U-Pick!! BERRIES U-Pick!!
Welcome to a new season at Border Country Berries! As of this writing (7-14-16) the blueberries appear to be progressing fairly well. For the last week or two rains have been very timely and, hopefully, have spelled an end to the near-drought that was starting to take shape at the beginning of July. Blueberry is the only berry we will offer in 2016. Please check the "updates" box below for information on the beginning of harvest as well as daily updates on picking conditions and adjustments in the daily hours of operation (picking times) once harvest is underway. We look forward to seeing familiar faces as well as many new ones in the berry field this summer! Thanks for finding us!
We expect to offer sweet corn again this year. Of course, this is a later crop than the blueberries. In the past that harvest has often begun right around the first of September. While the first planting of corn was a little earlier than usual this year, the conditions right after planting became less than optimal. So, we don't expect the harvest to start any earlier than is typical. Right now is way too early to estimate. We'll keep you posted below.
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.
7-29-16; we will be open for picking on Saturday, the 30th, at 9:30 a.m. Prices will be the same as last year: $2.20 / lb. for U-pick; $3.40 / lb. for pre-picked. We will begin accepting pre-picked orders when we open Saturday, but please be aware that we won't be filling any of those orders until next week. Thank you! Hope to see you soon! We recommend bringing your own take-home containers as boxes are not readily available right now.
Pumpkins/Gourds and Cornstalk
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
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!