WHEN, When can we come and pick ???!!! And NO YOU CAN NOT bring your well behaved dog!
We open when the fruit is ripe, which is usually late May or early June. Since you get the email you will get the announcement date, so no worries you won’t miss it.
How long is the season? usually 6 to 8 weeks once it starts. We are usually open on Friday and Saturday and a few odd days during the week, but don’t hold me to any of that, the schedule is updated week to week based on ripe fruit and weather. Again – you get the email so you will know when I know what the schedule for the week will be. Life will be so much easier if you just accept this one inconvenience, I’m not making cupcakes here, I can’t go to Wal-Mart to buy more flour to make more berries – they ripen over time and crowds can wipe us clean of ripe berries, so we have to wait for more berries to ripen.
Growing practices—Really important if you don’t want a 3rd eye
I grow “Naturally”. Because I’m not certified “Organic” I can’t claim that status. So this is what naturally grown means at my farm:
Weeds: managed with fire(propane torch-checkout the video on instagram or FB) and weed eaters. Roundup has never been sprayed in my field, nor will it ever! (and that goes for any other herbicide as well)
Pests: I fight only one real pest(fruit fly) and I do it with garlic oil (approved product for organic farms) it kills nothing, it only serves to alter the smell profile of my bushes in the hopes that the fruit fly will continue to fly and not stay.
Fertilizer: I use an approved product for organic farms that is a top dress fertilizer made of feather meal (the label is pictured in one of my IG posts) and I have also used horse manure from local stables that I turn and age for over 9 months before spreading in the field.
So that’s it- no chemicals are sprayed. My family eats out of that field and lives 100 yards from it so I have a vested interest in this field. I’ve not gotten certified because it’s a cumbersome process for a hobby farm like mine.
What do we sell:
Blueberries YOU-PICK – We charge by the pound for berries picked. The price changes from year to year based on crop supply. In 2019 we will add a per picker fee for anyone not confined to a stroller – if you can walk you can pick and therefore will be charged a pick fee. The per person fee will be between $1 and $2 per person, it has not been set yet.
Blueberries PICKED FOR YOU: it is rare that we have pre-picked berries, so I would say don’t expect it unless I send out an email saying that we have pre-picked berries, and if you are interested, jump on it immediately, they don’t last.
Honey – we sell honey that is harvested from the bee hives on our property, and only our hives, meaning- once we are out we are out.
Jelly– Its a family affair. My in-laws Flo and Michael Malone are the proud proprietors of Michael’s pickles and jellies. They make a Blueberry jelly and a Blueberry jalapeño pepper jelly made only with our blueberries. We also sell their peach habanero pepper jelly and of course Michael’s sweet and spicy pickles, (I dare you to open the jar at the farm and expect to NOT get another jar before you exit the parking lot, seriously:))
T-Shirts – we sell a few cool T’s with the farm logo so you can tell everyone where you pick blueberries, though you may want to keep a lid on it.
LAST BUT NOT LEAST! —–Pottery——
The first lady of the farm is a professional potter and she will have hand made pieces for sale at the farm. Her pieces make great gifts to yourself or your BFOAT.
Thanks for your interest in my farm, I hope to see you there soon!