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May 13, 2017 - Plums and cherries are just starting to bloom. Apples appear to be about one week away from blooming with blueberries following close behind. I'm hoping the strawberries won't start blooming until the first of June to prevent potential frost damage, but Mother Nature has her own schedule which doesn't always follow our wishes.  Three weeks ago we introduced two new packages of bees. They are still quite small, but there appears to be a good number of capped brood, tomorrow's honey makers. The overwintered hive is really bringing in a lot of pollen from the trees and dandelions. At this point it looks like our picking schedules for the different crops will be similar to last years, but we'll know more after all of the blooming is behind us. Keep checking back for more updates. 

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.