We won't be at Greenville downtown market on Saturday October 3
(due to heavy rains forecasted)
but we will be back the following weekend!
Check it out!
You can read about our vision on the future of farming in Edible Upcountry, article dated 8/28/2015
PEAK SEASON in the MUSCADINES!
9am - 6pm Monday through Saturday
closed Sundays for farm management
MUSCADINES - It won't get better than this!
It is Peak of Season in the Muscadines!
Muscadines are the super neutriceutical secret of the South
Now picking all varieties - bronze (scuppernong) and black (bullis)
Early Season are in, Mid-Season are in full flower,
and the late season varieties are coming on!
These are dessert quality Muscadines
They are sweet, aromatic and the delightful chewy skin is loaded with nutriceuticals!
They make great pies, heavenly jams, & freeze easy for awesome & healthy smoothies all year long
Check out our muscadine recipe ideas
Muscadines - Picking Tips
You can't judge a muscadine by its color
you pick them one at at time.
The time honored way to hone your fingers so they can sense the ripe ones is to squeeze and taste.
Muscadines are big so they fill the bucket quick
(By the Way- that's a quarter in the picture to give you an idea of the size of these yummy treats!)
Please also check out our tips on how to pick muscadines
|Read our newsletter for the Health Benefits of Muscadines!
We are having a "SWD & Small Fruit Training” on October 22, 2015.
It is sponsored by SARE and Clemson University. See Program attached.
The main issue is shade cloth use in blackberry production.
It is a technical meeting intended for university extension and growers but some of you are growers and may want to attend.
Table Grapes Gone Soon
The last of the Saturn are in the cooler
And when they are gone- they are gone.
Best to Call First
Figs Continue to Trickle.
A result of last January's freeze - the harvest just never came on strong.
But- They continue at a trickle. And we expect them to continue the trickle until the first freeze.
Best to call first if you are making a special trip for Figs.
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!
See our Newsletter for fig-picking tips.
Limited Pre-Picked Blackberries Still Available
Call first if making a special trip!
On-Farm Pre-picked Blackberry prices Increase to $7/quart & $28/Gallon
Blueberries are done for the season.
We have an excellent crop of leaves on the bushes and high hopes for next season.
We are also investing in dwarf black mulberry. Ask Walker for details.
Stay tuned for updates!
Making wine or jams?
Ask at the front porch about wine/jam berries- be sure to bring your own container for taking them home
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."
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
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.
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.
Can't Come to the farm?
Finds us at the Market!
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
The Journal/Upstate Today
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
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
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!
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