Saturday, March 10, 2018

A Bit Chilly for Our Berries & Windy for Our Fence

The berries enjoyed a few weeks of warmer-than-usual weather.
 Which caused them to bloom.
 But, last week it was below freezing for a few nights, so we had to cover them with frost blankets.

They'll be under the frost blankets for another week or so, then hopefully the weather will get warmer.

 In addition to the cold, we've been battling the wind.  Last weekend's wind storm took a toll on our deer fence.
The whole family pitched in to straighten up the fence.  We installed dozens of new T-posts reinforce the bent & broken posts.  It's held up pretty good so far!  Looking forward to a great strawberry season!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

U-Pick Strawberries Coming Soon!

We're getting all geared up for strawberry season!

The strawberries that we planted in the fall are really growing!  They should be ready to pick in April and May.  This year, we planted ALL 'Sweet Charlie' strawberries, which are famous for being super sweet!  We have more than three times as many Sweet Charlie plants as we did last year. 


WHAT: U-Pick Strawberries
WHERE: 14489 Bethel Church Lane, Smithfield, VA 23430
WHEN: 7am-7pm, 7 days a week, (starting in April - May), rain or shine
COST: $10/gallon basket, on the honor system (we provide the containers for free)

Monday, September 18, 2017

Sweet Potatoes!

It's hard to believe that fall is just around the corner!  We're looking forward to the cooler weather & sweet potatoes!!

We've been digging up the sweet potatoes around the clock the past couple of days and the yield is phenomenal!  Interested in a box or two?  They'll be ready within the next few weeks.  It takes some time for them to be cured, graded, and boxed.

The price this year is only $20 per 40 lb. box - that's a deal!  The variety that we grow is called 'Covington,' the same variety that we grew last year.  If stored in a dry, dark area, (and above 55 degrees F) the potatoes will keep all the way until next summer...if they aren't gobbled up over the holidays this year :-) 

If you are interested in sweet potatoes, please click on the following link to make your pre-order.  We’ll e-mail you with pick up details when the potatoes are ready. 

Spread the word to your friends and family.  If you know anyone in organizations such as fire departments, PTA's, Scouts, restaurants, church groups, athletic organizations, etc. who may be interested in boxes, send them the link.  Also, feel free to post the pre-order link on your social media accounts. 

Other exciting news:
We're planting 7,500 strawberry plants (half acre) this week.  The berries will be ripe for the pickin in the Spring.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Pick Your Own Strawberries!

Pick Your Own!
We've transitioned to more of a pick your own farm and cut back on doing so many Farmer's Markets.  We loved seeing so many of you at the farmer's markets, but as our family grows, we've got lots of other activities to squeeze into a dwindling period of time.  Therefore, we've shifted to a pick your own farm.  For your convenience, we’re open 7 days a week, 7 am to 7 pm at our farm, less than 5 miles from downtown Smithfield.  14489 Bethel Church Lane, Smithfield.  When you arrive, please park in front of the greenhouse.  Grab a container.  Those are yours to keep.  Pick as much as you’d like.  There is a black box near the corner of the fence by the gate (where you grab your buckets) for your cash or checks (made out to ‘Browder’s Fresh Pickins’).  The prices will be listed on the black box & this is all on the honor system.  Please e-mail us if you have any questions

Crops Available:
Strawberries (late May through June)
Blackberries (July)
Pumpkins (October)
Sweet Potatoes (September - November)

Sunday, April 5, 2015

BLACKBERRY PICK-YOUR-OWN in July at Browder's Fresh Pickins.  The canes are leafing out as the weather warms.  A little training, mulching, pruning, watering, fertilizing, marketing and a whole LOT OF DELICIOUSNESS!  These are fantastic blackberries, oh and they're thornless. 
HAPPY EASTER      Spring is upon us, which means planting time is near.  Thankfully we had good help.  In just a few hours we put down thousands of feet of black and white plastic in preparation for this week's planting of vegetable transplants.  Weed control, cleaner produce, and irrigation water reduction by using conservation-minded drip irrigation are all benefits of plasticulture.  The black plastic warms the soil for earlier production and the white cools the soil for later production in the summer heat.  There is a picture of the plastic layer in case you were wondering what it looked like.  The tractor's 55hp and 4wd had no problem pulling it.    

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Pickin' Squash

Our vegetables prefer to be picked with a little CCR ;-)