This sign shows availability when we open tomorrow (Sat., May 23, 2020). Will have LOTS of ripe thornless blackberries to pick, and the vegs and flowers have had plenty of sunshine today to grow more and ripen. We are open regular hours Sat. 5/23/20 7:30am-1:00pm. Pickers must arrive by 12:30pm to pick/weigh/pay by 1:00pm closing time. When you park, please pull up all the way to the orange traffic cones so that we may get a third row of cars down the middle of the parking lot. Thanks for your cooperation! And don't forget to bring scissors/shears for cutting flowers and some kinds of vegs. Sorry, due to social distancing, we are unable to shuttle anyone anywhere. After we close on Saturday, we will assess the berry status and decide on open hours (if any) for Sunday and Monday (Memorial Day). Looking forward to seeing lots of y'all tomorrow!
Picked out again after today's business, so closed tomorrow (Friday, May 22, 2020). We will be open Saturday, May 23, 2020 (7:30 am til 1:00 pm.) After Saturday picking, we will assess field and post hours for Sunday and Monday (Memorial Day).
Thank you to all who came out today May 16, 2020 to pick thornless blackberries in the wet grass! We had so many blackberry pickers today, that we will be picked out for tomorrow, (Sunday, May 17, 2020), and closed as usual on Monday. So next day open will be Tuesday, May 19, 2020. And with 2.5 days to ripen more berries and vegetables, it should be a fabulous day for picking. More varieties of blackberries are beginning to ripen, and every day we are getting closer to the start of peak season. If you plan to pick zinnias or vegetables, please remember to bring your shears or scissors. We will be open regular hours (Tues-Sun 7:30am-1:00pm) til further notice
Farm and market is expected to be open Sat. 5/16/20, regular hours from 7:30am til 1:00pm. U-Pick will be only available for thornless blackberries, but NO VEGETABLE PICKING due to rain we received this afternoon. The berry fields are covered in grass and drain much better than the plowed ground in the vegetable fields, as you can see in these photos taken 6:00 pm Friday 5/15/20 after the rain.
Tex-Star Peaches still maturing, but not ready for the farmer to pick and sell in the market. They have color, but will about double in size when they are fully mature. This is one reason we don't have U-Pick peaches--just because they have color, doesn't mean they are anywhere near ready to pick. The farmer will pick them at the optimum time.
This one's for all you fig lovers who have been asking how the figs are coming along. These are Celeste, still dripping with rain from our storm this afternoon 5/15/20. The farmer says the Celeste will be the first variety ready, and they are bigger than ever before, possibly because the trees are more mature. So it is looking great so far for the Celeste variety.
As of 5/14/2020, Farm and Market are open regular hours until further notice. Tues. thru Sunday 7:30am til 1:00pm. Many blackberries ripening now!
Open Thurs. 5/14/20 7:30am-1:00pm. Second variety of blackberries is starting to ripen, along with the first variety that is still producing, so more rows to pick on. Please arrive before 12:30pm to pick and check out by our 1:00 pm closing time.
Due to overwhelming response for our first day (this year) of unlimited blackberry picking, combined with the rain we are getting now, we will be closed tomorrow (Wed. May 13, 2020). The plan is to be back open Thursday, May 14, 2020, but that could change if we get a lot more rain tonight and tomorrow and berries don't get a chance to ripen. Right now, only 7 of our 49 rows of blackberries are producing, so there is still lots more pickin' to be done soon. So please check back on this "Updates" tab or on Facebook before you drive out here. Thanks to all who picked today--lots of great blackberry jam is going to be made in many kitchens soon!
More blackberries are ripe now, so we no longer limit the amount you can pick. At check-in, visitors age 2 yrs and over pay $1.00 entry, and berry pickers will purchase a picking box with handle for $2.00/box that will hold 10 lbs. of blackberries when level full, and we will date-stamp the box. Also, at that time, purchase a large, clear bag for $.50 each if you wish to pick vegetables. We do not allow picking of anything in your own containers/bags, so please leave them at home.
For better results, pick your heavier vegetables first so they can be at the bottom of the bag. Veggies priced individually, such as cabbage, kale leaves, very hot peppers, etc. should go in separate smaller bags so that we can put your large clear bag on the scale and weigh contents @$2.00/lb. Cashier will give you those smaller bags (for individually priced vegs) as needed. Blackberries are the only thing that should be in your handled box so that it may be put on the scale and weighed @ $5.00/lb.
The number of visitors to the farm so far this season has been phenomenal, and we thank all of you who have ventured out to pick. We have a very small staff, so we are trying to streamline the check-in/out process as much as possible. Sorry we have to require you to buy a bag for $.50 for veggie picking, but our former system of picking veggies in our baskets is no longer appropriate. Paying with cash is faster than using cards, and having smaller bills is also a great help. (Coming in with a $100 bill for $2.00 check-in is rough on our change situation.) It is also helpful if you screenshot the site map on this website so you can find your way around, or view the big map we have posted in the market. Reminder: the only fruit available for picking now is blackberries, and figs later in the summer. We NEVER have U-Pick peaches, nectarines, plums, persimmons, etc but all those will be for sale pre-picked in the market when ready. See you soon!
Open regular hours for Mother's Day weekend (Sat. May 9 & Sun. May 10, 2020-- 7:30 am-1:00 pm). U-Pick thornless blackberries currently limited to one quart-size zip-top bag per person. (We furnish bags.) $1.00/person entry. U-Pick berries $5.00/lb. U-pick veggies ready at this time: kale, dinosaur kale, green onions, beets, Napa cabbage. Also sunflowers. Lots more veggies ready in a few days. List subject to change at any time. Weather should be great for enjoying the outdoors!