Monday, May 30, 2011

Huge Memorial Weekend at Farmer Mac's

Because we had such a crowd of people here this weekend, our field has many more green berries than blueberries. I don't want to discourage you from coming to pick you own, but I would suggest waiting until Wednesday or Thursday to do it to give the berries a chance to ripen again.

We do have pre-picked blueberries available at the farm for you to purchase if you want to come out for them.

We also do have some blue berries in the field that you can pick. It's just that there are currently many more green berries than blue or red berries right now. A couple of nice warm days and with the irrigation turned on, and we should be good by mid to late week for another round of harvesting.

Over the past couple of days we've seen some great friends return to Farmer Mac's for a round or two of picking berries, conversations in the shade and remembering the olden days.

On Sunday, Mr. Halterman came out with his daughters. They were celebrating Father's Day early this year because Mr. Halterman loves to pick berries for and with them. As he is 90 years old this year and because the season started early, they wanted to make sure they got in their yearly Father's Day tradition before the blueberries were gone. I think that is so sweet and that he's such a nice man there's no wonder his daughters would think of this way to celebrate with him!


I sent out postcards for the first time this year letting folks know that we were open. I've been collecting names and addresses of customers for a couple of years but have just gotten around to doing something with them. I can't tell you how big a success this has been and I'm glad to be able to say thank you to customers who have been loyal followers of Farmer Mac's Berries. Thanks everyone for making this business a great place to work, live, and to raise a family. We couldn't do it without you!

If you'd like to have your name added to our mailing list so you get personal notification (no junk mail, no email) when we open, let us know at the stand or send me an email and I'll put you on the roster for next year.


I said in an earlier posting that we will be ending early this year because we started early. Historically, our season averages about 35 days from beginning to end. Mom doesn't think we'll make that because it's been so consecutively hot this year and heat makes for quicker ripening of the blueberries. (But she always says that so I'm not convinced.) We do still have quite a few green berries so I'm not predicting the end date yet.

All this means is that if you don't have your quota yet, later this week would be a great time to come out and fill out your stash.

And as always, don't forget the sunscreen, a good picking hat, and your sense of adventure!
We look forward to seeing you soon...

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