If you’ve ever gone strawberry picking, you might be used to seeing rows of vivid green leaves with wildly bright dots of red peeking through, just calling to be plucked. The experience at Blessington Farms in Simonton, in the Gulf Coast Region, is developed around different growing methods: hydroponics. Here, the strawberries grow in a Vertical Hydroponic Growing System rather than in soil, which helps to alleviate pests and soil-born diseases, uses only 5% of the water that regular strawberry farming requires, and gives an exceptional quality of strawberries that are large and luscious. These forward-thinking strawberries may be the stars here at Blessington Farms, but blueberries and blackberries are also waiting to be picked. Additionally, there are many other adventure activities available that might appeal to the entire family: fishing, a Farm Funland that includes slipping down massive slides, a barrel train ride, and even animal encounters. Blessington Farms has combined innovation with good ol' family fun, and is definitely a spot to add to your list.