7-4-05 - For families across Texoma, the Fourth of July is about spending time together. In the same spirit, one local farm thrives on the families that visit its blueberry fields.
Ann and Pearce Bailey purchased their 15-acre farm in Sadler, TX, on a whim in 1996, as a chance to escape the Dallas congestion. When the land appraiser noted that the sparse fields were perfect for blueberry farming, the couple began a 2-year construction project.
"I wouldn't trade it for anything in this world. There isn't concrete out here and that's what we really appreciate," says Ann Bailey.
Today, Bailey’s Blueberry Patch welcomes visitors from across Texoma to handpick blueberries, blackberries, and other fruits. The best part, the Baileys say, is the kids.
“When the kids come, that’s too fun. This year we’ve had more of them than you’ve ever seen. They’re the cutest things in the world,” says Pearce Bailey, of the hundreds of children who scamper through the Patch everyday.
The Fourth of July is sentimental for the Baileys for the same reason.
“I love the holiday because it's family oriented. Families share it together and this is a family place. And we want to keep it a family place,” says Ann.
Bailey’s Blueberry Patch is open Tuesday through Thursday, and weekends for berry picking. Theirs is the only blueberry farm in Grayson County.