The heat of the next few days will surely take whatever little fruit is left so after walking the rows this morning I have decided to close for the year. A huge thanks to everyone for another wonderful season!
We had lots of new faces in the field last weekend and we moved a lot of fruit. Please be sure to come early in the morning for the best selection of each variety. It is also more enjoyable picking in the cooler temperatures. The entire field is now in full sun by 9:30 am. Since we have had no rain the parking area can be quite dusty. Please move slowly through there and remember your take home containers.
Hillside delighted in another wonderful Oregon summer weekend for berry picking. I so enjoyed visiting with all of the regulars and meeting those of you new to my field! Most of the really ripe Spartans were gone by Saturday but a great deal of fruit is still coming on. The Spartan rows will be ready for picking again by next Friday. The Nelson rows are ready now and will be absolutely perfect with another 5 days of sunshine. Get here early for best selection of both varieties and please remember your take home containers.
I will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning, July 14th, 15th and 16th from 7:30 to 11:00 am as long as my ripe fruit lasts. Please check my voice mail or the web site "Weekly Update" before coming out. I can not predict how many folks will show on any given day so if I am picked out I will close. The Nelsons are beginning to turn now and should be ready for picking the following weekend.
Today was the largest season opener I have ever experienced. I receipted 88 people and moved a thousand pounds of ripe Spartans. There is a lot of under fruit still but it now needs time to ripen. Picking will be limited this Sunday but should return to normal next week with the anticipated hot weather. Many thanks to all who came today for your patience with checking out and your creativity with parking. We are off to another fun filled season of blueberry picking. It was great to see so many familiar faces and welcome to all of the new folks that have found our little spot of heaven.
A perfect blueberry picking week is ahead! Hope to see everyone for the first of the spartan crop. The berries are huge, sweet and ready to fill your bodies and freezers.
After walking the rows yesterday and pondering the predicted cooler temperatures this coming week, I have decided to hold off until July 4th to open. There is a lot of top fruit ripening now but it will be better as it sets more sugar. Looking forward to seeing everyone soon. Please remember to bring your take home containers. Hours will be 7:30 to 11 am.
I walked the rows yesterday and slowly but surely the berries are beginning to turn. The bushes are loaded with fruit and with the much anticipated sunshine to help set sugars and ripen berries, we should be ready to open shortly. I will begin to update weekly now so please refer to this page for the most current field information. Another fun filled few months of delicious blueberry picking is just around the corner!
We are anxiously waiting for Mother Nature to catch up from the ravages of this past winter. We at Hillside Blueberries have been hard at work though, spreading 11 units of saw dust, pruning and building all new irrigation lines in anticipation of another wonderful berry season. All we need now is continued sunshine to bring on fruit formation and ripening and I will then have a better idea of our season opening date. Stay tuned... I am so looking forward to seeing all of you again soon!