Open again Sunday 6/22

Thanks to almost everyone who came out to pick today. While the easiest picking of the season may be behind us there are still a lot of ripe berries waiting to be picked. We will open tomorrow morning at 8am and be open throughout the day. First Day (aka Sunday) is time for Quaker Meeting for some of us so please take a moment  to read the instructions on the table if no one is around to greet you, we are still open.

You will find containers on the table under the blue canopy, please pay by leaving the correct amount of cash or a check in the cash box drawer when you are done picking.

Parking can sometimes be a challenge. If all the spots off the gravel driveway that leads up to the sales canopy are filled, you can pull off the blacktopped entrance road on to the grass and then walk up the hill.

Remember that our berries are organic and are safe to eat right from the bush. Taste a few as you begin to pick so that you will recognize the ripest ones.

“These are great berries”

That’s what people were saying as they picked today. Those of us who live here on the farm agree. The warm weather has hastened the ripening so there are lots of berries ready to be picked. Come by early to beat the heat. We will be open all day beginning at 8am. We will be open Thursday, Friday and Saturday all day or until all the berries are gone. Check back Saturday evening to see what our plans are for Sunday and the week ahead.

Finally!

Our blueberries have begun to ripen. We will be open for very limited amounts of time over the next few days. Mornings only on Wednesday 6/18 and Thursday 6/19 from 8am until 10am. The weather forecast is for the first real taste of summer. Come by early before it gets too hot to be out in the field. Check back Thursday evening to find out what our plans are for Friday and Saturday.

Soon, but not yet

It was a long winter and it took a little while for spring to get going. There will be berries, lots of berries if things continue to develop the way they have so far this year. But not yet, they are running a bit later than we have come to expect. We will update the web site and change the phone number as soon as they are nice and blue and ready to be picked. Looking forward to seeing all our friends, new and old here on the farm before the end of June.

Sometimes people ask, “Why are you organic?”

From time to time we get asked, why are you organic? The following link to an article in the Atlantic is one of the reasons. http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2014/03/the-toxins-that-threaten-our-brains/284466/

No nasty chemicals get sprayed or spread on the plants that we grow. We like to think that we are doing our part to make the world just a little bit safer for all our neighbors. We think that this year we may have an exceptional crop hope to see you all in June.

See you in 2014

We called it a season today and took down our sales tent and put it away until next year. Thanks to those of you who came out and picked in 2013. We had the smallest crop we have had in ten years and are making some adjustments to our fertility program and will continue to work with our plants in hopes that next year we will see a dramatic improvement. Farming is always a challenge and some years are more challenging than others. This year took the prize for disappointment. See you next year.

Open Saturday morning 8/3 at 8am

The mid and late season berries have begun to ripen. Please join us on the farm first thing Saturday for limited picking. We will open the gate to the lower fields at 8am and will be open until 2pm or until the berries are gone. We will post a new message here when we close and change the phone message at 240 324 6110 when the berries have all been picked. Here is hoping for more lovely weather.

My blueberry-less breakfast

Folks keep asking when we might reopen. If my morning granola is any indication (with peaches and bananas, no blueberries) we are now operating a bird breakfast bar and they are not interested in sharing. Our historically low fruit set means that there just aren’t enough berries in the patch to be open. We remain optimistic that the situation may change in the weeks ahead but it is looking more and more like we are closing in on saying “see you next year”.

Attention 7/13 birds and the first few customers got the berries

An early morning walk of the patch was really pretty depressing. Lots of lovely birds but very few berries. So our intention to be open has run afoul of Mother Nature. We will see about getting up the bird netting and see what happens. Please check back for updates and further inaccurate predictions.

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