'Twas the Season 2014
John, Lynn, Genny, and Mike Gierke moved to a blueberry farm in Klingville, MI, in July 2005. In addition to maintaining the conditions that yield literally tons of blueberries, we also raise small animals for fun, food, and market.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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/
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.
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.
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.