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U-Pick Farms in Southern Alberta: A Great Summer Activity for Families

HOT SUMMER GUIDE: Southern Alberta is home to numerous U-pick farms that offer a delightful summer activity for families.
Fruit just tastes better when U-Pick it yourself / Credit: Pixabay

Visiting these farms allows you to experience the joys of harvesting your own fruits and vegetables while enjoying the fresh air and beautiful landscapes.

Why Visit U-Pick Farms?

  • Fresh Produce: U-pick farms offer the freshest produce possible. You get to pick fruits and vegetables at their peak ripeness, ensuring the best taste and nutritional value.
  • Family Fun: It's a great way to spend quality time with family. Kids love the adventure of picking their own food, and it's an excellent opportunity to teach them about where their food comes from.
  • Outdoor Activity: Spending time outdoors is beneficial for both physical and mental health. U-pick farms provide a refreshing break from screens and indoor activities.
  • Support Local Farmers: By visiting U-pick farms, you're supporting local agriculture and farmers, helping to sustain the community's economy.

What to Expect and How to Prepare

When you visit a U-pick farm, you can expect a warm, welcoming atmosphere. Most farms provide baskets or containers for picking, though you can often bring your own. Some farms may have additional attractions such as petting zoos, hayrides, and play areas for children.

  • Check Availability: Always check the farm's website, social media pages, or call ahead to confirm availability and operating hours.
  • Dress Appropriately: Wear comfortable clothing and sturdy shoes suitable for walking through fields. Consider bringing a hat and sunscreen to protect against the sun.
  • Bring Supplies: Carry water, snacks, and reusable bags or containers for your picked produce. Some farms may provide these, but it's good to be prepared.
  • Plan Your Visit: Arrive early to avoid the heat and crowds. Weekdays tend to be less busy than weekends, offering a more relaxed experience.

Know Before You Go

Due to unpredictable weather and growing conditions, it's essential to verify the farm's status before heading out. Checking their website, social media updates, or giving them a call can save you a trip if the farm is closed or the crops are not ready for picking.

Visiting U-pick farms is a wonderful way to enjoy the summer with your family. From the freshest produce to fun outdoor activities, these farms offer something for everyone. Just remember to plan ahead, dress for the occasion, and support your local farmers by enjoying the bounty of the season.

Nerissa McNaughton is a freelance writer and a contributor to Great West Media. This story was written for the Great West Media & Southern Alberta Newspapers Hot Summer Guide advertising feature. The Hot Summer Guide is a special feature about summer activities, bucket list adventures, staycation options, road trips, attractions, events, and road trip-worthy food & beverage destinations across Alberta. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of the editorial staff.

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