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The Wise Blueberry Picker

The Wise Blueberry Picker (10 tips on having a good picking experience)

1. Try to come within the first couple of weeks. The berries are much easier to pick and are the largest and best.
The season usually lasts about 3 weeks here. The longer you wait the smaller the berries and therefore the longer it takes to pick a bucket
2. If you are picking a good amount (several buckets), it’s best to keep your already picked bucket of berries in the shade of the bushes.. If they are kept cool in the field and then put right in the fridge when you get home they will give you several weeks of enjoyment!
3. To freeze your berries, don’t wash them, just pour them in a heavy zip lock bag and stick in the freezer. Then, when you get ready to use them, just poor out what you need in a little colander, rinse off and eat. A healthy, delicious treat to eat all through the winter.
4. When picking, make sure to sample the berries from the bush from which you are picking (we don’t spray our bushes so no chemical worries). Also, avoid canes that don’t have many leaves on them as the leaves bring nutrition to the berries.
5. Move the canes around. There are usually really nice berries hiding in the foliage because many people just pick the berries on the outside.
5. Best picking is usually between 9-11 am because it is cool yet the dew is usually off.
6. If you attach your bucket to your belt, you will free up both hands and can pick twice as fast! Careful though, don’t bend too far over and dump your berries. We do have some different sizes of belts on hand if you need one.
7. In order to make everyone else’s berry picking more pleasant, please pick as many ripe berries off of a bush as you can before going to another bush. Try to go in sequence down a row or at least go to the next ripened bush in the row. Hopping around makes it much more difficult for those coming after you to find the ripe berries. Also, we can direct people more easily to sections of ripe berries.
8. Bring a hat, sunscreen and something cool to drink. (note we don’t allow alcoholic drinks and they are not good in the heat anyway)
9. Bring a light weight picking stool. You can glean those nice berries that the other pickers left because they were picking above waist height and rest your legs while picking those nice berries.
10. We have a regular, “flushable” bathroom for your convenience. Please make use of the outdoor sink and soap to cleanse your hands before you go back to picking.

Enjoy yourselves! Opening date coming soon…..

The 2017 Blueberry Season is coming up quickly

The 2017 Blueberry Season is coming up quickly. Possible opening date is June 16th BUT that could change so stay tuned – plenty of berries. Please tell/share with your friends. Look forward to seeing all of our faithful patrons and also those who are new pickers!

2017 Opening Day PROJECTION for Blueberry Picking

The blueberries are blooming like crazy, and there are more bumblebees than I have ever seen before. That translates into lots of nice, easy-to-pick berries for you all to pick. Looks like around June 16th for projected opening day. We would appreciate if you would TELL all your friends!   We will keep everyone informed for sure what the opening day will be as the day approaches.

Let the 2016 Blueberry Picking Season Begin in Northeast Missouri

Let the picking begin! Yes, We will be opening this Thursday June 16th at 8am. The berries look very nice this year and plentiful. There will be a good 5 weeks of picking and maybe more.
We have expanded our open hours this year so please take note:
 HOURS:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 8am – 8pm.
We will be closed on Wednesdays and Sundays.
 
**Sometimes we may have to close for a day or two for ripening so please keep checking into facebook or website as I will be posting frequently.
 
Please feel free to call if you are coming from a long distance.
PRICE per pound is $3 for U-Pick blueberries.
 
It is looking to be rather warm so remember to bring your sunscreen, a hat, water, and a cooler for your berries if you have one. If you are picking a lot, make sure to keep your berries shaded.
We will be starting for the most part on Zone 5. Those bushes have quite a bit of foliage this year so remember to move the canes around to see the nice berries inside.
 
This year we have enhanced our herb garden area with a nice waterfall. Please go down in the valley and enjoy the shade and the sound of the waterfall. We do ask that you or your children do not enter the actual waterfall area (which is roped off) as it would be unsafe.
 
Have a wonderful time picking fresh, untainted, local blueberries in Northeast Missouri.
 
Please tell your friends about us.  Thanks!
Blueberry Bob
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Preview of Summer

It’s been a while since we posted an update on the farm.  So, here’s the latest.  Robert is working on a couple eye-catching improvements here at LBBF…Well, they will be when they are done.  Here they are in their beginning stages.

This summer, this heap of rocks will be transformed into an enchanting little waterfall.

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Meanwhile, just a few yards away, our new peach orchard is growing steadily, despite some setbacks from the deer.

