It's finally here! The 2016 Blueberry season has begun. There are a lot of great berries again this year so you won't be disappointed. Seems the wet, cool spring and early summer have been a benefit to the ripening process. The farm will be officially open MONDAY JUNE 6 from 7:30 until 12 noon. With all the recent rains conditions might be a little damp. Can't wait to see you all at the farm.
Regular farm hours: M-W-F 7:30 - 12 Tue & Thur evenings from 5-8pm
Pricing: $3.05/lb U-pick $5.05/lb We-pick
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How many pounds in a gallon? About 5 pounds How much is a pound of berries? About 3 cups How many pounds will a bucket hold? Filled full a bucket will be about 5 pounds.
Do blueberries get sweeter after you pick them? No. How long will frozen berries keep? Up to a year. How long will fresh berries keep? 7-10 days in the refrigerator in a closed container. Dry berries keep longer.
How long will you have berries? This is hard to answer since there are variables that affect the length of the season. Mid July is a good estimate.
Why do you close the farm when your schedule says you would normally be open? Heavy customer turn out means there are more ripe berries taken off the field. The berries that remain need time to ripen and this takes a few days. We evaluate the field after each business day to determine if there are enough berries for picking the next day. If not, we close the farm.We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience.
PICKING--what you need to know
To make your berry picking experience more enjoyable here are a few tips to keep in mind.
We provide buckets with plastic liners.
Good pickers always pick a bush clean of ripe berries before moving to the next bush.
Two handed picking is most productive. Tie your bucket to your waist with string or through a belt. Pick with one hand, rolling the berries off the stems, place your free hand under the cluster to catch any that fall.
Bring your bucket to the office and we'll label it and put it in the cooler while you continue to pick.
Be courteous of other pickers. If someone is already picking on a bush please choose another bush to pick.
We will have some rows closed to allow the berries to ripen. Please pick only on the rows that are open. Closed rows will be marked. Thank you for your cooperation.
Storing Your Berries
When you get your berries home it's important to know how to store them.
Washing: Don't wash your berries until you are ready to use them. Moisture causes more rapid deterioration.
Cleaning: sort through the berries to remove any stems, leaves, and damaged berries soon after you get them home.
Refrigerator: fresh berries will last about a week in the refrigerator in a closed container.
Freezing: After sorting and cleaning the berries you can bag them in freezer bags and freeze. We found that berries frozen this way will not stick together. If you want to wash them before freezing them just be sure to drain them well before bagging and freezing.