Spring 2018 Update:
Winter Part II was full of rain, cloudy skies, and cold temperatures resulting in us having the berries covered the first 15 days of April!
Whereas we picked the first berry on March 20 last year & were selling in farmers’ markets by April 1, this year we are a full month behind.
The weather was adequate for the plants to flower & spawn baby berries, but we ended up with a bottleneck of green berries waiting for the conditions to be sufficient for ripening.
Long story short, we’re in the midst of a very compact season with much hitting at once and it will be difficult to have standing open hours while keeping up.
Accordingly, u-pick berry activities will happen on an appointment-only basis by request.
If you’d like to request a time for your party to pick please leave a voice mail or text message at:
(937) J5FARM9 / 937-553-2769
The J5 Crew
Now Accepting BitCoin!
The Healthy, Home-Grown Approach
J5 Farm is the home of Stilwell U-Pick & is a picturesque 135-acre property nestled in the foothills of the Ozarks. It’s situated just to the West of Twist Mountain, a Trail of Tears end-point, in the Piney community near Stilwell. Here we exercise our God-given mandate to take dominion over the Earth, while working cooperatively with nature, to create a place where we work and produce fod that we eat. Through Stilwell U-Pick, we are preseving the heritage & tradition of Stilwell as the “Strawberry Capital of the World,” while allowing the public a unique opportunity to share in the joy!
Stilwell U-Pick helps food-conscience folks “source local” & allows proud Stilwell Strawberry fans to actively participate in harvesting this famous crop that serves as the Oklahoma State Fruit. Prior to J5 Farm opening Stilwell U-Pick, public picking was a thing of the past & more than 99% of acreage once devoted to strawberries had vanished.
Local berries not only provide the public with hands-on participation in this historic past time, but also means Stilwell U-Pick Customers enjoy the premier fresh-market varieties that could never be mass-produced on factory farms & shipped to chain grocers. The juiciest berries are meant to be enjoyed in real time, not weeks after harvest.
Stilwell U-Pick not only provides the premium cultivars enjoyed by “pick-your-own” afficionados from Arkasas to the East Coast, but also ensures customers get the freshest berries around. Strawberries “redden,” but they don’t “ripen” after harvest (like bananas). So there’s simply nothing like you enjoying what YOU picked… in real time!
During the Great Depression and World War II, strawberries became a major crop in Adair County. In 1948, the first Stilwell Strawberry Festival was organized. In 1949, the state governor and legislature proclaimed Stilwell as “Strawberry Capital of the World.” At one time there were about two thousand acres devoted to strawberries, but more than 99% of those acres are gone. In 2017 there will be less than 20 acres of strawberries in Stilwell. Cultivating agricultural interests in the youth is the only hope for this icon of Stilwell to have a bright future.
Firm-packed, raised beds with tight, machine-stretched plastic and sub-surface drip irrigation create numerous advantages… including:
More effective & efficient harvest
Less weed pressure, thus reduced herbicide use