also known as the cabbage month-----and strawberry month but of course!
Let's begin the month by setting open hours. We will be open:
Monday from 8am to 1pm
Closed Tuesday (rain forecasted)
Wednesday will go for the double dipper and open 9am to noon and 4pm to 7pm.
Thursday 9am to noon
Friday 4pm to 6pm
We will schedule the following week later in the week.
As for the berries. Blueberries are in their final week but there are still a good number of bushes to pick. Strawberries are the ever and ever and ever-bearers we always hope for. Two important words NO WASPS. With lots of big, ripe strawberries to pick, it's a delight in the strawberry patch.
The rain the past couple of days is a reminder that summer will end. Sooner rather than later is better when we're talking September strawberries. We just never know what's coming down the line weather-wise.
Bring buckets and cash.
Have a wonderful Labour Day!
go hand in hand. This last long weekend, it's the last hurrah of summer. It's not the last hurrah of berries but come when the going is still great because great it is.
Still blueberries to be had. You have not missed out.
Strawberries at their peak. Beautiful berries, easy to fill buckets and buckets and then some for your friends and family(!)
We are open Friday and Saturday from 8am to 1pm. Closed Sunday. Open Monday from 8am to 1pm.
Stay tuned for September hours. Blueberries will be almost over but historically, there are lots of strawberries in September. Our hopes our high because what an exceptional summer....
Bring buckets and cash.
Same status as Monday. Lots of both blueberries and strawberries. We can point you in the right direction for the best blueberry rows. No pointing necessary for strawberries. Excellent all around, all the time until we alert you otherwise!
We are open Tuesday from 8am to 1pm. Closed Wednesday. Open Thursday for an evening pick from 4:30pm to 8pm. Open Friday and Saturday from 8am to 1pm.
These are lovely days in the field. Hope to see you.
We ARE still all about berries. And free range eggs and roasting chickens. And whatever is harvested from the garden on any given day. Ask us about the harvest table. -----Never-the-less, our computer is full of photos of two calves born this summer. It seems we have more photos of calves than even berries and possibly more than any of our four kids as babies. We might as well make the most of a computer full of calf photos....
Buttercup says "mooooo".
Another beautiful summer weekend come and gone. Which is great because Monday is back to berry madness. Indeed!
Both Blueberries and Strawberries to pick. Two days of no one picking means excellent picking. Ripe and sweet berries are a great way to see out August. Come for blueberries this week. Strawberries are amazing right now.
With the change in the air, we are changing things up around here. Just a very little. Because with so many berries you need plenty of opportunity to come and pick!
Hours this week are:
Open Monday & Tuesday 8am to 1pm.
Open Thursday for an evening pick from 4:30pm to 8pm.
Open Friday and Saturday from 8am to 1pm.
We will be open Monday, Sept. 1st from 8am to 1pm. We will wait to post hours for the remainder of September. It will depend on weather and school and how the never-ending (we hope) berries are managing in September.
We look forward to seeing you this week. Happy Monday and beyond!
1. cool evenings
2. some of you say you're freezers are now full (of berries of course!).
3. On repeat out of the mouths of kids around here, "I'm bored".
4. hair like straw, skin is leather
5. The state of our house. I have no words.
6. Smelly hockey gear about
7. The CVEX, otherwise known as the FALL FAIR, is here!
8. Eating sweet corn every night
9. Peaches. And peaches are nothing without BLUEBERRIES.
10. The biggest and best sign that summer is winding down is the CRAZY amounts of STRAWBERRIES out there. They go "bananas" as the days shorten and get a little cooler. Excellent picking. Now is the time!
Big news and dare I write it? NO WASPS. We are so thankful they are not terrorizing us in the field and eating all the berries.
And BLUEBERRIES too. The picking is still great. There are loads of the sweetest blueberries out there. Another week for sure...
We are open 8am to 1pm on Friday. We will be closed Saturday and Sunday. Open again Monday from 8am to 1pm.
