BERRIES 2018: CLOSED

Well, this was a maddening season in the pie-cherry, raspberry, and blackcurrant department. Cherries: early and few; raspberries: late and thin; blackcurrants: extremely sparse; weather: mostly wet.  We avoided sending reminder cards, since a good response would have brought general frustration. To those of you who called the office, heeded the berry bulletins on the tape, and went home with enough berries to suit you – our thanks and congratulations.

Better luck next year!

OLD NEWS:  The field is open for Pick Your Own raspberries, blackcurrants, and pie cherries BUT PLEASE CALL 603/448-1511 TO CHECK before you come! OPEN HOURS: 7am-11am & 4pm-7pm 6 days/week, 4pm-7pm Sundays unless the ripe berries get picked out or the rain pours down. Sometimes we even have to close early on a heavy picking day to let the fruit catch up. THIS YEAR we’ve had extraordinary numbers of pickers in during the early days, so have had to close for a day or two to ripen more berries!  The weather has been unusually cool, which slows ripening. We record the latest berry news on our answering machine, so always call before you come.   603/448-1511
This year the raspberries look strong but the cherries and currents are sparse. 603/448-1511
Background:
Our Summer Pick-Your-Own starts sometime after Independence Day and lasts as long as the fruit lasts. FYI, a lot happens in May & June: here’s a quick look.
On June 7th last year the earlier varieties had just finished their bloom. By JULY 7th, there were enough ripe ones to open the gates! In 2018, spring has been much cooler than last year. By June 5th  the berry blossoms had not opened. But raspberries move amazingly fast once they start!
Meanwhile, as in 2017, the pie cherries and black-currants have already flowered, been pollinated, and showed fruit.
Raspberries after pollination

So – these drab pollinated post-flowers

Thanks to pollinator bugs, flies, ants, everybody

swiftly made these fancy treats,

CherriesJun7th

and these green marbles

     
Cherries Mid-close

became these beauties.

     
Raspberries & Blackcurrants

We hope to see you in the berry field this July 2018.

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