As many of you may be aware, the last two years we have experienced some reduction in blackberry production due to late freezes, necessitating reduced open hours and days for picking. This spring we will be planting an additional 600 blackberry plants. As you can see in the picture below, over the winter the open area in front of the existing blackberries has been prepared for the new plants.
We will be planting two new varieties recently released by the blackberry research and development program at the University of Arkansas: Caddo and Ponca. Caddo is a bit smaller than the big Natchez berries but larger than the smaller round, sweet Osage berries. Caddo is a sweet berry like Osage but ripens a few days earlier. Ponca is also a large/medium sized berry, but is even sweeter than Osage and ripens early along with Natchez. These two new varieties will add to our blackberry offerings in both ripening time and flavor.
Bear in mind that while these new varieties will be planted this spring, they will not produce berries until the 2022 season.
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Do you see it? That berry is lime green and tiny today, but give it a few weeks of sunshine and it will be as big as your thumb and dark purple! We anticipate opening the first part of June, but check back occasionally as we update this prediction.
We are complying with the Re-Opening Guidelines from the Oklahoma
Department of Agriculture, Food, & Forestry.
1. We will limit pickers in the field to maintain social distancing. This means we may ask you to wait until someone else comes in for you to go out. Please be patient.
2. We will be wearing masks and ask you to as well.
3. Minor children MUST stay with their parents at all times.
4. We will have two check-outs this year. One for cash and one for other payment types to minimize contact.
5. We have no public restrooms.
6. State guidelines may change prior to your visit, so please check this page for mandatory updates.
Picking times will be the same as last year:
Monday 6-8 pm
Wednesday 7-10 am
Saturday 7-11 am
You Pick 'em blackberries: $5/lb
(1 lb is approximately one level quart)
0-2 oz No charge
3-6 oz $1.25
7-10 oz $2.50
11-14 oz $3.75
15-16 oz $5.00 (full pound)
Our thornless blackberries are grown in rows and trellis-trained for easy picking. We mow between rows and around the field, and have not experienced any problems with ticks or chiggers.
Blackberries are perishable and need to be refrigerated as soon as possible after picking. A general rule of thumb is to use them within 5 days when properly stored. Of course, they freeze well for later use too.
Blackberries do not ripen after they are picked and have a fairly short shelf life. The berries available in the grocery store are specific varieties chosen for their shipping durability. Our blackberry varieties were purposely selected for their size and AMAZING flavor.
We anticipate our picking season to start early June and run 5-6 weeks. Check this site, our Facebook page, our Instagram site, or give us a call at 405-385-9386 for updates regarding opening day and picking days & times (based on availability of ripe berries).
Go N on Main/Washington (which turns into Hwy 177). Approximately 1.3 miles past the turnpike, turn left (W) on Glencoe Rd for 1 mile to N Western Rd. Turn right (N) and enter the gate on your left at the top of the hill and follow the gravel drive.
From Ponca City:
Go S on Hwy 177. At 4 miles past “Four Corners” (with a blinking red stoplight) turn right (W) on Lone Chimney Rd, go 1 mile to N Western Rd and turn left (S), and the gate will be on the right about ¾ mile at the top of the hill.
8920 N Western Rd
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