I’m sorry I’ve been so behind with updating the blog…I seem to never get caught up these days! We have several things going on at the farm!
If you haven’t been this season, there is still time! The strawberries are still big, sweet, and gorgeous! We still have U-Pick and We-Pick available. We’ve also opened up the U-Pick blueberries, and one row of peaches and have plums coming in as well. Blackberries will still be another couple of weeks before they’re ready.
We have restocked the t-shirts so if you were waiting on a size/color combo, I have gotten in some of the Buy Local shirts this week, sizes ranging from youth XS to Adult 3X.
Another exciting development is that we convinced Daddy to plant some vegetables! It will be later in the summer before they’re ready but last week we planted the following:
straight & crooked neck squash
mucho nacho jalapeno peppers
I’m not sure yet if these will be already picked only or if we will allow u-pick for these. We will also continue to partner with our other friends in the farming community and bring you what they are growing when possible. And don’t forget on those hot days you can always stop in and get a delicious homemade ice cream cup or cone!
In shuffling our merchandise around as we are building the new store, we realized that we have some peanut flour that we need to sale quickly b/c the best by dates are August 2015. The flour will last up to another year if refrigerated or frozen, but we don’t need to sell it past August, so for this month, it will be on sale, at cost, if you purchase by the case. Visit http://www.southerngracefarms.com/peanutflour.html to view/purchase. Also, we’ve added a t-shirt page to our store (sorry for the look of the page…it’s homemade!) We are currently working on a new look for the website as well with search options, and just a better flow for information. Anyway, the t-shirts are super cute and we are offering them at cost also, prices ranging from $10-$12. You can view those here: http://www.southerngracefarms.com/shirts.html.
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!
For 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!
Frost Protection using above ground irrigation and row covers.
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.