It’s almost blackberry season, which means that Wichita’s favorite bramble-adjacent cafe is almost ready. Saturday is opening day for the Bramble Cafe, the idyllic seasonal outdoor eatery that opened five years ago at Elderslie Farm in Valley Center.
The cafe, which serves a breakfast that incorporates blackberries grown in the adjacent blackberry bramble, is expanding its menu this year and including savory tarts and quiches made with seasonal veggies. The menu also includes muffins, carrot cake bread, yogurt granola and berries and a rotating list of scones, muffins, shortbreads and biscotti.
It’s also expanding its hours and now will be open from 7 to 11 a.m. Mondays through Fridays and from 7 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. Its last day for the season will be Saturday, Aug. 5.
The farm’s blackberry crop is expected to be ready starting around June 17, and then, pickers will be welcome to fill up their pails. The you-pick price is $14 a 2.2-quart pail on Mondays and Tuesdays, $15 or Wednesdays and Thursdays and $16 on Fridays and Saturdays. Pre-picked berries are $9 a quart or $32 for four quarts.
The farm also offers farm tours on non-berry picking days that cost $2 for adults and $1 for children. They’re generally available before the picking season starts and after it ends in late July. Visitors also can see the farm’s goat mamas and babies.
The cafe’s chef, Katharine Elder, who owns the cafe with her husband, George, also is serving more farm-to-table dinners, which used to be limited and always sold out immediately. They’re available on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights through July and are $70 a person. Elder cooks up a gourmet meal using local ingredients served with paired wines. Reservations are available on the farm’s Facebook page. Just hit the “book now” button in the upper right-hand corner.
The farm is at 3501 E. 101st St. North in Valley Center.