Thursday, July 11, 2019

Last Call for Blackberries

If you're interested in coming to pick some blackberries, please come out and pick sometime between now and Saturday at 7 pm, at which time we'll be closing the patch for the season.  I just walked out to the patch and there are plenty of berries on the vines.  As always, the sooner you come, the easier the picking :-)

We just planted a field of pumpkins that'll be ready in October, and our pick your own collards will be available in November & December.  

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Picked Out of Blackberries

The patch is currently picked out of blackberries.  We'd recommend waiting several days prior to coming out to pick.  It'd probably be best to wait until at least early next week. 

Have a fantastic weekend!

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Blackberries!

We're back in town after a week in Switzerland celebrating our 10 year anniversary.  Jake spent Sunday afternoon cleaning up the patch - mowing and weed eating.  There are tons of red berries on the bushes as well as many black ones.  If you're interested in picking this early variety, come on out :-)  



This variety will be ripe soon!

Friday, June 14, 2019

Thank you to all of you who have come out to pick blackberries in the first few days of the season.  The patch is currently picked out.  We'd hate for you to drive all the way out here and show up to an empty patch, so in an effort to save you the hassle, we're closing the patch until Wednesday.  There aren't many that are super close to being ripe, so it'll be several days before the patch recovers.

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Blackberry Patch Opening Wednesday!

Thank you so much for a wonderful strawberry season!  Strawberry season has now come to an end and we're gearing up for blackberry season.

Our U-pick blackberry patch will be opening on Wednesday, June 12 at 7 am.  

Open: 7 am to 7 pm, 7 days a week, (season opening 6/12/19)
Where: 14489 Bethel Church Lane, Smithfield
Cost: $10/rectangle basket. Each rectangle basket holds 2 quarts. We provide the containers. This is all on the honor system, simply place your money in the black box near where you picked up your container.  

We have 5 different varieties of blackberries, which vary in size and when the berries are coming ripe.  The first of the berries are ripening, but they aren't all ripe yet.  As for picking conditions, they will likely vary greater during blackberry season than strawberry season.  We have less overall blackberries than strawberries, so it's more difficult to predict conditions from day to day.  During the season though, the patch should recover from a heavy picking every few days, so if you come one day and it's picked clean try back in a few days.  

Some people have asked us about taste testing while picking.  We certainly don't mind if you try a berry or two while you're filling up your bucket, but we'd appreciate it if you could keep it within reason :-)

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Strawberry Patch Updates

The picking conditions have improved significantly in the strawberry patch.  The green berries I mentioned a week or two ago are ripening up and the patch is coming back.  The current density of ripe berries is similar to that of the first few days of the season that we were open.  I know it's hot as the dickins, but if you're interested in another opportunity to pick some berries, now is the time.  The heat really brings out the sweetness in the berries.  We've been enjoying frozen berries in smoothies & daquiris.  Tonight, Jake mowed the row middles of the front patch to make for easier picking, and he'll be mowing the back patch soon. 

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Memorial Day Weekend

Hello!

Hope all is well with you & your family :-)

Status of the strawberry patch: Berries are coming back!  It's much, much easier picking than last week, but not as easy as it was in April. The berries have a bit more size on them than last week, and really sweet.