Our U-pick blackberry patch will be opening on Wednesday, June 12 at 7 am.
Open: 7 am to 7 pm, 7 days a week, (season opening 6/12/19)
Where: 14489 Bethel Church Lane, Smithfield
Cost: $10/rectangle basket. Each rectangle basket holds 2 quarts. We provide the containers. This is all on the honor system, simply place your money in the black box near where you picked up your container.
We have 5 different varieties of blackberries, which vary in size and when the berries are coming ripe. The first of the berries are ripening, but they aren't all ripe yet. As for picking conditions, they will likely vary greater during blackberry season than strawberry season. We have less overall blackberries than strawberries, so it's more difficult to predict conditions from day to day. During the season though, the patch should recover from a heavy picking every few days, so if you come one day and it's picked clean try back in a few days.
Some people have asked us about taste testing while picking. We certainly don't mind if you try a berry or two while you're filling up your bucket, but we'd appreciate it if you could keep it within reason :-)