Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Done Picked Out

Similar to how difficult it is to estimate the abundance of the crop, we really have have no way of knowing the amounts people will harvest.  This year, it seems, commensurate with the abundance of the blueberries has been a growth in the number of "problem pickers" who can't seem to pick enough, and you know who you are (we certainly do).  Here are some time-lapse, trail-cam pictures of probably our most frequent picker, Violet Beauregarde.  I checked the patch tonight (Wednesday, Sept. 12th) and saw practically nothing, only the marks of one large round picker being rolled off the property.  You are still welcome to come out tomorrow, Thursday, Sept. 13th, which is our absolute last and final day for 2012, but  you won't find much.  I do not think that Violet will be coming.   We remain grateful for your participation in this year's harvest, especially those of you who have a "problem" and can't stop picking.  We hope to see you next year.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Only a few days of "recreational picking" left

The combination of the very ripe state of the berries and that strong wind/rain last week resulted in a LOT of the crop being knocked off the bushes. We are going to close completely at the end of the evening on Thursday (Sept. 13th) this week. There really is not much left and what is left is overripe. It is too bad that we won't have late-fall picking, because it is such a nice time to be outside. Oh well, it would be too much to ask for a great fall harvest given the abundance this past August.

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Soon the 2012 Season will be a Foggy Memory

The 2012 Blueberry Season in Klingville was one for the record books. It was a blueberry jungle out there in August, with bushes overtaking our outbuildings and berries in an abundance that has never been seen here before. We are sure grateful for the alignment of conditions that led to this amazing year. We are also grateful to all who participated in the picking. It was a great year. We just broke 20,000 lbs picked some time in the afternoon of Labor Day, 5 weeks and 2 days after we opened. This is twice of any of our previous banner crop years.

We are closing the "open picking" and have taken down the road signs and placed a small barricade just before the pig pen. The remaining picking will be "by appointment," which means we ask that you let us know when you will venturing in and that you park in the little parking area on the left after passing the birch trees. It is time for us to get on with fall season field work and so there will be a lot of "tractoring" and chainsawing going on in the evenings. No further reports of conditions will be provided, it will be hit or miss here on out. We are planning to close completely on Friday, September 21.