Season opens saturday, May 7, 2022!
The 2022 Season will OPEN SATURDAY, MAY 7! Regular Hours will be Tuesday thru Sunday, 7:30am-1:00 pm for the first part of the season. (Closed Mondays). Before coming, always check this Updates Page to be sure we are not rained out or picked out. Look for this colorful new sign at the entrance. Before the opening day, we will let you know on this Updates page what vegs and fruits will be available to pick. We are grateful that we didn't get any late freezes to damage the crops, so come out and enjoy the best season ever!
Still anxiously awaiting the start of our season in another week and a half or so, but too early to set a firm date yet. The plants are enjoying the almost 3" rain we got this week, so they are growing as fast as they can for you, as you can see in these pictures taken today, 4/28/22. A few blackberries and peaches are starting to get some color and rapidly gaining in size. Tomatoes are still green but also gaining weight, and chard is ready to pick. Carrots and beets doing well underground. Eggplant, kale, cabbage and okra are still small, but looking healthy. Squash will be ready for opening day, and we see already see the first few sunflowers blooming. So everything just needs a bit more time. Keep watching here or our Facebook page "Neal's Berry Farm & Farmer's Market." It won't be long now!
Update on 2022 season progress
We're getting closer to opening our season, but still no exact date known. "Early May" is about the closest estimate we can give. These pics show the status as of today, and you can see everything just needs more time to mature. Even though we irrigate, some rain would give everything a kick. Blackberries and peaches are looking better than ever so we're hoping for a bumper crop on both. We are all anxious for the season to begin, so keep watching here for the next update. We sooooo appreciate all of our Friends of the Farm!
Peaches are getting larger and starting to get a bit of color. Many people don't know that in order to get larger peaches, a HUGE percentage of the tiny peaches have to be picked off BY HAND to allow room for some peaches to have room on the stem. If all of the peaches remain on the stem, you get tiny peaches that are so crowded they touch and disease gets between them and you lose all the peaches. Peach tree maintenance is a year-round project for the farmer.
We are several weeks away from the much-anticipated start of our 2022 season, but here's a preview of the peaches we hope to have for picking a little later. The cool spring has delayed some of the crops a bit, but when the blackberries are ready we will open, probably very early May (not late April as we had hoped). The nectarines are LOADED, and, barring a late freeze we should have lots of them too. Veggies are looking good, but the weather the next couple of weeks will determine how far along they are for opening. Stay tuned for more updates here as we get closer to being able to forecast an Opening Day. We thank all of you for your continued support of our farm!
WRITTEN BY THE FARMER'S WIFE