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09 Aug, 2010 Print 

When my father, Bob Ludekens, was on his sales trip to Oklahoma in June, he saw blackberries larger than he had ever seen before.

Jean Snow showing Kiowa Blackberry from 2010 crop.

He had stopped by our long time customer Sorghum Mill Tree and Blackberry Farm in Edmond, Oklahoma.   Owner John Knight had shown him these humongous Kiowa Blackberries.

John was kind enough to take these photos last week and send them to us.  He commented that these were near the end of season and not as large as the ones Bob was looking at earlier.  Clearly, John knows how to grow blackberries!  John also said that maybe these photos might be useful to sell more berry plants.  I certainly think so - kinda why I'm writing this blog.  Thank you John for the photos and permission to use them.

Sales manager Tom Fetch made the comment - "Wow! Blackberries on Steroids" - hence the blog title.

Now I'm getting hungry.  Blackberry pie anyone?  With Ice Cream?  On your morning cereal?  With yogurt?  Yumm.   Off to the pie shop I go....


Ron Ludekens


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James Kesler said:

Informative A new variety to me.,I was accustomed to picking blackberrries on old abandoned farms during the early 40's in Fayette County WV,near Mount Hope, WVa 25880(a few miles from where the new Boy Scouts of America National Headqarters is being constucted on 10,000 acres, beautiful country. We picked in 2 gallon water buckets, my mother preserved them for blackberry jam, and for blackberry pies in quart jars. Delicious fruit, the thorns were an issue in picking from these vines, also snakes were a concern, copperheads and rattle snakes. But we (my father with me) knew how to deal with this.We saw snakes but always used a 1 inch stick made from a tree branch to separate the weeds in the front of us. We therefore were never snake bitten, you had to be careful where you walked.The nice tasty blackberries to eat with your breakfast cerial made it all worth it..
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