We hope to see you tomorrow. Have a great weekend and come to the Fall Fair.
it's pretty sweet these days. The aisles of berries------
Although I am running out of words, especially descriptive superlatives, we are not running out of berries. Come this week for easiest picking of blueberries. The strawberry patch is a red wonderland of sweetness. Easy to pick bucketfuls.
Buckets and cash and taste buds for the bounty that only summer brings is all that you need.
I guess I wasn't so out of words. I have the lost the will to post pictures of berries though. I can only imagine you are happy to never see another photo of a berry for a while. So flowers. I'll post photos of flowers. At this point in the summer, it's easy to digress into things totally non-berry. Tossing out flower photos seems mildly related.
Open 8am to 1pm Thursday and Friday. We will be closed Saturday and Sunday this weekend only. Open again Monday at 8am to 1pm.
or so say reports from the blueberry and strawberries fields. Loads of berries, easy picking in both blueberries and strawberries. Let's go with exceptional picking in the strawberries. Their time is here. Best picking of the summer for strawberries right now.
Take advantage of the bounty of August, EAT BERRIES!
We are open Monday to Friday this week from 8am to 1pm. Closed Saturday and Sunday.
this will be a great week to pick.
1. Still lots of ripe blueberries
2. Strawberries are now producing the way we expect and hope they will in August. Endless amounts of beautiful STRAWBERRIES in the patch
3. Lovely weather
4. Last week of our regular hours. We'll be switching to 4 or 5 days for the remainder of the berry season the following week.
5. We fear the arrival of bothersome wasps but they're not swarming yet....
6. Closed Saturday and Sunday this weekedn because FALL FAIR! Open again Monday the 25th at 8am.
7. Make picking berries part of your back to school shopping because----
SMOOTHIES in the winter! This kind of face for winter....we're in.
Mention Kindergarten and you'll get this face.
Open Monday to Friday this week 8am to 1pm for Blueberry and Strawberry U-pick
still going strong. Beautiful berries in both the blueberry and strawberry fields---all glistening from the showers today! Picking is pretty sweet right now.
We are open Monday to Saturday from 8am to 1pm. Closed Sunday. Don't miss out on the best of the summer and don't forget your buckets and cash(!)
Continuing with recipe love....
We eat a lot of berries and we eat a lot of fresh salsa in the summer. A salsa recipe with berries in it? Makes perfect sense to a berry farmer. This blueberry salsa was delicious and we will be making it again and again. Especially since the tomato blight always ruins our tomatoes just about.....right NOW. And if substituting blueberries for tomatoes in salsa is the world's answer to tomato blight? We couldn't be more pleased.
Those are yellow tomatoes you see in that bowl because blight, you ain't got us yet.
The best part of this recipe was the cookbook it was found in, "For the Love of Food: seasonal recipes for every palate and every occasion" written by local Denman Island resident, Sally Rae Dyck. She may be better known as Gourmet by Sally Rae. Sally has a written a lovely cookbook with an emphasis on eating seasonally. The chapters are arranged by month so you can readily find and make recipes with fresh ingredients that are grown and or available locally. Sally's recipes celebrate good, tasty food but also the bounty of fresh food we have access to in the Comox Valley. Next up we're making, you guessed it, the strawberry salsa.
We have copies of the cookbook for sale here at the farm and you can also check Sally's website http://www.gourmetbysallyrae.com/cookbook.html to purchase and peruse. And check out what Sally's up to on her blog while you're at it.
berry blast! Blueberries and strawberries, both big, ripe, sweet and easy to pick. Enjoy now and also plan for the long winter. Berries are best for breaking the monotony of bananas and oranges!
By next Friday the blueberries will likely be downgraded. Come in the next 10 days for better picking. Strawberries have the best of their season left. Great and getting better.
Open 8am to 1pm Monday to Saturday. Closed Sunday.
Flowers, zukes, cukes and other green food from the garden for purchase.
Free Range Eggs and roasting chicken available year-round.