Tuesday, July 20, 2010

CLOSED for the season......

We are sorry to disappoint those of you who were planning to come out later this week and pick but your picking experience would be highly unpleasant.

Right now there are an abundance of critters flocking to get the remaining berries.

This is a Green June Beetle and NO that is not my hand holding it.  On my  "100 Creatures that I Adore" list these rank at number 879.  I understand that they have their place in the food chain but it bothers me that when it comes to blueberries I have to compete with them.  But apparently blueberries are one of their favorite foods because they are all over the bushes.  I hold the belief that sucking blueberry juice intoxicates these beetles because when they try to fly away, which they do as soon as you disturb the branches, they fly like Otis Campbell is at the controls.  This means that they will usually hit you in the face, head, legs or feet.  They may end up in your hair or worse yet, your shirt!  All of these factors make picking less than fun.  They have relatives that have joined them.
The Japanese beetles have landed as well. 
Did you know that in your home garden you can hand pick these beetles (wear gloves because they feel creepy when you touch them) into a bucket of water.  If you check your plants early in the morning or late in the evening you'll find them lounging on the edges of the leaves.  They are lazy at these times of day and won't fly away when you reach for them.  After you get them in the water you can feed them to your chickens, if you have any, and they'll thank you profusely! If not, just dump them out and squish them!

We want to thank each of you who came out to the farm this year.  It's always fun getting to know our customers.  We appreciate each of you and look forward to seeing you next year.

We do have a limited number of frozen berries that we'll sell on a first come basis.  Call 540-0866 to reserve some and get an appointment for pick up. 

In the meantime we are going to be making some blueberry recipes and blogging about it here so check in when you can and see what's cookin'.  We'll keep you up-to-date on what's happening at the farm as well.

Have a great summer!

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