Aug 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.

Oct 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.

Sep 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.

Aug 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.

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Aug 242016

I would like to introduce our blackberry recipe contest.  Sign up to receive our specials and seasonal updates and then send me your recipe.  I will pick my favorite each week and send the winner a pint of their choice from Grandma Jo’s Blackberry Jam collection.   This is a great chance to share your awesome recipes, keep informed about Best Blackberries news and specials, and a chance at winning some great jam.  So check back each Wednesday to see if your are the winner.  Good Luck!

Jul 202016

We just added three new places in central Illinois to pick up Grandma Jo’s Jams and Fruit Spreads and Wilderness Farm’s 100% Pure Blackberry Juice. Nuthatch Hill BBQ in Lincoln, Hill Prairie Winery in Oakford and The Perfect Pair Antiques and Salon in Warrensburg all have your Wilderness Farm products available. So whether you are buying some wine, great pork BBQ, or some classy antiques, get your blackberry fix in central Illinois.

Jun 202016

Seymour D. Van Gundy, retired dean of the UCR College of Agriculture and Natural Resources along with the Redlands Horticultural and Improvement Society, note that blackberries have several health benefits apart from being a tasty delight.

Scientists have found berries have some of the highest antioxidant levels of any fresh fruits, measured as ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity). Fresh berries are some of the most powerful and delicious disease-fighting foods available.

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Pigments in berries are powerful antioxidants. Blue, purple and red color has been associated with a lower risk of certain cancers and with urinary tract health, memory function and healthy aging.

Blackberries, which are rich in antioxidants, help the body in fighting free radicals and thus avoid various types of cancer.

The high tannin content, and the resultant antiseptic properties, of blackberries makes them good for tightening tissues as well as treating minor bleeding with their anti-bacterial properties, and blackberries can even help cleanse the blood.

Consumption of blackberries has been found to be beneficial for those suffering from diarrhea and intestinal inflammation.

Mild infections, such as sore throats and mouth irritations, can be treated with the help of blackberries.

Blackberries have also been used to alleviate hemorrhoids.


Jun 202016

Starting soon, like next week, we will start picking, delicious, Wilderness Farms blackberries.  This season we will be offering fresh picked blackberries available at our farm.  These fresh, vine-ripened blackberries will be available at only $2.50/lb with a 4 lb minimum order.  You will need to make your order by phone, call or text to Merrell at 618 292-3586  and your blackberries can be picked up between 8-4 Monday through Saturday.

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May 182016

Merrell and Grandma Jo will have all the jams, spreads and pure, blackberry juice available to sample this Friday and Saturday, May 20 and 21 at the Great Pumpkin Patch in Arthur, Illinois.  The 200 Acres and Hobnob Market present a celebration of vintage and handcrafted goods, artisan foods, DIY demos, live music and more.  Click here to check out all the information for times and tickets at the Back Forty Market.

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