We love our summer Sundays on the farm picking fresh food and supporting local growers. When you spend a day at one of central Alberta’s u-picks, the rewards are worth it: fresh berries, veggies and baking, plus happy worn-out kids.
Summer Berry Picking
Cool nights make Alberta berries very sweet, but don’t take my word for it. Billyco Junction in Lacombe uses natural growing practices on their strawberries, currants and apples – and their honeyberry bushes are low so even little kids can reach. Pick saskatoons and tart cherries at DNA Gardens near Elnora and bring home some plants to start your own blackcurrant patch.
Red Lodge U-Pick along the Little Red Deer River west of Bowden grows raspberries, sour cherries and strawberries. And tucked away in the hills of east central Alberta, Poplar Hollows has summer berries, rhubarb and crisp apples in the fall. The Jungle Farm in Innisfail hosts a Strawberry Festival in July and gives wagon rides to their pumpkin patch in the fall.
Best for Baking
Fill your buckets with saskatoons and chokecherries at Pearson’s Berry Farm near Bowden and stock up on their famous pies and tarts. And visit Pipestone Berry Farm near Millet for three kinds of saskatoons, jams and u-bake pies. Of course, you would never buy this scratch made baking and pass it off as your own. But you could. Just saying.
Veg in Season
Edgar Farms by Innisfail has a u-pick pea garden and the biggest asparagus field in the province. Check out their Asparagus Festival on weekends in early June.
Spend the day in historic Markerville visiting the Markerville Berry & Vegetable Farm. Come home with all kinds of berries and seasonal veggies.
Pick your dinner and a bunch of flowers at Eagle Creek Farms in Bowden, run through the sunflower maze and choose a perfect pumpkin from the patch. Open mid-July to mid-October.
Calgary Corn Maze explodes pumpkins filled with candy. They have lots of interesting varieties of pumpkins, including pink ones! And the corn maze is great fun to get lost in. Open late July to mid-Oct.