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Click to enlargeLocated 1-1/2 hours southeast of east Wichita, Kansas, we offer organic, sustainably-grown Blueberries and Blackberries. Our produce is available during the growing season (typically June through July) at Farmers Markets, Pick Your Own at the Farm via online reservations, Pre-Picked Orders via online ordering and Wichita area fine restaurants.

At Chautauqua Hills Farm we eat what we grow and we continually strive to produce the very best for our customers.

Blueberry blooms in the spring

Our nickel-size blueberries!

A helpful bumblebee

Chautauqua Hills Farm

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Blackberries
Late June to July

BlueberriesMid-June to early July

Welcome to Chautauqua Hills Farm. If you’d like to sign up for the 2018 season, go to “How To Purchase” above and click on “Customer Sign In” and follow the steps to create an account in our system.

To make a Pick Your Own Reservation online (during the season), click here.

To place an order online for pick up (during the season), click here.

Also, be sure to get our Berry Good Friends Newsletter to receive our ongoing newsletters, posts and important information regarding 2018 produce availability, Pick Your Own Reservations and Order & Pick Up.

We look forward to seeing all our Berry Good Friends again in 2018!

The Blooms and the Bees: Our Friendly Pollinators

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Our farm has been blessed with a large amount of natural pollinators; however, as is for the case for so many other farmers across the country, our bees continue to dwindle. So this year, we invested time into increasing our bumblebee population.
 
Bumblebees, you ask?! WHY? Well, although there are far more honey bees available, bumblebees can pollinate many more flowers. They pollinate more, because with their fast wing speed and big bodies, they vibrate the flowers, causing them to release more pollen (this is called, appropriately, “buzz pollination”), which helps plants produce more fruit.
 
It’s true they may look more menacing, but they’re actually far more docile than most honey bees, and considerably less likely to sting. In fact, male bumblebees don’t even have stingers.
 
The bumblebees have been hard at work, and unlike honeybees, they don’t mind working in the rainy cool days. They’re hilarious to watch fly, they somehow seem to defy everything we know about gravity and aerodynamics and just fly anyway. Apparently bumblebees flap their wings back and forth, instead of up and down, and that’s why this big round, disproportionally-sized bee can fly.
 
If you find one flying around you, just stand still. It’ll fly away as soon as it determines you’re not a flower. Come berry-picking time, the bees will be off pollinating somewhere else. Once all the blossoms are gone, the bees will be too. And then it will be almost time for you to join us at the farm! Bees do an important job, and we’re grateful for their help. 

So. Much. Rain. (But the Berry Bushes are Happy!)

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Last spring was so dry — drought in so many areas — and this year? Rain, rain, rain. We can’t recall three straight days that didn’t include some amount of rain, including one day recently where it came down for somewhere around 12 hours.
 

 

But we do like rain. The early cool and damp spring helped develop an excellent crop of berry buds.
 
Each bush has lots and lots of healthy buds that have opened well as we’ve started to see a few days of sunshine. 
 

Healthy buds mean healthy blossoms, and about 2-3 weeks ago we began to see the first pink pedals of flowers developing as the buds cracked open.
 
Pink pedals quickly develop into little white flowers, and seemingly overnight, the bushes appeared covered with blossoms.
 
In a couple of days we’ll share some about the bees who help pollinate our plants, making sure we get to savor those berries we love so much.
 
 
 
 

Welcome Back to Blueberry Season!

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The 2019 season is just around the corner, or should we say… just around the rain cloud?
 
If you’re here, hopefully you’ve noticed that registration is now open for the 2019 berry-picking season, which runs from early-mid June through July. The first berries are usually ripe within the first week of June. Check out our How to Purchase page to sign up!
 
We’re as excited as you for the season to get open and on its way. Stay tuned in the next few days for a couple of updates from the farm about the blooms and the bees!
 
If you didn’t come out and pick last year, you will notice our reservation system has a little different look to it, and from the feedback we heard last year, it’s now much easier to use than in years past. We hope you’ll agree. More information to come, but the berries do go fast, so make your reservations early so you’ll be sure to get what you want. Berries do freeze well, so keep that in mind also.
 
