It's a little early for reflection because those strawberries, they continue to do what they do best in late summer which is produce beautiful, sweet berries for dessert, jam, the freezer and the best summer snack. The berry season is far from over. (Although closer to over than it's beginning which was May 30th this year).
We are open WEDNESDAY from 8am to 1pm for strawberry U-pick. The picking will be excellent.
Bring containers and cash.
Check back here for open days the remainder of the week.
Roasting chickens, pastured eggs, tomatoes, zukes, cukes, flowers and garlic also available for sale.
Something we do when we're 3 months into the season; a little over-tired and emotional but mostly over-grateful for the bounty of the berry season. Especially when it feels like we dodged crop-destroyers like heat, drought, and pests. The berries still came in abundance. (It's so evident we are not in control.) But what we are mostly grateful for is the bounty of berry customers. Because a good crop is for naught if there is no one buying it. And it's no small feat to endure picking your berries in the kind of summer we've had. (btw it's much cooler these days so lovely in the field and no wasps which is truly exceptional!)
Each year a particular demographic of the berry pickers touches us. One year it was the 80+ yr old pickers who inspired us each week. (We'll be inspired by them forever) . Last year, as new parents of a teenager, we were touched by the bed-headed teens who were willingly dragged by their parents to pick berries in the early morning.
This year? The cyclists. Those customers who came regularly on their bikes, picked and loaded up their panniers with berries. From Denman, from Campbell River and locally they came. Cyclists loaded up with berries on their bikes----you inspire! So inspire that the whole family has done some cycling this summer and I'm now in the market for a bike.
Special shout-out to Anika, who cycled to work here every day from Comox. And my dad who is nearer to 80 yrs. old than any of the other berry bikers! I think?
Keep on riding people of bikes and berries. And thank you for putting on us your cycle route.