Sorry to update that we will be closed for ripening June 30 and July 1st. We will be open Monday, July 2 at 9am for strawberry picking.
Please know that we grow the ever-bearing variety of strawberries. These produce all summer long (until October). They are just getting going and will be less productive until August. Only 1/4 of the plants are producing at this point. Thank you for your patience!
Have a wonderful long weekend and a happy Canada Day.
We are open all day for strawberry picking, Friday June 29. We will most likely be open tomorrow as well. Lots of strawberries to be picked.
It's looking like a lovely, blustery day to pick. Pick some this morning and enjoy strawberries with your afternoon tea.
To be sure, the strawberry picking today was great. So good that we are picked out. So we will close tomorrow, Thursday, June 28th for ripening. This should ensure (as far as we can be sure about these things) that Friday and Saturday will be great days in the strawberry patch. Because who doesn't want to eat red and white ie. strawberries and cream, for Canada Day celebrations?
See you Friday!
We will be open Wednesday to Saturday, 9am to closing this week. Or call for appointment.
Lots of sweet and big strawberries to pick. You won't be disappointed!
Summer is here, despite the weather, and so are the strawberries. The plants are producing amounts beyond our expectations for this time of year and we are happily amazed. They are big and red and sweet and waiting to picked. We are open Saturday, June 23 at 9am for picking. Please stay tuned for further picking updates and opening hours. Don't hesitate to call or email us to make sure there are berries for the picking. Opening hours will be irregular for the first couple of weeks as the berries come into production. But so far this wet weather isn't hindering production. If you would like to purchase pre-picked strawberries, please phone or email to place your order.
We are excited about the start of the 2012 berry season and look forward to seeing you. There is a three month strawberry season ahead and we are certain we can accommodate your availability to come and pick. We are all about flexibility and you enjoying time at the farm filling your buckets.
U-pick price $2.50/lb
Pre-pick price $3.75/lb
And so it begins. Here's to a productive and happy berry season!
It's been a month now since we spent a wonderful few days in the field planting strawberries. Wonderful as planting is one of our favourite aspects of berry growing. Second only to eating berries.
The planting process involves a few of us, one tractor, a lot of plastic, a few large boxes of strawberry plants that were stored in our fridge until planting day, wooden sticks, a couple of shovels and the chickens. Yes, the hens get in the way and they are lucky to be alive what with their thinking the best bugs are always underneath the tractor tires. The hens love the planting too because hilling dirt means uncovering bugs. Hopefully they selectively choose to eat the pesty bugs that would otherwise eat the berries and not the beneficial bugs we want sticking around. We pretty much can't tell a good bug from a bad one. I don't suppose hens can either.
Laying down the plastic is a bit finnicky/frustrating because we apparently have the wrong size tractor for the plastic laying down implement. Gilbert and I spend hours on our stomachs across a metal bar, on the plastic laying down implement, with our faces a couple feet off the dirt trying to alter what the too big tractor is doing. If ever there was competition between a 10 year old boy and his mother, this is it. Who will mess up the messed up system even more? But when all is said and done, we've turned our field into a plastic-lover's paradise that will eventually grow amazing amounts of strawberries! And they are growing because it's June 10th and we've been snacking on a strawberries for a week. There's just enough for four scavenging kids but the berry future is looking bright red at this point.
Here are a few pictures of the process. No pictures of us actually planting. Because of course our fingers are dirty. Too dirty to hold a fancy camera.
And to end, last year's plants blooming away mid-spring. Bring on the red!