What could be better than standing in the late spring or summer sunshine, the wind brushing your face as you hold the ripest, juiciest strawberry you’ve ever seen in your hands? Maybe picking it, and trying not to let the juice run down your chin? This simple pleasure can be had at several U-Pick farms where you can pick your own fresh, juicy produce.
Vacation cuisine can be about more than just ordering at a restaurant. All around Asheville, you’ll find people planting produce delicacies and opening up their farms and gardens to visitors. Many offer “U-pick,” or pick-your-own produce options for those wanting to explore off-the-beaten track spots across the mountains. There, you can see where food it grown, pick some yourself and treat yourself and your family to a unique experience.
It makes going to the supermarket for a pint of berries – go ahead, you can admit it – just a bit boring.
Give each of these farms a call before you go, grab a cooler to stash your pickings, and head out into the fields this summer for some of the best locally grown produce you can find. Also, because pick-your-own produce options depend on the time of year, weather and crop yields, call to check that your favorite vegetable or fruit is available.
If you can't make it to pick your own, try some of the Asheville area's innovative farm to table restaurants.