News About the 2024 Season

Checking in after the long winter and the early spring? We are happy to report that we are still hard at work here on the farm growing vegetables year round and watching over our blueberry plants as we prepare for the chance to open the blueberry patch for you to u-pick.

We expect that we will be open for limited amount of picking beginning sometime around the second week of June. We will update the website whenever we have enough berries to invite folks to stop by the farm to pick. Remember we are only open to pick when the amount of berries, the weather and the schedules of the farmers are in alignment.

We invite you to scroll back through the postings from previous years to get a sense of how things work. If you have questions please send us an email using the contact form.

No Berries at the Moment

Having just walked the patch this morning we have to report that we no longer have enough fruit to make a trip to the farm worthwhile. If you read our earlier posts thank you for picking. As always your farmers share your disappointment that we have had reduced yields. Perhaps the mid or later season berries will surprise us. If we are able to reopen later in the summer we will post it here. Enjoy the warm summer days ahead.

Open Briefly Sunday 6/25/23 11 am – 1 pm

While the easiest picking of our early season blueberries is behind us, more berries have ripened and are ready to be picked. We invite you to join us beginning at 11 am on Sunday. We will be open until 1 pm when we expect that all we have to offer will be gone. All the usual information below.

Please read carefully.

We will be open for u-pick blueberries on Sunday 11 am to 1 pm.

The way it works: We try to balance the ripe berries (so there are enough for everyone who shows up), the weather (not raining or excessively hot and humid) with the opportunity to come to the farm and pick. This is not a perfect system. But the forecast is looking good.

We have containers. We sell by the pint and quart (not weight). After more than a decade and in recognition of our ever increasing costs we raised our prices two years ago. You pick and then pay the farmer $5.00 a pint and $10.00 a quart. The containers are full when the berries are level with the top of the container. Overfilled containers cost more. Really – no pyramids.

Things to keep in mind. No toilets (so plan ahead). Bring a water bottle picking can be thirsty work. We don’t take credit cards (we never have)Cash or a check payable to Blueberry Gardens will do the trick. No smoking anywhere on the farm. Leave your pets at home. Yes children are welcome. Most parking is directly off the driveway on the grass.

6-19-23 The Promised Update

Closed while berries ripen.

Our goal here at Blueberry Gardens is to sell our ripe berries whenever we have berries to sell. This is not as simple as it sounds. The number of people who would love to pick far exceeds the supply. The way it works: we try to balance the ripe berries (so there are enough for everyone who shows up), the weather (not raining heavily or excessively hot and humid) and our personal availability with the opportunity to have you come to the farm and pick. This is not a perfect system.

We had a very busy Saturday morning this past weekend. It will take a few days for the remaining berries to ripen. The weather forecast is rather uncertain. We still need rain. As a result as I write this we do not plan to be open this week. Check back later in the week to see how things develop and see if we have changed our plans.

THE PLAN FOR 6/14 and 6/17

To those of you who visited the farm this past week and who have ben enjoying the berries that you picked a heart felt Thank You. We will be open again on Wednesday 6/14 from 9:30 to noon and again on Saturday 6/17 from 9 am to noon. Read the rest of this post for further information.

Please read carefully.

We will be open for u-pick blueberries on Wednesday 6-14-23 from 9:30 am to noon and again on Saturday 6-17 from 9 am to noon.

The way it works: We try to balance the ripe berries (so there are enough for everyone who shows up), the weather (not raining or excessively hot and humid) with the opportunity to come to the farm and pick. This is not a perfect system. But the forecast is looking good.

We have containers. We sell by the pint and quart (not weight). After more than a decade and in recognition of our ever increasing costs we raised our prices two years ago. You pick and then pay the farmer $5.00 a pint and $10.00 a quart. The containers are full when the berries are level with the top of the container. Overfilled containers cost more. Really – no pyramids.

