By Liliana Vasquez
Twin Oaks Blueberry Farm, operated by the School of Agriculture at Texas A&M University-Commerce, has undergone several changes during the past couple of years. Widely known for its family-friendly U-Pick blueberry season each June, the farm and its holiday muffins and jams has transitioned to a student-centered instructional facility focusing on hands-on learning related to food production.
Professor of Agricultural and Family Education, Dr. Bob Williams, took on the role of faculty advisor for the farm during the 2017 spring semester. The curriculum in his class, Food Systems: Farm to Fork, included an opportunity for students to pitch in with necessary spring pruning, plowing, mowing and mulching. Led in the field by Graduate Assistant Chelsea Arnold, Dr. Williams’ students have the farm in great shape for this year’s U-Pick season.
The U-Pick season for blueberries will open to the public on a first come, first-served basis until all berries are gone. The farm will be open for picking on Tuesday evenings from 5:30-7:30 and Saturdays from 8:00 until noon for the remainder of June. Prices for U-Pick are $4 per pint or $25 per gallon.