Dr. Young's Pond
Berry Farm


   

This year's crop updates

CROP UPDATES 7/24/2011

BLUEBERRIES

The blueberries have finally succumbed to the heat and we are finished picking for the 2011 season. They did their best but couldn't hold on any longer. It was a especially good year for blueberries.

BLACKBERRIES

The blackberries have finished for the season. They were amazing this year, but couldn't continue especially in the heat. It was a spectacular year for blackberries.

RASPBERRIES

We have tasted a few of our new raspberries. They are a beautiful red and very tasty.The plants are also very healthy. We are optimistic that these varieties will give a pickable crop next year.

CROP UPDATES 7/23/2011

BLUEBERRIES

Blueberries are still available in the field. Some of the varieties are still bearing green berries. The heat has not helped though and the birds and bees are taking their share. We will have to go on a day by day basis from now on.

BLACKBERRIES

The blackberries have finished for the season. They were amazing this year, but couldn't continue especially in the heat. It was a spectacular year for blackberries.

RASPBERRIES

We have tasted a few of our new raspberries. They are a beautiful red and very tasty.The plants are also very healthy. We are optimistic that these varieties will give a pickable crop next year.

CROP UPDATES 7/06/2011

BLUEBERRIES

The amount of blueberries continues to amaze us. You can find bushes that look like they have never had a berry picked from them, they are so full of berries. Picking has never been easier and flavor has never been better.

BLACKBERRIES

The blackberries have definitely passed their peak, but pickers are still coming in with full buckets of beautiful berries. You have to look underneath the leaves and go into the middles for find them, so it takes time and patience. The persistent ninety+ degree days ripened the berries more quickly than their usual schedule.

RASPBERRIES

We have tasted a few of our new raspberries. They are a beautiful red and very tasty.The plants are also very healthy. We are optimistic that these varieties will give a pickable crop next year.

NEW PRODUCTS

This year we will be offering some products grown and processed in North Carolina. They include blackberry and blueberry jams, jellies, and syrups. They have our own Dr Young's Pond Berry Farm label. We have sold out of our young blueberry plants.

CROP UPDATES 6/26/2011

BLUEBERRIES

The blueberries are very large, very sweet and exceptionally plentiful. Very easy picking. We had one customer who brought out a wagon and filled it with two layers of full buckets of blueberries. The berries have gotten to the point of falling into the bucket with a tickle from the fingers. Some people say the best ones are found in the middle under the shade of the bush. It's a banner year. Don't miss it.

BLACKBERRIES

Blackberris are amazing. One of our friends from Raleigh came out to pick. He started picking at 7:15AM and finished at 8:15AM. In one hour he picked 6 gallons of berries. All were on 1/3 of one side of one row. His technique is very interesting as he puts two buckets on his belt and uses both hands to pick. He also picks vertically with little lateral movement. Since my degrees are in Industrial Engineering, I might have a "little" more interest in efficiency than most people should have, but it sure was fun to watch him pick 6 gallons of berries without breaking a sweat.

RASPBERRIES

We have tasted a few of our new raspberries. They are a beautiful red and very tasty.The plants are also very healthy. We are optimistic that these varieties will give a pickable crop next year.

NEW PRODUCTS

This year we will be offering some products grown and processed in North Carolina. They include blackberry and blueberry jams, jellies, syrups, vinegars, ciders and juices. They have our own Dr Young's Pond Berry Farm label. We have sold out of our young blueberry plants.

CROP UPDATES 6/10/2011

FARM UPDATE

Rabbiteye blueberry plants will be available during picking times. It is best to plant at least 2 varieties of blueberries for good cross-pollination because cultivated blueberries are partly self-sterile.

BLUEBERRIES

The heat has sped up the ripening process. We think this is the largest crop we have ever had. The size of the berries had amazed us with many pickers bringing in nickel sized berries. We haven't figured out why they are so large, but we'll look at our records after the season to try to see if we can repeat it. The berries are so large and numerous that the plants are bending over into the aisles making mowing difficult.

