Wednesday, April 4, 2007
Gnismer Farms in Arlington lets you pick-your-own strawberries
Pick-your-own farms are either a very big deal or you've never heard of them. But having one in Arlington is definitely a big deal.
ARLINGTON "Pick your own" farms -- where you can go and pick fresh fruit right off the bush, usually at a discount rate -- are a cult phenomenon of sorts. It's one of those things that people go crazy for, or else they've never heard of it at all. They're especially common in East Texas, where you can pick berries -- the blues, the blacks -- and stone fruit such as peaches.
But finding a pick-your-own farm in the Dallas-Fort-Worth-area, such as Gnismer Farms in Arlington, is rare. And even better, Gnismer grows strawberries. Strawberries that you can pick yourself (starting this Saturday, that is). Right off the vine! For $2.50 per pound.
Gnismer has been doing strawberries for about five years, says co-owner Cindy Remsing. (Gnismer backwards -- cute!) They have about a 10-acre spread in southwest Arlington, not far from Dalworthington Gardens, with about 2 acres dedicated to strawberries.
"Originally the farm was something our kids did, they'd grow watermelons and sell them at a stand on the side of the road," she says. "When they went off to college, we started with the strawberries, and this year we're adding blackberries, which will be ready to pick in May."
Usually, the strawberries are ready for picking in March, but the cool weather in February delayed harvest time by a month.
While you don't need to make a reservation to pick, it doesn't hurt to email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and make sure there are enough berries to make the trip worth your while.
"It does get very busy during the holidays, such as Easter, when people are looking for something to do with the family," she says. "We do suggest that, if people are coming on Saturday or Sunday they come early, so there'll be more berries available."
Most of their berries are an old-fashioned variety that has no white center nor a hard part in the middle; it's all edible, and all sweet, but it's different from the larger, woodier (and some would say less flavorful) berries you find at the supermarket.
Customers get a box that holds up to 5 pounds, although they can pick as much or as little as they like. For those who'd rather not pick at all, Gnismer will sell the berries for $3 per pound, along with other fruits and vegetables.
You-pick season will open on April 6, Monday-Friday, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Gnismer Farms is at 3010 Bowen Road, Arlington. It's about 1-1/2 miles north of I20 on Bowen Road; look for the sign on left side. The number is 817-469-8704. Email: email@example.com
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