I will only have enough ripe fruit to be open on Saturday with shortened hours. Please note the 7:30 to 10:30 am schedule and come early for the best fruit selection. The field still has beautiful Spartan fruit but you will need to walk bush to bush to get the last of them. There are many berries still on the Nelson bushes and they are coming on a little more each and every day. I suspect this will be my closing day so come and enjoy the last of the Hillside fruit for this year.
I am completely picked out of ripened fruit so I must close tomorrow and give the field time to rest and ripen up what is left. I will announce closing day/days when I walk the rows mid week. My apologies for the inconvenience. It has been a very strange year indeed.
I have just come in from my morning walk in the rows. The Nelson fruit is coming on fast now and is absolutely beautiful in spite of suffering some sun damage in places. Mother Nature is indeed miraculous and has healed much with her wisdom and our continuing watering.
There are still some just ripe Spartans waiting to be picked too so I hope to see many of you this coming weekend for some fun and productive blueberry picking.
I just walked the rows this morning and it looks like I have lots of first Nelson fruit ripe and ready for picking this coming weekend. The last of the Spartan fruit is ripening quickly so that will be ready as well although there is not a huge quantity left. Hope to see you soon!
The field was completely picked out of ripened fruit today so I will have to close for July 4th to let the bushes rest for next weekend. I will only have enough fruit to open one day next weekend so mark Saturday, July 10th for your last Spartan opportunity. I will open the Nelson rows the following weekend if they remain on schedule. They are a much bigger crop so you should have many more opportunities to pick when they come on. My apologies for the sporadic first few weeks but the extreme heat really took it's toll. Wishing you all a wonderful holiday and look forward to seeing your bright and shining faces again soon!
A huge thank you to everyone who came out this morning on opening day. How wonderful to see so many familiar and treasured faces and to get to share the bounty of another year of Spartans with you. A great deal of fruit was picked today and if tomorrow is as busy, I may well have to close on July 4th. I promise to post tomorrow afternoon after I walk the rows. Between the heat of last weekend and a smaller crop this year, I want to make sure you have the best quality fruit when you arrive to pick.
Mowing and watering have continued in earnest as the Pacific Northwest has been dealing with extreme temperatures. Opening weekend is looking fabulous for berry picking. Please remember that your berries prefer to be picked in the early morning and plan accordingly.
Since the Spartans are in high demand and the crop is a little smaller this year, I ask that you check either voice mail or the web site to make sure that I still have fruit as the weekend progresses. I will update both daily.
And we are off for another summer of blueberry fun at Hillside!
We have been very busy readying for another blueberry season at Hillside. The bushes were all pruned again this past January, new sawdust was spread on all rows in May, and hand weeding continues to insure that you are still picking the safest fruit I can provide to you and your families. I am just seeing the very first signs of blue in the Spartan rows now, so stay tuned. The weather has been all over the place and we will indeed need some constant sunshine to open.
Mother Nature, as you all know, decides when the fruit will be ready to sell. My guess is July 4th weekend.
Saturday, August 8th will be my last official picking day this year. I still have lots of beautiful Nelson fruit so if you are wanting Hillside berries this will be your last chance to pick this summer.
Many thanks to all of you who have ventured out for 2020 blueberry fun! So many of your faces are now posted on the gallery page and continue to make me smile.
Until we meet again, best wishes to each of you. Stay safe, be well and practice kindness often.
Whatever is not picked this weekend will be gleaned next week for the Oregon Food Bank.