The Happy Berry

Blueberry Picking - Peak of Season!

Now Picking Jupiter Table Grapes!

Last updated July 17, 2016

Blueberry Picking - is just FABULOUS!
It is PEAK OF SEASON in the blueberries!
Now picking Tifblue, Centurions, Climax, Onslow
The berries are dripping from the bushes!
Beat the heat by picking early mornings, or taking advantage of the evening breezes.
Stock the freezer now for winter blues!
Blueberries are SOOO easy to freeze, and easy to use straight out of the freezer. Frozen blueberries can be used as fresh berries since they do not lose texture with freezing.
See our Kitchen Tips for more.

Jupiter Table Grapes to start this week
Now picking Jupiter and Venus Grapes
Take your time picking - Just because one cluster is ripe does not mean that the next one is. Be sure to look carfully to make sure the cluster is uniformly colored all the way around the cluster. Grape clusters must be cut from the vine with snipers - please don't tear the vines.
See our Picking Tips.

Figs - August 1

CAUTION - Please wear shoes with good tread.
Please no sandles or flip flops. The terrain is uneven, and in places, sometimes steep. Please wear shoes with good tread for walking around the farm. See our Picking Tips

Blackberry picking conditions are very poor.
Chester are ripening, but we only have 10 rows. The experienced and "very determined" can still find some blackberries down and in the bushes, but this is not easy picking.

How To Pick Blueberries & Table Grapes
Read our Picking & Storage Tips

Refrigeration is a must
Berries are living beings.  They will continue to carry on respiration which uses energy (sugar).  Therefore, it is important to preserve the quality of fresh picked berries that refrigerate just as soon as you get them home. If you are traveling and are going to be stopping for a bite to eat we recommend a cooler with an ice pack.  Thirty minutes to an hour in a car unprotected from the heat can leave you with much lower quality berries.

Blueberry Picking Is Fabulous!
Jupiter & Venus Table Grapes Are IN!

Monday - Friday: 8am until Dusk
Saturday: 8am until 6pm
Open Sunday July 24: Noon until 6pm

Being open on Sundays will be a week to week decision based on farm management needs.

Find Us at the Market

Six Mile Farmers Market at the Depot (Old fire station): Thursdays 4:00 – 7:00 PM

Clemson Farmers Market at Patrick Square:
Fridays 3:00 – 6:00 PM

Greenville TD Farmers Market on Main Street:
Saturdays 8:00 AM – 12 PM

Anderson Farmers Market:
Tuesdays 4:30 – 7:30 PM

2016 Prices

Blackberries $2.50 $6.00 $24.00
Blueberries $2.50 $6.00 $24.00
Seedless grapes $2.50 $6.00 $24.00
Figs $2.50 $6.00 $24.00
Muscadines $2.00 TBD $20.00
Persimmons TBD N/A N/A

Speed limit is 6 miles per hour....
For your own safety as well as others -
Please drive slowly and carefully.

The Harvest Schedule - At A Glance
Now picking Blueberries
Seedless grapes will be next up. We have forecasted them to start mid to late July but they are already going through verasion which seems early.
Stay tuned to our home page- we will keep you apprised.
Blackberries The spring and summer varieties are about gone...the picking is very poor.
Figs will start August 1 and go to mid September.
Muscadines will start mid August and go until late October.

Appropriate Footwear
Please no sandals or flip flops. Please wear shoes with good tread for walking around the farm. The terrain is uneven, sometimes steep, and, especially in the blackberry fields, sometimes even very steep. See our Picking Tips

BYOB – Bring-your-own-bucket
We love it when you bring your own buckets. If you have extra plastic buckets or quart cups, we would welcome these donations to the cause.  We can wash and sanitize them and they will be "good to go" for another round.

Parking Tips 
We ask our workers to park at the top of the driveway in order to save parking down near the old farm house for you!  That means that seeing cars at the top does not mean you have to walk in.  If we are really crowded we will have someone at the top to direct parking.  With that said, please note that trailers or RV types of vehicles must park at the top of the driveway in the first parking area.  They should not be taken down to the house because there is not enough room to turn them around.

Preferred method of payment
We love Cash!  We also accept checks, and Visa or Mastercard debit/credit cards.  We are hoping that you will all continue to use cash or checks as much as possible. 

We are now mobile-friendly!
On Saturday June 4, 2016 we posted our new mobile friendly website. Please bear with us as we iron out some bumps and links. Please let us know how you like the new look, and if you find any bumps! We would love your input.

Dog Policy
Please leave your pets at home.
We love dogs but it is best not to bring dogs to the farm. We cannot allow dogs in the fields and the parking area is too hot to leave pets in the car. If you cannot avoid having your dog with you, please plan for a member of your group to stay with the dog; stay out of the fields (no one wants berries that were...ah..sprayed); carry doggie bags for the unmentionable; and keep the dog on a 6 foot (or shorter) leash.

Only getting about 3 dozens eggs a day
Please call first if you are making a special trip-

More to Look Forward to - Eventually
We have added Persimmons, Goji, and mulberries but they have not come on-line yet.
We have also planted more fig trees since we seem to consistently have more demand than supply.
And, as always, we will be tinkering with ways we can lower our impact on the environment,
up our harvest productivity, maintain profitability so we can stay in business
and better serve our community.
Ask Walker for details and/or Stay tuned for updates!