Wednesday, May 16, 2012

It has been some time now since I last posted an update here... and no, it is not for lack of adventures and activity going on out here at the farm, but rather for lack of time to write about that activity.  The field work has been non stop since finishing the grape pruning... with pick up of all the grapevines, planting of the almost 5700 new strawberry plants, weeding, weeding and more weeding everywhere and even a bit more pruning in the raspberry fields. We are finally starting to see a bit of the "fruits of our labors" as the strawberry plants are full of white berries just waiting to ripen.  Even after the week (almost 2 weeks ago now) of 3 or so inches of rain, we are again in need of some moisture. Strawberries love to have that rain when they are putting on their fruit and ripening -- makes for extra juicy berries. 

Two of our little helpers sitting atop the strawberry planter!
Thanks to our hard working 7 and 9 year old sons and lots of hours in the fields ourselves, we are finally starting to put a dent in the weeds in the strawberry fields... but they will never be weed free... it's just the nature of the beast.

Even with a few weeds here and there, the strawberries should be superb this year. We are anticipating 10-14 more days before opening with strawberry season and will update our website, blog and phone message with an exact opening date once we have one. Until then, if you need me, I'll be the one out in the fields bent over pulling weeds while talking to the baby in the carrier sitting next to me!

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