Where to spend the day on the farm
Try out the rural life with these three Oklahoma farms.
Thunderbird Berry Farm
Katelyn Hansen Photography
Try out the rural life with these three Oklahoma farms. From berry picking to roping to eating caramels, there is something for the whole family to enjoy.
Lola and Stephen Carter moved to a farm to help Stephen, a disabled veteran, with his post-traumatic stress disorder. After they discovered two members of their family were lactose intolerant, they decided to raise dairy goats. But they struggled to find a market for their excess milk.
“After a lot of late-night Google searches, I decided to try caramels,” Lola Carter says. “I gave the first batch away, and my friends and family fell in love.”
This summer, Twisted Acres will be open from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturdays. Visitors can see the goats and purchase milk, soap and caramels, as well as goods and produce, from other local veterans at the farm store.
7.5 miles northwest of Bristow on Highway 16 | twisted-acres.com
Straw Family Farm
Straw Family Farm is an animal lover’s dream. Visitors will see a wide variety of animals, including a longhorn steer, a sheep herd and some rescue animals that the owners have bottle-fed back to health. Children can ride a horse as well as hand-feed numerous baby animals.
“They’re born in the spring, but they’ll still be babies all summer long,” says horse trainer RJ Straw.
The farm offers tours from 1-5 p.m. every day except for Wednesday and Thursday throughout the summer. Visitors can add lessons in goat milking, roping, spinning and crocheting to their tour for an additional fee.
HC 61 Box 16, Lenapah | 10 miles north of Nowata | farmontheprairie.com
Thunderbird Berry Farm
Picking berries can be a family affair at Thunderbird Berry Farm. Don Hansen first started growing berries after finding salvage plants at an area store at the end of the season. Now with over a decade of berry growing under his belt, he shares the joy of fresh berries with others through his farm.
His primary crop is blueberries. Other vegetables and berries are available seasonally.
“My advice is to pick the berries one by one, since they ripen individually,” Hansen says. “You cannot believe the beautiful berries that some pickers fill their buckets with.”
32100 E. 71st St., Broken Arrow | facebook.com/thunderbirdberryfarm