Date Ideas: Fruit Picking

Spending a few hours in nature, picking and snacking on sweet, delicious fruit is not a bad way to spend an afternoon together. It's ideal for a date because you'll be learning something new, working together to find the best fruits, and have plenty of time to talk along with something to talk about. There are a number of 'U-Pick' farms all over the country that allow people to drive out and pick their own fruits or vegetables. Generally, you'll either buy a container and fill it, or bring your own and pay by weight. You'll never be able to eat all of the peaches, strawberries, or whatever else you pick, which makes this a great opportunity to show your generous side by gifting the extras to friends and family.

Geography has a lot to do with when fruits are in season, but U.S. residents can generally find the popular ones at the following times:

To find local U-pick farms, take a look at pickyourown.org in Links to see if they list any farms in your area. If not, do some searching for fruits of interest in your area. If fruit isn't your thing, try some of other locally-grown foods, like avocados for fresh guacamole.

Before driving out, always call for the following information:

It's also a good idea to ask about proper picking techniques so that you don't damage the plants. 

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