Lots of things don't like this rain; sunflowers, beans, tomatos, zucchinis (thank goodness), and me. But the strawberries, although a tad effected, are producing away.   Other than the berries sitting on plastic geting soggy tips, plenty as are good as ever.  We are open Friday, August 30th  and Saturday, the 31st  from 9am to 2pm rain or shine. Tomorrow we are selling the strawberries at the "rain rate" of $2.00/lb.  Not because they are bad but because you'll be our heroes----even more valued than you are when you're picking in the sunshine!

The reward of buckets of strawberries is worth a little rain.   And the rain has driven the wasps away and that is something to smile about.

This colour on these grey days brings some cheer.  But summer, please come back.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The rain put a damper on the wasp activity.  It hasn't rained too hard.  There's lots of berries =  This is the time for picking.

If the rain continues for too many days the strawberries will begin to be affected.  We're not saying now or never but better to be a step ahead of the weather.  "Pick strawberries while it's not raining too much" is our motto this week.  Of course there are tons of blossoms and berries to ripen if the weather holds into September but you can never be too sure.

Open Wednesday and Friday from 9am to 2pm. Saturday hours are weather dependent.

p.s.  Long pants are a good idea.

Yesterday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blossoms and berries to come

And these just aren't any strawberries...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

they are the  "Best Fruit in Show" strawberries! They came home from the Fall Fair with the ribbon above.  Actually the strawberries didn't make it home from the fair.  They didn't make it through four days at room temperature.  So you may not have seen them in the exhibition by Sunday but the ribbon remains. And the strawberries in the patch remain.  And they are big, ripe, sweet and ready for picking.

As tomorrow, Tuesday, is now looking like one of the better days in the weather forecast this week, we will open from 9am to 1pm for strawberry picking.  We will also be open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

Lots of strawberries means we can make the most of the remaining days of summer!

the last berry standing.  And doing pretty darn good.  The picking should be great in the patch tomorrow. We are open 9am to 2pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday this week. Stay tuned for further hours.  If all goes according to the norm, there are 2 to 3 more weeks of strawberry picking.  Unusual weather (too much rain) may change this but we're hoping for continued summer weather!

Blueberries and raspberries are finished.

Hope to see you this week.

 

because the blueberries are over.  No one is more disappointed than me.  I don't want anyone making the trip out here only to be disappointed.  It is time to call an end to the blueberry season.  There is very little left.

Of course the strawberries are still well worth a trip here!  We are open 8am to 2pm Thursday and Friday.  Closed Saturday and Sunday.

We may do something radical (!) next week and open a few hours in the morning and a few in the late afternoon in order to avoid the worst of the wasps.  Knock on wood, no one has been stung in the berries.  They appear to have zero interest in humans.  But evening and morning seem to be better.  I am thinking Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9am to noon and 5pm to 7pm.  But the weather may change that.  If it's cool and damp, afternoons are the best time to pick.  Stay tuned.

No photos to share.  How about a song?  Just a link to a song of our summer.  No relevance whatsoever to berries or farming or anything at all.

Happy listening if you're so inclined!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiecx_qqRiI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You may have seen or heard these two gals on one of their stays at the lower barn.  They have however, been out of sight spending most of the summer up in greener pasture.  They being "Molly", a Holstein calf and Clover, an Ayrshire  calf ----soon to be cows if all goes according to plan.  They came to us from the farm next door.  Seeing their "people" in the adjacent field was difficult and at first they kept hightailing it over there to reconnect.  But they have now settled in and with all the attention they receive from Gilbert, the herdsman, they are well loved and cared for.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And---because of the Fall Fair and because of those two pictured above being part of the show, we have decided to close shop completely on Saturday.  We don't want to miss their moment!  We highly recommend a visit to the Fall Fair this weekend at the Exhibition Grounds.

There is still plenty of berry season left with some blueberries and endless strawberries available for U-pick.  We are open Wednesday to Friday 8am to 2pm this week.  We will re-open Monday morning at 9am.

Closed Saturday, August 24 and Sunday, the 25th.

In a quick turn of berry events, the blueberries have begun a quick decline.  As in they were so well picked this past week that it is no longer excellent picking.  There are berries to pick to be sure and in fact, a number of bushes still to ripen which will need a few more sunny days to do so.  But I anticipate the picking for the first few days of this week will be slim.  We will see what next week brings.   The blueberries rows are open all week and unless you want a quick 20 lbs., you shouldn't be too disappointed.

The good news is that the strawberries continue in the excellent way they do in August.   They will see us through the late summer of berry picking with an endless supply of easily picked, sun-ripened goodness.

We will continue with regular hours this week, 8am to 2pm.  Because of the Fall Fair we will close at noon on Saturday, August 24th.  Next week, August 25th to 31st, we may reduce hours depending on the blueberry situation.  We will likely open Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday for the remainder of the summer but stay tuned.

Why am I shocked that we are nearing that point of the summer when things begin to wind down?  The shortening days, the lower light, the crickets, the dead grass, the wasps, the cool evenings, the tired children and a house showing the signs of complete neglect,  all tell the story.   Much to look forward to though----the Fall Fair, a garden at its' peak and never-giving-up strawberries!

 

Remembering the raspberries...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is what they looked like on July 19th.  It was a great raspberry year but they no longer look like this.  We think it's time to call it a wrap on their season. A seven week season.  Nothing to be sad about. Preserve the image above in your head for the next 12 months. They'll be back in 2014!

And that sunlight in the photo--- remember?  Hopefully it doesn't take 12 months to return.  But...

it is good berry picking weather.  Not too hot, not too wet.  And there are still plenty of berries to be had.  Blueberries by the bucket-load and strawberries by the dump truck-load.  Really.  Enough for you and your friends, family and acquaintances.

We are open Friday and Saturday from 8am to 2pm.  Closed Sunday.


 

First off,  the status of the berries remains the same as per yesterday's post.  Excellent, excellent, and raspberries continue to surprize. (* Note.  It is a jungle in the raspberry rows.  At this time of year the new canes are staking their territory and overtaking the producing canes.  Picking is not for the faint of heart!)

Bring your own containers and see you in the patch daily between 8am and 2pm except Sunday.

With the berry-induced adrenalin rush beginning to wain, what follows is a little sharing of one of the highs of berry farming:

By mid-August, we I become a little overwhelmed and emotional.  Yes, overwhelmed that the weeds are winning the battle and overwhelmed with the ridiculous amount of green beans to deal with.  But more overwhelmed with the incredible season of berries and also, encountering daily, the nicest people that one could hope to meet.  Last year, I was particularly warmed by the +80 crowd that came to pick berries. They haven't come out as much this year-- although a 97 yr. old was out today. (Hi Ross!)  This year, it's the parent and teen combo coming to pick berries that has touched me.  I know many of the teens were dragged out of bed to come and pick. Threatened with, "no smoothies for a year" sort of thing. And no, it's not the bedhead that warms my heart but hearing the hum of conversation between parent and teen in the rows.  (Truly, I'm not eavesdropping!)  The quiet hum of casually chatting outside, while working, is lovely.  Maybe this is because I'm pretty certain our own kids will be sick of both berries and their berry obsessed parents by the time they reach their teens. So if you arrive with your teen, particularly one with bedhead, please forgive the tear in my eye.  It's just that this season, you are making berry farming a heart-warming vocation.