About a week to go…

2013 fawn, perhaps just days old, kinda wobbly!

Starting to see some colour on early berries, so I am thinking we will open for picking late next week.  I had been thinking of mid-week, but the forecast is calling for 4-5 straight days of wet and cool weather, so…

I am pretty sure we will be picking by the 15th of June.

May 22…

A dark and ominous sky which dumped up to 50mm or more, but not here.  We got 2mm from this one.

So the rule of thumb is that strawberries take 3 weeks from bloom to berry.  look for us to open on or after the 10th of June, 2013!

 

Victoria Day weekend

Well many people are thinking about gardens and summer time about now.  So, how about an update on the “berry patch”.

The strawberries are uncovered from the winter’s straw blanket and growing well.  They look to have faired well, as I expected based on this past winter’s weather.  We planted new plants last week and Mother Nature has watered them twice for us so far!!  Early blooms are beginning to appear so I would expect a typical opening date somewhere before the 15th of June.

I’ll try to keep more timely updates flowing from here on to opening day…

:)

Go Leafs Go

I was fortunate to get to attend the March 23rd game of Boston at Toronto, in an Executive Suite!!  My brother, Ted, invited me to join him with some of his colleagues from Kids Help Phone.  AND the Leafs won…   Great game!

Max in suite 207

Go Leafs Go

Soil and Crop

Well, my time on the provincial board of Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association is over.  I do not intend to sound happy; it has been a siginificant commitment that kept me occupied for 8 years!  it is just a big chunk of reality to have this time come to an end.

It was quite an honour to have been able to serve as the head of that prestigious Board for 2011 and to have shared that time with the individuals who also have given their time to it.  Thanks to all who contributed to make this possible for me, especially my family including Jessica and our kids and Dad.

www.ontariosoilcrop.org

 

January 2013

Well, winter has us in its grasp.  The strawberries got their winter cover (chopped straw) back in December, and look to be having a decent winter.  We haven’t had ice in the fields and that bodes well for winter survival of berries and wheat.  Looking forward to spring and getting on to our “new land” – although we have already been quite busy over there!!

Mid-summer update

Well it has been very busy since strawberries!

Wheat has all been harvested; straw has been put up for the strawberries.  I got right into manure, got that done in 9 days spread over 15 days.  Cover crop seed was incorporated into the manure ground and then it FINALLY rained.  AND, all of that was done earlier than any previous year!!

Don’t forget to plan for the Rotary Barn Dance and Pig/Corn Roast on the last Saturday in August!

ps:  Sweet corn is on!

Strawberries are done for 2012

It was en excellent year until all that heat.  30+ for a couple days with high humidity and a few more days of hot sun were too much for the pickers to keep up with.  The berries ripened quickly and the season rapidly ended.

However, we were open for 17 days which is rather average.  We were pleased with the run of it, and I think we saw a lot of new pickers to our patch.

Thanks to all!

Next up:  Wheat harvest.  Then Manure spreading!!

 

Last Day for Strawberries

We are open today (8 to noon, and 4 to 8).  There are a lot that are overripe, but if you need one last treat, come on out.

If you miss out today, bookmark this site for next year and start checking at the end of May for opening dates.

Thanks to everyone who came out this season!