Spring Update

It is supposed to be spring here at Hope Fruit and Berry Farm, but is it? Temperatures seem to be close to right for this time of year but here at the farm we had a frost on April 16. Temperatures went down to 32 degrees. Mississippi State Extension tells us that frost can be expected as late as April 15. We’ve had warm days and cool to cold days all spring. And rain recorded this year by today, April 26, here at Hope Fruit is 32 inches. Rainfall in April has been 10 inches so far.

All peach blooms were killed by frost so we won’t have any peaches.

We have many green blueberries and they are thriving. We should have many blueberries. But in 2017 much rain fell on the blueberries at the time of ripening. As a result the falling rain knocked off the berries off the bush and about ½ the crop was destroyed.

A quick walk through our few apple tree trees on April 25 I observed many small apples.

Since muscadines bloom later than the other berries we’ll have to wait to determine if they were hurt by frost.

We have very few blackberries. That is because I as grower have not had the time to properly get the weeds killed. So I must take responsibility for that.

I am so very grateful to all of you wonderful folks who have inquired about the status of berries and fruit. I am grateful to Holy God for you. As I think and say at times, “We take what our God gives us and praise Him.”

My hope is that you are truly blessed and have a wonderful 2018.

In Him,

Dewey Wise

P.S. Our ripening date has been between the last week in May and the middle of June for blueberries. That might be helpful to you.

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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