My 2017 blueberry harvest was a success. My goal to have enough blueberries to thank the people who helped me plant, make all the pies and wine for Sabrina’s wedding, and eat blueberries to my hearts content, was accomplished!
The plan to stagger the ripening season didn’t happen this year, don’t ask me why. All of my varieties of berries, from early to late ripening, turned blue and were ready to pick in one fell swoop. So over the course of one weekend in early August, friends and neighbors came and we harvested 175lbs. And then it was over! But what fun it was (not to mention deeply satisfying) to see my fields (albeit briefly) washed in blue. Some of the berries were so big they looked like grapes. And sweet – so sweet!
The rain this year was more of a blessing to me than a curse. Given the fact that I was lame and needed to redo the irrigation system in one of my fields, the continual downpour gave me some grace time to get it done (even though I lost some plants due to flooding). So thank you all for taking that hit.
I think if the fierce God of agriculture continues to smile down upon me, I should be able to open for business next year for family and friends and to the public for the 2019 season. Fingers crossed!
Arlene you are amazing. Good luck with everything in this new business and enjoy good health.
Hi Evelyn, thanks so much. It’s quite the journey! Awesome to hear from you. Hope you and yours are well. 😊, cheers, Arlene
That’s great Arlene proud of you girl good job good luck with the wedding
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Hi Barry, thanks! And thanks. Let’s get together soon. Hugs, Arlene
Hip hip HOORAY!! That’s just spectacular!
I hope to be one of your customers next season (wink wink, nudge nudge).
Thanks so much Bronwen! You will definitely be among the chosen few for next year without question 💕
What great news! I’m glad it was a success! I assume you are heading west soon.
Thanks Sherri! Sabrina and I left Thursday and have arrived at her new home in Hinton.
So glad to hear that your blueberries are prospering ! You are a brave girl to take on such a big project but then ” it’s Arlene” So no surprise. XO
Thanks Pauline. Not going to lie – I was pretty relieved to get some berries this year. I wonder if I’ll ever take getting berries for granted. Presuming of course that I continue to get berries. 🙂 xo
Great picture you look in your element…:-)
Glad you made it to Sabrina and Ben’s new home safely. XO
Yup, made it safe and sound. Said goodbye to her today – which was heart wrenching. See you soon xo
Enjoy your blueberry pics.Good thing you didn’t have a summer like us .No rain and it is still dry. Lots of glorious sun but so hard on the plants and trees. The fall clots are not as spectacular because of the drought. send our best wishes to Sabrina!Xo
Thanks Pauline. Sounds like you had a summer like we did last year. This year we had the opposite. I will give Sabrina your best wishes. Xo
That is the fall colours not the fall clots. I swear this I pad is trying to make me look stupid.
Hahaha. the dreaded and unpredictable spell check – we are all there :).
Congrats! We been telling everyone we know if you adventure, and they are all waiting for the day it opens up… take care…
Thanks again! Me too, 🙂
The blueberries look so so perfectly blue and and my face just smiled looking at them ! They look so delicious !!! I will be ready to pick ….. oh those photos warmed my heart. Good job !
Thanks. Your and mine both 🙂