HONEYCRISP, CORTLAND & MACOUN NOW READY

Apples are ripening sooner than we expected – so we now have Honeycrisp, Cortland and Macoun ready to pick as well as Macintosh, Gala and some remaining Ginger Gold.

The newly ripe varieties are down the hill – look at the orchard map – follow the blue tape.  Lots of good fruit – pick the red ones – leave the others to ripen next week.

Cider is available now – donuts will be here Saturday and Sunday.

Look forward to seeing you!!

 

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OPEN TOMORROW, SATURDAY & SUNDAY

We start our regular season tomorrow Friday September 7.   Open days will be Tuesday thru Sunday 9:00 to 5:30 – closed Mondays.

Ginger Gold, Gala and Macintosh will be available for picking.   Ginger Golds are the ripest apples, followed by the Galas (pick the reddest ones).    There are plenty of Macintosh – they will be on the tart side – our northern apples don’t ripen well in the hot weather.  Fruit will be riper next weekend.

Early apple weekend customers picked almost all of the Zestars and Sansas.  Honeycrisp are ripening slowly – they will likely start after Sept 16 – I will keep you posted.

If the weather forecast is correct, it will be cooler this weekend.  There will be cider AND donuts on Saturday and Sunday.  New scales are working well for folks bringing their own bags.

Come see us !!

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MAKING IT EASIER TO BRING YOUR OWN BAGS

We have purchased two good platform scales (see picture) to make it easier for customers who want to reduce the use of plastic bags by bringing their own reusable bags.  There will be a $.25 discount for each customer supplied bag – way better than $.05 at the grocery store!

We will weigh fruit in customer supplied bags (and our bags when part full) – $1.10 per pound 1 to 20 pounds, $.90 per pound over 20 pounds –  equivalent to our by the bag prices.

We will continue to sell fruit in our bags at the per bag prices to minimize check out time – especially for customers with lots of bags.

If you have lots of reusable grocery bags, please feel free to bring them.

 Most grocery bags are larger than our 1/2 bushel bags – this one weighs 27 pounds when full.

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LOOKING GOOD FOR EARLY APPLE WEEKEND SEPT 1 & 2

Looks like the heat wave is breaking – forecast Saturday Sept 1 is sunny with high of 73 – Sunday will be warmer with possible showers.

So come this weekend to get some Zestars and Ginger Golds at their prime.  You can see in the pictures that they are ripening well and the rain has helped them grow.

We will have cider and Mrs. Murphy’s donuts on both Saturday and Sunday – sometimes they run out, sometime not.

Help us start another harvest!!

 

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EARLY APPLE WEEKEND SAT SEPT 1 & SUN SEPT 2

As you can see in the photo, the Zestars are beginning to color up.  They will be ready  to pick on early apple weekend  Saturday September 1 and Sunday September 2.  We expect the yellow Ginger Golds to be ready as well.  The crop over all looks very good for most varieties with good size due to all the rain.

Zestars usually sell out on this first weekend.  They are a great eating and pie apple – the spicy taste comes thru and they stay firm.  We make our pies with them.

Not sure yet whether  we will have cider and donuts on the first weekend, but I will post early next week when I can confirm.

We will be closed Monday Sept 3 thru Thursday Sept 6 and then reopen for our regular Tuesday thru Sunday – closed Monday’s schedule.

Come help us kick off another harvest!!

 

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RASPBERRY PICKING IS DONE – APPLES ARE GROWING WELL

Our raspberry picking season is over.  A lot of good folks picked most of the berries – the turkeys and the chipmunks will enjoy the rest.

The four inches of rain this week battered some of the berries, but will help get much better size on the apples.  The pictures show Zestars which will start on early apple weekend   – probably Sept 1 & 2  and Honeycrisp which will start later in September.

Thanks for making the berry harvest a good one and put us on your calendar for the fall.

 

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LAST TWO DAYS FOR RASPBERRY PICKING

Saturday July 28 and Sunday July 29 will be the last two days for raspberry picking.

You will find good berries as well as some that show the effects of all  the (much needed) rain.  I think the Nova’s are best, but you can find good fruit in the Boyne’s as well.  Royalty (purple) are also ripe.

The apple crop is growing well and the rain will help get better sized fruit after the very dry summer so far.

Last chance to stock the freezer.

 

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FINAL WEEKEND FOR RASPBERRY PICKING

We will be open tomorrow Thursday July 26, closed Friday and back open on Saturday and Sunday.

There will be good berries upper and lower fields – some wear and tear from the rain, but we needed the rain.

Sunday will be our last day for raspberry picking.  Get those you need for your freezer.

