Pat Asher has one word to describe this year's berry-growing season.
"Weird," Asher said, laughing. "It's just been weird this year. We had two freezes, and we thought we had lost our entire crop because of that.
"But what we thought was bad turned out for the good," she said. "It's like everything has been pushed back a few weeks, but our crop looks to be in real good shape."
Pat Asher is the owner of Meadow Blackberry Farm in Sapulpa, one of several area farms that allow visitors to reap a bit of the harvest for themselves.
Asher usually opens her farm to the public the first week of June, but this year opening day is likely another two weeks away.
"That's when things should be really taking off," Asher said. "Of course, it's all weather related. If it's too cold, the berries won't ripen, if it's too hot, they'll ripen too soon. And there isn't thing one we can do about that."
Betsy Endicott, co-owner of Endicott Farms in Mounds, also had to change the opening day for the you-pick-it season.
"We're going to be opening June 8," she said. "We're about two weeks behind where we usually are, and things just aren't ripe enough to be picked."
Blueberries should be ready at Endicott Farms on June 8, with blackberries coming in a couple of weeks later.
"April, because it was so cool, meant that our bloom date was a good two weeks later than ordinary," Endicott said. "But our berry crop looks healthy for this summer and we are looking forward to a great season. We added about 100 mature blueberry plants this year, which in turn will produce our largest crop to date.”
The record-low temperatures of April has also meant for some growers that strawberry spring had lingered on.
"We've had a great strawberry season," said Gwen Johnson of Inola's Huldy's Farm. "We're in our fourth week, and we probably will have strawberries for another two weeks. We're expecting the blueberries and blackberries to start coming on in about two weeks, as well."
Area berry farms
These farms will let visitors gather ripe berries where they may, usually charging by the pound of picked berries. Many also offer already picked berries and other produce for sale as well. Because of Oklahoma's notoriously fickle weather, it's advisable to call before heading out on a berry-picking adventure.
Opened May 31
10151 N. 510 Road in Tahlequah
Open 6 a.m. to noon daily, weather permitting. Call ahead for information about times to come and pick.
Opens: In two to three weeks
5312 W. 41st St, Tulsa
Open 8-11 a.m. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, weather permitting. Call ahead for information about times to come and pick.
CANYON BERRY FARMS
Opens: June 6
20126 S. Dickerson Drive, Claremore
Hours 7 a.m. to noon Tuesday-Saturday depending on availability.
Opens: June 8
211th Street South, Mounds (between Lewis and Harvard avenues south of Tulsa)
Open 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, Friday and Saturday, 2-8 p.m. Thursdays. Call for availability.
Strawberries, blueberries and blackberries
Opens: Strawberries still available; second week in June for blueberries and blackberries.
16525 East 590 Road, Inola
Hours: During strawberry season, the farm is open Tuesday through Saturday from 8 a.m.- 6 p.m. When it starts getting hot (usually around late May), summer hours begin, open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.
MEADOW BLACKBERRY FARM
Opens: Second week of June
3200 Westgreen Way, Sapulpa
Hours: 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday
Blueberries, blackberries, asparagus and bulk produce
Opened May 31
4163 E. 470 Road, Pryor
Open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Sunday
OWASSO CHRISTMAS TREE AND BERRY FARM
Opens: June 2 for blueberries, about June 12 for blackberries
11039 N. 129th East Ave., Owasso
7 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays
THUNDERBIRD BERRY FARM
Opened May 31.
South 321st East Avenue, Broken Arrow (between 71st and 81st streets)
7 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays; or by appointment