We began our business raising bees and honey about 20 years ago. Clodia decided she wanted to raise blackberries and blueberries so in 2007 we began with one row of berry vines and 3 rows of blueberry bushes. We are now up to 7 rows of blackberries and 11 rows of blueberries. Multiple fruit trees are also planted on the property and we are finally getting some apples to bring to the markets with us during the season!
Our most popular product is our creamed honey that we make in both regular flavor and cinnamon. Jim and Hailey spend most of their time explaining how it is made to customers since most Texans have never seen or tasted it.
If you ever make a visit to the farm, you’ll also see Sonny, our resident miniature horse, hanging out under his favorite shade tree. Sonny is 31 years old and was our daughter's show horse many years ago; he definitely enjoys his life in retirement these days.
Clodia and Jim are both graduates of Sam Houston State University. Jim has worked for TSCRA as a brand inspector for many years now, and in his spare time loves new “projects”…hence the berry farm and bees! Clodia has now retired as the librarian of Shepherd High School and has lived in Shepherd most of her life. Their daughter and son-in-law (Hailey and Cole) were married on the farm in 2012 and live and work in Austin. They have a feisty 2-year old daughter who LOVES to help her Pop and Coco fill honey orders and make products!