Picking your own produce is a fun activity that can even help you save money. U-pick fruits and vegetables cost only a fraction of what they would at a traditional grocery store, and they're much fresher to boot. There are a few farms in and around Payson that offer raspberry picking, so grab a bucket and start picking.
The Raspberry Patch
The Raspberry Patch is located at the base of West Mountain just outside of Payson. It's the only farm dedicated solely to raspberries in the area, so you can be sure that the owners know their berries. The red raspberries at this farm are in season in autumn, so head out there during September or October. Picking hours are from 7 a.m. until dusk every day except Sunday. Raspberries cost only $2 per pound to pick, but you must bring your own containers to gather the fruit. Call or email The Raspberry Patch at (801) 465-4284 or Amy@Westmountainraspberries.com. The farm is located at 5781 West and 11450 South in Payson. Visit www.theraspberrypatch.com for directions.
Phelps Berry Farm
Phelps Berry Farm offers pick-your-own blackberries, cherries, currants, walnuts, grapes and peaches in addition to red raspberries. Raspberries cost $2.25 per pound. Raspberry season runs from the first week of August though October, but they're open all summer long for picking other fruits. Picking hours are between 8 a.m. and noon and then again from 5 p.m. to dusk on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays, as well as Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to noon. However, blackberry and raspberry picking is by appointment only, so be sure to call a few days in advance. You can call Phelps Berry Farm at (801) 465-4408 or email at ShaunAPhelps@gmail.com. Phelps Berry Farm is located at 8722 South and 6200 West in Payson.
MJ Millers Farm and Orchard
This farm has a wide variety of fruits and vegetables to pick. They've got pumpkins, corn and melons among other things, along with a huge selection of raspberries. MJ Millers Farm and Orchard has both red and yellow raspberries available for picking in the spring, summer and fall. Call them at (801) 465-2493 or email MJMillersFarmandOrchard@gmail.com for more information about their raspberries. They're open for picking Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. If you're in a hurry, you can call ahead of time and they'll pick the berries for you, no more than one hour before you arrive. The farm is located at 5759 W 11300 South in Payson.
McBride Briar Patch
McBride Briar Patch offers U-pick blackberries and red raspberries from August through October. Picking hours are from Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to dusk and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you prefer to pick earlier in the day, you can call ahead to arrange a time. Contact Mcbride Briar Patch by phone at (801) 367-0775 or by email at McBrideBerryPatch@msn.com. This farm is located just outside of Payson in neighboring Mapleton at 1849 South 2100 West.
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