 

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RASPBERRY PICKING SCHEDULE FOR JULY 23 WEEK

We will be open tomorrow Tuesday July 24, closed Wednesday the 25’th and back open Thursday the 26’th.

There will be good picking especially on the Nova’s in the lower field.  The late ripening Royalty (purple) is ripening as well.

It looks like it will be a damp week, but we do need the rain – 2.1 inches today already.  This schedule will give time for more berries to ripen.

Time to stock the freezer to enjoy the berries in the winter!!

 

PEAK PICKING WEEKEND

Closed tomorrow Friday July 20 for more berries to ripen.  Then open Saturday July 21 and Sunday July 22.

There will be good berry picking in the three rows of Boyne berries in upper field.  Best picking (largest berries) will be in the lower field with seven rows of Nova berries.  You have to bend to reach berries in the four new rows, but they are the largest.

We will be closed Monday July 23.  Rain forecast for several days next week, so schedule  is not yet set.  This will probably be our last week.

Berries and the view will both be good.

 

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UPDATED PICKING SCHEDULE

We were glad to get over 1/2 inch of rain today, but our customer (singular) today did not pick all the berries, so new plan is to be open tomorrow  Wednesday July 18 AND Thursday July 19.

We will close Friday July 20 and be back open Saturday July 21 and Sunday July 22.

Come liberate some berries!!

COME EARLY TOMORROW

Picking will be good tomorrow (Tuesday July 17) – weather forecast is for rain later in the day, so come early.

Unless we get washed out completely, we will then be closed Wednesday and back open Thursday.

Come see us – season will wind up by (or before) the end of July.

LOTS OF GOOD RASPBERRIES

There are plenty of good raspberries.  Come get them today – Tuesday looks like rain.

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VERY GOOD PICKING SATURDAY JULY 14

Following our new schedule we will be open at 9:00  tomorrow Saturday July 14 and Sunday July 15.   Picking  will be very good at the start of the weekend as more berries have ripened.

Picking will start tomorrow also for tart cherries – between the birds and the dry weather, the crop is small, so best to come this weekend if you can.

Berry season always winds up in late July, so don’t wait too long.

 

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UPDATE FOR THURSDAY JULY 12

Picking will be good tomorrow morning (July 12) and will probably be moderate later in the day as more people pick.  Following our new schedule, we will be closed Friday and back open Saturday.

Cherries will start Saturday – relatively small crop, so between the Cedar Waxwings and the customers, they will not be available too long.

Help us get the crop picked.

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FUTURE PICKING SCHEDULE

We will be open as planned tomorrow Tuesday July 10.  We saw a lot of good folks on Sunday.  Still early in the season so picking conditions are moderate.

To help customers plan (and ourselves as well), we are going to a standard weekly picking schedule to be open 9:00 to 5:30 Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday if berry supply permits.  This will be our default schedule – if weather or berry supply requires a change, we will do so.

I will continue to post frequently with picking conditions – as always best picking is early in the day.

Look forward to seeing you

 

 

RASPBERRY PICKING WILL START SUNDAY JULY 8

The hot weather has helped ripen  the raspberries, so we will open Sunday July 8 – at 9:00 AM.  As always, picking will be best early in the day.

More ripe berries in the lower field than in the upper field.  Plan is to be open Sunday, closed Monday and back open Tuesday July 10.  Open days for the rest of the week will depend on how many customers come and how fast more berries ripen.

Come help us start the season.

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RASPBERRIES RIPENING SLOWLY – APPLES CONTINUING TO GROW WELL

Lots of raspberries – but they are still green.  Not clear how fast they will ripen with the hot weather – we are running our irrigation system day and night.   Best guess is that berries will not be ripe before Tuesday July 10 .

Apples in the photo are Honeycrisp – now over 1 inch in diameter.

Very light cherry crop – will ripen a few days after the first raspberries.

I will post update in a few days.

 

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RASPBERRIES AND APPLES ARE GROWING WELL

We had very good pollination for both the apples and the raspberries – cherry crop is very light.

Many of the apples are now 3/4 of an inch in diameter or more – the smaller ones will drop off in the June drop.

Raspberries will be ripe in July 7 to 11’th range – we will know more first week in July.

Put us on your July schedule – raspberry season only lasts three weeks.

 

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FULL BLOOM

Big changes over the last two  weeks – we are now at full bloom.  Yesterday and the day before were warm and sunny and the bees were out in force – a large number of small native pollinators and lots of  bumble bees.  Lots of fruit buds this year and no frost in the forecast.

Looks like more good weather next week – the rain this weekend is actually needed.  Raspberries are growing well but not yet in bloom.

Look for the bumble bee.

