12th Annual Mayhaw Berry Harvest Festival 2018

Friday, Saturday and Sunday
May 11-13, 2018

Come and experience North Florida at its finest at the 12th Annual Mayhaw Berry Harvest Festival. Enjoy our 50-acre, working goat and sheep ranch with the largest, native Mayhaw Berry Stand in Jefferson County. It’s a fabulous, real-farm experience for the whole family!

Start with Fiber Friday and the Bonfire Kickoff Party. Then join us on Saturday or Sunday to watch the harvest and buy fresh berries. Go on a free, hayride farm tour, feed and pet the animals, buy Mayhaw jelly in our Country Store and picnic with beautiful pasture views.

Less Than 3 Weeks To Go!

Keep coming back to this page for updates. There’s always something new now that we’re getting ready. Or sign up for our newsletter where we announce events and livestock for sale.


Call for Participants

Are you a local Crafts Person, Agricultural Producer, Business or Musician? Do you have an Ag-related, Nature, Community or Craft class you’d like to schedule during the Festival? Do you want to Volunteer?

We would love to have you! Get details and sign up at the Vendor Application page.


Fiber Friday

NEW!

This is new! Bobbie is getting more involved with the art and craft of fiber making, and we want to invite everyone, far and wide, to come share, learn and enjoy with us.

On the Friday afternoon before the Festival, we and many experts from the region be gathering to practice and demonstrate everything from teasing and carding wool, felting, weaving and spinning.

We’ll one of our dryer ball making classes, where you’ll learn wet- and dry-felting and go home with your own set of lamb-faced dryer balls.

Register for Dryer Ball Class

Bonfire Kickoff Party

NEW!

As the evening before the Mayhaw Festival approaches, we all like to gather around a bonfire to tell stories, listen to music and enjoy the Spring weather.

Bring your own bottle, stories and family-rated jokes, your guitar, harmonica and drums for this fun, free party.

Berry Barometer

As the Festival approaches, there are always questions of how good the harvest will be, if there even is one (!), and will the berries ripen on time! We like to share the anticipation with you.

The first new Mayhaw Berries at Golden Acres Ranch
This is how the harvest begins. Some of the berries are ripe and they fall from the trees. We have various ground covers, a parachute, tarps and shade cloth, spread out to catch them from the trees that are ripening first.

We’re not thrilled with the number of berries we’re seeing this year. Only about 1/4 of the trees have a good amount. But, we’ve worried in the past and had good harvests. Some of the green berries look quite small, like they’re just getting started.

Fred goes out everyday to check on the progress and collect what he can. We don’t quite have even a gallon yet. Fingers crossed!

Fred Golden harvesting Mayhaw Berries at Golden Acres Ranch

Have Berries?

Do you know anyone who let’s their Mayhaw Berry trees go unharvested? We come do the harvesting in exchange for berries or jelly.

Farm Fun for Everyone

On Saturday and Sunday, come any time from 10 am to 4 pm to enjoy the ranch, pastures, livestock, vendors and games. There’s plenty of farm fun for all ages.

Hayrides

Our hallmark feature, hayrides happen every hour or so. Just listen for the bell!

Hear the newest stories about what is going on at the ranch, and stop at all the different fields to see sheep, goats, dogs and the Mayhaw stand. Bring the whole family for a country ride on the wagon. It is always fun!

Archeological Dig

NEW!

We’re saving our bones and making dinosaur eggs for our new Archeological Dig! This is for the kids. We’ll give them buckets and brushes so they can unearth educational surprises.

 

Petting Place

You can feed all our animals with feed that we sell. The petting area itself is for babies. We’ll have December-born lambs and goat kids from December and March, maybe new puppies!

Our Famous Phony Pony

Still swinging, and still in action. It is always popular with young children.

Corn Hole Games

There will be a Corn Hole game again this year. Challenge rivals and win a prize. Or you can just play the game and hone up on your skills.

Country Store

  • USDA-Approved Goat and Lamb
  • Fresh Eggs
  • Mayhaw Berry Jelly
  • Mayhaw Berry Cake
  • Blueberry Jelly and Mayhaw Pepper Jelly
  • Full Moon Apiary Honey
  • Sweetbay Handmade Soap
  • Artistic Notecards by Melinda
  • Wool for Spinning from Florida Native Sheep

Tennessee Fainting Goats and Mini-Myotonic Goats for Sale

Learn from the Experts

Come and learn skills and techniques from local artisans and experts. Whether you are a novice or an expert yourself, there will surely be something new for you to learn about farming, ranching, crafting and growing.

Jefferson County Extension

The extension will be conducting youth projects at the tool room carport; seed necklaces and biodegradable seed pots. Jed Dillard will be available to answer all your questions about weeds, grasses and toxic plants. The Jefferson County Extension provides a lot of services you may not know about yet.

Monticello Volunteer Fire Department

A crew from the Fire Department will be near the Welcome tent doing safety demonstrations. They have been so helpful setting up, bringing extra tables and chairs. Thanks guys!

We hope Thor the wonder-dog will be here as usual.

Fiber Arts & Crafts

Fiber Friday continues on through the weekend with lessons, products and practice for anyone who wants to try it out.

Camellia’s Garden Club

Talk to the club members about anything gardening, an purchase a pair or so of their gloves. The bright colors make them easy to find when you put them down. They are prctical, and washable when dirty after a day of gardening. They are great gifts for all your gardening friends – and they support the local 4-H.

Local Artists and Vendors

Do you love local growers, produce and art? So do we! You are sure to enjoy seeing, tasting and supporting these local artisans.

Livingston Productions

Livingston Productions propagates and grows all of their plants organically. They carry native plants and provide customer assistance after the purchase. Livingston Productions is also known world-wide for their donkey blankets and other horse and canine related products.

Marilyn has been one of our most popular vendors through both the Mayhaw Festival and the New Leaf Market tour. Come join her under the tent to share knowledge and enjoyment of the beautiful plants and buy your plants for Spring.

Full Moon Apiary

Honey, soaps, candles and all types of other specialty wax products. Becky and son Sam are experts on beekeeping and can answer all your questions.

Sweet Bay Soaps

Melissa, the owner of Sweetbay Soaps, will be here again with her lovely product. All of the soaps are homemade and hand-cut.

Cryptic Creations by Faye

Faye will be here with her handmade jewelry, Pom Pom Pals, Mini Mates key chains and crocheted items.

Where to stay. What to see.

Come for a lovely day trip in Monticello, or consider making it a weekend in Jefferson County. There are always wonderful things to see in addition to the Mayhaw Berry Festival.

Tour the many heritage roads. Start at the Courthouse in the roundabout and go any direction to find historic homes and buildings which include the Opera House and the Old Jail Museum.

Bed & Breakfast Inns in Monticello

 

Spaces for RVs

If you are with Harvest Hosts, call ahead and a reserve your spot. Want a ‘working vacation?’ We can accommodate!

Thank You! To Our Sponsors!

Thank you to our wonderful sponsors without whom we could not provide this great community event!

FMB est. 1906Jefferson County Tourist Development Council Farm Credit of Northwest Florida
 

GPS is getting better about finding us!

Monticello is just east of Tallahassee with easy access off of I-10 or US 90. Our ranch is just 17 miles south of Thomasville. Check the driving directions on our Visit Us page for specific information.