Thursday, June 23, 2011

Blueberries Done!

Our blueberry picking season is at an end. After today's pickers worked through the field, we found that there isn't much left at all. Les is pretty sad about the season. We haven't even had 1/2 the crop that we had last year. We had kind of anticipated a low crop, though, with the bumper crop we had last year.

We plan to be open early Saturday morning (mainly because we told some people on the phone that we'd be open on Saturday). However, there isn't much to find out in the field. Today a few people wandered through all the rows and only managed to find 1/2 gallon of blueberries. We'll probably take the signs off of Highway 412 Saturday and close for the season.

If you're still interested in blackberries you might give us a call. They were picked out today but there will be some early Saturday morning and then probably next Tuesday for the next picking.

Thanks for coming out this year and for helping us harvest our crop. Hopefully we will have a larger crop next year!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Berry Update

We had a busy day today and picked from our valley patch as well as the field on the hill by the house. Next week we're still planning on picking Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. We don't have pre-picked blueberries right now, but if we get some hired pickers in, I'll give you an update and let you know they're available.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Blueberry Harvest

Well, last year we had a bumper crop of blueberries. In fact, if you ask anyone around they would say that there was an abundance of every type of fruit last year. My brother, Bryan, told me a few years ago that when a plant gives out so much energy that the next year they pull back and store their energy a bit.

I guess Bryan's right. This year's crop looks like it will be less fruit than we had last year. We were hoping for another bumper crop, but it seems that we'll have a short crop this year. I guess it just makes life a little sweeter when you know you have to enjoy today's bounty while it's here. The picture above is a Bluecrop variety and shows some of the pretty blues (and greens) on the plant right now.

Closed on Friday, June 10

Just in case you're thinking about coming to pick blueberries, I wanted to let you know that we're closing tomorrow. Since we've been picking all week, the blue ones are about picked off and the berries need a few days of sun.

We've picked the Duke variety this morning, the leading berries of the Bluecrop and the blue ones from the Collins variety. Even the Bluejay variety got picked this morning.

I'm thinking our hours will need to change to Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Give us a call before heading out, just to make sure that they're turning blue.

The raspberries are looking great, by the way. If you're interested in picking raspberries, now is the time for picking! They'll be gone by the last week of June.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Blue On the Way!

Well, Les and I walked out in the bottom pasture today and noticed that the Duke variety of blueberries is beginning to ripen. The berries are big and turning blue. They just need a few days of sunshine to make them sweet and deep blue.

Les wants to open on Saturday, June 4, 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and will be busy putting up the sign at the intersection of Highway 412 West and Harmon Road. A smaller sign will be placed at the intersection of Harmon and Wildcat Creek.

Raspberries are also ripe right now. I picked two gallons yesterday with my Mom's help, so I have some to sell, some to eat and plenty more are ripening right now! I can't wait for school to be out!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Starting the Season - June 6, 2011

As school ends with final exams given, I begin to look forward to sunshine, a blueberry harvest and time out of doors! I'm sure everyone is looking forward to sunshine with the recent rainy season that we've been through.

Several people have called the house asking if we would have a crop this year. Luckily, the record snow of 24 inches didn't hurt the berries at all. The record levels of rain we've gotten seem to have only increased the size of the berries. They're looking big, of good size and the Blueray variety are beginning to look fairly blue.

Our red raspberries just began to ripen this last weekend and I've picked about a gallon of raspberries and made raspberry bread, raspberry pie and a raspberry crisp is on my agenda for the evening. However, perhaps you're only interested in blueberries. (Raspberries are $2.50 per pint for pick your own).

We expect the blueberries to begin to ripen with the onset of sunshine. If the sun comes out to stay, we may be open by Monday, June 6th. It really depends on good days of sunshine to make them blue and sweet.

We're keeping the same prices we had last year of $12.00 per gallon - Pick Your Own and $16.00 per gallon pre-picked blueberries. See you soon!