Family legacy continues to grow on mulberry orchard - KOTA Territory News

Family legacy continues to grow on mulberry orchard


There's nothing the Burg family loves more than mulberries.

"Just eating, just coming down," JoAnne Burg says about her mulberry orchard. "I come down here in the morning and I can have breakfast."

"It's wonderful to come home and get to go shake the mulberry tree in the morning and do the things that you did from the age of five until now," adds her son, Greg Burg.

Joanne and Greg have grown mulberry trees for decades. The trees produce an unusual fruit that looks like a blackberry but tastes even juicier and sweeter. These hidden treasures have been standing since the 1930s.

"I've known mulberries ever since I was a child, but a lot of people don't know what they are," says JoAnne. "They're real good to eat, fresh, and real good for pie, jam, you name it!"

The mulberries are only ripe for about two weeks out of the year, around this time at the beginning of July. But the best way to pick them isn't by picking them one by one, it's by shaking the mulberry tree.

It's an activity that Greg says he loves to this day.

"It's just really nice to know that whenever you want to take a break and get away from the fast–paced life, the ranch house is here," says Greg.

And it's full of tasty mulberries that, according to Joanne and Greg, once you eat one, it won't be long before you eat a whole bucket.

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