We are are now closed for the season!
As the canes that bore blackberries this year die, we now begin the 3-4 month process of removing the old dying canes (shown on the left) and clipping and trimming the new canes (shown on the right) in preparation for next year.
We want to thank everyone who visited the farm this year and look forward to seeing you next year when the two new varieties will also be producing!
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)
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.
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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