Boyd Mill Farm is a Pick Your Own berry farm nestled on the banks of the West Harpeth River outside Franklin, Tennessee. Once home to the Boyd Mill, the farm was a gathering place for the community from the 1800s until the mill closed in 1920. Many Williamson County roads still bear the Boyd Mill name.
Owners Carol Warren and Dale Whitehead, who are also musicians, wanted to have the farm again be a community gathering place. In 2000, they began to grow thornless blackberries, and opened the farm to the public in 2002. Now visitors can also find raspberries, pears, and apples. Carol and Dale kick off the berry season every year with Blackberry Jam Music Festival, held on the third Saturday of June.
Blackberry season begins around the first of July, and runs for six weeks. Farm hours are 7 am to 11 am, Monday to Friday when available; it is always best to call ahead. Berries are available to be picked, or can be purchased pre-picked on the farm. No chemicals are used on the berries, and the grounds are well maintained, ensuring a picking experience that is free of chemicals and critters. All ages are welcome! For more details on their products or events, give Carol and Dale a call at 615.794.3867.
A perfect treat for summertime or in the winter with frozen blackberries Makes one 8 x 8 inch pan (16 servings)
3 tablespoons butter (or equivalent of your choice)
1 cup white sugar (or equivalent of your choice)
1- 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 pinch ground mace or nutmeg
2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
1/3 cup apple juice
1 1/4 cups fresh blackberries
1.Preheat oven to 325°F. Lightly grease one 8 x 8 inch baking pan.
2.In large bowl beat the butter (or equivalent) and sugar (or equivalent) together until light and fluffy.
3.Add the egg and beat well.
4.Combine the flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon and mace or nutmeg.
5.Add the flour mixture to the sugar mixture and stir to combine.
6.Mix in the vinegar and juice. Fold in the blackberries.
7.Pour batter into the prepared pan and bake at 325°F. for 35 to 40 minutes.
8.Let cool in pan and cut into squares.