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The Happy Berry logo Welcome to The Happy Berry - blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, figs & elderberries


updated August 29, 2014

Open Rain or Shine
And rain at your house does not mean it is raining here...

Figs Have Begun
Best Picking is in the morning
Remember that figs continue to ripen after they have been picked
We (farm staff) pick the ripe figs left on the trees each day after lunch
We do this so there will not be over-rip figs on the trees
and to keep the bees down - they love those yummy sweet figs too!
There are lots of figs but we do not anticipate a "peak" the way we have had previous seasons
See our Current Conditions for details!
Check out Greenville Online's Story on Figs

Muscadines - Have Started!
Now picking mostly a scuppernong known as Early Fry.
We are getting 5 to 10 gallons a day and volume is picking up rapidly.
Should be good picking by 8/28 or later.
We are also getting some black Muscadines, varieties Cowart and Ison, just a couple gallons a day
The black muscadines will be increasing in volume too.
Remember to FEEL the muscadine before you pick!
Don't be fooled by color - they look ripe before they are soft and sweet
Only the soft muscadines are ripe, sweet and ready to be harvested
And they will NOT continue to ripen after you pick them
Please review How to Pick Muscadines

FALL Blackberries!!
On August 25 we got 5 quarts from about 1000 ft of row.
Customer response to Black Magic has been "Oh my goodness! That's the best blackberry I have ever tasted."
To be honest we do not know what to expect volume-wise
These new blackberries are an on-farm research project partially sponsored by USDA under a program called SARE (Sustainable Agricultural Research and Education)
Supposedly they will go until frost - but stay tuned for updates
See our Current Conditions for details!

Table (seedless) Grapes Are About Done
Grapes are near done in the field but we have just a few gallons in the cooler, mostly Saturn variety.
Please review How to Pick Grapes

Blueberries - Just for the diehard pickers
Blueberries are near gone but diehard Pickers are still getting a half to a gallon of berries with lots of effort.
We no longer have pre-picked blueberries either on farm or at the market.

Have your own buckets? Please bring them!
We welcome & invite you to bring your own buckets. Ones with handles work best.
Of course, if you don't have them, we will supply them for you
(and maybe you can bring those back the next time you come)

Find Us At the Markets
TD Saturday Market- Downtown Greenville: Saturdays 8:30a-12:30p
Clemson Market- Patrick Square: Fridays 3-6pm
Six Mile Farmers Market: Thursdays 4-7pm
Anderson Market: Tuesdays 5-8pm <


Dress for the weather
Berry picker Amy Fendley- pictured right - is dressed appropriately for this hot weather. A long sleeve loose fitting cotton shirt, long pants, a floppy hat to shade her face and good shoes. She is also carrying water with her into the field. The cotton absorbs the sweat where it evaporates and keeps her cool. If you do not keep hydrated your body temperature can get too high very quickly and be very harmful. Symptoms, in addition to dizziness and feeling bad, can be failing to sweat or excessive sweating. If you experience any of these symptons, seek shade, use wet towels or anything you can to get your body temperature down. Ice on neck, arm pits, forehead. Get help!- even using your cell phone to call the staff on the porch to come get you!

Blueberry Picker Amy Fendley-  She is dressed appropriately for hot weather.  A long sleeve loose fitting cotton shirt, long pants, a floppy hat to shade her face and good shoes.  She is also carrying water to the field.  The cotton absorbs the sweat where it evaporates and keeps her cool.  If you do not keep hydrated your body temperature can get too high very quickly and be very harmful.  Symptoms in addition to dizziness and feeling bad can be failing to sweat or excessive sweating.  Seek shade, wet towels or anything you can to get your body temperature down.  Ice on neck, arm pits, forehead.  Get help- even using your cell phone to call the staff on the porch to help!
Berry Picker Amy Fendley IS
"Dressed for the Weather"

EGGS!!!
We have about 75 birds
While egg production is up - we sometimes run out by mid to late afternoon.
If you are making a special trip, please call first
864-350-9345

Seen the pine trees planted through the fields?
See our "Carbon" page for more details

Electric Car Charger and Bike racks - Operational!
In 2013 we added an electric car charger to our parking area!
It is Up and Running! Please spread the word!
Bike Racks We have also installed bicycle racks for other low-carbon transportation travelers

(In case you haven't guessed, our mission beyond great food is to save the planet!)

Do you need a program for an upcoming meeting?
What about “The Future of Food, Water and Energy” ?
Walker is available (and eager!) to give presentations on this topic. He is continually updating his presentation. Included, or separately, he is also passionate about the importance of developing a strong and self-sufficient community system- buying local gone wild if you will. If you would like a program just let him know 864 350 9345

Farm to Table- Raising a Pig for Harvest
Some of you may know that we raised and harvested a pig for our first time early Spring 2012.
It was quite an experience. Walker wrote up the experience - inluding several pictures of the process- and you can read about the harvest process if you are interested.

We appreciate your support and
We would not be here without YOU!
Come see Us! Anytime!

Heritage Quilt Trail
The Happy Berry is now part of
the Heritage Quilt Trail.
Come See "The Happy Quilt"
created especially for "The Happy Berry,"
Quilted by Christine Christensen
See our Newsletter for more detail!
The Happy Quilt created especially for The Happy Berry, Quilted by Christine Christensen



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Arial photo of The Happy Berry in Early Spring/Dogwood season
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Think Farm, Think Fresh - Buy Local!

Pick Your Own and Pre-Picked Blueberries, Blackberries, Muscadines, Grapes and Figs The Happy Berry Inc. is located on the eastern shore of Lake Keowee in Pickens County, South Carolina. It is a pick-your-own small fruit farm with blackberries, blueberries, muscadines, grapes and figs available in-season. The season is from June 1 to through September in most years. Pre-picked berries are available on farm.

As you enter the farm you drive past rows of blueberry bushes and see the old tenant house used as headquarters for the farm. The house site has been there since before the mid 1800's but has burned down at least once. The house was rebuilt sometime prior to 1937, with an addition in 1952. Sales take place on the front porch. In the house is grading equipment, a walk-in cooler equipment and storage for all the various things that are need to make the farm run. Standing on the porch you can look out over the blueberries and blackberries.

To help people find there way around the farm the grassed walkways are named for the varieties of Daylilies that adorn the end of rows. Want to learn about management, The Happy Berry Bunch will be glad to share what they know with you. As you return from picking and you feel guilty because The Happy Berry Bunch did not weigh you in, you can contribute to the Sin Bucket to atone for your sins. Actually you are encouraged to graze while picking--there is no better way to learn what is a ripe berry.

Coupons are available in local papers and on this web site. A newsletter is sent out a couple of times a year, more often if you are an electronic subscriber, to keep folks informed of what's happening and how the crop is coming along. For those interested in pre-picked you can leave an order here.

We pride ourselves on providing more than a place to pick delicious, and nutritious berries. We also want to contribute to healthier lifestyles and eating habits. And ultimately, our belief is that local farms like ours provide an essential environmental service for the future of our planet.

Please come visit us at the farm. Enjoy the fun of pick-your-own sweet, fresh, high quality berries in the marvelous out of doors. Not only is it fun it is also healthy. Recent research has shown the berries are nutriceuticals.

Sincerely,

The Happy Berry Bunch, Walker, Ann, Zoe & Betty Ann


The Happy Berry, Inc.
Mailing Address Only: 120 Kelley Creek Road
Farm Address-No Mail Receptacle: 510 Gap Hill Road
Six Mile, SC 29682
Phone: (864) 868-2946
Farm: (864) 350-9345
Email: ContactUs@TheHappyBerry.com