Pick fresh flowers and produce at Hunsader Farms through the end of April.

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Are green beans sweeter when you pick them with your own hands? Find out this month at Hunsader Farms, where you can pick them ripe off the vine for 99 cents a pound through the end of April. You can also pick black-eyed peas, eggplant and okra, and tomato picking kicks off next month.

While Hunsader is best known for its epic, annual pumpkin festival, picking produce and flowers at the farm is a great way to get your hands dirty and leave with a bounty while wildflowers, zinnias and sunflowers are in full bloom. "They-pick" fresh fruit and produce are also available, along with homemade jellies. And don't forget to visit the friendly goats at the petting zoo.

Hunsader Farms is located at 5500 County Road 675, Bradenton, and is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. For more info, call (941) 322-2168 or visit the farm's website.

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