Visitors from all over Texas, and even other nations, take the time out of their week to stop by Echo Springs Blueberry Farm, tucked between Brownsboro and Murchison. With over 75 acres devoted to growing blueberries and 12 extra acres for blackberries, Echo Springs is one of Texas’ largest farms.
“Usually about 15,000, in a season,” said Scott Anderson, the son of owners Ivan and Phylis Vaseleniuck. “We try to keep track of how many people come, and it’s usually between 13 to 15 thousand.”
The farm originally started in 1986, before being bought by Ivan and Phylis Vaseleniuck, who developed the farm into what it is now, around the year 2000. The retail store, where you can find jams, jellies, honey, coffee, ice-cream, pastries, and their sought after blueberry cheesecake that’s made fresh in house.
“During the year, we’re open certain long weekends,” said Anderson. “We’re open Labor Day Weekend so people can buy frozen bulk berries. And then we open again Thanksgiving Weekend, so people can buy bushes, because that’s the best time to plant your blueberry bushes, when the plants go dormant.”
Usually from the end of May until the end of July, nature dependent, you are able to go and pick your own berries. The farm has four different kinds of blueberries that ripen across the picking season, as well as blackberries that ripen for a short window that’s usually over by July 4th.
“(My parents) offered scholarships every year to certain workers,” said Anderson. “Every year they’ve picked one worker that they’ve put on a scholarship program, and they’ve done that for about 20 years now.”
Echo Springs works to bring the community together with nature, taking care of not only all the visitors that get each summer, but their workers that spend their time keeping the experience fresh.
If you’re not a fan of the Texas heat, you can also find their products in local grocery stores and is also used at Legato Winery and Jester King Brewery.
“The berries are picked with our harvester and also hand-picked,” said Anderson. “That’s usually at about 3:00 in the morning until about 6 or 8:00 in the morning. And then they’re taken into the processing facility, where they are processed, color sorted, and then put in the clam shells. And either sold here in the farm or sent to our distributor who sends them to super markets.”
Echo Springs Blueberry Farm is located at 7235 FM 607, Brownsboro, TX 75778.
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