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Mayhaw Berry Festival 2014

Drying Mayhaw Berries

Berries Are Still Available!

This year’s festival was lots of fun with lots of berries! We still have berries available and they keep for years frozen, so get your now and make jelly – or cakes or sauces – at your convenience.

A one-gallon bag of berries hold just a smidge over 4 pounds and costs $25. Call and come out or contact us to arrange for shipping.

Here’s the original page for the festival so you can see all the neat things we do here:

Our 8th Annual Mayhaw Berry Festival

Saturday, May 10, 2013, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Sunday, May 11, 2013, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Looks like we will have a good crop this year. The trees are beautifully covered with green leaves but most importantly they are full of fruit. All the rain has filled the pond to capacity and our berry-gathering crew is watching closely for berries to start falling in earnest. Hopefully right around May 10. It is a lot of fun to see the whole berry harvesting process.

Update – May 6th! The berries are ripe and we are harvesting from dawn to dusk! You can come out now (no need to call) to pick up yours or wait for the Festival this weekend. A one-gallon bag of berries hold just a smidge over 4 pounds and cost $25.

What’s New This Year

Girls with Tools Girls with Tools

The Jefferson County Extension office will be hosting the first “Girls with Tools” event this year on Saturday. By upcycling a plain wooden pallet, we will be encouraging sustainability through education and hands-on activities for everyone. Download the very informative Girls-with-Tools-flyer (PDF).

There is a charge of $5.00 to build a shelf to take home, or participants can go all out and complete an entire pallet garden for $25.00.

The extension office will be selling homemade aprons and gardening gloves as well as dispensing useful information on additional pallet projects and garden tips.

Jed Dillard, our Livestock/Ag agent will be available to answer weed and plant questions. Kristin Jackson, Sherri Kraeft, Allen Vanerson and Chrissy Rojas from the Extension Office will also be on hand to help with questions, construction and fun!

All About Ewe

We will have special setup called All About Ewe for wool washing, dying, carding, spinning, weaving and demonstrations of knitting and crocheting.

Jelly Making Class

$15.00 and you will go home with your own jar of jelly and the know-how to make your own. Morning class is scheduled for 11:00 AM and afternoon for 3:00 PM. Space is limited so registration is required.  Sign up below to reserve your spot, or get on the list at the Festival.

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And be sure to check out our new Jelly Making Videos page!

Golden Acres Ranch Country Store

We have lots of Mayhaw Jelly for sale and some lamb and sometimes goat meat – and now we have a beautiful Country Store to sell it from! We been busy converting the bunkhouse to a real roadside stand, except this one has air conditioning and freezers. No ‘roughing it for me!’

Artists, Vendors, Education & Causes

You know there will be jewelry, honey, jelly, soap, vegetables, eggs, and a variety of other local goodies. The hayride is set to go and we always have the petting place to show off the lambs and goats. Old faithful Phony Pony is still in action. It is always popular with the young children.

Hayrides All Day

Getting ready for the next hayride

The Great Pyrenees puppies will still be on hand. Several are not going to new homes until after the festival.

Blacksmith, Mike Murphy will be here on Sunday. His setup is made up of a fully operational, mobile blacksmith shop, in a tent. He use a coal forge, and a hammer and anvil to make items as part of his demonstration.

While he’s working, he answer questions from visitors, and has a few short stories to illustrate blacksmithing techniques, tools and history.  He even have a couple of blacksmith jokes to tell.

Canoe Rides on the Mayhaw Pond. There’s plenty of water and you can watch the harvesting up close. $1 / person for a ride.

Bookmark this page, sign up for our newsletter or keep an eye on our blog for updates.

Like all of you, all of the vendors can’t come and stay the whole time so we are flexible and make room for them whenever. We know there will be something to eat and our new Country Store will be open with all types of new things.

  • Food – Specialty items, Johnston’s BBQ sandwiches, desserts and drinks
  • Full Moon Apiary – Honey and products Saturday and Sunday
  • Weaves by Cappa – Sunday
  • Aunt Louise’s Farm – Son Sam is bringing Bunny Rabbits
  • Barbara D. Graham –
  • Faye Prichett with Thor – GP Therapy Dog for Humane Society
  • Lawana Douglas – Jellies and Aprons
  • Myrtle Creek Farm – Blueberries
  • Seed Time Harvest Farms – Cetta Barnhart – Farm Fresh Vegetables
  • Livingston Productions Casi Cielo Farm – Plants Marilyn Watson
  • Roger Hughes – Eden’s Garden local vegetables
  • Mary Footman – Footman’s Jewelry
  • Cynthia Bonello – Tropical Flavors – Curried Chicken with yummy sides

Our Sponsors

Johnston’s is our Food Sponsor. Farmers & Merchants Bank is sponsoring our Petting Pen and Registration Booth. And look for Farm Credit’s banner on the Hay Ride wagon. Thanks to all these community businesses for making this the best Mayhaw Berry Festival yet!

Jefferson County – Monticello

Consider making it a weekend in Jefferson County. There is always something going on in the community. Southern Music Rising is having its Annual Music Festival this weekend, tour the heritage roads and view the many historic homes and buildings.

Monticello is just east of Tallahassee with easy access off of I-10 or US 90. Use the driving directions on our Visit Us page. GPS devices are unreliable as you get close to the ranch.

Where to Stay in Monticello, FL

These are the establishments involved in making our Mayhaw Berry Festival possible. We want to invite folks to come spend the night or nights in beautiful Jefferson County.

  • Avera-Clarke House 850-997-5007
  • Brahman Inn & Restaurant 850-997-3525
  • Capri Lazy Days Inn 850-997-5712
  • Daffodale House 850-997-1111
  • Days Inn 850-997-5988
  • Econo Lodge Monticello 850-997-0020
  • Jasmine Cozy Cottage 850-997-7102
  • John Denham House 850-997-4568
  • KOA Camp Grounds 850-997-2890
  • Super 8 850-997-8888
  • The Cottage 850- 342-3541
  • Willow Pond 850-222-4400

You can find most of these businesses by clicking HERE.