U-Pick

Jennifer Lopez helps pick blueberries for young Abrahm Shipman at the opening day of “U-Pick Season” at the Twin Oaks Farm for Experiential Learning Tuesday evening.

People are invited from far and wide to visit Texas A&M University-Commerce’s learning farm to pick their own blueberries and blackberries as part of the annual “U-Pick” season.

Held each summer at the Twin Oaks Farm for Experiential Learning in Campbell, U-Pick opens the door for community members to purchase fresh berries that they pick out themselves. U-Pick usually runs for three to four weeks in June, depending on the weather and the availability of berries. Dr. Bob Williams, Professor of Agricultural Science and Technology at A&M-Commerce, says that U-Pick has been pushed back a week this year due to the cooler temperatures and wetter spring season, with some of the berries not yet reaching full maturity.

A kickoff event was held on Tuesday evening. Williams expects U-Pick to last the next three weeks, and is open on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon and Tuesdays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The season will last until the berries run out, Williams said.

Williams added that he believes the U-Pick season expresses to people “the role that nature plays in the production of our food.”

Buckets are provided on-site. Blueberries will cost $4 per pint and $28 per gallon. Blackberries are $5 per pint and $32 per gallon.

The Twin Oaks Farm for Experiential Learning is located at 2965 State Highway 24 in Campbell.