Hat, cool loose clothing and use sunscreen.
Sensible shoes trying to avoid flip flops, especially on small children.
Drinking water. We do keep a cooler up front with cold water to refill any water bottles.
Do I pay for the bucket?
No, the scale is zeroed to our buckets.
Do you have bugs?
Yes, we have bugs, spiders, mosquitoes, snakes, ants, bees, lizards, frogs and every kind of insect known to these parts of Texas. We are in the country with a delicate ecosystem in place with good bugs and bad bugs. We do not spray chemicals on the plants. Bring bug spray if you are sensitive to mosquitoes.
How do I pick blueberries?
Avoid green or pink berries. Pick dark blue berries that appear to to have a white film on them--these are the ripe berries that quickly come off if twisted a little or pulled on. Many berries hide under leaves or in the center of the plant. Some of the best berries are down low.
When is the best time to pick berries?
The best time is early in the morning or late in the afternoon. Please try to avoid the heat of the day if you bring infants, young children or if accompanied by the elderly. We do not allow anyone to pick in the rain.
Please call 936-537-0446 to see if we're open and if picking is good. We do close down to allow berries to ripen. This is for your convenience and ease of picking.
How do I pay?
We accept cash or checks, Venmo and Paypal only. Please make checks out to: Pioneer Berries or leave blank.
How do I take care of my picked berries?
Do not wash your berries, you may rinse them and let them dry if necessary. Do not remove the protective white coating that naturally occurs with ripening.
Store them in a cool dry place. Some people like to keep them refrigerated in an airtight container. We like to store in in a colander to help keep them dry.
To freeze them, lay them in a single layer on a cookie sheet and freeze for 1-2 hours before placing them in a freezer bag.
You may cook or bake with them right out of the freezer.
Do you spray your plants?
No, we do not use pesticides and insecticides.
Do you sell plants?
No, we do not sell any bushes.
How many bushes or varieties do you have?
We have about 4-5 varieties of blueberry plants and approximately 1000 bushes.
How do I grow blueberry plants?
Contact your local agricultural extension for information.
How long have the plants been here?
Since 1988. All plants were planted by Faye and Ed Harger.
Do you have anything other than blueberries?
No, we only have blueberries.
Do you have a bathroom?
Our public bathrooms are open and ready for use. We are very proud of our beautiful bathrooms and ask that children be accompanied by an adult . Please report any problems immediately to us at the desk.