Note: I didn’t write on Easter, but I did collect photos and cook on Saturday night. I’ll have a NEW MLVG post up later today. I may write on my lunch hour since I’m excited to share the deliciousness of our local goodness very soon. In the meantime, I’m sharing this “blackberry” post from last year. I have a feeling our Oklahoma berry vines will be producing a little early this year, so it’s already time to think about how you might enjoy their goodness. If you’ve not yet tried “pick your own” at Sorghum Mill, I definitely recommend them. They have a lovely operation. Thanks, RDK
(Originally published May 31, 2011): Normally we Okies can anticipate berry season by thinking: Mother’s Day – strawberries; Memorial Day weekend – time for blackberries, raspberries and blueberries. However, I mentioned last week that this year brought a cruel weather pattern. Berry farmers are still suffering the consequences of an extended Fall/Spring drought as well as three or four dips during the winter to temperatures at ten below zero.
The owner of Sorghum Mill Christmas Tree and Blackberry Farm particularly noted the cold weather for what they’re seeing now: the freeze may have damaged the ability for the normal flow of water and nutrients to feed their bushes. The berries are simply not themselves this year. Nor are the berries nearly as abundant.
I stopped by to check on Sorghum Mill Farms Memorial Day afternoon. She and I talked a bit on the porch and she allowed me an early peek into the harvest, although she said they would be ready for the public in about two weeks. She was right. Normally, their berries are (seriously) approximately 1.5 to even 2″ long. They’re monstrous. But not this year. And it appears that what berries they have are not only about half the normal size, but are much more sparse. Continue reading My Little Victory Garden: Local Raspberries and Blackberries Do Their Vines Proud