We had no idea what to expect. We went early before it got too hot. This is the view down the drive to where you pick up your buckets.
The bushes were loaded!
There are three varieties, each ripening at different times. The owners told me they have 7800 plants on 11 acres. Wow. They also told me the crop was about 50% less than previous years because of the late freezes and hard winter we'd had. I can't even begin to imagine that many more.
We were given gallon buckets with a harness to hold them up. Here's Bonnie modeling one for us:
We quickly filled our buckets:
And decided to go empty them and each pick another gallon. They taste so good (yes, I was sampling as I was picking)!
The owners, Tim and Judy, are so sweet. They told us when we got home to spread the berries out on a paper towel so they could dry off and then when they were no longer damp, to place them in bags and freeze them. So, I have mine all spread out on paper towels:
|Counter next to the stove|
|On the table|
|Another view of the table|
Bonnie and I agreed this will be a yearly tradition. Now excuse me while I go drool and dream of all the delicious things I'm going to make.
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