8-21-20 Our 2020 U-Pick Season Comes to an End

This moment has come every year for more than twenty years now. Time to say that our u-pick blueberry season has come to an end. Time to put away the canopy, the signs and containers till next June. THANK YOU to those who came out to pick. We hope that you enjoyed your berries as much as we have.

Work on the farm will continue. Fall and winter vegetables are being planted. If you are interested in fresh local produce sign up to receive the weekly email about what we have available.

Visit the Farm Pick a Few Berries 2pm to 5pm 8/19

Wednesday morning is our day to harvest, pack and organize our weekly veggie, honey, eggs and flower orders for pick up. It is a process that takes all of our time and attention. So Wednesday afternoon when we are done and our vegetable customers are already visiting the farm is a convenient time to provide a chance to welcome others to join them picking blueberries. There are still a few berries to be found in the “back patch”. Katie and Wes will be here to help point you in the right direction.

Remember the sunsreen and the water bottle berry picking can be hot work in August. The Back Patch is a bit overgrown (wild grape, Canadian thistle, mile a minute and some Bermuda grass) and is therefore not as kid friendly as the front patch.

New this year. A nod toward social distancing. The farmer will be wearing a mask. When you approach the sales table 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. 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.

Could This Be The Last U-Pick Opportunity of 2020? This Saturday 8-8-20 Open 9:30am to Noon.

Katie and Wes will have the Back Patch open once again this Saturday from 9:30am to noon. Arrive before it gets too hot and enjoy some of our quickly ripening mid-season varieties before the birds do.

Remember the sunsreen and the water bottle berry picking can be hot work in August. The Back Patch is a bit overgrown (wild grape, Canadian thistle, mile a minute and some Bermuda grass) and is therefore not as kid friendly as the front patch.

New this year. A nod toward social distancing. The farmer will be wearing a mask. When you approach the sales table 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. 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.

8-5-20 Picking Today Wednesday 2pm to 5pm

Yes very short noctice. Think u-pick version of a flash mob just with no singing and dancing. Just the sound of birds.

Awoke this morning to find everything in good order. The Washington Post weather says “Today 8/5 arguably the nicest day we’ve had in a while. Not too hot, with highs topping out in the mid- to upper 80s, and only moderately humid, with dew points in the mid-60s. High pressure centered to our west should give us partly to mostly sunny skies, with only the chance of an isolated afternoon shower or storm. Winds are light from the north and west”.

Wednesday morning is our day to harvest, pack and organize our weekly veggie, honey, eggs and flower orders for pick up. It is a process that takes all of our time and attention. So Wednesday afternoon when we are done and our vegetable customers are already visiting the farm is a convenient time to provide a chance to welcome others to join them picking blueberries.

Remember the sunsreen and the water bottle berry picking can be hot work in August. The Back Patch is a bit overgrown (wild grape, Canadian thistle, mile a minute and some Bermuda grass) and is therefore not as kid friendly as the front patch.

New this year. A nod toward social distancing. The farmer will be wearing a mask. When you approach the sales table 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. 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.

More BLUEBERRIES in The Back Patch come U-Pick Wednesday 7/29 from 2pm to 5pm

No way around it picking berries during the current heat wave is not for the faint of heart. One of the challenges of farming is making efficent use of our time. Wednesday is our day to harvest, pack and organize our weekly veggie, honey, eggs and flower orders for pick up. It is a process that takes all of our time and attention. So Wednesday afternoon when we are done and our vegetable customers are already visiting the farm is a convenient time to provide a chance to welcome others to join them picking blueberries. So remember the sunscreen and the water bottle and we look forward to seeing you here on the farm. Wednesday 7/29 from 2pm to 5pm. Scroll down and read the previous post, it contains answers to lots of the questions that you may have if you are visiting for the first time.

OPEN Again SATURDAY Morning 7/25 – Our Hours Will Be 9:30am – Noon

Katie and Wes will have the Back Patch open once again this Saturday from 9:30am to noon. Arrive before it gets too hot and enjoy some of our quickly ripening mid-season varieties before the birds do.

Remember the sunsreen and the water bottle berry picking can be hot work in July. The Back Patch is a bit overgrown (wild grape, Canadian thistle, mile a minute and some Bermuda grass) and is therefore not as kid friendly as the front patch.

New this year. A nod toward social distancing. The farmer will be wearing a mask. When you approach the sales table 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. 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.

More BLUEBERRIES in The Back Patch come U-Pick Wednesday 7/22 from 2pm to 6pm

No way around it picking berries during the current heat wave is not for the faint of heart. One of the challenges of farming is making efficent use of our time. Wednesday is our day to harvest, pack and organize our weekly veggie, honey, eggs and flower orders for pick up. It is a process that takes all of our time and attention. So Wednesday afternoon when we are done and our vegetable customer are already visiting the farm is a convenient time to provide a chance to welcome others to join them picking blueberries.

So remember the sunscreen and the water bottle and we look forward to seeing you here on the farm. Wednesday 7/22 from 2pm to 6pm. Click the tab below that says “previous post” and read the answers to lots of the questions that you may have if you are visiting for the first time.

7-17-20 Another Chance To Pick Blueberries Sunday 7-19-20 From 10:30am to 12:30pm

We will be open for a couple of hours on Sunday 7-19 from 10:30am to 12:30pm. Join Wes in the back patch and enjoy some of our quickly ripening mid-season varieties before the birds do.

Remember the sunsreen and the water bottle berry picking can be hot work in July. The back patch is a bit overgrown (wild grape, Canadian thistle, mile a minute and some Bermuda grass) and is therefore not as kid friendly as the front patch.

New this year. A nod toward social distancing. The farmer will be wearing a mask. When you approach the sales table 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. 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.

7-14-2020 – Berries To Pick Wednesday Afternoon 7-15 From 2pm to 6pm

Join Katie and Wes in the back patch and enjoy some of our quickly ripening mid-season varieties before the birds do.

Remember the sunsreen and the water bottle berry picking can be hot work on a sunny July afternoon. The back patch is a bit overgrown and is not as kid friendly as the front patch.

New this year. A nod toward social distancing. The farmer will be wearing a mask. When you approach the sales table 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. 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.

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.

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