Saturday, August 17, 2019

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Dear Friends,

Our 2019 fall season is here. We have red raspberries, honey, and flowers.

Raspberry season is slower to get up to peak picking this year than previous seasons due to cool weather. If you follow us on Facebook, I update picking conditions daily. The season generally runs until October.

Raspberries:
Raspberry Picking Guidelines:
  • We provide pints and boxes for picking.
  • Raspberries are $4.25/pint. A pint is level. No mounding please.
  • During our weekday hours, if you pick 6 pints, you get to pick a seventh for free. This special is first come, first serve as once the berries are picked, we have to wait for more to ripen. It is also per household/customer. No splitting amongst customers.
  • Children are welcome to pick, but must be under your supervision at all times.
  • Be kind to the bees. We have many working hard in the patch, as raspberries are nearly solely pollinated by bees. They are very docile, but should not be provoked.
  • Please, only pick ruby red raspberries from the canes. They should not be light in color-they are not ready. If they do not come off with a gentle tug-do not force them. You may snap the cane top and no more fruit will ripen.
  • Please, do not pick overripe berries; leave them on the plants if they are mushy. Part of our sustainable program is to clear them from the patch to keep pests out.
  • All berries should be washed prior to eating. We are FSMA compliant.
  • Refrigerate as soon as possible after picking. Fresh, ripe raspberries are highly perishable.

Raspberry Production at our Farm:
Our raspberries are sustainably grown and the next best thing to organic. We do not use any herbicide; the 1.5 acre patch is entirely hand-weeded. All of our fungicides are OMRI certified. And we use the only effective organic insecticide labeled for Spotted Wing Drosophila. We rotate it with a very safe conventional spray (our only option) to reduce the possibility of resistance. We only administer them at night, to protect our large domestic and wild bee population.

Our raspberries are trellised to make picking easier and keep the patch orderly. They can generally be picked while standing up. Pick high and low if possible.

Our raspberries are not irrigated; we are at nature's mercy. This can affect berry size a bit. However, in general, our variety has large berries. And they are delicious!

Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD):
SWD is an invasive fruit fly specie that originated in Southeast Asia. It is now widespread throughout the country and Michigan. Our farm has had SWD present since we purchased it in 2014. We are a sustainable farm and aim to control the population. With the products we've chosen, erradiction is impossible. However, we feel that while they are a nuisance, they are harmless, unlike the sprays that would be necessary for eradication. You may find them in the raspberries at times, but a simple vinegar and water bath for the berries solves the problem.

You-cut Flowers:
You can cut your own bouquet while at the farm beginning now. This is the first year we have offered flowers and are really hoping you'll enjoy it! Only adults can cut the flowers-children are not to have the clippers for safety. There is a limited supply, unlike the raspberries.

Price by Stem:
Asters-50¢
Cosmos-40¢
Daisies-40¢
Zinnias-50¢
Snapdragons-50¢
Gladiolas-$1.25
Pincushion-40¢
Around the birdbath-25¢
Sunflowers: large single-$2.00
small single-$1.00
large multi-$2.50
small multi-$1.75

Honey:
The honey we sell is harvested from the hives at our farm. We provide a healthy habitat, abundant with food for all our bee populations, both wild and domestic. We have 4 acres planted with native flowers and grasses reserved just for bees, butterflies and bats.

48 oz jar - $25
16 oz jar - $10
Honeycomb - $15

Thanks to all who visit our farm and support local farmers.

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
Strawberries:
mid-June-early July
Raspberries:
late August-October
Tomatoes:
late August-September
Pumpkins:
October