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.

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.

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