It's blackberry season at Congaree and Penn!
Our Ouachita blackberries are yours for the picking. Reserve a picking time in advance, and join us Wednesday through Sunday for morning and evening picks.
How it Works
1. Reserve a picking time ($5 per guest) at bookwhen.com/congareeandpenn.
2. When you arrive at the farm, you'll purchase your picking basket (beginning at $5 per basket).
3. Hop on a farm wagon and enjoy a cruise to and from the blackberry patch. Fill your basket, keep your basket, and enjoy the fruits of your labor!
To ensure that we have enough blackberries, and that everyone’s picking experience is top notch, each picking time is limited to 25 guests. Reservations are $5 per guest. This includes the wagon ride to and from the blackberry patch. Children three and under are free, but must ride on an adult’s lap. Berry picking baskets begin at $5 per basket. Baskets can be purchased once you arrive and check in at the farm shop. Farm wagons will circulate from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm and 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm.
Questions? We've got answers!
Do I need to make a reservation to pick blackberries?
Yes, we require that every guest over the age of three makes a reservation. To ensure that we have enough blackberries, and that everyone’s picking experience is top notch, each picking time is limited to 25 guests. Reservations are $5 per guest. This includes the wagon ride to and from the blackberry patch. Children three and under are free, but must ride on an adult’s lap. Berry picking baskets begin at $5 per basket. Baskets can be purchased once you arrive at the farm.
Tell me about the baskets.
Only Congaree and Penn baskets may be used for picking. The basket is yours to keep, and the price includes the blackberries. Small baskets are $5 and hold about one pound of berries. Large baskets are $15 and hold about four pounds of berries.
Why the “steep” fees?
Well, farm friends, these fees actually aren’t so steep. It takes an immense amount of farm work to prepare our blackberry field, organize booking, provide our team fair pay, and ensure that your time at the farm is top notch.
Your $5 reservation ensures that you’ll receive a fun experience without the crowds. It also helps us cover the cost of your wagon ride to and from the blackberry patch. That wagon requires maintenance, fuel and a driver. The baskets are fairly priced. Grocery stores sell (mostly sour and foreign) blackberries for $5 for six ounces. Our (mostly sweet and locally grown) blackberries are $5 for small basket that holds about one pound (16 ounces) and $15 for large baskets that hold about 4 pounds (64 ounces).
We also like to think that it’s about the experience. We open the farm to you, farm friend, because we love sharing it with you. But we can’t do that for free.
What happens if it rains?
Do Ouachita blackberries have thorns?
Nope! Our blackberry bushes are very friendly.
Do you allow outside food and drinks?
We do not. Congaree and Penn boasts our own kitchen, and there’s something for everyone on our farm menu. Our taproom offers cider, beer, wine, and nonalcoholic beverages like Honest juice boxes, Perrier, La Croix, Boxed Water, Nate’s orange juice and brio! cold brew coffee.
Do you accept credit cards?
Of course! We live in 2019, too.
Can I bring Fido?
Dogs are always welcome at Congaree and Penn, but because our farm wagons have limited seating, dogs (with the exception of service dogs) cannot ride along to the blackberry patch. You’re welcome to walk Fido instead.
Please keep Fido leashed and away from our farm animals. And please clean up after his messes! We ask that you bring your own waste bags and discard of them properly. Waste cans are located at the quonset hut.
Do I need to worry about snakes and alligators (and lions and tigers and bears, oh my) at the farm?
Not really. We've never seen an alligator at the farm. We haven't seen a snake in over two years. The wildest thing you'll likely see is a peacock. But the great outdoors is full of surprises.
Can I pick blueberries?
Nope. But, by popular demand, we're cultivating a blueberry crop for the spring of 2020.
Will I get wet? Or muddy? Or a spot on my white shorts?
Probably. We’re a farm, and that means we’re prone to spots on white apparel, especially when it’s been raining. We always recommend wearing shoes and clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty. Because it’s the great outdoors. Don’t be afraid to join the greatness.
What else can I do at Congaree and Penn?
There’s a whole farm to enjoy. Sip some cider (or beer and wine), enjoy our farm menu, let the kids run free, take your dog on a walk, take yourself on a walk, visit the animals, and enjoy the great outdoors.