By Ali Anderson Smith
Whether you’re ready to pump up the jam (or jelly), or hoping to boost your homegrown bounty, shopping for fruits and veggies outside the produce aisle is always a treat. Berries pop up now and later, and you’ll have to wait til fall for a spaghetti squash, but here’s a quick list for quick reference.
These guys stand ready for the picking, or the produce stand is an ongoing option. Call beforehand to see what’s in season now, for prices, to avoid getting lost, and to get the skinny on how to get it all home. Many of these are BYOC (Bring Your Own Container) affairs.
Paradise Valley Orchard (closed until September 2009)
Apples, pumpkins, raspberries, rhubarb, winter squash
9971 S. Highlway 165, Paradise, Utah
Asparagus, beans, eggplant, peppers, strawberries, tomatoes, fresh honey
2500 W. Gentile Road, Layton, Utah
Salt Lake County:
Farnsworth Farms & Cider Mill (crops usually available beginning in August)
Apples, eggplant, pears, peaches, peppers, plums, tomatoes, fresh apple cider
11229 S. 700 East, Sandy, Utah
Maple Mountain Greenhouse and Strawberry Farms (closed for 2009)
1550 W. 2600 South (Highway 89), Mapleton, Utah
McBride Briar Patch (crops usually available beginning in August)
1849 S. 2100 West, Mapleton, Utah
Phelps Berry Farm (blackberries beginning July 27, raspberries beginning August 10
Blackberries, cherries, raspberries, walnuts
8722 S. 6200 West, Payson, Utah
All info from www.pickyourown.org/ut.