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Gelatinous Sweetness

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August in brims with chances to pick your own fruit … and, as in generations past, to make your own jams, jellies, marmelades and preserves from summer’s bounty. Not everyone has a family member or friend versed in the art of jelly-making, but the agritourism program within the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry can help people find, pick...

Fruit-Bearing Festivals

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Food vendors at the McLoud Blackberry Festival must offer at least one item made from its namesake fruit, and they are more than happy to comply. Succulent blackberry treats abound at the mcloud blackberry festival July 12-13. Blackberry kettle corn sold out a couple of years ago, says Melanie Krause, executive director of the McLoud Chamber of Commerce. Also popular...

Eager for a Berry Good Harvest

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Norman Asher loves everything about blackberry season, but a few parts stand out more than others. He gets a big kick out of seeing the purple-stained faces and clothing of children who can’t resist sampling what they pluck: ripe berries from the bushes at Meadow Blackberry Farm. He’s also happy when he meets customers new to picking their own berries, because...