Wow! Has a whole year passed since I last posted? Almost….Well, hopefully you knew how to get a hold of us if you needed. I have been busy with this thing called “going back to work.” I know…I know…millions of women do it and handle it fine…I guess I’ve handled it, but my house, my meal planning, and the “extras” on our farm (like Facebook, website posts,
my family) have taken a back seat. So, here we are….the beginning of June and another black raspberry season almost upon us. I am posting to remind you of how the season goes. This is a re-post from last year at this time, but things will work pretty much the same way. We expect to be open sometime between the third and fourth week in June. It all depends on rain, heat, humidity….
**I will update our sites (Facebook and Ruffwingfarms.com) and our phone message telling when our opening day will be. (740-536-7853) We have a lot of people call each day to hear the updated message of when our opening day will be. I will say the day and date on the message so you know that the update is current.
**When we are open, we usually have a large number of customers come in the morning to pick, since it is cooler. If we have a large number of people come, our field may get “picked out” (all the ripe berries get picked!) and so we will close. As soon as we make the decision to close, I will update our phone message. So we always tell people to call before coming out.
**We have to give 2 or 3 days for more berries to ripen before we open again, so keep checking when our next open day will be.
**We have waxed boxes for you to pick berries in, which are yours to take.
**We have an acre of black raspberries. They are trellised up on wire for easy picking. We keep the rows between the berries mowed, too. When people ask what they should wear, I tell them they can wear shorts and flip-flops if they want. The berry plants are thorny, so your arms and fingers may get poked, but it’s not too bad. There isn’t any shade in the field, but you can come to the barn and get out of the sun.
**We have a sink in the barn to wash your hands and splash cold water on your face.
**Our black raspberry season lasts between 2 and 3 weeks.
**Our prices are: $4.00/lb for U-pick, and $6.00/lb for pre-picked. We do have limited availability on pre-picked berries.