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

updated August 24, 2015
Open Rain or Shine!


Peak of Season in the Saturn Grapes!
These are not your grocery store grapes! SO MUCH FLAVOR!
Saturn are LOADED and ready!
Picking time is very low!
Mars will be gone soon... Still good picking now though
Jupiter are about gone. Venus are gone.
Please always check in at the Front Porch before you enter the fields to pick.
Please also check out our tips on how to pick grapes.

Figs - Best Picking is in the mornings
Due to the damage from the January 8 free,
the fig harvest is only 4-5 gallons a day.
We aplogize to all our frustrated fig pickers-
The Good News Is: We have planted more and hope for a bigger and better harvest next year!
Remember to LOOK FOR THE BEND IN THE STEM
Figs are not ripe UNTIL the stem bends!
Figs are also climacteric - that means that, just like bananas, they will continue to ripen after you pick them
BUT they won't continue to ripen if you pick them before the stem bends
See our Newsletter for more details.

Muscadines
We think there will be fair picking Monday August 24 improving rapidly as the week progresses...mainly scuppernongs (bronze) at first but the bullis (black) are right behind them.

We are also investing in dwarf black mulberry. Ask Walker for details.
Stay tuned for updates!

Blueberries are done for the season.

Pre-Picked Blackberries Still Available
but not much- call first if making a special trip!

On-Farm Pre-picked Blackberry prices Increase to $7/quart & $28/Gallon

Making wine or jams?
Ask at the front porch about wine/jam berries- be sure to bring your own container for taking them home

New Hours
We have new hours this year due to the spotted wing drosophila [SWD].
The SWD, a fruit fly with serrated ovipositor, lays its eggs in not quite ripe berries [blue and black] and results in flaccid not so nice berries.
We will be closed on Sunday's so we can safely control this "beast."
Our New Hours:
Monday thru Friday: 8AM until dusk
Saturday: 8AM until 6PM
Sunday: closed for farm management.


Speed limit 6 miles per hour....
We have lots of little kids picking and playing at The Happy Berry...maybe even a berry fight or two...highly discouraged ... With kids racing and darting in out of rows...RIGHT ON TO THE DRIVEWAY!!!
Please be careful and observe the speed limit when driving in. Thank you

BRING-YOUR-OWN BUCKETS...
Don't forget your containers! Something with a handle works well.
Have strawberry buckets just hanging out? Bring them along maybe someone else can use them.
GUIDELINES FOR CONTAINERS:
No bags: Bags do not work well as they crush the berries. Long & Low containers work well for blackberries. Blackberries crush easily if you pile them too high. For blueberries a bucket no bigger than 2 gallons works well. Containers deeper than 2 gallons will crush the blueberries.

New Prices
We had to take the prices up a little this year to cover the rising costs of farm management: In particular we have increased costs for inputs due to the SWD and the loss of Sundays as a sale day. These costs also ripple through to the prepicked berries, and in addition the pre-picked berries went up so we can pay the Pickers more.
New Prices Are:
Blueberries, seedless table grapes and figs will all be
$2.50 per pound you-pick, $6.50 per quart on-farm pre picked and $24.00 gallon pre picked.
Blackberries- only pre-picked will be available due to SWD - On-Farm Pre-Picked $7/Quart and $28/Gallon
Muscadines, resistant to SWD, will stay the same
at $2.00 per pound you-pick and $20/gallon we-pick.


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"

Can't Come to the farm?
Finds us at the Market!

Anderson Market Tuesdays 5 to 8pm
Six Mile Market Thursdays 4 to 7pm.
Greenville Market - Downtown Saturdays 8:30am to 12:30pm
Clemson Market at Patrick's Square, Fridays 3 to 6pm

Walker Miller - CFSA's 2104 Farmer of the Year!
Walker Miller was named Farmer of the Year by The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) at their 29th Annual Sustainable Agriculture Conference, held in Greenville SC in November 2014. It was a rare moment in history when Walker, when the award was announced, was rendered speechless.
We are honored and proud that CSFA recognized our efforts!
We were featured in several local papers and also The State newspaper in Columbia.
Most of those links have expired, but here are some links that were still up and running as of Jan 9, 2015:
Pickens County Courier
Easley Progress
The Journal/Upstate Today
CFSA
Scroll down to see Walker's mention is just below Tom Trantham/Happy Cow Creamery (and congratulations to them as well!)
See our newsletter for more details

Walker Visits the Land institute in Salina Kansas
In our ongoing effort to reduce our contribution to GWG (global warming gases) Walker took a trip to The Land Institute (TLI), to learn more about perennial grains in a polyculture agricultural system
See our newsletter for more details

Any Volunteers???
We would love volunteers to help with whatever we are doing around the farm - planting, pruning, clearing land, bird watching (yes, we said bird watching)
In exchange we can share a little know-how knowledge (well, except for in the bird watching category) as well as offer a great opportunity to get out into the fresh air and work the land (shameless marketing here)
See our newsletter for more details

We are looking forward to a great season!
See you on the farm!

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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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