Things to keep in mind. No toilets (so plan ahead). Bring a water bottle picking can be thirsty work. We don’t take credit cards (we never have)Cash or a check payable to Blueberry Gardens will do the trick. No smoking anywhere on the farm. Leave your pets at home. Yes children are welcome. Most parking is directly off the driveway on the grass.

If you have any questions that were not covered above just hit the CONTACT tab and send us an email. The farmer in charge of sales does not own a smart phone. So I won’t be checking email once I’m outside sitting under the canopy. So don’t expect a response once I have stepped away from my desk to greet you outside.

RIPE BERRIES the moment has arrived

We are ready to open for the 2023 season. We will begin to welcome blueberry pickers to the farm on Wednesday June 7th. We will be open for just two hours from noon to 2 pm. Then we will give the berries a couple of days for more berries to ripen and be open on Saturday June 10th from 9 am to noon.

Please read carefully.

We will be open for u-pick blueberries on Wednesday 6-7-23 from noon to 2 pm and again on Saturday from 9 am to noon. A nod toward social distancing. When you are out in the patch remember to keep your distance from other pickers. The farmer in charge of sales will not be wearing a mask but is old enough to have been vaccinated at every opportunity. If you have a cough and fever stay home.

The way it works: We try to balance the ripe berries (so there are enough for everyone who shows up), the weather (not raining or excessively hot and humid) with the opportunity to come to the farm and pick. This is not a perfect system. But the forecast is looking good. The supply of ripe berries may be limited, it will not be the day to pick quarts and quarts easily to fill the freezer.

We have containers. We sell by the pint and quart (not weight). After more than a decade and in recognition of our ever increasing costs we are raised our prices two years ago. You pick and then pay the farmer $5.00 a pint and $10.00 a quart. The containers are full when the berries are level with the top of the container. Overfilled containers cost more. Really – no pyramids.

Things to keep in mind. No toilets (so plan ahead). Bring a water bottle picking can be thirsty work. We don’t take credit cards (we never have). Cash or a check payable to Blueberry Gardens will do the trick. No smoking anywhere on the farm. Leave your pets at home. Yes children are welcome. Most parking is directly off the driveway on the grass.

If you have any questions that were not covered above just hit the CONTACT tab and send us an email. The farmer in charge of sales does not own a smart phone. So I won’t be checking email once I’m outside sitting under the canopy. So don’t expect a response once I have stepped away from my desk to greet you outside.

There Will Be Berries – A 5/15/2023 Update

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Time for an update. Robert and I reached an important conclusion earlier today. It looks like we will have some berries early in June. Updates will follow. As always we will post the dates and times we plan to be open here on the blog. Bookmark this page and check back in early June.

First 2023 Update

Just a quick word as we leave winter behind. This time of year as the days get longer and the average temperatures rise our thoughts turn to blueberries. It is too early to predict how the coming crop will perform. We hope to have enough berries to be open for u-pick in early June. We shall see. When and if the time comes we will announce it here on the website and email our mailing list. Until then hope that the threat of a late frost is behind us and that Mother Nature will provide all the help that ripening berries require. We shall see.

No Berries – 2022 Season Closes

So this morning as I was preparing my usual muesli for breakfast I took a wander in the blueberry patch. I managed to find seven barely ripe berries. As is often the case we reach the point with each variety when there are just not any berries left to pick. Our earliest variety has come and gone. If pressed to explain we might respond in three ways. The impact of the cicadas from last year, a reduced number of plants and the weather (it always the weather) warmer earlier than usual and then a late frost at just the wrong moment. We will see if and when any of the mid or late season varieties will produce sufficent quantities so we can be open during July or August. When that happens we will post it here. No one is more disappointed than your farmers. Not having berries for you to pick is almost as much work for us as having them. So it goes.

Limited Berries Available

A quick inventory (which means a walk in the berry patch) requires that we share with you that while we announced earlier in the week that we would be open for two hours 10 am to noon tomorrow 6/18 if you are reading this you might want to make other plans. We will have a relatively small amount of ripe berries. No one is more disappointed than your farmers. We will be open as stated but there won’t be a lot of fruit for you to pick.