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Blueberry update June 19!
Monday morning the blueberry field will be open from 8 am to 10:30 am.
We have had to go a little slow with pick your own in efforts to get depth of ripe fruit in the field. You should find some really nice ripe fruit now. At the same time you should find less ripe fruit which may be blue but not plump and full. Try to leave that for another time. The quality of fruit will be much better.
It is important that when you pick you be careful to not knock off berries that will end up on the ground. Conditions are right for that to be a concern for this picking. We will be picking Climax and Premier varieties.
The blackberry field may not be open Monday but you can ask in case the supply allows it.
Please bring something to put your berries in after picking. We look forward to seeing you!
The blueberry field needs a little more time. Next pick your own will likely be early next week. Please keep posted or call before you come out so you don't get here expecting to pick when the field is not open. There are a lot of berreis but they need to ripen. Thanks
Blueberry field will be open Wednesday June 15, 8 m to 9:30 am. The next open date will likely be this Friday or Saturday so watch closely.
If you are interested in Organic potatoes, squash or cucmbers now is a good time. Please call or email ahead in order to set some aside for you.
The peaches have been good. The Ruby Prince variety has been very sweet as it ripened. The Red Haven peaches will begin this later this week. They are freestone peaches. All our peaches from that point forward will be freestone peaches.
Heirloom tomatoes are beginning to come off the farm now! The beans continue to be good.
Warmer weather beans such as the limas and field peas are beginning as well.
I am very glad to see watermelons and cantaloupes getting some size. It should not be too long before we have our own.
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.
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.
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.
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 or910-287-6794) or email.
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.
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.
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