There are a limited amount of blueberries available for picking today. This won't be the "fill-your-freezer-for-the-winter" type picking. It is the "fill-a-large-bowl-for-the-delicious-fresh-taste-of the-first-blues-of-the-season" type picking.
Hope to see you out here! I think they're worth a drive.
Raspberries and strawberries too.
Quote of the week:
A little boy got out of the car and as he approached I asked him, "Are you here to pick berries?"
His reply, "No, bananas".
Wrong hemisphere little one but wouldn't u-pick bananas be fun?
Please note that we are not able to open until 9:15am this week. Thanks for your patience. If there are berries in the field I usually keep the open sign up all afternoon. Please phone or email to make sure we are here if you plan to come in the afternoon.
Blueberries very soon---that's all know! But loads of raspberries for now. Strawberries continue to be limited but they are coming. August and September are their prime months.
It's happening! Ripe blueberries. A mouthful of blue goodness that we've beening waiting a year for. It's a tough job being the ripening scout. I predict Monday for picking but what do I know? Stay tuned.
And there's loads of these. Let me tell you, it's not too hot in the field for picking. Beat the heat that Environment Canada promises is coming and fill your buckets
Because who doesn't want their oven on in the cool of the evening. If I can't be lingering in the evening sun I might as well be rolling out pastry and bringing some colour into the kitchen.
We're open 9-1 weekdays or by appointment.
It is wet out there but the the berries are ripening and there is an amazingly lovely crop of raspberries. We will open bright (because we can keep hoping for a bright day) and early Monday morning at 9am for rapsberries and strawberries. No go on the blueberries yet. If weekends are better for you then phone to arrange a picking time today or tomorrow. As far as I can tell, we will be open all week from 9am to 1pm. Please continue to check this website for updates.
If you need convincing, I plan to post photos of these lovely berries that I took yesterday.
Let the picking begin....
The raspberries are beginning to ripen but there are not enough ripe to open yet. Maybe later in the week?
I have found ONE ripe blueberry. Ssshhh. Don't tell my kids. There will definitely be no blueberries to pick this week.
The strawberries are coming along. Picking is open for strawberries by appointment only as they are limited. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 338-7750 to make an appointment.
Thanks for your patience. The berries will all ripen eventually....
He began his fourth birthday picking berries
and he ended it by eating them.
I am sorry that I still cannot predict an opening date but please keep checking back remembering that these strawberries really get going in August.
The kids are no longer fighting over the few ripe strawberries. There is now plenty for all the little hands in the berries. In fact, there is enough for me to make a strawberry pie for Everett's 4th birthday today. Happy Birthday Everett!
We may be open for strawberry picking on the 11th. You may be wondering why these strawberries are taking so long while other strawberries farms are open. Our strawberries are the ever-bearing variety. This means they get going a little later. It also means they produce all summer long and into the fall. We picked until Thanksgiving the past two years. So although we are heading into mid-July, you will not miss out on strawberries. In fact, their peak production is August and September and July a little slower. They're coming! They are big and red and yummy. I will post a photo soon.
As for the blueberries and raspberries, they are not ripe. At all. Very difficult to predict when they might be ready so I won't. I haven't spot a ripe one yet. It's definitely going to be a little later than previous years. The sun and heat is here though...
On a positive note, we are getting much more weeding done with not being open. The berries will be weed-less by the time we open. Ha!
Meanwhile, there's plenty of local produce at the farmer's market and it's Wednesday today. The mid-week market is open.
We are often asked if we used pesticides on our berries. We don't. At all.
The berries are still not ripe. Soon. Next week perhaps?
But while we're waiting, let's dream about all the ways we can eat the fresh berries when we do get them. Berries on their very own of course are just delicious. That's how our four kids devour most of them. They are a great addition to smoothies, muffins, pancakes, fruit salad, berry crisps, pies, salads, on top of our morning oatmeal or with plain yogurt and a drizzle of unpasteurized local honey. Summer breakfasts are so much better simply because of the addition of berries. The best thing is that we can continue to eat berries all winter long when we freeze or dehydrate them.
Keep checking back for opening updates.