End of the Summer Season

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Summer is over at Hope Fruit and Berry Farm. Blueberries and peaches are gone for 2014. A few apples need to ripen on the trees and muscadines look good for ripening around Labor Day. To say the least, this has been a most unusual year. We had a very cold winter. We had freezing temperatures in the mid to high 20′s as late as April, and on the night of January 6 we had a low temperature of 7 degrees. On January 29, it went even lower — to 5 degrees. Needless to say, we had freeze damage to the early peaches, but little damage to blueberries. However, the blueberries became confused about when to ripen. Then in May, June and July the rains came. From the middle of May to the middle of July, the Lord’s heavens dropped 12 inches of rain on the blueberries, peaches, and apples. This caused cracking in all the fruit. In addition to cracking, many blueberries were knocked off their bushes. So what can we say other than “Thank you Lord for what you give us.”

We cannot expess in words our appreciation to you who called or came to the farm to pick blueberries. Our thanks to you is beyond expressing in human terms. The joy that you bring with your presence is unspeakable. You blessed our little farm with your presence, your children, and such wonderful attitudes. And oh the joy of children being able to pick and see God’s wonderful creation. THANK YOU!

Our muscadine vines are full but the exact dates of ripening we do not know. Somewhere around the last of August or first of September looks like a good estimate for now.

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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