Picking Update (updated May 29, 2020)
Friends of The Berry Patch
The Berry Patch intends to open for its 2020 season in the third or fourth week of June for strawberry picking, followed in July by raspberry and blueberry harvest.
It has been a very strange spring. Obviously we are all impacted by the coronavirus and concerns about gathering in large groups. Large numbers of our friends and neighbors, and perhaps yourself, have had employment affected. These are unsettling times. Over the coming weeks we will share the steps we are taking to allow you to have a safe and enjoyable picking experience at The Berry Patch, including our plans for physical distancing, sanitation and more.
The production season has also been very strange. Part of the reason we have delayed announcing plans for 2020 is that crop development has been so very slow this year. As of May 29, we are only now reaching full bloom on strawberries, where normally this happens between May 5 and 15. Same thing is happening with our other crops. We also experienced cold temperature damage in all three crops, which will reduce yields and fruit availability. While winter temperatures did not seem particularly low, we did experience an unexpectedly early freeze last November, and then five nights in early May where temperatures got down to the mid-20s.
We will be making other announcements over the coming three weeks, so please do check back for updates. Thank you for your interest in The Berry Patch!
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