To all of you who have supported me these many years, my heartfelt thanks for all of the memories we have made together in the blueberry bushes. You have enriched my life and I will always treasure the chats we have had, watching your families grow, and the sweet presence/presents you have brought to the land. The property will soon be on the market in hopes of finding the perfect person/family to steward it into it's next chapter of "feeding" people. It has been a joy to see all of you again this summer. Thank you, thank you for helping me to keep Ralph's memory alive.
I walked the rows yesterday morning and the Nelsons are ready to open this weekend. They will be available to you starting Friday, July 22nd which looks to be a great picking day weather wise. The crop is gigantic and making up for last year when the 3 day heat wave took most of it. There are still some yummy Spartan berries to be had too. We will be ready for you!
To all of you that wanted fruit last Saturday and Sunday, my apologies for having to close the field. The Spartan bushes were so heavily picked on Friday that I simply did not have enough ripe fruit to offer the public. There will be lots of fruit for you this next weekend I promise. The last of the Spartans will be ripe and sweet and the Nelson rows should be ready to open Saturday or Sunday.
Many thanks to all of you who came today for our season opener. We hope you are enjoying your fruit and want to say how much we appreciated your patience with the many cars and slower than usual check out times. It was wonderful to welcome so many new customers and also to say hello again to all of you who have come for many years. We look forward to serving you again soon!
We have been busy putting finishing touches on all of the rows and annual set up is underway. Finally, the top fruit of the Spartans berries have ripened and I have decided to open next Sunday. Picking will be sporadic as there is still a great deal of green fruit but what is ripe is big, beautiful and really delicious.
Looking forward to kicking off my last summer with all of you!
What a truly cold and wet spring this has been for blueberries. I have just seen the first blush of blue when mowing yesterday so my guess is that we are about 2 weeks away from opening. The berries will blue up first and then set their sugars and this takes lots of sunshine. Many thanks for your patience as we wait for Mother Nature to do her thing. After the coming weekend high temperatures I promise to post some photos of the fruit.
I am finally selling the farm and this will be my last season with you. As long as I can continue to keep the elk herd - now at 80 - and the deer away, I plan to run one more season to tell everyone goodbye.
Pruning occurred as usual in January, irrigation lines were repaired and checked last weekend and hand weeding continues as we get ready to welcome you all one last time. Please stay tuned as we wait yet again for MotherNature to work her magic.
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.