Strawberries - We have 6 varieties to pick from: Brunswick, Lilla, Laurel, Cavendish, Flavorfest and Jewel. All of them have been selected for their high quality and hardiness for our area. The strawberry plants came through the winter in good condition. 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, but they came through the winter surprisingly well. 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 the new SweeTango. 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 150 plants last spring and another 100 this spring. They make a wonderful cherry pie along with incredible flavored jam, sauce and juice. The hard frost during bloom this year practically eliminated our crop this year. Next year will be better.
Pumpkins and Squash - We should have several sizes of pumpkins along with many types and flavors of squash later this fall.
Honey - We have 2 hives of bees for pollination and honey production. We will try to have honey at the farm for sale later in the summer.