A huge heartfelt thanks to all of you who have filled out request forms, waited for my e-mail response, and then pre-paid your fruit order to guarantee your appointment. The new system IS working (albeit with a few glitches), and I so appreciate all of the behind the scenes suggestions to help make the process more clear. We are all engaged in a learning curve currently - a real sign of the times we are living in!
Friday, July 3rd looks to be a very busy morning with 1 hr. appointments now completely booked. Saturday, July 4th, Sunday, July 5th and Monday, July 6th appointments are still available so I would recommend that you try and book now on these days. My daughter rebuilt the calendar this morning so you can more easily see what is currently available.
We are almost there. The crop is huge and the fruit is glorious. I look forward to seeing you all this coming weekend. Please remember that masks are required to enter the field and must be worn at all times.
The Spartan crop is finally ready and will be available next weekend by appointment. Please read the Scheduling page and the Covid 19 page to learn about the new protocols for this year. The fruit looks amazing and I am proud to again make it available to you. Remember that you must have an appointment that is confirmed by pre-payment and a mask to enter the filed. All instructions are on the web site on the Scheduling and Covid-19 pages.
I just launched the Covid-19 page this morning and ask that you please read it carefully. I will not launch the Scheduling page until I am sure the fruit will be ready and abundant. The bushes are still very green and although the crop has loved the cooler temperatures and rain of this past month, it now needs lots of sunshine to ripen fully. My best guess is that I will open the weekend of July 3rd.
Please stay tuned. If there is enough ripe fruit for 1 or 2 days next weekend I will open the field. Since you are prepaying your orders this year, I am committed to making sure you have the best quality fruit while you pick.
Be well and stay safe! We are almost there...
We are busy at Hillside Blueberries updating the website and readying our field for the 2020 season! Please stay tuned and look for our new "Scheduling" and "Coronavirus Protocol" pages to launch mid June.
January saw all 14 rows pruned, mowing began in earnest mid March, irrigation lines were repaired and tested in April as the bees arrived to pollinate, and gopher trapping and hand weeding consumed most of May.
The crop is still growing and, with cooler temperatures, has not yet begun to turn blue. I am still aiming for the typical late June/early July opening but can only announce when Mother Nature has completed her magic and the fruit is ripe and ready for you.
Thank you for all of your notes of support and offers of help. They have meant more to me than you will ever know!
Thank you to all of the pickers who have come out this year! We are so glad you came. We are picked out. Please check the website in the following days for updates to the Gallery page. Find yourself in our fields! We look forward to seeing you again in 2020.
Hillside Blueberries will open after the morning rain today, 8/2/2019. Please feel free to come as soon as the rain stops. We may be open extended hours today for pickers delayed by the rain.
thanks to the lovely sunshine of the last few days. You should have a wonderful selection of ripe fruit ready for you this coming weekend! Remember that Cornelius Pass Rd. is now closed for the remainder of the 2019 season so access to Hillside is from Germantown Rd. to Kaiser Rd. all the way to last driveway on the left.
Warmer temperatures are on the way and the coming weekend looks perfect for berry picking. Cornelius Pass Rd will still be open - closing July 22nd through September 2019. Please see the "Contact Us" page for alternate directions to Hillside for the remainder of the season.
I have just finished mowing the rows and the Spartans look fabulous for this weekend. Come early for the best selection of fruit. The Nelsons should be ready to open in another week. Hope to see you!
How thrilling to see each and every one of you this past weekend for my season opener! A huge thanks for such great picking as you took the top fruit so carefully off the bushes. Cooler temperatures are bringing on the fruit this year in stages. With energy now to bring on the bottom fruit, the warmer temperatures from Thursday on should be just what the Spartans need to be ready for you. I am so looking forward to another weekend of treasured faces!