Arkansas farmers markets and pick-your-own farms will be joining in the blackberry month celebration with blackberry days on two consecutive Saturdays this month.
“Growers at seven locations in Pulaski, Washington, White, Benton and Lonoke counties will be helping to celebrate blackberries on June 19 and 26,” said Amanda McWhirt, extension specialist-horticulture crops specialist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
“Consumer interest in blackberries has grown significantly in the last few years and we want to help promote blackberries as an in-season, fresh, local and healthy fruit that’s available in around the state,” she said.
Customers will see “I love AR blackberry” stickers, brochures with information about blackberries in Arkansas, as well as recipes to enjoy the fruit in multiple ways. Blackberry days are being held in collaboration with the Arkansas Agriculture Department and its Arkansas Grown program and the Arkansas Blackberry Growers Association.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson has declared June to be blackberry month.
The Experience Arkansas Agriculture site has a list of farmers markets at https://www.uaex.uada.edu/farm-ranch/economics -marketing/experience -arkansas-agriculture/.
Arkansas has a big connection to blackberries through the Division of Agriculture breeding program. Blackberries from that Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station project are grown on every continent except Antarctica.