2015 Is Upon Us

Greetings from Hope Fruit and Berry Farm, as we look back at 2014, which has come and gone.  It was a good year and we are grateful to Almighty God for His blessings. All but two varieties of peach tree blooms were frozen in March and April.   We struggled with much rain in April – over 10 inches fell between April 4 to April 7. In June we had more rain than usual. Around the 4th of July we had temperatures as low as 58 degrees. We ended up the year with 9 inches of rain between December 15 and December 28. So what do we say? God was so good and we praise Him.

Our little community get-together at the farm this year was good, but some in the community had passed into the presence of Holy God and others had moved away. We certainly missed them. Our family of eight grandchildren, two daughters, son, and their husbands and wife had a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner, at which the old man ate too much food.  We also had  wonderful Christmas at the farm, as we celebrated the birth of our Savior and opened presents. What a joy to see the kids’ facial expressions, and some of us old folks had joyful facial expressions, too.

We look forward to 2015 and all the work that needs to be done in preparation for our Lord  to grow fruit and berries for your enjoyment and education when you visit the farm. We look forward to your visits, as you all bless us with your presence. We also look forward to taking the jams, pickles, apple butter, bread, fruit, and berries to markets at High Street in Jackson and at Clinton. Our final market last year, as has been the tradition for a number of years, was the Holiday Bazaar in Starkville. We look forward to that event each December.

Our prayer is that you have a blessed year in 2015.

– From all the crew at Hope Fruit and Berry Farm

Pointers for Farm Visitors

mmmWe want you to enjoy your experience at the farm. It does get warm working in the sun, so be sure to bring sunscreen and a hat. We do have cold water and a restroom available. Always feel free to pack a snack or a picnic lunch. We will provide buckets for you to use as you gather fresh berries. If you want to bring containers to haul your fruit home, you are welcome to do so. To make the experience enjoyable for other U-pickers and their children, we respectfully ask that you not bring pets with you to the fields. While we often think of farm life as idyllic, please remember that there are certain hazards inherent to the country life. As you are walking through the fields, be mindful of holes in the ground. We try to keep them filled as well as possible, but often times roots rot out or animals dig, creating holes we may have missed. In addition, critters are all around us, and while it may be fun to spot rabbits frolicking amongst the plants, fire ants and wasps are not nearly as cute. We offer these warnings not to scare you, but simply to caution you to always be aware. We want you to be prepared with as much information as possible to make your visit as pleasant as possible.

 

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