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The blueberry field will be open from 8 am to 9am Monday morning. This is the first picking and is on a short time frame. We need to have the best quality berries we can so we don't want to over pick fruit that looks blue but needs to reach their full potential. The price is 2.30 / pound. We will be in the field closest to the market. Doug will be at the field cart. The next PYO date should be sometime this week so keep posted.
It has been quite an adventure this year. The strawberry crop has been off for everyone but especially so for us. We miss PYO very much and one reason is there are some of you that we see about once a week during the strawberry season. Naturally we miss the needed income as well. For the second year Spring has been pushed further into summer. The rain kept up keeping planting off schedule. We have worked to get the tomatoes set out and they look good so far.
Thinking of rain and water, this year we aimed at getting the watermelons ready before July . They are out and have a good start. We have planted more seedless melons and added some new varieties. We even planted some Charleston grays. This is a variety that has a rich history in this area. It was a watermelon that my grandfather was very fond of. My grandfather was known for his watermelons. We still have more plantings of tomatoes /peppers, beans,squash & cukes and melons to go yet.
Meanwhile, the organic broccoli, kale, and kohlrabi are looking real good. The cabbage is coming along and we could be cutting some by the end of the week. The potato crop looks very interesting. I don't have time to take pictures but there have many times I wish I could. The organic potato crop looks fantastic. If you want organic vegetables please email or call so we can hold your order. Most organic production is going to Myrtle's Market where people are asking for it.
So we will have to keep on the sunny side. There are some good things coming up, literally!
It has been a testy spring but many things are beginning to brighten up. The strawberries are beginning to get more volume. This means there are more at the market. PYO is still uncertain. There was considerable deer damage done in late December that has this year's crop way off the norm.
Now is the time for kohlrabi, kale, green onions, garden peas. Other cool season crops will be joining these a later. We are growing tomatoes, watermelons ,corn, squash, beans, cucumbers and more. The blueberries are looking very good this year.
We are picking some strawberries for the market. We have considerable set back on the Pick Your own field due to December deer damage. We are having to wait to see how the crop responds. Unfortunately, this means for us PYO will be late this year. In 34 years of growing strawberries we have never had to face this kind of challenge. Please bear with us. We have strawberries at the market. Our greens are really benefiting from this weather! We have some great kale right now. The lettuce and Kohlrabi are right behind it. Broccoli and cabbage are right around the corner.
Organically, the strawberries are really pretty. The lettuce is in it's prime. Green onions are available. A few mushrooms are coming in, a little dandelion maturing, radishes are not far off. Kale, broccoli, kohlrabi are coming soon. If you are interested in organic produce it is best that you set up a time for pick up and let us hold it for you. Thanks.
Happy long awaited Spring! I find it hard to express just how glad I am to have Spring weather. Many of you have asked when are we opening and when will the strawberries be ripe. I have been slow to answer because I don't want to tell you something that may be misleading.
Opening most likely before the end of this coming week. Still not exactly certain. Things are behind in the field and we would want more to offer but some of the crops are getting there.
Strawberries are really behind. We will have some likely first week in April but PYO will definitely be later this year. My hope is that this weather will provide some compensation.
Thanks for your patience and for wanting to support us. It is important to us that we not just be a business that sells but actually serves you in ways that are meaningful and good.
We wish you a Merry Christmas and to let you know that the market will close at 1:00 pm Tuesday. We will open back up in 2015 closer to February. During this time we are asking that you call if you want some items from the farm.