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
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
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.
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.