Tomatoes are Ripe for the Picking at La Union Maze
What do you do while you wait for your Fall pick-your-own-pumpkin adventure at area pumpkin patches? Why you pick your own tomatoes, of course.
From now to September 19, La Union Maze is giving you the opportunity to load up on the versatile fruit most of us mistakenly consider a vegetable.
A variety of tomatoes are ripe for the picking, according to Lucy Sondgeroth, manager of La Union Maze, including cherry, grape, Roma, and farm market tomatoes. You can also stock up on tomatillos, which are commonly used in Mexican cuisine to make salsas and sauces.
Originally, the weekend pick-your-own events included snipping your own lavender plants, Zinnias and sunflowers but the torrential rains that flooded La Union several weeks ago resulted in mildew getting the best of them. Lucy tells me they have a small variety remaining of Mexican Sunflower, Statice, and some Lavender, and you’re welcome to have at go at those, too, if you’d like.
How 'U-Pick Tomatoes' Works
Picking will be by reservation only and scheduled the same way the farm sold pumpkins last fall. You go online, choose an available date and time and purchase your ticket(s).
Cost is $25 per vehicle (no more than 6 people per vehicle), which applies to your first $25 worth of tomatoes. If you go over, no worries, pay for it onsite. All their tomatoes are $1.50 per pound. Tomatillos go for 50 cents a pound. Reserve a U-Pick time HERE.
Days and Times
Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. through September 19.
What You Should Probably Bring with You
Bring your gardening gloves, garden shears, water, sunscreen and bug repellant, comfortable shoes, and floppy gardening hat or baseball cap.
Pets are not allowed at La Union Maze, with the exception of service dogs. Kids, well that’s up to you and their level of helpfulness and how long you think they can rough it before repeatedly asking if you all can go now.
What If I Want Tomatoes But I Don’t Want to Pick Them?
If you prefer not to get your hands dirty or are anti-floppy gardening hat, you can buy pre-picked tomatoes from the produce stand. There is no entrance fee for that.
How to Get to La Union Maze
La Union Maze is located on 1101 Hwy. 28, or (Mesilla Ave) La Union, NM 88021