7-1-2020 – No Berries for the Moment

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. 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.

6-26-20 A Postscript To Our Plan To Open Saturday 6-27-20 From 9am – noon

We had an amazingly busy day this past Wednesday, perhaps our busiest ever. Lots of visitors who took home lots of berries. My morning walk to pick a few berries for my breakfast took more time than any morning in the last couple of weeks. That means that we will have fewer berries tomorrow and will likely find ourselves in the situation that happens every season that the quick and easy picking is behind us. So our advice is that a dampening of expectations will be the order of the day. Enjoy the fine Friday weather.

6-21-20 – Time once again to u-pick… Wednesday 6-24 and Saturday 6-27 from 9am to noon.

Yet another opportunity to visit the farm and pick some blueberries. We are expecting reasonable weather and lots of ripe berries.

New this year. A nod toward social distancing. The farmer will be wearing a mask. When you approach the sales tent you should as well. If you have a cough and fever stay home. When you are out in the patch remember to keep your distance from other pickers.

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.

We have containers. We sell by the pint and quart (not weight). The prices are the same as last year and for the many years before that. You pick and then pay the farmer $4.00 a pint and $8.00 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. 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.

Open this morning 6/20 as planned from 9am to noon.

Here on the farm we are all expecting the rain to hold off until later in the day. We have lots of blueberries to be picked. Our friend Tom from Sandy Spring Garden will be here as well with lots of Ashton grown vegetables. Looking forward to seeing you on the farm. Read the previous post for all the necessary information.

6-17-20 Open for picking Wednesday 6-17-20 from 1pm to 5pm and again on Saturday 6-20-20 from 9am to noon.

New this year. A nod toward social distancing. The farmer will be wearing a mask. When you approach the sales tent you should as well. If you have a cough and fever stay home. When you are out in the patch remember to keep your distance from other pickers.

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.

We have containers. We sell by the pint and quart (not weight). The prices are the same as last year and for the many years before that. You pick and then pay the farmer $4.00 a pint and $8.00 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. 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.

6-13-20 The first day of the 2020 Season OPENING DAY Saturday from 9am to noon (limited amounts of ripe berries)

Please read carefully.

We will be open for u-pick blueberries on Saturday 6-13-20 from 9am to noon. New this year. A nod toward social distancing. The farmer will be wearing a mask. When you approach the sales tent you should as well. If you have a cough and fever stay home. When you are out in the patch remember to keep your distance from other pickers.

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 for Saturday 6-13-20 from 9am to noon is great. The supply of ripe berries will 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). The prices are the same as last year and for the many years before that. You pick and then pay the farmer $4.00 a pint and $8.00 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. 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 between 9am and noon on Saturday.

June 6, 2020 The Waiting Continues

Rain and sunshine are the necessary combination. The berries are still not ripe. But we are seeing progress. If you are reading this thank you for checking in. When the berries are ripe we will share the news right here. All of us at Blueberry Gardens are looking forward to posting that we are ready for you to visit. Not much longer.

May 7, 2020 A Quick Update

April has given way to May but it still feels like March. The berries appear to have survived a couple of frosty days in April. Our expectation of an early season as the cooler and wetter days have continued have been revised. As is always the case we shall see.

The hoop house continues to produce lots of delicious vegetables. The process of preparing and planting new beds continues. The tomato plants that were started from seed are already in the ground having been transplanted.

If you have not yet put your email address on our mailing list hit the contact button and sign up. It is our main way of communicating with our friends and neighbors. Want to know when we will be open to u-pick blueberries or what we are offering for veggie sales this week get on the list.

Spring 2020 Has Arrived On The Farm

Time to move the clock forward here on the blog. Every winter seems a bit shorter than the previous one. Life on the farm is beginning to stir. Our friend Dave serviced the new mower last week and both Robert and I have done a small bit of mowing. Growing in the hoop house continues, we sold more veggies last week than either of us can ever remember. Tomato seeds have been germinated and the plants will soon be ready to be transplanted. Work in and around the blueberries has begun as well. As we always say “we shall see”. Check back here for periodic updates. As in the past years we will announce when the berries are ready to u-pick and post our plans for being open for friends and neighbors to join us here on the farm.

June 2019 – Our Newest Picker

When we open the berry patch for pickers you can easily be surprised by who shows up. This young fellow clearly knew what to do. We will be open again on Thursday morning from 10 to noon and on Saturday from 9am to noon. Stop by and and pick a few for yourself. Bring a friend, young or old everyone seems to enjoy the experience.

I found one.

Got it!

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