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Posted 6/5/2011 1:34pm by Sam Bellamy.

We are thankful for the interest in blueberries and blackberries. We will open the blueberry field for Saturday June11 .The times will be 8:00am to 10am. The blackberry field may be open that morning . We should know by Thursday evening. We need to wait a little more to see. Watch the web site this week to see what happens. It is possible that we could have a morning open for blueberry picking before Saturday. It will depend on the fields. The heat really can change ripening projections. We are definitely planning on Saturday, June 11.

We are picking some nice beans! Now is a good time to get them. If the weather continues with extreme heat ( over 90) it reduces the quality of the beans. That is one of the benefits from evening rains. It helps cool down the plants and relieves stress.

We have just begun to pick some corn.

Peaches are coming in off the farm. Ruby Prince is now being harvested . Red haven is the next variety then Carolina Belle, Norman, Winblo , Georgia Belle, Sun Prince, Elberta and Jefferson. Beginning with Red Haven the varieties from then on are free stone peaches. Carolina Belle and Georgia Belle are white peaches.

If you want organic produce email or call to request it. Some have asked if we had organic peaches or blueberries. Peaches no, blueberries very limited now. Good potatoes, cucumbers, basil, some corn,

Tomatoes are just beginning as well.


Posted 5/26/2011 5:39am by Sam Bellamy.

Cathy Perry will be spinning and discussing natural dyes including her work with indigo. Barbara Fyre will be providing dulcimer music as well. Over the years I have come to value people who have skills and knowledge, especially first hand knowledge and experience. I encourage you to take advantage of the opportunity to learn from individuals who are willing to share.

Posted 5/22/2011 5:04pm by Sam Bellamy.

Peaches and Blackberries now coming in!! This is earlier than I expected. There are still strawberries that we are picking for the market as well.

Blueberries have several families including vaccinium corymbrom

( highbush) and vaccinium ashesi ( rabbiteye). There are other families as well but these are the main families for this region. The highbush are the common commercial blueberry which generally has a relatively short season ( 3-5 weeks). The rabbiteye varieties begin at the end of the highbush and continue into August. Our rabbiteye varieties include

Climax , Premier, Delight, Southland, Powder blue, Bright blue, Garden blue, Centurion. The season could begin early so keep checking the web site or sign up for emails to be sent to you. It is the best way to know what is happening with pick your own. The Premier ripens a week or so after Climax begins. It is a very beautiful berry that is excellent in flavor. The southland is good also but much later. One of the later varieties is garden blue. It is distinctly different from the other varieties in that it is smaller, very dark and very sweet. It is not a commonly grown variety but we have people who particularly like it. I recall Dr. Mainland walking through the field with no fruit on the plants identifying each variety as if they were his children. When he came to garden blue he was pleased to know we were growing it. You probably are not aware that we have had some World Class people working with blueberries right here in our southeastern NC. Blueberries are one of the crops that belong to the region and we can grow some excellent fruit. This is good because the small fruits ,in particular blueberries and blackberries are extremely good for your health.

Posted 5/20/2011 11:30am by Sam Bellamy.

Cathy Perry will be at the farm spinning and talking about dyes. She has created some very intersting shades, hues and colors with natural dyes. For many years she has worked with indigo and is able to talk about it's history. She will be at the farm in the middle of the day. For more information call the market  (843-399-6902 or910-287-6Cathy Perry794)  or email.

Posted 5/20/2011 11:21am by Sam Bellamy.

Updates on Pick Your Own & more!
  I now know that we will not have the strawberry field open for pick your own this year. It is possible we may have a day or two for picking on the honor system. I will email those on the email list if we do.

  Good news! The Derby peaches are just about ready to harvest! What makes this really good news is that it comes earlier than I predicted.( almost 10-15 days early) It not only means we have peaches earlier but most likely the pick your own dates will be earlier for blueberries and blackberries!

If you subscribed for future emails you will be notified before we pick and get weekly updates during the growing season. This is really to your advantage because in the people on the email list are the ones who know first.

Now is the time for garden peas. Wax beans, green beans, broccoli ,lettuce are in strong season. We have organic broccoli, lettuce, turnips, kale, cabbage, potatoes and dandelion plus other produce. If you want organic produce I strongly suggest you email me in order to make sure it is in the market when you are there.

 More good news! Cathy Perry will be back at the farm spinning and talking to people about dyes and dyeing. She is very experienced and has created some interesting results working with natural dyes. She has blended different dye material to create shades, hues and bright colors.


Cathy Perry Spinning at the farm

Posted 5/15/2011 10:20pm by Sam Bellamy.

Strawberry Update May 16

 

The berry supply is shorter than I had hoped for. Right now we need all the strawberries for the market. This does not mean we won’t open the field for Pick your own but if we do I do not know when yet. Please bear with us. I will email if we open the field at least the day before.

