It looks like we are in for a weeks worth of heat starting Saturday. They say it should be 90 degrees by 11:00 in the morning. So, we are going to open at 6:00 AM Saturday if you want to come early. If you want to come before that, please call us Friday and set it up.
Nancy took this picture of a hummingbird drinking from a sprinkler today. You can hear different birds in the background. If you think it is peaceful and there are a lot of birds on normal days, try 6:00 on a Saturday morning.
Saturday will definitely be our last day, and this will be my last post for the season. I will start again next April, God willing.
We have appreciated your business and your conversations. Some of you have been picking since 2009. Many of you have become our friends and we look forward to seeing you each year.
If you are looking for a good place to be on Sunday morning, try Hickman Community Church 854 I St, Hickman, CA 95323. There are a lot of young families and some old ones like us and Andy preaches the Word. For more information visit the website http://hickmanchurch.org/ The main service starts at 10:15 and if you are interested in maturing, try the Equipping Hour which starts at 9:00.
People keep asking me how long the season will go and I keep telling them “until we run out of berries”, which is true but not really helpful. Maybe 4 more days is better (I’m writing this Tue evening).
At this point we plan to stay open through Saturday 6/17. As you know, we are closed Sunday and it is supposed to be getting very hot Sunday and the entire next week so I expect Saturday is our last day. When it gets hot, not as many people come to pick and I don’t blame them. The heat also speeds up the ripening process so we will have more and more over-ripe berries.
I hope that helps you that are waiting until the last minute. Four more days!
For those that were signed up to receive this blog on their e-mail, I hope you were able to get out here toward the beginning of the season this year.
We would appreciate any comments on having the blog sent out by email. Is it useful or annoying or do you have suggestions to make it better?
I’ll post at least once more this season with a definite end-of-season date.
We are having a good season. Not quite as many berries this year but larger. Of course by now, many of the largest ones have already been picked. We should be open a couple more weeks anyway.
Special Days. This Saturday May 27 we will be closing at 1:00 so we can attend a wedding. So, if you are planning to come on Saturday, come early. Sunday we will be closed as always, but Monday (Memorial Day) we will be OPEN all day.
We didn’t get any rain at our place, or if we did the blueberries were not affected. So we are going to open on Wednesday the 10th at 7:30 AM.
Here is a picture Nancy took Sunday afternoon.
We hope to see you soon.
God Bless You,
I’m writing this early Saturday Morning.
As I anticipated, the heat has sped up the ripening process. However, the weather report says it will be cooler today and that there is a chance of rain this evening and tomorrow. If it does rain the ripe ones will split and it takes two or three days for them to heal and the ripening of the others will slow down. It looks like we will probably open next Thursday the 11th instead of Monday the 15th. We will send out another update before then.
We put out more ground-up wood on the walkways this year, but it is still better to wear shoes instead of flip-flops.
If you are one of the first ones here, you will probably get to see a lot of birds. They are busy trying to get as many berries as they can before you get here.
The berries are getting some nice size and there are a few that are blue, at least on the front. I picked a “blue” one yesterday and when I turned it around it was red and green. I ate it anyway and it was quite tart. Still, it tasted good.
As some of you may have noticed, I moved the start date from the 9th to the 15th because the rain slowed the ripening process down. However, I see that the heat is starting to move back in so we might be able to open sooner. We will see.
Sorry this post is late. We have indeed decided Saturday, June 18th is our last day for the season. Not many pickers came this week when it was cool, and next week it is supposed to be hot so we don’t expect many would come even if we stayed open. If you really want to pick some berries please call Nancy and see if she can make you an appointment. If she can, the times/days available will be limited, and we won’t be letting anyone in to pick after the 24th.
Pictures of berries picked Wednesday 6/15/16
We really appreciate all of you coming to pick at Blueberry Bluff and have enjoyed our conversations. Many of you have become our friends and it is enjoyable seeing you year after year.
Don’t forget that you can purchase Gift Cards of almost any amount online by going to the link at the top of our website. It might be nice for that person who has everything. Or an easy way to say thank you to almost anyone.
We hope you enjoy the blueberries you have picked this year. More than that we pray you experience God’s grace, peace, and hope in your lives.
Thank you for visiting our site and thank you for picking our blueberries. We still have a lot of berries, maybe 10,000 lbs, but the big ones on top have mostly been picked leaving smaller ones easy to pick and the larger ones hiding underneath and in the areas where there are more weeds.
I have to apologize for the weeds. I was trying not to use ANY weed spray, and they have grown “better” than any other year.
We are thinking that this Saturday the 18th may be our last day of the season. However, if people are still happy with what they are picking we may go longer. It is a challenge to find the balance between getting as many picked as possible, and getting back to cultivating, fertilizing, and pruning so we are ready for next year.
We have several items that have been left here. One particularly nice green A’s warm-up is one of them. Call us if it is yours, or if you have left something else.