-your-own blueberries (and likely blackberries) will be available in June and July. At Fenton's Farm Market, customers can also purchase fresh-picked berries in season, although pre-order may be required. Vegetables grown at Fenton's Berry Farm and other local farms are also for sale.

Fenton's Berry Farm: 7217 Fork Creek Road, Harrison. Fenton's Farm Market: 6715 Hwy. 7 South, Harrison. For info: 870-741-6871; website.

Renee’s Berry Garden in London

This you-pick farm located in the hills of the Arkansas River Valley offers blueberries and thornless blackberries. The berries are grown using organic practices, avoiding use of most pesticides or chemical fertilizers. If kids get restless, they can play in a sandbox or hang out on picnic benches. Picking begins around the last weekend in May.

1265 Will Baker Road, London. The farm is estimating opening the last week of May. Picking hours are 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Friday and 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Blueberries are $13 per gallon and blackberries are $12 per gallon. Call the farm and listen to their message about picking conditions before you head out. For info: 479-293-3229; website.

Marlee Rainey picks blackberries with her daddy, Ron, at Wye Mountain Flowers and Berries.

Wye Mountain Flowers & Berries in Roland

On the scenic drive to Wye Mountain, you'll find this family farm that provides pick-your-own blueberries, blackberries and raspberries. Blueberries should begin ripening about Memorial Day and Arkansas-bred varieties of thornless blackberries just a couple weeks later. You can also pick up freshly cut Zinnias and sunflowers! Plus, field trip groups are welcome by reservation Monday-Thurday; children learn about the flowers, decorate baskets for picking berries, learn how the berries are raised and how to choose the ripe ones, and then pick some to take home.

20309 Hwy. 113, Roland. Open for picking late May through mid-July. Picking hours are 7 a.m.-noon Monday-Saturday. Field trip groups are welcome by reservation Tuesday-Thursday ($6 per child; minimum of 10 children). Blueberries and blackberries $20 per gallon bucket, raspberries $8 per quart. For info: 501-330-1906, WyeMountain.net.

Faulkner Lake Orchard in North Little Rock

Just about 20 minutes from the city is Faulkner Lake Orchard in North Little Rock. The family farm/event venue opens its gates to the public each year from mid-April through August. During this time, guests are invited to pick their fill from the pick-your-own peach orchard (the only one in Pulaski County). However, the orchard did not grow strawberries this season. Call ahead to see what's available for picking. Along with the orchard, there is a children's play area, general store and event center.

503 Morris Road, North Little Rock. Open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Check on social media for updates: Facebook. For info: 501-961-9988, website.

Safety Tips

The farms supply buckets or containers to hold your pickings, and many sell or provide water for hot days. But here are a few things to keep in mind before you head to the berry patch.

• Wear sunscreen and/or hats—it gets hot in the field!

• Use an insect repellent—ticks and other bugs are common on the farm—and be aware of stinging insects.

• Wear closed toe shoes.

• Drink plenty of water and bring extra bottles for the whole family.

• Take frequent rests in the shade if you or your child feels hot.

Note: BoBrook Farms in Roland was formerly on this list but does not have pick-your-own berries this season.