Your Summer 2019 guide to 14 u-pick farms near Birmingham

Nothing tastes like a fresh-picked strawberry
Strawberries we picked in our garden. Photo by Sharron Swain for Bham Now

Now that school’s almost out, it’s the perfect time to plan a trip to a local u-pick farm. Get your cooler ready with some lunch and cold drinks, pack sunscreen, hats and bug spray, and head out for a tasty adventure.

We’ve put together the basic info for you. Be sure to call first to make sure all the details are current. Some places take cash, while others take a variety of payments.

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PHOTOS: Birmingham native, Roy Wood Jr. back home for filming of new Comedy Central pilot downtown

Views from 16th St and 3rd Ave N at the Etheridge Senior Car Wash for filming of Comedy Central pilot, “Jefferson County Probation.” Photo by Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

Crews are set up in Downtown Birmingham for the start of filming for a new Comedy Central pilot, “Jefferson County Probation” starring Roy Wood Jr., Birmingham native and Daily Show frequent. See photos on location and find out more about the show here.

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Experience ‘Ode to Joy’ and Symphony in the Summer with Alabama Symphony Orchestra. Get the details here

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Need a little more joy?  Experience the magic and joy that only beautiful music can bring.  Celebrate ‘Ode to Joy’ the final performances of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra’s 2018-19 Masterworks Season featuring one of Beethoven’s most beloved works, Symphony No. 9. May 31 and June 1. Get tickets now. And if you haven’t done so already, sign up for our newsletters for a chance to win free tickets.

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Carlos Izcaray conducts your Alabama Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Symphony No. 9 (ASO)
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(Spoiler Alert!) Game of Thrones sends powerful message says Birmingham disability rights advocate

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Graham Sisson, director of the Governor’s Office on Disability. Photo from Sisson’s Facebook page

It was the most anticipated decision in recent television history. Who would be the next king or queen of the 7 kingdoms on the Game of Thrones. The surprise decision? Bran the Broken.

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Show your support for Military and First Responders at Adamson Ford’s ‘Salute Our Heroes’ event Thursday, May 23. FREE Hattie B’s Hot Chicken!

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Enjoy a get together at Adamson Ford in Birmingham. Photo via Adamson Ford

It’s Military appreciation month and Adamson Ford is showing their support for all of the men and women who have served with a special “Salute Our Heroes” event. Taking place on Thursday, May 23 from 1-3PM, members of the Military and the Birmingham community are invited to join for great food, amazing deals and more. Find out how Military and First Responders can score $1,000 off any new vehicle at Adamson Ford.

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Career pivot: Unlikely apprentice gets into clean water business with new paid Jefferson County program

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Meet Brenda White, former retail worker and current apprentice at Jefferson County’s Environmental Services Department. Photo by Christine Hull for Bham Now
Meet Brenda White, former retail worker and current apprentice at Jefferson County’s Environmental Services Department. Photo by Christine Hull for Bham Now

The Jefferson County Environmental Services Department is in major need of new people to run the county’s nine water reclamation facilities—a.k.a. the place your dirty household water comes in and clean water goes out. Find out how an apprenticeship program is preparing people like 43-year-old single mom Brenda White for a future in the county department.

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Boutique hotel, mixed-use development coming to Parkside

The swanky 140-room boutique hotel will be located at 1600 1st Avenue in Parkside. Photo submitted
The swanky 140-room boutique hotel will be located at 1600 1st Avenue in Parkside. Photo submitted

New plans are in the works to bring another mixed-use property to Birmingham’s Parkside district. Developers announced this week their plans to build a 140-room boutique hotel, residential units, an entertainment venue as well as retail and studio space. Here’s a sneak peek into the plans for Parkside’s latest swanky development.

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Need the perfect gift idea? Here are 6 curated gift sets for anyone on your list from Birmingham based Freedom Soap Co.

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Freedom Soap Co.’s new shaving set is the perfect gift for Father’s Day. Photo by Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

Looking for the perfect gift for a college grad, bridesmaid or for Father’s Day?  We got ya covered with some help from Birmingham based Freedom Soap Co.  Give all natural, eco friendly, locally made and thoughtfully curated Freedom Soap gift sets.

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Mind control and 3D printing are just 2 features in McWane Science Center’s newest exhibit, Bionic Me, opening May 19

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Discovering the latest in technology at McWane Science Center. Photo via Scitech

Have you ever wondered how a bionic eye works? Or wanted to control a computer using the power of your mind? Visit McWane Science Center’s newest traveling exhibit, Bionic Me by Scitech opening Sunday, May 19. Get tickets now.

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“Break Barriers” Birmingham, support the Alabama Fire, our hometown women’s football team on May 18

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On Saturday, May 18th, 5:00PM at General Krulak Stadium on the campus of Birmingham Southern College, come out and support the Alabama Fire when they take on the North Florida Pumas.Photo courtesy of the Alabama Fire Football Team

Birmingham – you have got one last opportunity to watch  football until the pro and college teams begin training camps and games in August.

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