Going, Going, Gone

To all the folks who picked blueberries at the farm this spring and summer, we thank you. To all of you who called, but did not come to pick, we thank you. To those who read our website and were unable to come to pick blueberries, we thank you.

Why do we thank you? You are very dear people, most gracious and kind.

This has been a very difficult year for fruit and berries at the farm. The warm winter and spring hurt apples, peaches, and even blueberries. Some did not bloom and some bloomed improperly. One apple tree has blooms even now in the middle of July. There are no peaches this year, and we are not sure about any apples. As for our blueberries, the Brightwell variety became confused and grew little to no leaves but many, many berries. Thus the berries had no food (lack of leaves) to develop and ripen properly. Blackberries have not developed.

The other issue this spring and even here in July is rain. We have had 50 inches of rain from January 1 to the middle of July. In June, the busiest time for blueberry picking, approximately two-thirds of the ripe berries were knocked off the bushes by rain, and many berries became water logged and decayed on the bush.

But it appears we will have many muscadines in late August.

If it sounds like we’re complaining about our crops, we are not. Our almighty God is in charge of the weather, and we are thankful for what we get. I have always had great admiration for farmers. I have seen them endure what ever comes their way while being grateful to Him. Very few of us in hard times today are grateful.

Wonderful friends, and that means all of you, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your kind words and good attitude. You are very special.

May our holy God bless you in all your endeavors and comfort you in your sorrows.

The Folks 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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