أغسطس 022017

We replaced our manual picking crew with an automated blackberry harvester.  After getting the kinks out of the new harvesting technique we were able to keep all the berries picked through the season.  Too many super hot, dry days at the end of July ended the season a bit early, but we picked a lot of berries for juice and jam.

نوفمبر 172016

The Family Vine Winery in Greenville, IL makes this blackberry pizza.  It was awesome, contains whole blackberries and Grandma Jo’s Blackberry Jalapeno Jam, delicious.  They wouldn’t give me the recipe, so I guess we will just have to visit the Family Vine to give it a try, or get some jam and berries and start experimenting.  Wildnerness Farms Blackberry Jams and Juice are a great gift for the holidays.


أكتوبر 202016


A few months ago I promised to share this recipe with you.  I already gave you the dumpling recipe, but the magic is in the sauce.  This is a sauce my maternal grandmother, “Grammy”, used on persimmon pudding, but it is delicious over the blackberry dumplings (really, it’s delicious by itself).  I just finished a dumpling smothered in Grammy Sauce and the flavors are still lingering and they are so amazing, I never want to lose that taste.  Enjoy the blackberry dumpling recipe along with the sauce and get your taste of blackberry summer all year with Grandma Jo’s Blackberry Jams.

Blackberry Dumplings (4)

2 cups Bisquick

2/3 cup of milk

1 cup Blackberries

Mix Bisquick and milk to make a somewhat sticky mixture.  Put mixture into greased coffee mugs (4).  Fold in blackberries equally among the mugs.  Bring a large pot with 1″ of water to boil.  Place mugs into the boiling bath.  Keep slight boil, cook uncovered 10 minutes, cover and cook for another 10 min.  Remove lid and remove mugs from pot.


Grammy Sauce:  Enough for 4 dumplings

2 cups water

2 egg yolks

1 cup sugar

3 tablespoons flour

1/4 lb butter

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Mix water and egg yolks and bring to a boil, stir in sugar and flour with a slight boil.  Reduce heat and add butter stirring while it melts.  Add Vanilla extract.


Now spoon your dumplings into a bowl and cover with the Grammy Sauce and serve.  Now I’m hungry all over again.



أكتوبر 062016

Take a shot of summer. Fall is here, but you can still get all the flavor and healthy goodness of summer’s best blackberries.  You can now find Wilderness Farms 100% Pure Blackberrry Juice at 50% off.  Use it in recipes, wine making, or just a shot a day in your tea or coffee as a great nutritional supplement to your diet. This special won’t last long so check it out now.

سبتمبر 292016

I love to have my greek yogurt for breakfast.  The natural probiotics and healthy protein are a great way to start each day, but the more healthy, plain, greek yogurt does not have the best flavor.  That is where i find use #23 for the Wilderness Farms Blackberry Jalapeno Jam.  I add about a tablespoon to the yogurt and mix it in and for just a few bits of natural sugar, the sweet from the blackberry and the zip from the jalapeno completely override any yogurt flavor.  And along with some nice black coffee the jalapeno has a nice wakening effect.  Send me a recipe or just another use for this great tasting jam and you could win some this week.

سبتمبر 212016


Stephanie Ross won this week’s Wilderness Farms Blackberry Recipe Contest with her entry for Blackberry Pie.  I am not much of a pastry chef, so I let Grandma Jo use this recipe to bake a delicious blackberry pie.  I happened to call up as  Merrell and Jo were finishing the last two pieces and heard nothing but nummy sounds.  Bake up and enjoy this recipe.


1/4 cup of tapioca pearls (soak as indicated for pie filling preperation)

1/2 tsp Augostura bitters

1/2 tsp Almond Extract

1 1/2 cup sugar

6 cups fresh (or frozen if necessary) blackberries.

Mix ingredients with the blackberries last to insure a consistent mixture.

Crust:  This recipe is for 2 9″pie crusts.

2 cups flour

1 tsp salt

1 cup shortening

1/4 cup milk

Mix, ball and refrigerate ingredients for 20 min.

Roll out crust, add the filling and bake at 400 for 45 minutes.


سبتمبر 152016

Not only are blackberries an awesome low calorie treat, only 64 calories in a cup of fresh blackberries, but they are also an incredible source of vitamins and antioxidants.  The dark color of blackberries mean that they contain the highest amount of antioxidants of any serving of food you can consume.  These chemicals help protect us against the free radicals that are constantly attacking or cells and our DNA.  Protect yourself and eat yummy, eat healthy, eat blackberries.

سبتمبر 072016

This week Grandma Jo contributes one of her favorite ways to enjoy Wilderness Farms Blackberry Jalapeno Jam.   Top your burger with some cheese, (I think nice American cheese compliments the blackberry jalapeno best), and quality bacon.  Then spread about half a tablespoon of the blackberry jalapeno jam on your bun.  Wow, the flavors are extraordinary, bacon, cheese, a bit of sweet blackberry and then the hint of spice from the jalapeno.  Really makes a great tasting burger.  See what you can try it on and let us know to win your own Wilderness Farms Blackberry Jam in this week’s recipe contest.



أغسطس 312016

Thank you Stephanie Ross, from Hoquiam, Washington for this week’s winning blackberry recipe, Blackberry Lime Jam.


2 2/3 cups fresh Wilderness Farms Blackberries

Zest from 1 fresh lime

3 Tbs Pectin

1 tsp butter

3 1/3 cup of sugar

2 tsp vanilla

Put blackberries in large sauce pan, add pectin gradually over medium heat stirring constantly.  Mix in vanilla.  Increase to high heat and bring the mixture to a boil, add sugar while stirring constantly.  Bring the mixture to a hard stirring constantly for one minute.  Add butter to minimize foaming during the boil.  Stir in zest of the lime during this boil.  Move the mixture to your jar and place in your canning water bath.  Leave in hot water bath for 10 minutes.  Remove and set them upright to set for 12 hours.

blackberry cooking jam