In the meanwhile, the high bush blueberries should begin harvest this week. Pick your own will be in the rabbiteye blueberries about mid June. Blackberries will begin soon as well. Our peaches are about 2-3 weeks away. We do have some very nice early peaches from Spartanburg, SC in the market now.

Asparagus is winding down. If you want to get fresh asparagus do it very soon while we are still picking.

Posted 5/11/2011 2:00pm by Sam Bellamy.

Strawberry Update May 12

Field will be open Thursday morning til 12 noon. Picking is slow and berries not plentiful. However, they are sweet. Friday and Saturday the field will not be open. Look for more updates soon. Thanks

Posted 5/8/2011 9:56pm by Sam Bellamy.

Strawberry update, May 9-14

The fields have really been through some changes. The heavy crop that was so prevalent a week ago is now past but the much cooler nights of last week has made a difference also. The nights are warming up now and I am hopeful that the fruit will be more plentiful. The fruit may not be as easy to pick nor as large but the sweetness is the best of the season. The hard part is to know how to manage the field for PYO. The field will be open Monday 8 am to 12 noon. I think it will reopen Wednesday morning and aim to be open Friday ( half day?) and Saturday. The weather and the fields will play a factor in the final decision. Please call or check the website for more up to date information.

 

Please note that we are buying rhubard from Columbia. Rhubard does not grow well here. However it makes great pies with strawberries and blueberries. So now is the time to get it while it is available. When the rhubard season ends it is very rare to have it. Ask Sarah about it if you shop the Myrtle’s Market at 10th avenue.

Posted 5/1/2011 9:25pm by Sam Bellamy.

Outlook for blueberries and peaches!It is not every day that I get excited in looking at crops before they reach maturity. Believe me a lot can happen in a short time particularly with matters beyond our control. ( farming is very humbling) But in looking at the peach crop this week I was impressed. So much so , I wanted to take my wife out to see it but alas we are too busy for even that. It will be about June 10th before we begin harvesting the early varieties ( Candor and Derby); then comes Ruby Prince, Red Haven ( semi-free and freestone respectfully). Around June 20th it all becomes freestone varieties. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that freestone peaches aren’t available until later in July. Look for a listing of varieties later as the season nears. Likewise the blueberry crop is looking very good also. The high bush varieties should begin their harvest this month, maybe the third week of May. The rabbiteye varieties will start about June 15th. Pick your own blueberries should begin about June 20th. For a heads up the week of July 4th is generally an excellent time for pick your own. Climax and Premier varieties are usually mature with large full flavored fruit. The ideal type to freeze as individual berries and pour out the amounts you want later or eat them frozen as little treats on a hot summer day. Look for more information later. Meanwhile, give some thought to how the health benefits of blueberries and blackberries can potentially impact you and your families.

Posted 5/1/2011 9:15pm by Sam Bellamy.

Strawberry update, May 2-7

The fields are really productive and now is the time for picking. The fields should be open Monday through Saturday. There are plenty of strawberries to be picked. We are trying hard to keep the fields well watered. The sunshine is a big plus but the high temperatures aren’t. Fortunately, some cooler weather is predicted. I am repeating part of last weeks update to help you understand how we look at the field and the season for May.

 

 

 

 

  Many people look for the peak of strawberry season and we are there. I would encourage you to pick now. We hope the season will continue well into May and possibly into June. But we don’t have control over that. In looking at the plants it is my guess that production will slow down somewhat after this heavy crop of fruit in the next ten days. High temperatures will play into how long the plants stay productive. Strawberry blossoms can not tolerate temperatures in the mid 90s. Temperatures are higher on the plastic than the ambient temperatures 4 to 5 feet above ground. Strawberry plants have a strong propensity to reproduce themselves. They either make fruit or runners( new plants that grow from extended stems produced by the mother plant). So the challenge is to keep the plant juvenile and in a fruit producing mode. There are some things we can do to help but ultimately it is beyond our control.

Bottom Line;

Enjoy this moment in time!

Plan to pick quantities now.

If you pick and freeze them you can enjoy them all year!

Know that strawberries will still be available in May but maybe not as plentiful.

Know that May strawberries will likely be sweeter and perhaps not as large.

Realize that no one really knows for certain how the season will actually be.

Be thankful for strawberries and look forward to blueberries, blackberries, peaches, plums, figs ,etc.

Current News

                   

 

 The Produce market is OPEN.  Blueberry PYO is open as the field dictates so please follow closely to see when it is scheduled to be open.  Our spring vegetables have been very good. Be sure to check out the summer crops as they are beginning to come in.  Call 910-287-6794 or 843-399-6902 

 

                                 

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