“Then God said, ‘Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth,’ and it was so. And God saw that it was good. So, the evening and the morning were the third day.”
Driving towards Jasper with a couple of winding roads through Huntington and Zavalla, Abby and I made our way to Third Day Farm and Ranch on a windy Saturday morning with Abby’s 15-month-old son, Cooper in tow.
We stepped out of the car and looked in front of us – rows and rows of a home grown, pick-your-own strawberry patch. Past the rows were acres of green grass with a herd of cattle lounging around. Then a few bumble bees buzzed around as we made our way to the opening of the strawberry patch.
We grabbed a couple of baskets and started picking.
Some of the strawberries were green, but then I saw the juiciest strawberries and I started picking. My mouth just watered with the thought of eating them one by one, and then later making delicious jam.
Cooper was having fun playing with the dirt and helping his mother with picking a strawberry or two. Also, there were a few families enjoying the beautiful day along with us as we all picked berries that Saturday morning at the Ranch.
Just to add a few notes to the enduring trip on the farm, it is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., closed on Sundays. Berries sell for a $1.80 per pound when you pick them, and a flat of strawberries sell for $30.
Not only selling strawberries, farm officials also offer honey, strawberry jam, pickle okra and more produced on a twelve acre garden. The garden also yields English peas, Snow peas, green beans, pinto beans, variety of onions, squash, cucumbers and much more.
Third Day Farm and Ranch is located at 373 County Road 092 in Jasper, off of Hwy 63 North. Here are step-by-step directions, just in case your GPS takes takes you someplace else: From Hwy 190 in Jasper, take Hwy 63 at the intersection of Hwy 190 and Lowe’s, traveling north about six miles. Then take FM 254 to the right and go one and 1/4 miles taking a left on CR 092. The patch will be on the left.
By the end of our trip, Cooper was covered in dirt, I was running away from bees, and Abby had a basket full of red, juicy strawberries.
- Megan Whitworth is the former creative director of Texas Forest Country Living. Growing up in East Texas, Megan discovered her love of writing at the age of 11, writing song lyrics and poetry, which turned into essays and articles for publications around East Texas. She later added photography into the mix capturing Friday night football games, the latest fashion looks, and portraits of people around the nation. Megan enjoys karaoke, blogging, reading, and road trips. She resides in Lufkin with her husband, Ryan, and two cats, Felix and Lucy.
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