Blackberry Brambles

at Elderslie Farm | Kechi, KS

Picking the huge, juicy blackberries in our brambles has become a summer highlight for families and friends near and far.

2024 Season

Click here to sign up to pick berries!

See below for additional information.

YOU-PICK INFORMATION

RESERVATIONS & TICKETS

During blackberry season, registrations are posted on our Events Page

Berry Ferry tickets are required for picking as the brambles cannot be reached by foot. Reserve your seat(s) on the berry ferry AND select how many pails you would like to fill with berries. Our you-pick pails are two quarts each. Groups may share pails. 

Availability is posted each Thursday at 8 a.m. for the following week. 

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for last-minute openings!

Picking times are generally between 8 and noon and are indicated on the sign-ups.

Please note that You-Picks generally fill up within a couple of minutes.

 

BERRY FERRY INFORMATION

The Berry Ferry will transport you to the blackberry brambles — just a quick 5 minute ride!

Kids 3 and under ride the ferry for free! All other riders, please purchase a ticket for the Berry Ferry as seats are limited.


CANCELLATION POLICY

All ticket and pail sales are final. Due to the high volume of traffic, we are unable to offer a refund in the event that you cannot make your reservation. You are welcome to give your ticket to someone else. Just email us at hello@eldersliefarm.com to let us know the name of the person you will be transferring it to.

In the event of rain, picking will carry on! If there are severe storms or lightning, we will notify you of any cancellations and refunds will be issued.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

You-Pick Notes
 
  • Please arrive 10 minutes before your picking reservation time.
  • The Berry Ferry runs every 15 minutes or so.
  • Taste three then put the rest in the pail and leave room for the lid. 
  • Please monitor your children.
  • Snap on the lid when you’re finished picking.
  • Our berries are thornless – no gloves are needed.
  • The aisles between the berries in the bramble are grass (occasionally damp but not muddy).
  • No special clothing is required, but tennis shoes or walking shoes are encouraged.
  • Our brambles are well manicured and do not require gloves.
  • The ground is not level in the bramble. Persons with crutches or other walking impairments should use caution or remain at the Bramble Café during picking.
Purchasing Pre-picked Berries

A limited quantity of pre-picked blackberries will be available for sale in half-pints in the Market at Elderslie Farm.

Please note: the Market is self-serve. Our payment kiosk accepts credit-cards.

Keeping Berries Fresh

Once you pick or purchase blackberries, refrigerate or cool them as soon as possible to preserve their shelf life. Consider bringing a cooler to store your berries in if you are staying for breakfast or lunch at Bramble Cafe or picking up FroYo, cheese, or other treats in the Market. Once you get your berries home and in the fridge, you should have 3-5 days of good shelf life. Do not wash berries before storing but do give them a rinse before eating.

To freeze berries, you may leave them in the pail and put them in the freezer or divide them into Ziploc bags in desired amounts to use for later. Or, to maintain their shape, place individual berries on a cookie sheet in the freezer, then move them to a Ziploc bag.

Our Berry Care Practices

We use natural practices in our brambles. We use compost, digested fish and minerals as the basis of our fertility program. We use neem oil, beneficial bacteria, seaweed extract, and elemental products to help sustain plant health and encourage insect balance. Our sprays used on the plant canopy are 100% natural products. We strive to use cultural practices like pruning to manage insects and diseases. 

History of the Brambles

The story of the blackberries at Elderslie is rooted in curiosity, soul-searching and the 2008 market crash. (When you see George, ask about the composting toilets.)

In 2009, George began traveling to fruit farms in Kansas. Everyone had apple trees, and some people had peach trees. Most had a smattering of other small fruits that they were interested in but did not do too much with. But multiple times, George heard the comment, “oh, when those blackberries go, you cannot stop people from getting into them.”

 

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