July 17, 2018  Blueberry season is right around the corner. We are anticipating the first day of picking to be Thursday, July 26 from 8 A.M. - 1 P.M. Then again in the evening from 5 P.M. - 8 P.M. With the blueberries we will continue to pick each day until we get through the patch then we will most likely need to let them ripen 7 - 10 days between picking. We provide boxes for you to pick in at no charge or you can pick blueberries in a standard ice cream pail. Please check this web site or call our berry hot line (218-327-9199) before you come out. Mother Nature doesn't always know we are picking. We also have a limited number of tart cherries that we will be picking at the same time as the blueberries.

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Strawberries -  We have 4 varieties to pick from: Brunswick, Lila, Laurel and Jewel. All of them have been selected for their high quality and hardiness for our area. We usually start our strawberry season the first week of July. As the season progresses we'll let you know when our first picking will be.

Blueberries - Our blueberry plants range in age from 1 year to 30 plus years. We have primarily Northblue and Chippewa, but we also have a few Northsky, North Country and a new planting of the most resent release from the U. of M., "Superior". We usually start picking blueberries around the first week in August or about 30 days after our first picking of strawberries. 

Apples -  The Apple trees are still quite young. We should have at least 20 varieties to sample this fall. We have many different well known varieties from Chestnut Crab to Haralson, as well as popular varieties from the University of Minnesota; Zestar, Honeycrisp and SweeTango. Last year we put in a small planting of the U. of M's newest release, First Kiss. It is an early, crisp, excellent keeping offspring of Honeycrisp. If we did things correctly last year, we should have some apples from it to try this fall. That's exciting, like a first kiss. Keep checking back in September for the start of the apple season. 

Tart Cherries - The cherries are from the breeding program at the University of Saskatchewan. About eight years ago we planted 100 very small bushes. After seeing and tasting the quality of the fruit, we planted an additional 250 plants in the spring of 2015 and 16. They make a wonderful cherry pie along with incredible flavored jam, sauce and juice. Cherries usually ripen at about the same time as the blueberries.

Pumpkins and Squash - We should have several sizes of pumpkins along with many types and flavors of squash later this fall. 

Honey - We have 3 hives of bees for pollination and honey production.  We will try to have honey at the farm for sale later in the summer. 

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