Berry and Zinnia picking today 5-5-19

Thank you everyone who came out yesterday and picked blackberries on our season opening day! Today  (Sun., 5-5-19) we are open from 7:30 am til 1:00 pm for THORNLESS blackberry picking AND zinnia picking. I just walked the zinnia rows and yes, they are dry enough for pickers to traverse in most places. Weatherman says partly sunny, high of 82 degrees, so it’s a beautiful day to come visit the farm. Prices: $1/person field entry, re-usable berry picking box $2, U-Pick berries $5/lb; Pre-Picked berries $6/lb, Pre-picked squash & broccoli $2/lb, U-Pick Zinnias $3.00 for as many flowers as you can put in a 16 oz Solo cup.

Season Opens May 4, 2019 !!!

Posted 5-3-19:

2019 Blackberry Season opens tomorrow, Sat., May 4. (7:30am-1:00 pm). We got quite a bit of rain today, but fields are draining fast. Berry pickers are advised to wear rain boots or shoes that can get wet as there will still be some wet/muddy areas. Due to the rain, U-pick squash and other vegs will not be open tomorrow. Most likely the zinnia-picking will not be available due to the muddy field. But we were able to pick in the some areas today, so we will have HUGE blackberries, these 3 varieties of squash, and some other pre-picked produce for sale in the market. All of these pics were taken today. PRICES: Farm admission $1/person. Re-usable berry picking box $2. U-Pick berries $5/lb. U-Pick vegs $2/lb. Zinnias $3/Solo Cup full. Come out tomorrow or Sunday (7:30 am-1:00 pm) for lots of fun and good eats! Closed Mon., May 6, but hours for the first week are Tuesday May 7 thru Fri. May 10 (7:30 am-1:00 pm. ) We will post hours for following days asap.

Thornless blackberries picked 5-3-19. As you can see, many are MUCH larger than a quarter.
Blackberries are just starting to ripen and bushes are LOADED.
A sample of our harvest 5-3-19: clockwise from left–Yellow squash, Heirloom Golden Zucchini, green zucchini.

2019 Blackberry Season Opens Sat., May 4

Get ready for a great 2019 Season starting Saturday, May 4th! For the first few days, we will only have Thornless Blackberries for U-pick, but for sale in the market (pre-picked) we will have some early homegrown vegs. Coming soon: lots of other things to pick, including sunflowers and zinnias! See schedule for the first week –hours may be adjusted as needed for later weeks. LIKE us on Facebook!

Blackberries are looking great!

Prime-Ark Freedom Thornless Blackberries will be the first variety to ripen in 2019, in early May. Vines are loaded and berries will turn from green to red to black, and will plump up as they reach optimum picking stage. Photo date 4-6-19.

Blackberry Status 4-3-19

Three of our thornless blackberry varieties, with bloom status as of 4-3-19. Prime-Ark Freedom plants shown on the horizon, and Crimson Clover blooming to feed the bees.

Farm update 3-15-19

Red Baron Peaches, just starting to bloom 3-15-19. Highly ornamental and very flavorful freestone red-skinned peach.
One of the Thornless Blackberry patches, showing status of three varieties as 3-15-19.
Brussel sprouts should continue producing thru summer. Red chard in background will be gone soon. (photo 3-15-19)
Tomatoes planted on fence for easy U-pick in May-June, 2019. Fence near barn will hopefully have U-Pick cucumbers. (photo 3-15-19)
First bloom on hydroponic tomatoes in greenhouse, grown in coconut fiber.
Large-leaf Italian Basil, Banana peppers and tomato plants to set out in field after weather warms. (Photo 3-15-19)
Green multiplying onions.
Red clover grown for bee attractant, and nitrogen and organic matter to rejuvenate soil. (Photo 3-15-19)
Mustard left to bloom attracts bees who eat the pollen and nectar. Ladybugs use the leaves as a protective hatchery and also feast on the aphids who flock to the area for food.

2019 Season opening soon!

Expected opening for 2019 season is around first week of May, but may be sooner if weather warms up and production comes earlier. Prime-Ark Freedom thornless blackberries are already in bloom, and several varieties of peaches are loaded with blossoms. Fig trees are still dormant. Tomatoes, watermelons, cantaloupes, and brussel sprouts are already planted in the field, with pepper, herb and cucumbers following soon. Watch this site for more info soon!

Call for U-Pick appointment after Aug. 4, 2018

8-3-18 . U-Pick Farm and Market will be open as usual on Sat., Aug. 4, 2018 from 7:30 am to 1:00 pm, but that will be the last regular day for this summer season. There are still LOTS of figs, and some thornless blackberries for picking, so beginning Sunday, August 5, please call 346-412-5844 and set up an appointment to pick.

Picking by appointment details: Begins Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018. Minimum is 10 lbs of fruit, priced @$4.00 per pound for figs and/or blackberries, and we waive the usual $1 per person admission. For picking by appointment, you may bring your own picking bucket, or pay $2 for one of our re-usable boxes. Please pay by cash only—no credit cards set up for appointments.–So minimum charge will be $40 (10 lbs x $4.00). Don’t wait too long if you want to pick Figs and Blackberries this summer!

Figs and Okra! 7-27-18

Farm photos taken July 27, 2018. A limited amount of blackberries are producing, but we have LOTS of figs and okra! Visit our farm on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, 7:30 am to 1:00 pm and Pick-Your-Own or purchase pre-picked when available. Watermelon season is coming to a close, but Fairytale pumpkins and butternut squash are coming in now. Fig varieties are Celeste,LSU Gold, LSU Purple and Magnolia.

PrimeArk Freedom and PrimeArk Traveler Thornless blackberries are producing in very limited amounts for late July U-Pick. They are just as delicious as the spring crop!

 

Blackberries, Figs, Watermelons and More!

7-20-18 We are open Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday, 7:30 am-1:00 pm for U-Pick and Pre-picked produce. LSU Purple, LSU Gold and Magnolia Figs ($4.00/lb) are starting to come in fairly heavily (Celeste not much production), and this weekend will be great for picking if you come early before the heat sets in. SOME thornless blackberries available for picking ($5.00/lb). The box shown in picture was picked 7-18-18. Get here early before they are all gone. Heirloom Green Velvet Okra is also available for picking ($2.50/lb.)                   Pre-Picked produce available: Watermelons (red & yellow meat), butternut and spaghetti squash, cucumbers, cushaw, okra, peppers, and more.  Come out this weekend and enjoy the wide open skies of Waller, Texas.

Magnolia Figs and LSU Purple Figs. (LSU Gold figs are also available, but not shown in this picture. )

Thornless blackberries picked 7-18-18. Limited amount of late-season production on this variety.  Sangria watermelons are having a great year! The hot dry weather makes them sweet!

Serrano peppers also love the hot dry summer we are having. The hotter the better for them, but it makes the job of a farmer even more difficult, even with irrigation.