Here's where the berries are at as of June 25, 2011. The last two years we have started harvesting on July 9th. I'm ever hopefull we'll keep this date. The anticipation...
As you can see, the birds are getting an early taste of the few ripe strawberries. Our dog True is ever protective of the blueberries. You should see her make those robins fly.
Be sure to start eating bucket loads of icecream so you have plenty of picking containers available for the picking season!
It's difficult to write about berries when it's so cold out. And we're all still talking about ice hockey anyhow. I might as well just enjoy the last game tomorrow and then I'll talk berries...
Tomorrow may be game 7 but more importantly, it is the first Wednesday Farmer's Market of the season. With this cooler weather, there are lots of lovely greens (and much more) available at the market. Add a salad to eat with your pizza while you watch the game!
The Grower's Guide, found in "The Comox Valley Echo" is now out. It is a wonderful resource for finding all the valley farms; what products are available, when and where to buy them. There is food bounty in the Comox Valley for sure. No need to shop further than your nearest farm.
May tomorow bring the silver of the cup and the gold of the sun to start ripening the berries.
The fields are alive with bees. A delightful sight and sound to a berry growers senses. I guess it took a little sun and heat to lure them out. We are sure glad to they are back.
Besides bees buzzing there is the buzz of the saw as the farmer and sons build a brooder for turkey poults. The farm was supposed to welcome turkey poults tomorrow but because of the postal strike they will not be coming. Who would have thought growing poultry would be affected by Canada Post? Wait we will for their safe and speedy delivery soon. Their brooder is ready and waiting. Growing turkeys is a first for Windhover and there is much anticipation.
Most of the vegetables are now planted. Just a few cucumber transplants to put in and a couple squash plants that were a little behind. The field is greening up quickly--mostly with weeds but we're on top of those with hoes and strong hands! Everything is so very green right now. It will be such a delight to see the first colour of red and blue on the berry plants next month.
The Comox Valley Farmer's Market opens on Wednesdays beginning June 15. Now we can eat fresh, local products mid-week. Be sure to visit.
Until next week,