So it’s that time of year here in New Mexico. Tucked away in the Rio Grande River Valley off the original Camino Real sits the tiny village of Tome. Calling it a village is a huge stretch. There is a post office and miles and miles of farmland. This is where you’ll find Tome Berry Farm, the only U-pick berry farm in Valencia county. I slathered on some sunscreen and loaded up the terrorists and drove a whopping 7 minutes across the river and released the beasts into a field for their first berry picking excursion.
Now, if you’re in Albuquerque looking for something fun to do, Tome Berry Farm is only about 20 minutes to the south and 100% worth the trip.
The Farm is locally owned and operated by the sweetest people, Mike and Vanda Conant, who took special care to show Oliver and Madeline how to properly pick the berries so as to not damage the plants. Mike led us to the berries and showed us how to tell if they were ripe for the pickin’. I was pretty damn impressed when Mike told Oliver to try a berry and Oliver actually tried one! That kid doesn’t eat anything especially not fruit. Another surprise, he actually liked it. I don’t know how many berries the kids ate. Clearing that distance between the vine and bucket is hard work when there are hungry kiddos with mouths open like little baby birds.
So this place does not have a website that I can link you to, unfortunately. I pressed as to why and they’re just catching up to technology, as is often the case down here in Valencia county. But if you’re in the neighborhood Google Maps will get you there easily!
So, we hauled off a little over a pound of berries for $9 bucks. The kids were full of fruit and exhausted. They all napped on the way home which is worth way more than nine dollars in my opinion.
We will certainly be returning because I have lofty plans for making and canning raspberry jam. Check back to see how that disaster transpires.