Pick-Your-Own, Farm Market & CSA

Pick Your Own

Due to weather conditions strawberry & raspberry picking will be only on Tuesdays & Saturdays, until further notice. And the picking will be minimal (one pint per person).

Tues, Thurs, Sat 8am-1pm

August-September will be prime times for picking strawberries for your jams or for freezing.

Current pick your own offerings include some pickles with more on the way, plenty of flowers and sunflowers, along with seven varieties of basil. Red raspberries are starting to bloom and set fruit but are not yet ready. Strawberries are biding their time, waiting out the heat to produce their fall crop. Black raspberry season is essentially over.

  • Strawberries $5/lb Aug-Sep
  • Pie Cherries: $5.50/$6.50 we pick July 19th
  • Red Currants: $8.25/lb July 5th
  • Black Raspberries: $7.50/lb - - -
  • Red Raspberries: $7/lb Aug-Sept
  • Gold Raspberries: $7.50/lb Sept
  • Gooseberries: July 19th
  • Plums: TBA
  • Flowers: $.60/stem NOW
  • Sunflowers: $1/each NOW
  • Basil: $12/lb. NOW
  • Pickling Cucumbers: NOW

Barn Store:

Other rewards are being harvested on the farm. Melons are ripening and are plentiful for this next few weeks. We have had great weather for sweetness and work hard to pick them at the peak of ripeness for the sweetest flavor. These are melons to eat – not to sit on your counter hoping that they will ripen. The honey-sweet Israeli Perfume are the most abundant right now. They have been a farm favorite for twenty years. Many peppers are now maturing and a nice selection is now available. Salsa bags are starting to become available as well, both the Salsa Verde and our own Berry Patch salsa. Tasty tomatoes, cabbages and beets, tender chard and plenty of delicious zucchinis, beans, tender okra, cucumbers and eggplants in all their colorful and nutritious forms. If you enjoy the flavors of fresh, grown for flavor and nutrition and not shipping, you will find much to delight you!

Pick your own offerings include limited strawberry picking along with limited red raspberry picking. It is painful for us to watch unripe fruit being picked, knowing it won’t have the flavor and nutrition that we’ve worked hard to provide. We hear so often, “Oh, it’s just for the experience”, but we want you to experience the best. Ripe and sweet strawberries are red all over, red raspberries are ripe and sweet when they have a purplish cast and slip off the branches without any tugging. Thus far, the picking remains limited as the plants have been suppressed by heat and drought. We are hopeful for more abundance in September as the weather cools.

Barn Store August Hours:

Tues, Thurs, Sat 8am-1pm

Weekly Update

August 19th, 2016

Greetings!

Rewards. It seems the challenges and setbacks are endless in this quest to grow healthy food called farming. So much is beyond our control despite our best efforts to mitigate the impacts of weather and other factors. Yet, there are rewards, both tangible and intangible. We breathe fresh air and enjoy the full view of magnificent sunsets, the grandeur of snow covered peaks in the distance, the sweetness of bird song and the beauty of the changing seasons. There is joy in the miracles of life that surround us daily in the sprouting and growing of seeds, the delight of baby chicks and the endless antics of our other animals. There is a special joy that comes, though, when after seemingly endless labor, investment and setbacks, a beautiful crop is harvested. We have watched as Anna and Luigi have toiled in their apple orchard on our farm, hurt with them through trees taken down by fierce micro-bursts, crops destroyed by hail and freezes, sympathized with the struggles against insects, disease and weeds. Now we are witnessing and sharing in their delight at their first harvest! You will see their beautiful and especially tasty apples (Zestar – similar to Honeycrisp) in our market on Saturday, the 20th of August and while supplies last. Truly the fruits of their labor.

Naomi and Brynn picking beans

Other rewards are being harvested on the farm. Melons are ripening and are plentiful for this next few weeks. We have had great weather for sweetness and work hard to pick them at the peak of ripeness for the sweetest flavor. These are melons to eat – not to sit on your counter hoping that they will ripen. The honey-sweet Israeli Perfume are the most abundant right now. They have been a farm favorite for twenty years. Many peppers are now maturing and a nice selection is now available. Salsa bags are starting to become available as well, both the Salsa Verde and our own Berry Patch salsa. Tasty tomatoes, cabbages and beets, tender chard and plenty of delicious zucchinis, beans, tender okra, cucumbers and eggplants in all their colorful and nutritious forms. If you enjoy the flavors of fresh, grown for flavor and nutrition and not shipping, you will find much to delight you!

Pick your own offerings include limited strawberry picking along with limited red raspberry picking. It is painful for us to watch unripe fruit being picked, knowing it won’t have the flavor and nutrition that we’ve worked hard to provide. We hear so often, “Oh, it’s just for the experience”, but we want you to experience the best. Ripe and sweet strawberries are red all over, red raspberries are ripe and sweet when they have a purplish cast and slip off the branches without any tugging. Thus far, the picking remains limited as the plants have been suppressed by heat and drought. We are hopeful for more abundance in September as the weather cools.

Pick your own pickling cucumbers are more prolific now and the flowers and sunflowers are glorious! Our market hours remain Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 8 am until 1 pm. Although until further notice, berry picking will be only on Tuesdays & Saturdays.

We invite you to taste of the fruits of our labors!
Enjoy!
Claudia

HELP WANTED: A person to assist with Pumpkin Adventure school field trips throughout October from 9:30-12:30 (Monday-Friday. Experience with young children necessary as well as the ability to work with others. $11.00/hr. Email Tim for further details: bpf@qwestoffice.net