we grow our blackberries on a trellis system, which acts as an overhead arch to allow more berries to grow and aids in the ease of picking.
Pick-Your-Own Blackberries is now open at our Belleville Farm. The cost of Pick-Your-Own Blackberries during the 2017 season is $3.49/lb. We also have delicious homegrown blackberries available for purchase in our Belleville Country Store. We expect that our Grafton Farm will open on July 8th and have Pick-Your-Own Blackberries available at that time.
Starting in 2017 a field access pass will be required to enter our picking areas. The all-day field access pass will allow you to enjoy fruit samples, unlimited rides to the picking areas, fresh farm air and lasting memories. The field access pass is $1/person (children under 2 are free).
Eckert’s plump, sweet blackberries typically ripen late June through mid August. At our Belleville farm, we grow our blackberries on a trellis system, which acts as an overhead arch to allow more berries to grow and aids in the ease of picking.
Buying and Storing
Choose berries that are firm, without soft spots, mold or discoloration. Check the bottom of the container for crushed berries and avoid purchasing. Refrigerate unwashed to prevent molding. Handle gently to avoid bruising. Do not heap blackberries on top of each other, this increases the risk of bruising. Rinse in cool running water when you are ready to eat the berries. Gently pat dry with paper towels. Do not soak berries in water. Blackberries can be stored in the refrigerator up to 2 to 3 days.
Since ripening schedules and crop availability are not an exact science, always be sure to check the Eckert’s Crop Update to find out what crop(s) are available.
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