You'd think that filling your face with berries all summer long would be the best thing about running a berry farm. It's pretty sweet but the very best thing about berry farming is you, the customers. I'm not sure how all the nicest people on the island end up picking berries here but they do. In saying this, we do have our favourites. For sure we do. It all started when "Florence" came to pick strawberries early this summer. Florence is 87. Her daughter brought her out and they picked and picked until Florence's hip began to act up and Florence knew it was time to call it a day. Then there's 85 yr. old "Pauline". She's come to pick countless times this year. Picking for herself, her son, her sister-in-law, her neighbour. She spends hours out in the field picking. She's been doing it her whole life and it shows. She's agile and strong and a worker. Pauline knows how to get it done out there. A family of nine visiting from Hawaii were a delight. Six of them over 80 years old. One over ninety. They were thrilled picking berries not grown in the tropics. After spending the weekend at Music Fest, Janine (83) and her sister came to pick raspberries. Ross beats all of the above in age. He is 97. He had just moved to Comox two days earlier when he came out with his wife and daughter to pick. It was a scorcher of an afternoon but he would take no chair or offer of water. Picking berries was his mission. Will I be picking berries in 40 years? I hope so. I'm thinking the consumption of berries is the key to the excellent health and wisdom of these pickers. So I'll continue to fill my face. The real pleasure though is in meeting these special customers, their love of good food and their can-do attitude. They have inspired me this summer.
It's a pleasure. Thank you. Keep coming young and old.
We are open Monday to Thursday at 9am this week. We will be closed on Friday and open at 8am to 1pm Saturday, August 24th.
My guess is 10 to 14 days left of blueberry picking. At least four more weeks of strawberries. Both continue to be excellent.