I Love the Ark-La-Tex: Hillcrest Blueberry Farm

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 8:38pm

I found my thrill on Blueberry Hill. Fats Domino may have said it first, but I think I meant it more. But maybe it needs to be changed a bit. How does "I found my thrill on the blueberry and blackberry hills at Hillcrest Blueberry Farm sound? I think it sound delicious, and I'd wager that Daye Alexander would agree with me. After all, she's the owner of Hillcrest Blueberry Farm in Gloster. However, the name could be deceiving because they have lots more than blueberries. I don't think I've ever seen bigger blackberries. Now this might come as a surprise, but this is the biggest blueberry farm in the South, although according to Alexander, it didn't start out that way. "We used to be a dairy farm, and so we went from dairy to berries, and it just kind of grew." Grew so much that this lazy city girl knew she had to give it a try. But I had no idea how to start? Where's Yogi Bear when I need him? Luckily Alexander stepped in to fill me in. "We provide the buckets, we provide the liners, and we show you where to go, and you pick your berries, you bring them in, you put them on the shelf, you go out and pick some more." Umm Ii see a problem with that. How can I be expected to fill my bucket when my berries keep landing in my mouth and not my bucket? But Alexander has a solution for that problem too! They sell already picked berries too. I wasn't ready to give up, so I headed to the blueberry area and learned how to tickle the bush. Alexander explains the process. "You kind of just take your fingers and just (tickle). It's easy to pick. They're easier than blackberries to pick." But are they as yummy? I just can't decide. But I'll say one thing; I had a berry good time trying to decide. And that's just another reason I love the Ark-La-Tex.


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