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.

“We’re really excited,” she said. “This has been a long project so it’s 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. by: GARY ALLEN - New business - Erika Wilcotts, along with her husband Aaron, are opening the Red Berry Barn off Highway 99W. The barn specializes in u-pick berries and is slated to open Friday.

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, there’s still a bit to be done inside, including stocking the shelves with produce. Inside the barn, there’s 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 we’ll just keep trucking over with the berries,” she said.

In the meantime they look forward to the finishing touches and opening for Mother’s Day.

“We have over 1,000 potted plants ready to go in the greenhouse (for Mother’s Day),” she said. “We’re 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, we’ll be here,” Wilcotts said.

For more information, visit Barn.

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