Erika Wilcotts and her husband Aaron have spent more than a year getting the Red Berry Barn ready for customers. Now, opening day is right around the corner.
Were really excited, she said. This has been a long project so its going to be exciting to actually open the doors and let people come in.
The Red Berry Barn is a u-pick berry market, but will also feature already picked berries and local produce.
My family has been farming in the area forever, so we just kind of wanted to do our own thing, she said.
Eighteen months later, the former grass patch has been transformed into a large barn and acres of berries, ready to pick.
The building and everything went just how we wanted, Wilcotts said.
With a week until opening, theres still a bit to be done inside, including stocking the shelves with produce. Inside the barn, theres a corner filled with jars of jam and local honey. Another holds frozen berries and fresh pies, made daily. The produce counter runs down the middle with assorted gardening supplies spread throughout.
My husband and I saw this piece of property for sale and thought it would be a great location for u-pick berries and produce, she said. The property is 23 acres, with open field remaining and a large patch of trees at the edge of the property.
Eventually well just keep trucking over with the berries, she said.
In the meantime they look forward to the finishing touches and opening for Mothers Day.
We have over 1,000 potted plants ready to go in the greenhouse (for Mothers Day), she said. Were ready to go.
The Red Berry Barn will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 pm. every day and is located at 19200 S.W. Chapman Road, right off Highway 99W about halfway between Newberg and Sherwood.
As long as there are berries out there, well be here, Wilcotts said.
For more information, visit www.facebook.com/RedBerry Barn.