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!
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.
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.
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.
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:
- Chautauqua Hills Farm (that’s us!)
- Morning Harvest Farm at the Wichita Farmers Market (or check out their CSA packages)
- Two Olives in Wichita (formerly Piccadilly)
- Kansas Grown Farmers Market in Derby
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!