Pemberton’s Berry Pickers Delight
Summer is in full swing; August has arrived, and so has berry season! Pemberton’s plentiful soil, warm temps and wet winters create the perfect harvest season. This receipe is the magical combination to provide the freshest berries you’ve ever tried. North Arm Farm has created a stunning environment to spend the afternoon picking yourself a healthy little treat. Follow along to find the best way to spend your Sunday or any day of the week.
Each harvest season will vary in opening times and available berries. The season's first fruit is Strawberries; they start to pop up from June to July. Typically the Pemberton heat brings out the blueberries in July. They have around 20 rows of blueberries to pick your heart out. The North Arm Farm crew refers to blueberries as “the most underrated U-Pick fruit” with easy access, no thorns, and deliciousness. What more could you ask for? Blueberries are also the fruit that lasts the longest, depending on the weather.
The last berries of the season are raspberries. There is a slight overlap between raspberries and blueberries, ripening in July. However, raspberries will run until late August, whereas you could be picking blueberries into September.
Bring your best picking container or grab a box/bucket at the farm. Don’t forget to get your container weighed before heading into the field; that way, it won’t be included in your final count. Also, don’t forget to pack your sunscreen and bug spray; you’ll be out in direct sunlight, and the mosquitoes this time of year can be a distraction.
Once you arrive, you’ll be assigned a row or choose your designated row to get to work. As tempting as it might be to snack on the fruit while you pick it away, it’s important to place the fruit in the bucket instead of in your mouth. North Arm Farm works incredibly hard each season to create a fantastic guest experience and grow delicious produce, so please be respectful of the U-Pick offerings.
Pick a little or a lot; it’s up to you and how long your legs will carry you around. If your eyes are bigger than your belly, consider freezing some to save for later. They will be great for smoothies, jam, pastries, or just to top off a little scoop of ice cream.
If you miss out on fruit season, not to worry, root vegetables are just around the corner. Most famous of all is the great pumpkin patch. Hunt for the perfect pumpkin to carve for Halloween or serve up for dinner.
Sure, you could easily run to the grocery store and pick up a box of expensive organic fruit. Or spend the day with family and friends, picking up a storm. But, there’s nothing better than having a fridge and stomach filled with goodness. No need to book ahead; just roll up anytime between 9AM and 5PM and pick away. The patch is waiting for you, and the berries are ready for picking!
Posted: Wednesday, August 03, 2022