Duck Creek Blackberry Farm


It was nice to feel the warm morning sun with the soft summer rays cascading across the berry farm.  A boy and his mother are carrying a basket together, he reaches for the berries towards the bottom of the bush while his mother reaches above him — “Now don’t pick the red ones, those aren’t ripe…”

The boy waits for his mother to look away and suddenly his hand shoots towards a gigantic, juicy RED berry “NATHAN, if you keep picking the red berries I’m going to have to take your bucket away!” He plucks the red berry and drops it in the bucket, smiling wide at his mother.  She shakes her head and laughs.

It’s funny how children are able to melt their parents’ hearts like that, with a sweet innocent smile, poof the anger just seems to vanish.  Too bad that move doesn’t work on my parents anymore, how cool would that be? — “Hey mom, about that $3500 credit card bill…*smiles*” “Hey dad, I may have wrecked my car..by hitting a parked car *smiles??*”

(pictured above: a Yellow Garden Spider or Argiope Aurantia)

Though both accounts would realistically cause severe consequences involving both physical and mental anguish, even in the worst situations parents always somehow forgive.  You truly learn the virtue of patience when you become a parent, even when your children are 50 I bet that same impish smile probably still melts your heart.  Kids are just manipulative little creatures aren’t they?  🙂

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Since moving to Texas, I have abandoned my inner farmer (instincts) for some reason.  Before, when I lived in Minnesota and Ohio, my family would venture out to berry and apple farms where we’d pick til our hearts were content.  I would remember picking fresh strawberries in the following order, one in my bucket, one in my mouth… until my stomach would hurt and my bucket was full.

I think one of the things I love most about picking fruit is being able to experience the environment in which the fruit flourishes.  There is something magical about going out to an open apple orchard right when the sun is peaking through, the grass still fresh with dew, and all around you see branches hanging low and heavy with plump beautiful apples.  And the smell!  Oh the sweet smell of sun-kissed fruit, there are few things in this world that beat it.

When Natalie suggested going on a berry pickin’ adventure a couple of weeks ago, I was ecstatic.  Out in Sanger,TX about 10 minutes outside of Denton, there was a beautiful spot — Duck Creek Blackberry Farm.  It is there that blackberry farmer, Charles Kessler grows over 5000 blackberry plants of all different varieties, mostly thornless so they are more “picking friendly”.

So bright and early at 6 am, the Natalies (From Natalie’s Killer Cuisine and The City Sisters) and I met up for some good ole berry pickin’.  By the time we arrived, there was already a crowd of people surrounding the truck bed of gallon buckets — waiting to be filled with plump and luscious blackberries.  The entire farm stretched out as far as the eye could see — littered with not only blackberry bushes but pear trees, apricot trees, peach trees and pecan trees.

Using a carefully crafted water irrigation system along with the help of a couple of hives of honey bees, Charles Kessler has successfully maintained his blackberry farm since 2004. For only $15 for a gallon bucket, it’s enough blackberries to last you at least a week — but not if you have a Wells in your family, my honey ate all (except a small handful) in one sitting.

Hence why I have absolutely no dessert to show for it…but I guess that’s the plus size of having friends who have food blogs as well 🙂  You can find a wonderful blackberry mojito recipe at The City Sisters and delightful berry pie bars at Natalie’s Killer Cuisine.  Enjoy!

19 responses to “Duck Creek Blackberry Farm

  1. Love the photo of the cobweb! Beautiful. And those fresh blackberries are awesomeness.

  2. I made berry bars, but cherry sounds delicious! 😀 And beautiful pictures of course! I love the pictures of the entire farm.

  3. Beautiful images, Joy! I had so much fun spending time with you out at the farm. I can’t wait till we go a pickin’ again!

  4. Beautiful photos as usual! I wish I knew of where a berry farm, apple orchard or pumpkin patch were where I live now to take my little one to.

    • Oh Rochelle! How wonderful — I love apple orchards, the smells are just amazing. I bet the pumpkin patch is such a delight on Halloween (which is one of my favorite holidays, after Thanksgiving..and Christmas hee hee) Thanks for your kind words!

  5. Wow….lovely post and lovely pictures. Must be so fun picking all the berries. I wish I was there!

  6. The farm seems so pretty and it looks like it was an amazing day…

    • It was amazing! Loved the serenity of the berry farm and of course eating the blackberries … it was a wonderful time until one of the farmers saw me and said “HEY, TILA TEQUILA!” …. 😦 no thank you, I’d rather not be compared to her…

  7. I love fruit picking in the summer time. Once, I picked 20 lbs of strawberries. Love your pictures.

  8. Great post, and such fun photos:)

  9. The spiderrrrrrrrrrrrrr! It’s so huge. Or maybe you just got a very scary shot of him up close. 🙂 Oh man, good lookin’ berries though.

    • omg my hand kept shaking as I was trying to get the shot of that spider, he looked very angry at the fact my macro lens was inches away from his face. Good thing it didnt attack me 🙂

  10. What lovely pictures! I love picking my own fruit/veg – it just seems to taste better than anything you find at the store or farmer’s market!

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