Strawberry Time!

It’s strawberry picking time!  We will have strawberries in season until sometime around the end of May or 1st of June.  Our new store is still under construction but we are open for picking and usually have already picked berries in the cooler!  Stop in at the office at Berrien Peanut Company for directions!

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Country Market being added at Southern Grace Farms!

IMG_4642For years we’ve tossed around the idea of adding a country store to our farm…and we are finally going ahead with it!  BUT with all the rain we had this winter, we are over a month behind in building b/c we couldn’t get in there and ready the land for construction.  But finally we are seeing a little progress! Concrete is poured and beams going in!  The Country Market will offer all of our jams, jellies, salsas, pickles, and tons of other Georgia Grown, southern staples!  We plan to have ice cream, slushies, samples of products, and more!  Hopefully we will be able to move in at the end of strawberry season, if not then during blackberry season!  So when you come out to the farm, please excuse our mess!

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Frost Protection!

Frost Protection using above ground irrigation and row covers.

Frost Protection using above ground irrigation and row covers.

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We plant our strawberries every year in October.  They grow until the weather gets cold, so in November or December they enter a dormant phase.  In what used to be a typical year :), when we start having some warmer days in January and February, the plants will begin to bloom.  The plant can stand Georgia’s coldest temperatures but the blooms and berries cannot.  A ripe, red, strawberry is ready to pick 30 days after the bloom. So if we get freezing temperatures after we have blooms, and we want to protect them, we have to frost protect!  I found some old pictures of our frost protection to share with you guys to show you how we prevent the frost from settling on the blooms/berries.   Sometimes we’ve used both methods at the same time, but we have row covers and/or above ground sprinklers to promote warmth and prevent frost damage.

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Peanut Season On the Farm!

It’s peanut season on the farm!  We grow our own peanut plus have a peanut buying point where we process other farmers’ peanuts before they are sent to the sheller.  A peanut buying point is the middle man between the farmer and the sheller.  The sheller then receives the peanuts and markets them to candy companies, peanut butter companies, etc.  I’m going to try to post as many pictures and videos as I can to give everyone a better view of peanut season so stay tuned! Check out this video we created on digging peanuts!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9elARR6NmuM&list=UU_5Ci4adoX40t1j22IJ0Gug

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Blackberries, peaches, nectarines, plums, and blueberries are ready!!

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Classic Strawberry Shortcake!

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