Summer is here, and that means it’s time to get outside, smell the flowers and eat some berries. Wild Berry Farm in Sadler allows you to do all of those things at once.
Located at 905 Crawford Road, the farm is home to the Bloomer family. This summer, due to COVID-19, the farm is open to the public Mondays and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to noon and open by appointment only on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to noon and 9 a.m. to noon, respectively. The price to enter is $2 per person and an additional $5 per child if guests want to purchase a Kid’s Play Pass, which includes fish food for the pond, access to the slide hill and fossil digging grounds, and the “rat roller” (a big pipe that kids can get in and roll.) Children must use hand sanitizer to enter the kids play area.
Owner Lauren Bloomer said the family has owned the farm for seven years. They grow blackberries, a smaller patch of blueberries, and also grow and sell flowers. Both Bloomer and her husband have agriculture in their veins, but weren’t initially looking to head in that direction.
“It just kinda fell into our lap,” Bloomer said, and they decided to return what used to be known as Bailey’s Berries to its former glory. “We replanted everything that was here and then some. We just wanted to bring it back to life and then put our own twist on it with the flowers.”
The flowers grown are sunflowers and Zinnias, and people can cut their own. Bloomer highly recommends that folks bring their own scissors or shears to do the cutting and bring something hold those precious stems once they’ve been clipped.
In addition to the plants, people can also come face-to-face with farm animals.
“It’s not a petting zoo, but they can get close to them,” Bloomer said. The young and the young at heart can expect to see sheep, goats, a turkey, chickens, quail and ducks.
“When they arrive, they’ll come to the red barn and check in, then get little bags to take out to the field,” Bloomer said.
According to Bloomer, most visitors typically stay at least two hours. Some choose to bring along a picnic and take advantage of the tables provided to have their sit-down meal on the property. In years past, Bloomer said, they’ve operated a small café with food available for purchase, but COVID-19 restrictions made that endeavor “too much to handle” this year. However, she said people are welcome to bring their own food.
For more information or to make a reservation call 903-564-5206 or visit www.txberry.com.