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1/2 INCH GREEN

Spring has finally put in an appearance.  Last week the first fruit buds began to open and show  little green tips.  The warm weather has accelerated the growth and the fruit buds are now open with 1/2 inch green leaves.

There are plenty of fruit buds – no frost is predicted – bloom will probably come week after next.  The pruning finally was completed and all the brush picked up and fed thru the chipper.

So we are started growing our 17’th crop – stay tuned for more developments.  Picture shows fruit buds opening on one of the old McIntosh trees.

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ONLY ONE MORE WEEK UNTIL SPRING

Winter is not giving up without a fight – we got about 20 inches of snow in the last storm – more coming down today.

We will get back to pruning when we can dig the snow away from the gate to get back inside the orchard.

Hope everyone is having a good winter – raspberries will start in early July.

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SHORT VACATION TO MAINE

We  took advantage of the beautiful weather for the last two weeks of October to do a lot of mowing, take down all our orchard signs, clean up flower beds, put away all the harvest stuff in the barn and put the equipment back in, fix the broken wagons,  etc. etc.

We have had more Facebook messages/comments than I am able to respond to – thank you all for sending them.

We did manage to get away for a short vacation to Maine last week – just after the storm and had great weather – wind created some really big surf.

There appear to be a good number of fruit buds on the trees, so the first of many steps is in place for next years crop – stay tuned.

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SEE YOU NEXT YEAR

Thanks for helping us have a great season.  We were pleased to have much better weather than forecast for our last weekend.  We took the photo sitting on a bench outside the barn as the sun went down Sunday evening.

Almost all the apples were picked – the nature of a pick your own business is that we never get quite all of the fruit picked.  Some of what is left will go to the food cupboard and for cider vinegar – the rest will go to the wild turkeys.

Hope everyone has a good winter – come see us in July for raspberries.

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LAST WEEKEND

Good MacIntosh, Cortland, Macoun, Empire and Gala are still available.   Cider and Donuts on both Saturday and Sunday.  Sunday October 15 will be our last day.

Help us wind up a good season.  The views are as good as ever.  Photo shows some of those good Macouns, all the way at the bottom of the orchard – worth the walk to get them.

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WINDUP WEEK

This will be our windup week.  We saw hundreds of happy customers this weekend.  We toured the orchard today and there is still good picking for MacIntosh, Cortland, Macoun, Empire and Gala.  Also plenty of drops at half price .

We will be open all week – rain or shine.  Saturday Oct 14 and Sunday Oct 15 will be our last days open.

Come for those last bag(s) of apples.

NINE VARIETIES AVAILABLE FOR PICKING

The late season apples are ready – we have taken down the red tape. There is a small crop of very nice Golden Delicious and Northern Spy on three year old trees.  There  is a somewhat larger crop of bright red Crimson Crisp on three year old and seven year old trees.  These varieties will get picked out quickly.

MacIntosh in the old orchard are plentiful, juicy and full flavored.   Cortland, Macoun, Empire and Gala are all prime as well.  Honeycrisp are scarce, except for drops.

There will be cider and donuts on the weekend.  Donuts run out, so come early.

We will be closed on Monday Oct 9 (Columbus Day) and we will then be open thru the weekend of Saturday Oct 14 and Sunday Oct 15.

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YES – WE STILL HAVE APPLES

Still good MacIntosh, Cortland, Macoun, Empire, Gala and Fuji.  Honeycrisp are mostly picked except for drops.

The late season apples (behind the red tape) will start on Friday (Oct 6)

Frequently asked questions:

1)  Will you be open Columbus Day Weekend?  – Yes on Saturday and Sunday but not Monday.

2)  How late in the month will you be open?  – We expect to be open thru Oct 14 & 15 weekend – possibly a few days more.

3)  Do you still have Honeycrisp? – very few mostly drops.

4)  When is a good time for drops? – NOW – you pick them up – they are half price.

PEAK PICKING THIS WEEKEND

Excellent picking for MacIntosh, Cortland, Empire, Macoun, Gala and Fuji.  There are still good Honeycrisp when you go all the way down the hill – they will be essentially picked out by the end of the weekend.  There are good drops available for most varieties at half price.

Cider and donuts will both be on hand Saturday and Sunday – donuts often run out in the afternoon.

Come enjoy picking now that we have good apple picking weather – high temperature forecast for Saturday is 55 degrees and 63 degrees for Sunday.

EMPIRES ARE RIPE

We will start picking Empires tomorrow (Thursday Sept 28) – there is a good crop – see photo.  Forecast is (finally) for cooler weather – come before the weekend to beat the crowds.

