Pick Your Own

When I was a little girl, my family and I used to go to a large orchard in the summer (when my grandparents’ trees did not give enough fruit) to pick cherries. Today, I discovered that pick-your-own farms exist in America as well. A nearby location I shall visit this summer is Hoffstede Farm. You can pick tons of varied fruits and veggies, picnic and see different animals. For similar places in your area check out this site.

While learning about local farms, I also discovered that Texas happens to have some of the capital cities of fruits and vegetables.

Crystal City, for example, boasts as the spinach capital of the world. The residents erected a statue of Popeye the Sailor Man in 1937.

Popeye the Sailor Man statue in Crystal City, Texas

Madisonville is recognized as the mushroom capital of Texas. The city holds a yearly festival, in 2012 on October 27, with multiple activities such as cooking, art and even a 5K run.

Mushroom art from the 2010 Texas Mushroom Festival in Madisonville

As the red grapefruit is the official Texas fruit, the Legislature recognized Weslaco as the citrus capital of the state in 1998. If you are curious like me, you can find more official Texas capital designations here.

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