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We're officially in berry-picking season and living in The Natural State is really paying off right about now.

But before you head to your favorite local berry patch, remember it's always a good practice to check in before you go, not only to find updated safety precautions, but as always, because berry-picking may be suspended due to rain, extreme heat or limited supplies.

Now, let's get picking!

 

The Cabot Patch

For this Cabot you-pick patch, strawberry season typically ends in late May or early June and peach season follows shortly after. Plus, if your picking plans get rained out, you can always head to their stand at 3885 Hwy 89 South to stock up on fresh fruit.

Where: 500 Mt. Carmel Road, Cabot 

When: Typically opens at 9 a.m. 

For info: 501.605.1313 | Facebook

 

Caney Creek Berry Farm

You may have to wait a couple more weeks before you can dive into these berries, but we promise it'll be worth the wait. This year the farm's berry season begins around mid-June with all the blueberries and blackberries you can eat, plus peaches.

Where: 2568 Little Creek Drive, Conway

When: Times TBD 

For info: 501.548.0475 | Facebook

 

Salt Box Farm

Want berries now? You got it. This Benton farm has rows and rows of fresh, sweet strawberries for you to pick, but the season is winding down, so make plans to visit ASAP.

Where: 2019 Johnson Lane, Benton

When: Check Facebook for daily updates 

For info: 501.317.0135 | Facebook | Instagram

 

Wye Mountain Farm

On the scenic drive to Wye Mountain, you'll find this family farm that provides pick-your-own blueberries and blackberries. Typically, blueberries begin ripening around Memorial Day and Arkansas-bred varieties of thornless blackberries just a couple weeks later. You can also pick up freshly cut flowers, courtesy of Wye Mountain's more than 20 years as a specialty cut flower grower.

Where: 20309 Hwy 113, Roland

When: 7 a.m. - 10 a.m. Friday, 7 a.m. - noon Saturday & Monday

For info: wyemountain.net | 501.330.1906

Facebook | Instagram

 

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 feel hot.

 

Know another location that should be on our list? Send the details to info@littlerocksoiree.com.