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June 10, 2017 - Wow, what a time of change in the plant world. It reminds me of squirrels frantically burying nuts in the fall with the anticipation of winter. All of the fruit trees and bushes have finished flowering, and the small fruit are increasing in size rapidly. It looks like there will be a good crop of apples, blueberries and surprisingly, cherries. The strawberries are just about at full bloom or a little past for a couple of the earlier varieties. They too, look to have the potential for a very nice crop. We'll keep our fingers crossed that Mother Nature will be kind to us during the ripening periods. With that said, we are expecting the strawberries to start to ripen towards the end of June or early in July. Blueberries, traditionally, have been ripe 30 days after the first picking of strawberries. Keep checking back and we'll let you know when our season of picking will begin.

Pick your own berry patch.

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 seven 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. We are hoping to have an open picking this summer about the first of August.

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.