Sunday, August 12, 2018

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Dear Friends,

Our 2018 fall season has begun. We have red raspberries and heirloom tomatoes available for picking now. We have concord grapes and pumpkins still to come.

We offer a variety of tomatoes including: Amish Paste, San Marzano, Cherokee Purple, Brandywine, and Bumblebee. All are great for fresh eating, freezing and canning. All tomatoes are the same price, so you can try them all.
Prices for tomatoes: $2.50/lbs for under 25lbs
$2.00/lbs for over 25 lbs (bulk price)

Raspberries are $4/pint. We supply the picking containers for raspberries.

Raspberry Picking Guidelines:
~Do not pick overripe or underripe raspberries. They should come off the plant easily, but still be shiny, bright red and firm to touch. We use nearly all organic practices and over ripe raspberries attract and contain pests.

~Hold and lift the cane with one hand while removing the berries with the other. The canes can be brittle and will snap if not supported. If they snap, they will not produce any more berries.

~We have many bees in our patch, both domestic and wild. Please be kind to them and they will not bother you. Bees pollinate raspberries. Hence, no bees = no raspberries.

~The raspberry season is usually long, but don't wait to get your berries. We tend to have more rainy days that we have to close for in the fall. They are producing daily now, but peak at the end of August through mid-September (lots of beautiful berries). Sometimes, we pick out in the beginning of the season and picking is limited the first week. Generally, they are available until the first week of October, but production will wan at that time. Also, we have had a drought this summer; this may affect our season.

~Please arrive at least a half hour before we close if you would like to pick.

~ Raspberries are perishable. After picking, they should be refrigerated as soon as possible. Don't leave them in a hot car too long or on your kitchen counter.

Spotted Wing Drosophila(SWD): We have an invasive fruit fly at the farm that has become common place to fruit growers throughout Michigan and most of the US. We use the only organic insecticides on the market labeled for them. We also only spray at night, because even organics will kill bees. By waiting for the bees to leave the patch we mitigate harm to them but decrease our efficacy against SWD. In the end, we can control the population, but can not eradicate them.

Thanks and see you soon!
Liz, Carrie & Stacy

Cultural Practices at our Farm:
We use IPM (Integrated Pest Management) or sustainable farming practices. Our goal is to provide food that is not just healthy for people, but also the environment. We are not organic but use organic practices whenever we possibly can. For example, all of our crops are hand weeded (That's over seven acres!) to drastically reduce the amount of herbicide needed. We also use certified organic sprays, natural fertilizers and crop rotation.
strawberries raspberries tomatoes pumpkins
mid-June-early July
late August-October
late August-September