BERRY SEASON IS OVER
SWEET CORN HARVEST IS OVER
CORNSTALKS AND DECOR PUMPKINS AVAILABLE, SEE UPDATES BELOW
Welcome and thanks for checking in with us! For those of you not familiar with Border Country Berries we are a small operation with the offerings that you see below. We are located just outside of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. Details and map are at the Location link above. For those who have picked with us in the past, we look forward to seeing you back again this year!
Raspberry - U-pick
We have a few different varieties of raspberry available on the farm. They are all red varieties and all are summer-bearing (no autumn-bearing). Though different cultivars, they all ripen within just a day or two of each other. In the past our raspberry harvest has lasted from 2 - 3+ weeks. This varies year to year with changing growing conditions and other variables in the weather and the field. For instance, this past winter (2012-2013) about 40 percent of the raspberry field sustained heavy damage from an under-snow population of meadow voles. Where they were active they damaged or destroyed up to 85% of this year's bearing canes. Consequently, we expect the crop to be smaller this year; and, it may result in a shortened harvest time. The surviving canes and the undamaged portion of the field are in nice shape and have a good crop of young berries coming along.
We have recently expanded (again) the raspberry acreage and are hopeful that within a year or two the picking opportunities will be enlarged.
Blueberry - U-pick
We have several cultivars of blueberry. Wouldn't you know it!? They're all blue. There actually is a pink-colored blueberry available now; we don't have it. Some things just shouldn't be messed with!
The blueberry bushes came through the winter very nicely and are carrying our best crop yet of this fruit. Barring pestilence, hail, drought, etc. etc. we are looking forward to a nice harvest in the blueberries.
This acreage was also expanded this spring. As you may know blueberry plants are much slower to mature than raspberry; so, it will be a number of years before this makes a significant addition to the harvest.
Blackberry - not yet
Our 2012 small planting of thornless blackberry bushes is struggling. We will decide by the end of this summer whether to continue our efforts there or put the ground to other use.
Sweet Corn - coming along
Our annual departure from the berry category is in the ground and growing. Those of you who have eaten our corn in the past may agree with us that it is a very flavorful and sweet late summer treat for those backyard on-the-deck meals. This is not a u-pick crop. It is sold at our residence, 3042 S. Seymour, and through a couple of local retailers.
Décor Pumpkin - this year's experiment
We made a small planting of pumpkin intended strictly for decoration (no pie). The pumpkin itself will be very small . . . . softball-sized. Not sure where this is going; we'll see.
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.
09-04-13 5:00 p.m.
We closed for the season about 2:00 this afternoon. A strong turn-out of pickers this a.m. finished off the blueberry crop. I want to take a moment to thank all of you who came out to help harvest both the raspberry and blueberry crops this year. We deeply appreciate your business and feel blessed that you value what we do at the farm. We wish each of you a safe autumn, winter and spring; we hope to see you all again next summer!
P.S. The sweet corn harvest continues and we will maintain updates below on that crop 'til its over.
For a few tried and true blueberry recipes like canned pie filling, sour cream muffins, and blueberry torte visit our facebook page.
Raspberry season is concluded, history!
010-03-13 Thursday Our sweet corn harvest concluded late last week. Thanks to all of our corn buyers!!
Because a few people have asked we are making cornstalks available in the driveway at 3042 Seymour along with the pumpkins described above and below.
Cornstalks are 25 cents each; bundle any number you like. Strings provided.
Décor pumpkins 50 cents apiece.
Very small pumpkins, some orange and some white, mentioned in the general section above are available at 3042 Seymour Rd. Having some of these in hand now it seems this would be a really nice size for class art projects, apartment decoration, any use where the big ole jack-o-lantern size is too cumbersome, heavy, or just takes up too much room.
Raspberry season is over
Blueberry SEASON IS OVER
SWEET CORN season is over
DECOR PUMPKIN $.50 EACH