BLACKBERRIES

Picking has gotten easier every day as more and more berries have gotten ripe. Wine makers have been able to pick buckets of berries already, and we are not expecting the crop to peak for several weeks. A couple of people cam in at closing on Thursday and, in 20 minutes, they each filled a bucket with berries. I wish I could pick that fast. Maybe we wouldn't run out of frozen berries just as I was hoping for one more Blackberry Cream Pie.

RASPBERRIES

We have tasted a few of our new raspberries. They are a beautiful red and very tasty.The plants are also very healthy. We are optimistic that these varieties will give a pickable crop next year.

NEW PRODUCTS

This year we will be offering some products grown and processed in North Carolina. They include blackberry and blueberry jams, jellies, syrups, vinegars, ciders and juices. They have our own Dr Young's Pond Berry Farm label. We are also selling rabbiteye blueberry plants. We are selling only the varieties of plants that we have in the field. This way you can see what to expect from your plants and we can help with any problems you may run into.

CROP UPDATES 5/29/2011

FARM UPDATE

Rabbiteye blueberry plants will be available beginning Saturday June 4th. It is best to plant at least two varieties of blueberries for good cross-pollination because cultivated blueberries are partly self-sterile.

BLUEBERRIES

This year's crop makes last years look miniscule. Some of the bushes have to be tied up because the branches are so loaded with berries. We have started nibbling at some that are ripening. We expect to start picking blueberries by June 11th.

BLACKBERRIES

We have an unbelievable crop this year, possibly the best we have ever had. We can't wait to see the reactions of our long term customers when they see the berries. They are big, plentiful and up high for easy picking. We will have some available Saturday the 4th of June.

RASPBERRIES

We have tasted a few of our new raspberries! They are a beautiful red and very tasty. The plants are very healthy. we are optimistic that these varieties will give a pickable crop next year.

NEW PRODUCTS

This year we will be offering some products grown and processed in North Carolina. They will include blackberry and blueberry jams, jellies, syrups, vinegars, ciders and juices. They will have our own Dr Young's Pond Berry Farm label. We are also planning to sell rabbiteye blueberry plants starting June 4th. We will sell only the varieties of plants that we have in the field. This way you can see what to expect from your plants and we can help with any problems you may run into. We have made every error you could imagine and would like to help our growers avoid them.

4/13/2011

CROP UPDATES 4/13/2011

FARM UPDATE

We are in the process of installing a new drip irrigation system. We think it will save a lot of water. Two years ago the pond was at it's lowest point ever. Our overhead irrigation pump puts out 200 gallons per minute while the drip irrigation pump produces 10-15 gallons per minute. Drip irrigation waters the individual berry plants while the overhead irrigation waters berries, weeds, row middles, trees adjoining the berry field and a little bit of Hwy 210.

BLUEBERRIES

The plants look great and are loaded with berries. They are about 1/4 inch in diameter. It's really fun to walk down the rows at this time. there is a constant buzzing sound form the bumble bees which are pollinating the blossoms that are last to bloom. If you didn't know better it would be pretty scary.

BLACKBERRIES

Blackberry blossoms are just starting to open. It still amazes us that the blackberries will be ripe before the blueberries simce the blueberries have had blossoms for 3 weeks.

RASPBERRIES

The new canes we planted are putting on new shoots, leaves and even a few blossoms. we will be surprised if we have enough for pick your own, but we can't wait to taste the ones we get.

NEW PRODUCTS

This year we will be offering some products grown and processed in North Carolina. They will include blackberry and blueberry jams, jellies, syrups, vinegars, ciders and juices. They will have our own Dr Young's Pond Berry Farm label. We are also planning to sell rabbiteye blueberry plants starting the end of May. We will sell only the varieties of plants that we have in the field. This way you can see what to expect from your plants and we can help with any problems you may run into. We have made every error you could imagine and would like to help our growers avoid them. We will have more information next update.


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