March 18-19 Home and Garden Green Living Show, all day event, Down town Convention Center, Asheville
April 6 is Dyngus day (Monday after Easter) also called Wet Monday- a fun day with perhaps a little romance. Pussy willow season will be over soon after Dyngus Day.
If we are not at a show/program we will be open from 11 to 3 on Saturdays January through Dyngus Day in April. We will have plenty of willows, a limited number of daughter Zoe’s Willow Carfts, as well as fresh free range eggs from your Happy Berry chickens! If you are having a hard time catching us at the farm, and since we do have many Saturday events, it is always an option to arrange a meeting that is convenient for you. Just give us a call and we will set it up! 864-350-9345 (cell, no voicemail), or 864-868-2946 (answer machine).
October, November and December were the rainiest that we have ever seen… since 1979 when we began farming in Six Mile. (October- 6 inches, November 9.61 inches and December 12.34 inches.) Global warming is resulting in climate change. In response we are preparing an action plan as to how we are planning to be part of mitigation and how we are going to adapt to the changes. We will post this on our website soon. It is a draft that will be revised as the situation changes. We would love your input and suggestions!
COLD (Vital to the blueberries)
We are accumulating chilling hours at a good clip now (we were worried because some low chill varieties were beginning to bloom) so do not anticipate any delay in bloom once it warms up in late March. Let’s hope for no “roller coaster” weather during warm up. We have had a very good bud set last fall and winter. So if all goes well a big crop of blueberries is in the offing. The wind machine has been repaired from last year’s complications, and is now ready to help protect those precious buds during those nippy nights in early April.
In the blackberry fields, everything looks good except for the Black Magic. With the warm wet fall most primo canes bloomed all the way to the ground just before those harsh low temperatures hit us.
GRAPES are looking very good. We are still suffering from the ravages of the grape root borer in the Mars variety but will replant dying vines. The pheromone for grape root borer (GRB) seems to be working well with no apparent GRB damage to younger vines. Also another grower is helping us grow off some Dogridge and Saltridge root stock by sending cuttings. These vigorous root stocks will be used to approach graft the Arkansas seedless varieties. They appear to be tolerant of GRB.
MUSCADINES are looking great! We have planted 100 Razzmatazz seedless muscadines. Maybe enough for a taste…We have 71 Black MULBERRIES in the ground…maybe enough for a taste this year also. This fall we worked clearing up the some of the brush jungle on the west side of the farm. Come admire!
My daughter Zoe and I (“I” being Walker) have been busy acquiring as much knowledge as possible during the farm’s downtime. We attended a Muscadine Conference in early Fall, the Carolina Farm Stewardship conference in November, and the Southeastern Fruit and Vegetable Conference in January. We successfully accumulated 32 hours of intensive training, an average of 6 hours visiting vendors that support us and were able to spend time updating with fellow farmers and Extension Agents (priceless!).
Please stay tuned to our home page – it should be mobile device friendly very soon! And we update the home page much more often then we send out newsletters.
Thanks for your support!
You make it all possible!
Walker for The Happy Berry Bunch
Walker, Ann, Zoe and 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
Farm: (864) 350-9345