Typically, summer's mid-way mark is prime season for raspberries, strawberries and blueberries. This year is no exception. All three berries are excellent picking. However, this is the final week for great raspberry picking. They will begin their decline by week's end and be scarcer next week. (I think?) Blueberries and strawberries have many fine weeks ahead.
We are open this week including Saturday from 8am to 2pm. We are closed Sunday and we will be open on the holiday Monday. Make sure you don't find yourself berry-less for the long weekend!
So with smiles and the sound of those darn crickets bringing in August, we say goodbye July.
The unsung hero of the farm
Our dog True doesn't get much press. She is rarely seen or heard but she is working hard behind the scenes making this all possible. All day and mostly during the night she is protecting the berries from ravenous wild creatures. We sleep easy knowing she is out there fiercely protecting the field. The best part though is that she is a gentle giant with all people and other dogs. We love our time spent with her in the evenings before she is back at her post. Thanks True for holding down the farm!
A midsummer's day berry fest continues. See yesterday's post for details.
Open Monday to Saturday from 8am to 2pm.
...prolific, plentiful, and peaceful--- because the word out on the field these days is how peaceful and pleasant it is picking. (But then the older two kids arrived home today and I'm not so sure peaceful is how we can describe anything near our house right now.)
Raspberries, strawberries and blueberries continue to be awesome. The raspberries are showing no sign of ending any time soon. They will be great picking all week. Ditto for the blueberries and strawberries. Their seasons are taking off now. Everything has been early all season including the second season of strawberries.
Open Monday to Saturday from 8:30am to 2:00pm.
It is pretty incredible to have started eating cukes and tomatoes before mid-July. It looks like we will be eating a cantaloupe before this month ends and maybe bush beans too. But what this all really means...zucchini inundation and that maybe, we need some rain. Dare I say, rain please?
I'm fresh out of adjectives to describe the berries. Lucky you, less words from me! All.of.it.is.good. More than good. Those berries, they are exceeding our expectations.
Open Saturday from 8:30am to 2pm. Closed Sunday. Open Monday to Saturday same hours next week. All three berries available next week too.
Roasting chickens also available daily at the farm.
Hope to see you!
'Tis the season and it's a good one. So I'll just repeat, all three berries excellent picking. I really need a photo of the raspberries but just picture big, red and lots of them.
Blueberries falling into buckets and strawberries performing beyond July expectations. All's to say, you will not be disappointed.
We are open Friday, July 26th from 8:30am to 2:00pm. We will be open Saturday from 8:30 to 2:00 and closed on Sunday.
New Thing#3. The sign. We feel it kind of makes the selling porch. A friend noticed the lack of signage around here and before we blinked, she had whipped this up for us. We are more than pleased with the sign--and the friend (!) She also notices other things needed around here like planting, weeding and feeding our kids dinner when that doesn't make the to-do list!
...continues. Excellent picking for raspberries, blueberries and strawberries. For raspberry picking with ease, come in the next week. There will be raspberries in August but we predict they will not be as plentiful.
Loads of ripe blueberries. No problem filling buckets with these big berries.
Strawberries continue to delight although there main season is ahead.
We are open Thursday, July 25th from 8:30am to 2:00pm
I am no food photographer but summer breakfasts are worth a picture.
New Thing#2 on the farm. Probably not savvy marketing to be posting a picture of a portable toilet when you are trying to sell berries. But I am pretty happy about this addition to the U-pick operation. Keeping our bathroom clean for customer use during berry season was not my strong suit. This, this, is a welcome relief (!) Now you know it's here. Ask Laura, she'll direct you to the "peeing-a-potty".
For Wednesday, July 24th we have more of the same. Excellent picking for raspberries, blueberries and strawberries. We are open from 8:30am to 2:00pm.
It really is the most wonderful time of the year---according to every person who loves berries like we do.
No pressure intended at all but here is the countdown for very loose berry estimates:
Raspberries 1 more week
Blueberries 1 more month
Strawberries until a hard frost does them in.
Yikes. The post I wrote last night disappeared. Alas a quick update.
All three berries; raspberries, blueberries and strawberries will be excellent picking today, Tuesday, July 23rd. We are open all week from 8:30am to 2:00pm.
Raspberries are reaching their peak and they are bountiful in the most plentiful sense of the word. Blueberries are not quite at their peak yet but there are loads and the picking is easy. Strawberries are doing amazingly well for July.
We look forward to seeing you for another exceptional day in the field!
If you've been to the farm this summer you will have noticed a few new things. One of them is the newly constructed "selling porch". It means we no longer have to meet in the garage. Never is a garage a great place to meet. None more than ours. So an overhang with roof, a slab of cement, some hanging baskets, a cedar table and voila, a place to gather out of the sun on a hot day.
Raspberries and blueberries will be excellent picking tomorrow Saturday, from 8:30am to 2:00pm. Strawberries also available. There seems to be no stopping these canes, bushes, and plants!
We will be closed Sunday.
Loose estimates for berry season: Raspberries 2 more weeks, blueberries late August, strawberries often produce until Thanksgiving.
You may have noticed that three of the kids have been MIA. Maybe you haven't noticed them misssing but I'm missing them so I thought a photo would do me some good. They flew the farm to the USA, leaving behind their livestock for me to feed, all their chores and their little sister to entertain. Thus why I miss them! You usually see them unkempt with berry-stained clothes and faces and the "my mother only bathes us in the river" look. Here they are in their finest before a piano recital in June. This look happens 3 times a year. Worth remembering!
This one's for you Dora!
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Splendid yes? Perfect growing conditions for pretty much everything including berries. All three, raspberries, blueberries and strawberries are excellent for the picking and taste delicious too. It's that sweet time of the summer when the trio of berries is producing.
I know I've been a broken record about the wonderful strawberries in August and September but they are doing well right now in mid-July, the heart of the summer. If strawberries are your favourite, then you will be most pleased with these red gems.
We are open Friday, July 19th from 8:30am to 2:00pm. We will be open Saturday and closed Sunday.