April 6, 2020- With the COVID 19 pandemic dictating are every day activities its hard to think Mother Nature moves along, as usual, on her seasonal schedule. The apple trees are pruned, cherry and blueberry bushes will receive their annual trimmings this week and, before you know it, the strawberry plants will be uncovered again. We anticipate our season of picking will have some changes do to this virus and the safety concerns we all are becoming so aware of. We have been talking to other growers and reading the latest updates from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture on ways to safeguard our farm for your safety and the prevention of the spread of COVID 19. As the season progresses please keep checking back and we'll fill you in on what's going on at the farm from week to week. In the meantime, play it safe, stay at home as much as you can and maintain proper social distances when you are out. We will get through this together. 

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Pick your own berry patch.

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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