As I said earlier, we had a large increase in the amount of pickers that came this year. We are thrilled about that. I am also very encouraged by the new growth on all the bushes this year, especially most of the struggling bushes. Also, it has been a great establishing year for the new zones 6 and 7. We should get some berries off of them next year and those will be nice large berries. I’m excited, too, about the new Patriot variety, that is doing well and will have berries next year, Lord willing.
The amount of berries picked this year (2500 pounds) was the smallest amount we’ve ever had. We should be having close to 10,000 lbs with the bushes we have planted. This is due to the lack of new growth on the bushes last year, but it did surprise me how little there ended up being.
That is why we were pretty much picked out in the first hour each time were were open. This made for a frustrating time for some of our customers and I’m afraid some of those were new customers. I hope they give us another try next year because I’m pretty sure that there will be lots more berries. It was also a frustration for us to determine our opening days and hours. I’m glad that most of you follow us closely on the web for our updates. Also, many people gave us a call before coming out which saved some from a fruitless trip.
Again, all in all I’m very encouraged. In the 10 years I’ve been growing blueberries, I learn every year. This year I believe the Lord has given me some knowledge of things that needed to be done a bit differently. Yes, and the nice weather has helped too this year.
So, I want to leave all of you, our wonderful customers (I think every business should have customers as thankful and kind as ours) with a thought or two:
First of all, we have nothing that hasn’t been given us by God. I Corinthians 4:7 in the Bible says: “For who makes you to differ from another? and what have you that you did not receive? now if you did receive it, why do you glory, as if you had not received it?” So, all we have is from God.
Secondly, we have been given the greatest gift from God and that is the gift of His dear Son, Jesus Christ. It is here that I would like to leave you with this final passage of scripture that tells the story of what this life is all about:
II Corinthians 2:14-21
14For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died; 15and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.
16Therefore from now on we recognize no one according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him in this way no longer.17Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. 18Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, 19namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
20Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
24The LORD bless you, and keep you;
25The LORD make His face shine on you,
And be gracious to you;
26The LORD lift up His countenance on you,
And give you peace.’
See you next year, Lord willing,
Robert (Blueberry Bob)