Honeycrisp are best in the bottom block below the three Cortland rows.  Macouns are good at the bottom  rows below the Honeycrisp.  MacIntosh good in several places, especially the old orchard.  Cortlands are good in the bottom three rows and the last row in the old orchard.  Gala and Fuji also have good picking.

 

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STILL HAVE HONEYCRISP PLUS MORE

We will be back open tomorrow after our Monday off.  Still good Honeycrisp –  fewer by the weekend – don’t wait too long.  MacIntosh, Cortland, Gala, Macoun and Fuji continue to be in good supply, but a good many have been picked.

Empires will open on Thursday.  We have two more hot days forecast, so come early.

We expect to be open thru Columbus Day weekend (but not Monday).   There will be fewer apples than we have now.  Come now while the picking is easier.

ALYSSA FOUND THE WOODEN APPLE

Alyssa found the wooden apple Friday to win an iPod and she gets to keep the apple. !!

Lots of good fruit still out there – come early when it is cooler.  Cider and donuts today and tomorrow.

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YES – THERE ARE LOTS OF HONEYCRISP

There are good Honeycrisp – especially if you go farther down the hill.  Plenty of MacIntosh, Cortland, Gala, Macoun and Fuji as well.

Cooler today – still best to come early, especially on the weekend.  Cider and donuts on Saturday and Sunday.

 

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GOOD WEEK TO GET YOUR MACINTOSH, CORTLAND, HONEYCRISP, MACOUN, GALA AND FUJI

It looks like a warm week coming up, so come early when it is cooler.  Picking for all the mid season varieties is excellent this week.  Honeycrisp will be plentiful thru the  coming weekend and we hope they will still be available next weekend as well.  Fruit this week will be more plentiful than later in the season.

The wooden apple is still waiting to be found – win an IPod.  There is plenty of cold cider.  Donuts will be back on Saturday and Sunday.

 

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HONEYCRISP, DONUTS & CIDER

Lots of good Honeycrisp.  Donuts Saturday & Sunday.  More new cider.

The wooden  apple is out in the orchard.  Find it and win an iPod

Sylvia has made an orchard map to help you find where the varieties are located – mounted on the water tank

 

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HONEYCRISP, CORTLAND, MACOUN AND FUJI START ON FRIDAY SEPT 15

We will open Honeycrisp, Cortland, Macoun and  Fuji for picking on Friday Sept 15.  There are plenty of good McIntosh and Gala as well.   The photo shows nice looking Honeycrisp on trees we planted in 2014 – they are off to a good start.

Honeycrisp unlike most apples ripens in stages, so pickers need to choose the reddest apples and leave the others to ripen next week or the week after.  In commercial orchards the Honeycrisp trees are picked three times .

The crop this year (including Honeycrisp) is a good one and we need your help to get it picked.   There will be cider and donuts on Saturday & Sunday – donuts run out, so come early.

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PRIME PICKING FOR MACS & GALAS

Best picking of the year for McIntosh and Gala is early in the season – the orchard is full of beautiful fruit.  Sansa and Ginger Gold are also available, but not as many as last weekend.

I picked up cider this afternoon, so we will have cider all week.  Mrs. Murphy’s  donuts will be here Saturday and Sunday – they run out, so come early.

Picture show McIntosh ready to pick.

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McIntosh & Gala ARE READY

We start our regular season tomorrow Friday September 8 and will now be open daily 9:00 to 5:30,  except closed on Mondays.  McIntosh (ripest  in the old orchard) and Gala are now ready.  We have a very good crop and picking will be prime.

There are still some Sansa and Ginger Gold that were not picked on early apple weekend.  Zestars were essentially all picked , except for a few small ones.  We have 45 more trees grafted last year over to Zestar, so in a couple more years we will have more Zestars.

Come help us kick off a new harvest.  Pictures show McIntosh and Gala near the barn.

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EARLY APPLES ARE LOOKING GREAT!!

Saturday and Sunday September 2 and 3 will be our early apple weekend for Zestar, Ginger Gold and Sansa.  Weather on Saturday looks better than Sunday, when we get the remnants of Hurricane Harvey.   The recent moderate sunny weather has helped the fruit  gain size.  See the Zestars in the first picture.  They are our favorite pie apple as well as excellent when eaten fresh.

Starting  Friday September 8 we will be open for our regular season – daily 9 to 5:30 – closed Mondays.  We will have McIntosh and Gala as well as remaining early apples.   Honeycrisp will probably start September 16 weekend

We woke this morning to see a full 180 degree rainbow – we take it as a good omen for the season.   Come help us kick off a new harvest.

