You Pick Tips from Allison Burris of Burris Farms

In our latest issue, we highlighted certain You Pick tips from Allison Burris of Burris Farms, a blueberry and blackberry farm, in Senatobia, Mississippi. See below for her full list of tips and "get to picking" before the season ends!

You Pick tips to guarantee a fruitful picking experience

  1. Wear comfortable, closed toe shoes and be sure children are dressed appropriately.
  2. Pick at your own risk. Picking blueberries may involve hot weather, uneven or muddy ground, insects, and other conditions of nature.
  3. Bring appropriate sun protection gear: hats, lotion, sunglasses, etc.
  4. Ask questions if you are unsure on how to pick your berries. Most farms can also give hints on how to store or preserve them as well.
  5. Leave your pets at home, please.
  6. Do not use tobacco products because the tobacco virus can affect plants on the farm.
  7. Avoid picking under ripe fruit. It will not ripen later.
  8. Go to the bathroom before your visit. Some farms do not have public restrooms.
  9. Consult a farm’s social media accounts or contact it directly about:
    1. Opening and closing dates, times, and crop availability,  
    2. Form of payment (Some farms can’t or don’t accept debit or credit cards.),
    3. Bringing beverages or food (Some farms have a picnic area.), and
    4. The weather (Scattered showers means that it may be raining where you are but not on the farm … or just the opposite. Call, especially before traveling a significant distance.).
  10. Make it a family tradition! Most You Pick farmers enjoy sharing their farm with children and teaching them about how their crops grow.
  11. Keep your children nearby. They are in an outdoor area where snakes, spiders, ants, bees, and other creatures or insects live.
  12. Make sure children are not damaging the farm's plants or disturbing other pickers.
  13. Enjoy supporting a local farm and making memories!

Established in 2010, Burris Farms, produces blueberries and blackberries in Senatobia, Miss. Visit and follow it on Instagram and Facebook for its latest news and information on "You Pick picking."