Claremore Daily Progress

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July 2, 2014

Berry picking on the 4th

CLAREMORE —

Sandra Patterson has her home on land that has been passed down in her family for over 100 years. In 2009 she and her husband, David, decided to do something with all of their acreage.  They decided to make a berry farm. 
“We looked out there and thought ‘Wow, there is all that land that is just sitting there,’” Sandra Patterson said.
Her grandfather built a pond for irrigation and he always wanted to grow blueberries. He grew a few in the 1980s, but Shannon and David took his vision even further.
Today, they have 6,000 blueberry plants all producing the delicious fruit.
For three years, they have been operating U-pick Canyon Blueberry Farm. Individuals in the community arrive at the farm, receive a gallon bucket and are taken into the berry fields to decide which berries to take home. 
Starting the farm was an investment for the family as they partnered with Jay and Linda Gerchau. 
It took two years for the plants to begin producing; but after reaching maturity, the plants will produce between 20 and 25 years. A lot of work and resources went into the first couple of years, but they have been slowly gaining momentum in customers. 
“We are still in the discovery phase,” David Patterson said. “We have done very little advertising and people are just finding us.”
Their first couple of years they had more visitors than berries. But as the plants began producing more berries there is a shift. Now they have more berries than visitors. 
Currently, the Pattersons depend on social media to spread the word about their unique berry farm, but they are  considering advertising next year as the amount of crop they produce continues to increase. 
David Patterson is quick to tell visitors what to look for in a good berry in terms of size and color. After his instruction, it is the visitor’s choice on which ones will make it home. 

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