June 16, 2019; At this time the strawberries are at about 75 % bloom. It is still too early to tell when our first picking of strawberries will start, but it is going to be a little later this year, probably after the 4th of July. By the end of June we should know a lot more. Blueberries and cherries are setting fruit and both appear to have a good crop this year. The blossoms have fallen off on the apples and in about a week we should have a better picture of what the crop will look like for them. There was a lot of pollinator activity around all of the crops this spring during bloom along with mostly sunny weather.  Check back in the weeks ahead and we should know more as to our first days of picking. Thanks for checking in.

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Strawberries -  We have 5 varieties to pick from: Brunswick, Lila, Galletta, Yambu 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. Hopefully we'll have a few to sample this fall.  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.

Other Vegetables - Each year we try a few new vegetables for the fun of trying something new. We hope to have Brussels sprouts and maybe some broccoli and cauliflower 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. 

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