We’re sad to say that our longtime partner Morning Harvest Farms has decided to turn a new page in their lives, and its owners have entered some strange realm called retirement. We are certainly going to miss them on many fronts but we wish them the best in their new adventures. Beginning this year, blueberries will be available from the following venders and locations:
 
We are also accepting orders now for our Order & Pickup service. Place your orders now, and we’ll notify you in early June when the first berries ripen.
 
If you prefer to Pick Your Own, we’re excited to get to see you again this year, and our days of operation will be Thursday, Friday and Saturday for reservations. The reservation process is to ensure there are enough ripe berries available for you on the day you’re out, and that it’s a fun and pleasant picking experience without too many people on any given day.
 
As always, this is a really busy time of the year for us as we prepare for the season. We appreciate all the calls and comments we’re getting, but if you call or text, and don’t hear back from us right away, please be patient, and know that we’ll respond when we can.
 
We’re looking forward to seeing all our “Berry Good Friends” at the farm again this season.
 
And as always,
Thanks for Picking Us!
 
Your friends at Chautauqua Hills Farm…

How to Register to Pick or Order Berries!

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As you may have noticed, we’ve made some changes to the website, and we wanted to provide you with updated information (note: this post was originally made in 2018, but is current for 2019) on how to sign up for berry-picking reservations, as well as register for order & pickup.

Picking Reservation Instructions

Step 1: Start by selecting the How to Purchase at the top of the page.


Step 2: If you select Pick Your Own, you’ll be directed to the page below. Click on the View Calendar Here button in the middle of the page, where you’ll be directed to the calendar.


Step 3: Select the day you’d like to pick from the days available (Thursday – Saturday, in season).


Step 4: Complete the form directly below the calendar.


Step 5: Make sure you enter the four digit code that is displayed (YZRR in the example above) before you hit the send button.

It’s that easy. We’ll check your reservation request, make sure it’s a valid day and that we have plenty of ripe berries available for you, and then will send you a confirmation email (it may take us up to 24 hours to respond).

Along with your confirmation email, you’ll receive information and directions to our farm. You’re all set!

We’ll see you at the farm.

Order & Pick Up Instructions

Placing an order? Equally easy to do. From the How to Purchase page, select Order & Pick Up:


Scroll to the bottom of the page, and enter your information.


Complete your information, including how many gallons of blueberries you’d like to purchase, and submit. Done!

Thank you again for choosing Chautauqua Hills Farm for your naturally-grown blueberries.

We hope you find the changes to our site an improved experience, but as always we’d love to hear your feedback.

Hello, Spring 2018!

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Yes, it’s officially Spring 2018.

Thanks for all the calls and comments that are starting to come in as the cold days disappear and are replaced by … sunshine! warmth! birds chirping! buds!

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We’ve been working hard to get our pruning finished to ensure we have a strong crop of berries for this summer’s harvest, and while doing so, we’ve observed plenty of good bud production.

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As many of you know, blueberry plants set their buds in the fall, and barring any really nasty winter weather, remain dormant until late March or early April. This year’s bud production looks to be shaping up really well.

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We planted another 125 bushes last fall, and even though it’s been a particularly dry winter, they’re showing a lot of promise. If you recall, we also planted over 300 new plants in 2015, and from early observation, they should contribute to this year’s harvest.

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We’re as excited as you for the season to get open and on its way.

Our reservation system will have a little different look to it this season, but beginning May 1st, it will be open for reservations. More information to come, but the berries go fast, so make your reservations early so you’ll be sure to get what you want.

If you prefer to use our Order & Pickup Service, place your order early in May. Then in June, when the first berries ripen, you can pick up your berries at any of these convenient locations:

If you prefer to pick your own, we’re excited to get to see you again this year, and our days of operation will be Thursday, Friday and Saturday for reservations. The reservation process is to ensure there’s enough ripe berries available for you on the day you’re out, and that it’s a fun and pleasant picking experience without too many people on any given day.

As always, this is a really busy time of the year for us as we prepare for the season, so if you call or text, and don’t hear back from us right away, please be patient, and know that we’ll respond when we can.

We’re looking forward to seeing all our “Berry Good Friends” at the farm! Spread the word, and bookmark our website and Facebook page to stay up-to-date on farm news and the season opening!