Winter Weather

high-lowIt has often been said that if you don’t like the weather in Mississippi, you can wait a day… it will change. In the last few weeks, we have had highs in the mid-70′s, and we have had highs that didn’t make it above freezing. During this last week of January, we had several inches of snow and another lengthy stretch of cold weather. The photo to the left is a high-low thermometer here on the farm. Earlier this week, we had a low temperature of 4 degrees, and a high of only 30 degrees. That is cold by Mississippi standards!

Here at Hope Fruit and Berry Farm our season of fresh fruit and berries has ended. We are very grateful that God sent you our way this year. You were not only a customer but became our friend. This is true of you folks who came to the farm to buy what we had picked or to pick for yourself. And in being grateful we dare not leave out any and all who visited us at the Mississippi Farmers Market in Jackson and Livingston Farmers Market in Madison. You were a joy to meet. We could leave the market each day knowing we had a new friend.

We wish you a safe and healthy 2014. As always, you can keep in touch with us through our website calendar or through Facebook. And we are available as always by phone.

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 me 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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