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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.

Posted 4/24/2011 3:05pm by Sam Bellamy.

Special Feature this Saturday, April 30th

   Cathy Perry will be at the farm demonstrating her skills spinning and available to talk about dyeing, dye plants, indigo and its history. Please come and take advantage of this really neat opportunity from 11 am to 2 pm.

                              Cathy Perry

Strawberry fields will
open this week, April 24-30th. See blog update ( APRIL 24) for details.

Posted 4/24/2011 2:50pm by Sam Bellamy.

Strawberry update, April 24- 30

 

 

 The fields are really productive and now is the time for picking. The fields should be open Monday through Saturday.

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.

Posted 4/17/2011 5:55pm by Sam Bellamy.


                           Yep, they are good!
                     Strawberry Time for Real!!!

It is here! The berries are really nice. The picking is easy and the berries are plentiful. That means it is time for strawberry shortcake, milkshakes, pies, jams, dipping strawberries and more.

You can spread some cheer as well by giving some berries to someone who can’t get out.

So don’t delay, come pick while the picking is good! Please help spread the word or bring your friends. The fields should be open every day this week except Sunday. We encourage you to come in the mornings if possible. If you can't come until after work, please call us we are trying to find a way to accomodate that need. Also, it would help so much to bring something to put your berries in after picking. Thanks, we hope to see you!





Posted 4/11/2011 5:14am by Sam Bellamy.
 The strawberry fields should be open Monday through Saturday this week. If it looks like rain call before coming to make sure. The numbers to call are 843-399-6902 or 910-287-6794. The fruit really ripened well over the weekend.
   The price per pound is $1.20. Please bring a box or container to take your berries home in.
Don't forget to check out the asparagus and other farm vegetables. This is prime asparagus month.
Posted 4/7/2011 6:25pm by Sam Bellamy.
The strawberry field will be open Friday morning at 8 Am. This is the first picking so we are not certain if we will be picking in the afternoon. It is best to call about 11-11:30 and ask about the noon picking. We are planning to pick Saturday morning depending on how the field looks. Next week we should be open as well. So please keep checking the web site since updates will be more frequent from now on. Thanks, hope to find a blossom smiling at you! Sam
Posted 3/29/2011 3:55pm by Gray Bellamy.

Our geraniums, ferns and assorted flowering hanging baskets have arrived. We have several  colors of geraniums, ranging from red to lavender. Calliope red is extremely popular because of it's intense red color and it's heat tolerance.

  GERANIUM PRICES:          

10" Hanging Baskets $16.69        10" Standing Pots $16.69   

6.5" Standing Pots $8.99

FERNS 10"Hanging $17.99 

ASSORTED 10" Hanging Baskets $15.99    

Also, Some of our annuals and perennials are ready for sale. They can be purchased by the flat or individual 4 and 6 packs. Prices will vary, depending on size and variety.

If you're interested in purchasing large quantities of a particular plant, please call ahead to check availability.

                       

        

 

 

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The vibrant colors of these flowers we picked seem to brighten every day, as well as the smells of freshly picked basil! We're getting some excellent peaches right now. The Muscadine grape season is getting started. Summer favorites are still in season, including okra, melons, beans, and peas.  

The Produce Market is open 9:00 - 5:00 Monday - Saturday. We are at the Myrtle Beach Market on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 9:00 - 3:00. The Market at the  Culinary Institute is on Thursdays from 1:00 - 6:00. 

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