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Picking Report 6/13 6pm

We had to close early today due to being sold out of ripe berries. This is the hard part about this business, i.e. trying to predict picking pressure with amount of ripe berries. As we have said previously, we want to remind everyone to check with in with Facebook, our web page, or call before coming out especially if coming from a considerable distance. We don’t want anyone to be disappointed.

We will do a post on Wednesday to let everyone know for sure if we will be open on Thursday.

Picking Report 9am June 13

Good start to the first day of picking. Many pickers are here and enjoying the cooler part of the day.
Pretty much cleaned up the ripe berries on zone 6. Now working on zone 5. Ripe berries may be finished up by 12 noon if the picking pressure continues the same.

They’re Beginning to Ripen!

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2016 Season

We are looking forward to a great season of Asparagus and Blueberries.
As I’m sitting here looking out the window, I’m still awed by the beautiful countryside, even after 27 years of living here.
We broke ground for the berries in 2004 but didn’t actually open for picking until 2008. We’ve definitely had about every trial one could have with a blueberry planting, but I really think this year is going to be the best year. The berries look plentiful (even after heavy pruning) and I think they will be large and very flavorful.
But for now, we are anticipating the Asparagus crop, which should be sprouting any day now.
Again, we will be charging $3 per pound for Asparagus. I will deliver to Kirksville. If you want to preorder, you can e-mail us at: rpriceblue@gmail.com or call 660-342-2725
The asparagus is very tasty and tender and we bag it in 1 pound bags.

Stay tuned for more updates!
Blueberry Bob

The Price Family ready for the 2015 season.

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2014 Blueberry Season – Closing Comments

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.

 Numbers 6:

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)

2013 Blueberry Outlook

As I write this note, we are awaiting our third major snowstorm for 2013. You won’t find me complaining because I am thrilled over having the much needed moisture. Our main irrigation pond was reduced to 5 feet of water (normally about 2 times that deep) last year. I then switched to our back up pond and sucked it down about 5 feet. I was amazed that over the winter, especially after the last snow storms and rains, both ponds are full! I am very thankful. Another thing that I’m thankful for is for the extended cold (please don’t be angry with me). This is really good news for all of us who raise fruit crops. Maybe we will not have to deal with frost after everything is bloomed out like the last few years.
I think it is really shaping up to be a good growing year (that’s the good news) The problem is we are still reeling from the effects of drought and stem blight disease from 2012.
About 10 % of our bushes died and probably another 20% have been affected to where they didn’t have good bud set. We also had to prune pretty heavily so as to invigorate the languishing bushes. This further reduces the crop. So, sad to say, we will be limited on the amount of berries we have this year. I will keep everyone abreast as harvest time approaches as to how many berries we will actually have. We do have 800 new plants coming to finish off the final two zones. Some of those will be replacements for the plants we pulled up last year.

Blueberry Bob

1{A Psalm of David.} Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.

2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits (Psalm 103)

Almost Spring Update

Happily, spring is just a couple weeks away.  It doesn’t much look like it, since we’ve been inundated in the past two weeks with an accumulation of 18 inches or so of snow–which we are NOT prepared for here in Northeast Missouri! Last week three of us were stranded in town for the night simply because the small amount of new snow drifted so badly on Lost Branch Way that my dad even got stuck in our four wheel drive truck!  We are very grateful for the moisture, though, since the drought last summer really depleted our water supply.

The primary location for the 2013 Missouri Blueberry School was moved to town, as the snow was too bad out here.  It went very well, however, and many brave people came out to practice pruning some of our blueberry bushes amid the drifts of snow.

Below is my dad giving his talk during the blueberry school, along with Patrick Byers,  a University of Missouri Extension horticulture specialist.

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Another pic of the pets is in order.  We saw this this morning and had to document it…

IMG_2884It really is a love-hate relationship!

The lambs are still coming.  “My” black sheep had twins yesterday! I saw she had a white one, so I went outside to investigate.  Seeing a mostly white exactly-like-a-Katahdin lamb was kinda disappointing after all my speculations as to what a black Finn/Romanov crossed with mostly white Katahdins was going to look like.  But, I was then delighted to watch the birth of this:IMG_2892

So cute!

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Like Mother, like daughter. 🙂 And she is turning out to be a pretty good Mother, thankfully, since I had heard that her breed might not be too good at lambing.

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Mama is keeping a wary eye on the black thing that makes weird noises and flashes.

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Join us for the 2013 Missouri Blueberry School!

Sponsored by the University of Missouri Extension, Missouri State University, and the Missouri Department of Agriculture Specialty Crops Block Grant program, the Winter Blueberry Management Workshop will be held at our farm on Friday, March 1, 2013, from 9 AM to 5 PM.

From the flyer:
“Join the Missouri Blueberry School for a hands-on workshop that focuses on blueberry planting managment, pruning, weed control, disease management, and food safety. Bring your pruners, appropriate outdoor clothing, and your questions!

Workshop location:
Lost Branch Blueberry Farm

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Pre-registration is required to attend the workshop and is $20 per person, which includes lunch, refreshments, and educational materials. The workshop will be limited to 30 participants. Please pre-register by February 26 by contacting the Adair County Extension Center at 660-665-9866 or email schutter@missouri.edu.

Announcement

Hi everyone, just wanted to let you all know that we are now on Facebook and Google+! Spread the word and keep in touch!