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EARLY APPLE WEEKEND – SAT & SUN SEPT 2 & 3

We will open on Saturday & Sunday September 2 & 3 for early apple weekend.  Zestar, Ginger Gold and Sansa will all be available.  Zestars often run out on the first weekend, so come early.

Photo shows some nice Zestars coloring up well from the cool weather.  We make all our pies for the year with Zestar – the flavor is excellent and the apples stay firm.  Freeze them unbaked and bring them out over the winter.

We will be closed Monday Sept 4 thru Thursday Sept 7 and anticipate opening for our regular season with McIntosh and Gala plus remaining early apples on September 8 or 9.  I will post later this week.

The crop this year is very good – much better than last year. Look forward to seeing you.

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RASPBERRY SEASON OVER – APPLES START IN SEPTEMBER

Thanks to everyone for making our raspberry and cherry season a good one.  Lots of good fruit was picked.  We will be busy now with family visitors (17 extra), getting ready for apple harvest, and pruning raspberries.

Apples are growing well and harvest will start in September.  Early apple weekend for Zestar, Sansa and Ginger Gold will probably be Saturday and Sunday Sept 2&3.  Check the web before you come.

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LAST TWO DAYS TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY AUG 1&2

Raspberry season is winding down.  You can still find berries if you look inside the bushes and down low.  Better picking in the lower field.  Still good Royalty (purple) berries  in the row closest to the fence – lower part of upper field.

There are also some cherries if you reach up and inside the trees – picking best at the end of the rows.

Last chance to stock your freezer or put up one more batch of jam.

LAST WEEKEND – EXCELLENT RASPBERRY PICKING

Tomorrow Saturday July 29 & Sunday July 30 will be the last weekend for raspberries – picking will be excellent.  We will be closed Monday and probably be open next Tuesday and Wednesday but this is not definite – check the web or Facebook before you come.

The Royalty (purple) berries which are excellent for jam, pies and cobbler, are now in good supply.

There are still some cherries, but you will have to go to the end of the rows and reach up and inside the trees.

Picture shows some berries we picked for ourselves – Sylvia is making jam with them.

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EXCELLENT PICKING THURSDAY JULY 27

Raspberry picking will be excellent tomorrow Thursday July 27.  Closed Friday then back open for our final weekend.

Cherries are there as well – Come see us!

EXCELLENT PICKING ON WEDNESDAY JULY 26 & THURSDAY JULY 27

Raspberry picking will be excellent tomorrow Wednesday July 26 and probably on Thursday July 27 as well – more berries have ripened.

There are still good cherries, but you have to go farther down the row and reach up and inside the trees.   I picked six quarts for us this afternoon in a little over 1/2 hour.

We plan to close on Friday for more berries to ripen and then will be open for the weekend.   We may be open a couple of days next week if the fruit supply holds up.

Stock up your freezer – berries and cherries taste great in the winter.

Picture shows some local folks on their third trip up here this season.  Fruit would not all fit in one flat, which is why we have extra boxes.

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BACK OPEN TUESDAY JULY 25

We will be back open tomorrow Tuesday July 25 and Wednesday July 26.  We expect to be open Thursday, closed Friday and back open for the weekend.

Raspberry picking will be moderate – the cool weather has slowed ripening.   Picking should be better Wednesday and the weather forecast is better as well.

There are still good cherries – go to the end of the rows.

 

MORE EXCELLENT PICKING SUNDAY JULY 23

Picking will be excellent for raspberries and very good for cherries tomorrow Sunday July 23.  Quite a lot of the Royalty (purple) raspberries are also ripe – they make outstanding jam, pie and cobbler.

Berry picking is excellent in both the three Boyne rows close to the raspberry house and towards the end of the three long Nova rows in the lower field.  Look under the leaves and in the center of the rows.  For cherries it is beginning to require more reaching, but there is plenty of fruit further down the rows.

As usual, we open at 9:00 and picking is always best earlier in the day.  We will be closed Monday and plan to be back open Tuesday.  Next week will be the last full week for the season.

Some neighbors got some nice berries and cherries

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PEAK PICKING THIS WEEKEND

The warm weather has ripened LOTS of raspberries and the picking will be excellent tomorrow Saturday July 22.  There are also plenty of cherries.  Come early when it is cooler and picking is best.

We will be open Sunday July 23 as well – picking will be good to excellent.  We currently plan to close next Monday (July 24) and then reopen on Tuesday .

Next week will  be our last full week –  picking this weekend may be better than on later open days.  Royalty purple raspberries (great for jam and cobbler) are beginning to ripen and there will be more by mid week.

The picture shows some fruit we picked  today to freeze for ourselves – we have to make sure we get fruit before it is all picked.

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