Miller Farms doing its part to keep the legacy of Stilwell strawberries alive
JOSH FOURKILLER Multimedia Specialist
05/01/2020 11:30 AM
STILWELL – Cherokee Nation citizen Bryce Miller is the owner and operator of Miller Farms, a strawberry farm in Stilwell, Oklahoma.
Miller started out like many other young farmers planting and growing varieties of fruits and vegetables alongside his grandparents.
“I wanted to do something with my grandma. She never really grew a lot of strawberries so we figured we would give her a hand in it,” Miller said. “We’ve been doing it for about five years now. We started out with about 5,000 plants. We planted them all by hand. My granny she’d get out there, and she’d out plant us all.”
Miller Farms is one of the few farms that still produces the famous “Stilwell Strawberries” and has grown in size substantially from one acre last year to three acres this year to keep up with supply and demand. Stilwell berries were once grown in abundance, there were hundreds of acres on farms all around the Stilwell area that grew strawberries.
“Now you can practically count them on two hands how many acres there is. It’s kind of a dying heritage,” Miller said. “Strawberry Festival is a big selling day for us because there’s thousands, and thousands of people. That’s another thing as to why we are trying to grow is to keep that alive.”
Multimedia Specialist Josh Fourkiller currently lives in Tahlequah, Oklahoma but calls Stilwell his hometown. He began working at the Cherokee Phoenix in February of 2020. Born and raised in Oklahoma, Josh always knew he wanted to work for the Cherokee p ...