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I admire the way the strawberry plants are continuing to produce berries. The quality has picked up since the heavy rain from a few days ago. This rain may not be so bad if it doesn't keep things too wet over time. Picking is a little slower which is normal for late season.
Important notice: If you go to pick berries and the field is closed check at the produce market to see if you can pick. This week's schedule is likely to be different.
Things are shaping up. Squash, zuchinni, beans, blueberries are coming in. Meanwhile we begin picking some peaches, the first blackberries are turning red and the early sweet corn is actually making ears.
The early rains last week were hard on the strawberries. With good sunshine we should be able to have good quality berries still to come. The picking will not likely be as easy but the fruit should be sweeter.The plants look too good for there not to be.
We have begun to pick our highbush blueberries. PYO still is a about two to three weeks away.
Sweet corn is silking , tomatoes blossoming and squash is ready. We are heading into real farm goodness for sure.
This week looks as if it may have some clouds. Actually this may keep things cooler or less intense heat. If we don't get persistant damp conditions this could be a help on the strawberries. There are lots of berries and picking is easy. We plan to be open but if it is raining call ahead to make certain.
We plan to have another Wednesday special as well. This means we stay open until 6:00-6:30 pm.
The bakery has strawberry bread, strawberry cream pies , dipped strawberries and more!
Things to look for; honey, asparagus, garden peas. Blueberries are ripening now.
The strawberries are really good right now. This hot weather is stressing the plants some but the fruit now is very good. If you are able to pick now is a good time. At $1.30 /lb that is a great price. The average PYO price for the Carolinas is $1.80/lb. Dr. John Gurstner used to talk about selling produce at the best quality for the best price. I believe we are doing that.
Blueberries are showing the first bit of color. The high bush berries should begin ripening in about 10 to 14 days, maybe earlier with this change in weather. PYO blueberries still look like mid June.
Yes the strawberry field is open Monday-Saturday unless otherwise posted. The field looks good and the berries are geting sweeter with the warmer sunny days. We are thinking that we may have a day we stay open longer so some of you can get here after your regular work hours. A day in the middle of the week appears likely. It will be announced.
Garden peas, snow peas , kale and greens are looking good. Organic lettuce, salanova ( a new type of bagged lettuce), organic broccoli, ,cabbage, chard look good as well. It may be wise to call ahead for the organic veggies so we can hold your order.
Now, don't get too excited but the squash is getting close to being ready.
Don't worry they are good no matter what you call them!
The season is still young. The plants are unstressed , blooming and have lots of green fruit. The weather has been the hardest part of this year's crop. There is a an abundance of fruit. If the weather doesn't turn sharply into extreme heat we should have fruit throughout the month.
The fields will open every day Monday through Saturday weather permitting. Thanks, Sam
The Strawberry Field will be closed Monday but we hope to open Tuesday at 8 AM.
Thank you all for being patient last week with the berries needing to ripen. Thank you for being pleasant and good pickers Saturday with so many people coming and going.
The field is really affected by this unsesaonable weather. Due to the slow ripening we will close the field at noon Wednesday and give the berries more time to ripen. We plan to be open Saturday and will see about Friday?
We do have plenty of berries at the market.