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To top it off, if you come picking this summer, you will be greeted by a new white wooden fence, which will hopefully keep little kids in, and dogs and other creatures out, besides being a scenic addition to the property.    IMG_5797

And finally, just in case you avid blueberry lovers are counting the days until you can pluck a fresh, juicy, sun-warmed berry off the bush and pop it in your mouth, this is what the status of the bushes is right now: IMG_5800Once the plants flower (around April 20), it will be about sixty days until fresh blueberries!

End of a Surprising Season

We have come to the end of the 2013 season and what a surprise it was.   Due to the late winter, rain, and fairly mild temperatures the berries did extremely well despite the 50 year drought last year.   I had also pruned very heavily due to a large amount of diseased canes.   So I am very thankful for the bounty.  What was really nice is the berries stayed rather large most of the way through.    We had very good customer turnout from all over the region, Kirksville being, of course, about 80% of our patrons.  We had quite a few who were new to our farm and also blueberry picking.  That is very exciting too.

With all that being said, I want to say “praise God from whom all blessings flow.”  He causes His rain to rain on the just and unjust.  That means that if you are alive, it is because God has allowed you to be.  If God withheld His protection from us we would not be alive for one millisecond.  And I am definitely being treated better than I deserve (as Dave Ramsey would say).  Men think they are really in control but the truth is that God is in control. He is Holy (totally “other” than us), righteous, just, and loving.    I am eternally grateful for his eternal gift of Jesus Christ.  The Father willed that His beloved Son would be crushed on the Cross for me.  That while I was still His enemy, Christ died for me (Romans 5).

So, I quote to you a section from I Corinthians 15:

“Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. 2 By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.

3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. 6 After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. ”

Some of you may wonder about this, the Gospel (good news).  If you ever would like to know more, please feel free to contact me.  It’s my whole reason for living!

Ok, so just a “heads up”  for next year…

We should have quite a bit of asparagus for the  Spring of 2014 (Lord willing).  We are changing how we deal with orders.  When the time comes that it is ready to pick, we will notify everyone we have on our list.  If you want to be added to our e-mail list, please let us know via e-mail or call.   When that time comes we will take specific orders for a specific amount of poundage.  The orders will be taken Monday through Friday, and we will have a specific time and place for all to pick up their orders at a designated  place in Kirksville.  This will insure that the asparagus we bring to you will be the freshest possible.  Many people commented on how tender and delicious our asparagus was this year.   So that is just a  preview.  We will post more specifics next spring.

Blessings in Christ,

Robert (Blueberry Bob)

Closed for 2012 Season

After evaluating the berry situation this morning, it looks like there are not enough to justify being open for picking anymore this year.  So we are closed for the season.

We so appreciate each and every one of you who came out to our farm to pick berries this year.  Without you we couldn’t do what we are doing! We hope you enjoy the berries and we look forward to seeing you in 2013, God willing!

Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You.
The earth has yielded its produce; God, our God, blesses us.
God blesses us, That all the ends of the earth may fear Him.

Psalm 67:5-7

O taste and see that the LORD is good; How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!

Psalm 34:8

Picking on June 6th

Hello everyone!

If you are wanting to get some berries, now is the time! We are going to be open tomorrow, June 6th from 4 pm to 8 pm, and we have many nice berries to pick.  We are also planning to be open for our normal hours for the rest of this week:

Thursday from 4-8 pm

Friday from 8 am to 1 pm

Saturday from 8 am to 1 pm.

However, please call before you come out to be sure that we still have ripe berries left that day, as our hours depend on the availability of ripe berries.

It’s looking like we will have plenty of berries from here on to the end of the season.

Happy Berry Picking,

Blueberry Bob

Choose Blue, for Goodness’ Sake!

So very delicious,

Extremely nutritious,

With a dark shade and hue

Of the juiciest blue;

Grown in big bunches—

Oh, perfect for lunches!—

You will try one and find

That there is no better kind,

So make sure to come

And pick yourself some,

Or they might disappear

Before you can come near!

by Katie D., a devoted fan of Lost Branch blueberries

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Remembering our Opening Weekend…

The sky was bright and clear…a perfect day for picking blueberries!

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A yard full of vehicles! Happily, we still haven’t ever had to park anyone on the road!

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Hard working blueberry pickers harvesting large juicy berries.

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Speaking of which, we really must show another picture of them.  Now we all have to survive on frozen blueberries (still delicious, but just not the same) for another nine months.

A special thanks to all of you who came to pick berries  here at Lost Branch Blueberry Farm this summer (many of you braved the heat, and some even the rain!) We appreciate ya’all so much and look forward to seeing you next year!