Monday, October 13, 2014

'Twas the Season 2014


Done. No more blueberries for 2014. What took 3.5 months to get ready, took less than 2 hours to dismantle and put away. Pickers, you did great. You harvested well and we are really pleased with your consideration of the property and facilities. BKGSH & BCSH staff and volunteers: hats off to your efforts for the fundraiser and to the work that you do all year! We want to also thank so much for those who worked the farm this year in advance of and during the picking season, starting with Ken Hinkel, Irene Corrales, Wendy Eisner, Heather Laich, Annika Gierke, Mike Gierke, and, lastly, Markus Penttinen (pictured above, taking down the last of the road signs last evening, October 12th). I hope that we are not forgetting to thank anyone else for this year's crop. We are looking forward to seeing everyone in 2015.

After taking down the road signs, we chased the last of the pickers off the patch. Done for the year! Don't come back, little one, until you get a little bigger--and the 2015 berries are ripe...


Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Calling it a Season October 12th

Going to call it a season (closing) in the evening on Sunday, October 12th. Still berries to pick but the quality is diminished because most are over ripe. Hunt and pick, or peck--your druthers.

Monday, September 29, 2014

The End is Near

Can you sense it? We can. The end is near. Not an apocalyptic end, heck no. Nope, but it is nearing the end of the 2014 picking season. We know not the day, but it will be soon. The last day could be Sunday the 5th of October, or the 12th, but almost certainly not any longer after the 12th.

Berry-picking conditions have flipped from the early season, where now there are mostly overripe berries and few at peak ripeness. Pickers need to search and test (taste). The latest-ripening varieties are the 4 rows north of solar panels, closest the pasture. These are the highest quality now, but you can find pockets of awesomeness in sporadically throughout. The happiest pickers are those that come with low expectations of full buckets and revel in the peace of picking in most often solo conditions.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Dodging Frost Bullets: September 20

We have had almost daily warnings of frost for the last week or better.  Came close on the night of the 12th, but seemed to skirt by just a hair above freezing.  A hard frost/freeze before the berries all ripen seems inevitable this year.  Once we are froze out, we will post such.  Otherwise assume we have some decent picking conditions.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Picking Conditions Mid September

Picking conditions are great in the middle patch. Still great in the wide row in the middle, between the solar array and Klingville Road. You can find good picking in most of the middle patch and a few bushes in the back and front. Those late-ripening varieties in the middle-patch rows nearest the pasture are still quite unripe, but elsewhere it is about as good as it is going to get. The rain knocked a lot of overripe berries off the bushes. We had almost 3" of rain Wednesday in less than 24 hrs, but no worse for the wear.

Not many pickers during the work week, so it is quite quiet most of the time. Evenings are the most pleasant, although quite chilly (and damp) as of late.

Weather conditions

Wondering what the temperature, wind, and humidity conditions are at the farm? If you are familiar with metric units, or at least how to convert them to more familiar units, you can check on meteorological conditions at the farm collected every 15 minutes, uploaded to the internet ever two hours, and available over the past day, week, and month at: https://www.hobolink.com/p/47316a1a1d140ad082139599206946ab. Prefer reports in Fahrenheit? The hobolink data is also published on http://www.wunderground.com/personal-weather-station/dashboard?ID=KMICHASS2#history. Cold this weekend, either way you look at it.

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Final Tally for the Fundraiser, Remaining Open the Rest of the Month

Unofficial tally is just under 2500 lbs for the weekend.  GREAT JOB COMMUNITY!  We are really pleased with the turnout and the great job that Baraga County Shelter Home and Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter Home did in terms of publicity and expertly staffing the facilities.  We are even more pleased with all of you who came out and picked.  We realize the conditions were challenging and we are proud of all of you for persevering and making this weekend a success. 

We are going to celebrate by staying open every day (daylight hours) the rest of the season.  We are not going to be around full time every weekend and most weekdays, so please come prepared with correct change (or check) and your own containers.  Should have good picking by the end of the week.  There will be some opening-day like picking in early October.  We will post when see the late-season varieties turn blue.

We have to catch up on some mowing, too, so it won't be quiet here all the time.  I also want to get some tractor time in on the weeknights.  Weather permitting work during the weeknights, we will keep things quiet on the weekends, at least Sundays.

Pulling the irrigation pump from the well on Saturday for some maintenance.  You might notice some extra equipment and some piping on the weekend (hopefully).

Thanks, again, everyone.  --John & Lynn

Fundraiser

The first day of the fundraiser was great! Over 1600 lbs of blueberries were weighed in yesterday (Saturday).  Today, the 2nd and final day of the fundraiser to benefit the local shelter homes, will experience pleasant weather and almost certainly less crowded picking.  Pickers will find good picking mainly in the long middle patch, where the solar array is, furthest from the parking.  It is always the best strategy to spend some time scouting the fields and finding bushes that have been ignored.  Lift up the hanging branches and peak inside, you will likely be rewarded for your efforts.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Re-Opening Today

Re-opening Today (Friday, Aug. 29) at noon and will be open through Sunday, Aug. 31. Closed Monday-Friday next week, in advance of the fundraiser.

3rd Annual Fundraiser to Benefit the Local Shelter Homes