We are well into the season at Border Country Berries and we hope that your summer berries picking plans include a trip out to the farm. Many of you are aware of the root problem identified in our raspberry patch last year. As a result of that disorder there will be no raspberry season at Border Country in 2015.
We expect to offer U-Pick Blueberry and Sweet Corn this year. We'll post the occasional update here below and on our Facebook page as well.
The sweet corn planting started on May 23 and was completed on the 16th of June. Though it is extremely early for evaluating that crop, the germination appears to have been unusually strong. The first of several hurdles in the making of a good sweet corn harvest.
It's our intent to post regular updates here. For instance, if the pickers have cleaned the bushes of ripe berries we will notify you here that we are closing for a day or two so the ripening berries can "catch up". We want your visit to be as productive as possible.
We want to extend our sincere thanks to all who came out to the farm and participated in the harvest this year by picking berries or by placing orders for pre-picked. Your continued patronage and appreciation of our efforts is a real encouragement to us. Thank you all!!
Pumpkins/Gourds and Cornstalks
10-16-15 Fifty or so pumpkins remain in the front yard along with about a dozen gourds of various shapes and sizes. It is just about time to finish up that autumn decorating. All pumpkins and gourds are 1/2 off the marked price! Obviously, just while the supply lasts. We will have cornstalks available at $3.00 per bundle for a few more days; then it is going to be time to plow the cornfield. Hope you are enjoying the autumn season; it has been a gorgeous one!
10-07-15 The last picking of pumpkins has been done and the field is empty but the front yard at 3042 S. Seymour Rd is nearly full!! Right now we have over 100 pumpkins of various sizes, shapes and prices. Also a dozen or two gourds of odd shapes and various colors are available. Prices range from 3 for $1.00 to one monster pumpkin that is $10.00. Nearly all other pumpkins are priced from $2.00 to $5.00. We also still have bundled cornstalks for $3.00 a bundle. Come on by and see what you like!
09-21-15 We have bundled cornstalks available at $3.00 per bundle. Also some larger (jack-o-lantern size) pumpkins. A neighboring gardener has supplied a nice variety of gourds; quite a range of shapes, colors and sizes. Pumpkins and gourds are individually priced. Stop out and see what suits your autumn decorating plans! This location is where we previously sold the sweet corn, 3042 S. Seymour Rd.
09-17-15 We regret to say that our sweet corn corn harvest has ended very abruptly. A sudden and significant outbreak of earworm (some folks call it silkworm) has degraded the quality of the crop. Field-wide sampling indicates closing the harvest is the best course of action. Our genuine thanks to all who have purchased our corn this year! We hope to do it all again next year.
PUMPKIN / CORNSTALKS
In a week or two it looks like we will have a few jack-o-lantern sized pumpkins available along with cornstalks. This will be at 3042 Seymour Rd.
09-11-15 Yesterday we began harvesting a new portion of the corn field. This includes a bi-color corn that is somewhat superior to the bi-color we have been harvesting so far. It provides a slightly larger cob and, in most opinions, is just a bit sweeter than the earlier bi-color.
09-10-15 We are very pleased to let you know that the Kinross Co-op is marketing our corn. If you shop there please consider picking some up. You may want to ask for ours as they could have other suppliers as well. Thanks!
A BIG thanks to all who purchased corn from us at the Sault Farmer's Market yesterday afternoon! It is always difficult to estimate the quantity that should be picked for the Market. Worked out real well yesterday. Thanks again!
09-08-15 Planning to make the Sault Farmer's Market tomorrow (Wed) with a load of fresh corn. Hope we see you there!
08-29-15; THE CORN HARVEST IS ON. It is tender and fresh!!
Corn is available on the table by the driveway at 3042 Seymour Rd. For those of you that have been to the farm to pick berries but never purchased our corn, this address is between the farm and 3 Mile Rd on Seymour. A sign is pretty obvious at the end of the drive. Price is $4.00 per dozen. Prices for lesser quantities are post on the table.
It may be helpful to some folks to understand the typical day during the corn harvest. This is NOT a U-pick crop. Usually the first picking of the day occurs in the mid-morning and the corn is available on the table by late morning. Often a second picking is done in the middle of the afternoon and is on the table in time for the "drive home". If needed, another picking occurs to supply the table for the evening period. Multiple small pickings are done, rather than a single large one, because we want to keep the corn on the table as fresh as possible. In addition, pickings are done as we get orders from a few retailers in the area who market our corn. With this in mind, you can see that it is impractical for us to post updates each time we leave the corn field with a new supply of corn. If you want to know about recent pickings, please be guided by the schedule just discussed. If you're concerned your trip might be wasted on an empty table, feel free to call ahead.
LOCAL RETAILERS MARKETING OUR CORN -- the following local retailers are currently selling sweet corn from Border Country Berries. We are seeking to add some others to the list. If you want our corn specifically, you might wish to ask for it as they may have other suppliers as well.
Save A Lot -- selling now
Neville's Superette -- beginning Wednesday, Sept 2nd
Kinross Co-op -- beginning Sept 10th
We may be at the Sault Farmer's Market in coming weeks starting Sept 9th
Accepted methods of payment are cash or local check. "Local" would be defined as the counties of Chippewa, Mackinac, Luce, Emmet and Cheboygan.
Blueberry HARVEST IS OVER
SWEET CORN $4.00 PER DOZEN
NOTE RE WEATHER: If thunder can be heard or lightning seen while one is in the berry field, then the farm will immediately close until those conditions are absent.