U-Pick!! BERRIES U-Pick!!
Welcome to a new season at Border Country Berries! The blueberry harvest is underway. Please check "Updates" below for days and times.
08-22-16; The sweet corn harvest began today.
Some of you may recall that we experimented a bit with a small planting of pumpkin last year. We're going to give it another go this year with a larger planting. With several different varieties and sizes ranging from very small (a few lbs) to rather large (40+ lbs) and differing maturity dates we'll try to keep you in the loop by updating below periodically.
Neither the sweet corn nor pumpkin has been a u-pick crop. We pre-pick and make them available at another location on Seymour Rd (3042) as well as two or three retail locations in the Sault area. Neville's Superette has sold our sweet corn in the past and has indicated an interest in doing so again this year. When the time comes we'll notify you below and you may wish to keep an eye on their marquee. We often market these crops at the Sault Farmer's Market each week, as well.
NEW!! POTATO NEW!!
We have a habit of trying a new crop from time to time. Some work out, others don't. This year a small planting of potato may allow us to make some available along with the sweet corn or the pumpkins. Yep, you guessed it! We'll let you know below if this new effort "takes root"!
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.
On Saturday, August 27, we will open an hour later than usual. Opening at 10:30 a.m. We will close at 5:00 p.m. sharp. Another obligation requires the early close and the corn harvest the late open. Wednesday's rain should make for some really good picking these next few days as it brings the late berries along to a ripened condition.
Prices are the same as last year: $2.20 / lb. for U-pick; $3.40 / lb. for pre-picked. Hope to see you soon!
Pumpkins/Gourds and Cornstalk
08-25-16; The sweet corn harvest has been underway for a few days now. A morning picking is usually available each day, on the table at 3042 Seymour, by about 11;00 or 11:30. Typically a second picking occurs in the afternoon.
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. With numerous pickings occurring on any given day you can see why it quickly becomes impractical to post an update here each time we leave the field with a new supply. If the timing of pickings interests you, then please be guided by the schedule just discussed. If you are concerned that your trip may be wasted on an empty table, feel free to call ahead. 906-748-2048
Accepted methods of payment are cash or local check. "Local" would be defined as the counties of Chippewa, Mackinac, Luce, Emmet and Cheboygan.
Blueberry $2.20/LB $3.40/LB
SWEET CORN N/A $4.00/ 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. Please exit the field right away!