Thursday, July 30, 2015

Better, but still a ways to go.

Pictures below are from a walk-thru this evening (7/30/15). Noticeable increase in ripening since last Sunday. We have gained over 150 Growing Degree Days in the past week, now totaling 850 GDDs (our goal is more than 70% ripe, which often is after 1000-1100 GDDs, before we open). It is time to remind the anxious that ripe berries last a long time on the branch, longer than in a bucket in the fridge. Peak sweetness is reported to be about 5 days AFTER turning fully ripe. Your patience will be rewarded with an awesome opening day, probably Aug. 15, but maybe Aug. 8. Keep checking. Reports will now be more frequent.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

761 Growing Degree Days and Counting

Pictures below show the current state of unripeness of the blueberries. I have listed our opening days from the last 10 years. Anticipating an August 15 opener this year.  

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

2015 Crop outlook is that it is going to be strong but late

This picture was taken July 7. The blueberry crop looks like it is going to be very abundant this year.

Despite the relatively early onset of spring, at least compared to 2014, the temperatures have been cool this year and from a growing degree day basis, we have lagged behind 2014 for most of the summer.  We are anticipating an opener similar to last year, which if holds, will be about smack dab in the middle of August.

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.