U-Pick Opportunities Near Calgary

Monday, July 28, 2014

Organic produceThere is no better way to acquire non-processed fresh produce than to pick it yourself. Many farms near Calgary open their gates to visitors who want to pick their own fruits and vegetables. 

General:

  • Almost all farms charge between $2.60 and $3.00 per pound, or around $12 to $15 per four litre pail.
  • Since crops are completely weather-dependent, call ahead to find out which products are available and whether and when it is open to the public.
  • The farms are almost all closed to the public during winter. 

Products:

  • In general, almost all u-pick farms near Calgary allow the picking of Strawberries, raspberries and Saskatoon berries between July and October. 
  • Some farms have honeyberries, rhubarb, red and black currants, cherries and apples during the summer, but these supplies are somewhat limited. 
  • Some farms have potatoes, pumpkins, carrots, beets and mostly other green vegetables between June and October. 

The largest farms:

  • Kayben Farms, north of Okotoks between Hwy 2 and 2A. Go there to pick strawberries, black currants, raspberries and pumpkins.
  • Saskaberry Ranch, Northwest of Calgary, close to Sundre. It specialises in Saskatoon berries, strawberries and raspberries.
  • Saskatoon Farm, North of Okotoks, 3 kilometres east of Hwy 2. Pick Saskatoon berries and buy Saskatoon pies, soap, syrup, jams and jellies.
  • Serviceberry Farms, Just north of Strathmore. Here you will find Saskatoon berries, strawberries, potatoes, beets and some other vegetables.
  • Solstice Berry Farms, 40 minutes Northwest of Calgary, close to Crossfield. It specialises mostly in Saskatoon berries.
  • Buckler Farm on Township Road 283, which turns off Hwy 22 (or Cowboy Trail). If you like vegetables, this is where you can find beans, asparagus, beets, cabbage, carrots, hale, kohlrabi, Lettuce, onions, parsnips, parsley, peas, potatoes, radishes, rutabagas, spinach, spaghetti squash, swiss chard, zucchini, dill and sage.
  • Billyco Junction is a bit further at 40110 - Range Road 260 near Lacombe. Here you can volunteer your services on the farm in exchange for some fruit and vegetables. 
  • The Garden of Van Eeden, about 140 kilometres east of Calgary near Bassano. Find some strawberries, raspberries, a vegetable patch that is increasing in size and lots of lilies, gladioli, sunflowers and more.

Now that you know where to find them, you now can better learn how to freeze, preserve, can or bottle them. Jams, Chutneys, syrups and dried fruit are great ideas.