Sometimes camping trips can be a fun opportunity to not only explore the outdoors, but also the surrounding towns and landmarks in the area where you are having your getaway. Just recently, we took a short weekend camping trip up to Indian Creek Campground with friends, and while we were there, we decided to take a trip over to Ms. Heather’s Strawberry Patch in Albany, Louisiana.
Located about 45 minutes up Interstate 55, Ms. Heather’s provides a fun and inexpensive family outing that is sure to entertain everyone in your family. Since April is prime strawberry season in Louisiana and the farm was only about 15 minutes from the campground, we took a short drive over on a Saturday morning to see what they had to offer. he location was easy to find if you follow the directions on their website (don’t follow Waze, it takes you to the wrong entrance!) and there was plenty of parking in a grassy field next to the farm. Rates vary from $12.00 for a bucket or half flat to $20.00 for a full flat of strawberries. They will provide you with a box or bucket to take your goodies home. The fee also covers play activities on the grounds as well.
When we arrived, the line was not long and we were promptly helped and obtained our family bucket. Once you have your bucket in hand, you are free to pick as you wish. There are ample berry patches to pick from around the farm. Surprisingly, both my son and husband went to it enthusiastically and really enjoyed scoping out the berries and harvesting them! It didn’t take very long for us to pick our bucket full, maybe 30 minutes? There is not much shade in the berry patches, however, so be sure to bring lots of sunscreen, a hat, and cool, comfortable clothes.
When we were done we took advantage of the other fun activities available for the kids (and the kids at heart) as well as had a nice break to sit in the shade and have a refreshment. There snacks available for purchase- homemade strawberry shortcake, strawberry preserves, smoothies, and chocolate covered berries . There were also cold drinks available for purchase. You can bring your own water and drinks should you want. Because it was nearing lunchtime, we decided to grab a strawberry smoothie, which was amazing and tasted like strawberry ice cream, and our friends sampled the shortcake which they said was very tasty as well. Unfortunately, we were so hungry, we forgot to take a picture to share!
While the adults enjoyed our refreshments while resting in the shady tent areas provided, the kiddos had a blast playing and exploring on the expansive play area. The play area is including in your cost of berry picking and includes everything from playground equipment, tractor races, a giant pillow, and the most popular- the zip line. My son, along with our friends’ daughter, really enjoyed the zip line! Tractor races, a fun slide that was made from a ripply drain pipe also provided a lot of fun for the kiddos! There were trees to climb, giant rocking horses, and so much more. We were pleasantly surprised at all of the good classic fun was that there was to be had at Ms. Heather’s.
If you and your family would like to spend a nice spring day visiting Ms. Heather’s, you can check on their berry availability, get directions and updates on their Facebook Page.
Ms. Heather’s Strawberry Patch is located at 31458 Highway 43, in Albany, Louisiana.