5/28/2017

We had a great day picking BLACKBERRIES yesterday and the berries are ripening quickly for picking tomorrow.  They are plentiful, large and very sweet so we didn’t want to miss the opportunity to pick on the holiday. We will open from 8-11 am to beat the heat.

Chick it out! 2017 Opening

We will be opening tomorrow, Saturday, May 27th from 8 to 11 am for BLACKberry picking. The berries are so sweet we can’t stop eating them in the field. The blueberries and raspberries are not ready quite yet but they will be ready soon.
We will have range free eggs and homemade blackberry jam for sale. Yum!
Remember that we are still behind the times and accept cash and local personal checks only.

See you Soon!

The 2017 Berry Season is Coming Soon!!

Welcome to our new website! Let us know what you think. We can’t wait to see everyone again and catch up on what’s been happening with you.

It has been an unusual winter and spring this last year. The winter was so much milder than normal that one of the varieties of blueberries was in full bloom when the big freeze hit in the early spring. Ordinarily, the time of this freeze would have had little consequence, but this year it was different.

Here are some crop updates for May 17, 2017

BLACKBERRIES
The large blackberries that you first come to in the field are now over an inch and still growing. Some are showing a slight red tinge so we expect them to be ripe the first week of June or possible the end of May. We have planted three more rows of the new blackberries that were a big hit last year. In addition, we have a new blackberry that is a little later than all of the other ones. This delicious berry will extend our blackberry season for later pickers.

BLUEBERRIES
Good news and bad news. Good news first. The berries will be very large. Bad news: there won’t be as many of them as normally have. We got through the first spring freeze on March 12 with no problem. On the 14th, the temperature dropped below freezing at 10:30 PM and stayed there until 10:00 the next morning. This would have been alright if the ice from the overhead sprinklers melted, but the temperature only got to 41 degrees. This left us with an enormous amount of ice on the plants. Since the ice couldn’t melt, our plants were in a deep freeze. The earliest bearing plants took the biggest hit. The later plants (near the highway) got through it quite well.

We also have done a lot of work reclaiming what we call our “organic” blueberries. These sit up behind our portojohn and are not certified organic. However they were the first blueberries we ever planted. They have not been actively tended for about 25 years. There is an enormous amount of berries on them, but it may be a challenge to get up to the berries on top because the plants are about 12 feet high.

RASPBERRIES

We have replanted the raspberries this year to improve the variety we offer. This means that there is only a small planting available to pick this year but next year there will be a new crop.

Archived November 27, 2016: Last persimmon sale for 2016

Hi, Everyone,
We have picked the last of the persimmons for this year and have them ready for sale. The price is $20 for a tray of 12 or $12 for 6 pieces. They are large and flavorful.
You can email me back to reserve them or call me at 919-538-8111 to let me know how many you want and when you can come get them. I will be here this weekend so I can be available Saturday, morning, December 3rd, for pickup.
I hope you had a great Thanksgiving!
Betty

Archived November 17, 2016: Persimmons are ready

Hello, everyone,
Our persimmons are now in! They are large and delicious. Is is so nice to have a fresh, local winter fruit. They are the Giant Fuyu variety which is not astringent like our native persimmons. They are great raw and can be eaten from crisp like an apple to fully ripe. They are really sweet this year.
They will be available this Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 12pm. If these times are not convenient, you can call me at 919-538-8111 to set up another time to come by. You can also call to reserve whatever quantity you would like to pickup.
The price is $20 per tray of 12.

See you soon.     Betty

Archived July 26, 2016: Closed for the 2016 season

We are now closed for the 2016 berry picking season. We are already busy pruning the plants so that they will be able to produce another bountiful crop.
We appreciate your taking the trouble to come out in all types of weather to pick our berries. We hope that you will remember us next year and that we will see you then.
We will be emailing you when we have other crops available especially the persimmons in late fall.

See you next year!     Betty

Archived July 22, 2016: Last chance for blueberries

We will be open tomorrow, Saturday, July 23rd from 7am to 1pm.
We will have loads of blueberries, some raspberries and a few blackberries.
It will be our last day before we start our summer pruning. Come as early as you can to get your last buckets of delicious berries.

See you soon.    Betty

Archived July 20, 2016: Blueberry countdown

We will be open tomorrow, Thursday, July 21st from 7am to 1pm.
The blueberries are still plentiful, ripe and delicious. Picking is very easy.
Our last day in the full field will be this Saturday, July 23rd from 7am to 1pm.
We will need to start our pruning on Sunday to assure that the plants have all the time they need to produce next year’s crop.
They say it is going to be hot on Saturday, so come out early and have a pie baked for lunch!
See you soon.    Betty

July 18, 2016: Last week for blueberries

We will be picking blueberries tomorrow, Tuesday, July 9th from 7am to 1pm.
The blueberries are plentiful and easy to pick. They are so delicious!
Don’t miss out on a chance to put berries in the freezer for those winter cobblers and pies.
Blackberries are pretty much done and raspberries are fruiting every day.
See you soon.     Betty

Archived July 15, 2016: Pick before we prune

Even though our field is still loaded with blueberries, we need to plan when our year end pruning will be done. This pruning sets up the plants for next year’s fruiting. If we wait too late, it will reduce the amount of fruit that the plants will set.
With that in mind, we will need to start pruning on Sunday, July 24th.
This means that we will have 4 more days of picking in the full field:  tomorrow, Saturday, July 16th, then next week Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday the 23rd.  The hours for each day will be 7am to 1pm.
Please take this opportunity to plan your trips to our farm. The blueberries are still plentiful, beautiful, delicious and so easy to pick.
See you soon.     Betty