IT’S BERRY TIME!

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Open daily from 9am to 6pm!  You are welcome to call for field updates:  540-899-9848

Produce update as of 6/14/2018

Braehead Farm STRAWBERRIES are done for the season.  There are a few out there, and you are welcome to hunt if you like!   It was a short lived season, about two weeks, the worst for area farmers.

BLUEBERRIES, RASPBERRIES, BLACK RASPBERRIES, and BLACKBERRIES ARE READY TO PICK!  PYO or purchase prepicked in the market.

Other Produce that is available: kale, collards, spinach, radishes, cabbage, at $2.99 per pound!

Before going to pick, please check in with the market for field directions and to get a “busket”  or flat.

Make sure when you pick, to ONLY PICK ALL deep RED raspberries! Dark BLACK  black raspberries and blackberries. And, plump BLUE blueberries!  The berries will not taste good and are not ripe if they still have white or green on them!   They DO NOT continue to ripen after being picked.  Make sure you pick the berry on the stem behind the CAP and leave the cap on!    After picking, bring in your berries to the market for weighing and paying.  The berries are weighed and sold by the pound, so please bring in and weigh/pay for your berries before eating.  Eating in the fields is prohibited.blackberries

 

 

 

 

 

Blackberries and Blueberries:    PYO-$2.99 a half pound (about a pint)   Prepicked-$3.99 a half pound

Raspberries and Black Raspberries:  PYO-$2.99 a quarter pound (about a half pint)    Prepicked-$3.99 a quarter pound

We offer 0ur pre-weighed 4 quart “Busket” for a $1.00 (it will hold about 4-5 pounds)  and we  encourage you to wash and store your berries in it.  You can bring it back for any PYO!  Flats are $2.00 which include the 8 quart container and the flat.  Our buskets and flats are preweighed so that the weight of the containers are taken off of the berry weight/price.

Do not wash your berries until you are ready to eat them!

FYI:  PETS ARE NOT ALLOWED, BY LAW, IN THE FRONT PICK-YOUR-OWN FIELDS.  You are welcome to bring your dog on a leash and pick up after them, in the other areas of our farm.  We prefer the dog NOT come into the market IF the market is busy and full of customers.  We would be glad to help you to get to the back of the market by walking around.  Just remember that we have free range chickens.  :)

There is NO admission fee to the Pick-Your-Own fields, you just pay for what you pick!  All produce is sold by-the-pound.   (The only admission area is the Family Playgrounds where the farm animals are, play equipment, hay barn, event barns. This is $5.00 per person, plus tax, age 2 and under free!)

Berry tips!

  • A  quart equals 1 and 1/2 pounds of fresh  berries.   Berry measurements: 1 quart = 2 pints = 4 cups and is  about the same as 1 liter and weighs 1.25 lbs to 1.5 lbs (or 600 to 700g). The weight varies on variety and weather conditions.  1 quart is normally enough for 4 servings.
  • Unripe berries will not ripen once picked. Select plump, firm, fully deep red strawberries and raspberries. Be sure to pick the berry from the stem and leave the hulls on.
  • Keep the berries out of the sun and heat.  Berries quickly mold and perish when left at room temperature, and only last about 2 to 3 days in the refrigerator.
  • You can easily freeze berries that you cannot use right away.  Wash, cut the hulls off and put the berries into a ziplock bag, removing as much air as possible.  The berries will keep for many months frozen without air.
  • Braehead Farm berries are not sprayed with any kind of pesticide.  The plants  (before bearing fruit) are treated with a fungicide during the winter.  No fungicide or pesticides have been sprayed on the berries.  The fungicide we use is on the Green list.  Trellised berries use a trickle fungicide if needed, but it is not used on the berries.
  • If you would  like to help the farmer, please pick off any berries you see that have rot, insect or sun damage and put them between the rows.  This helps to keep rot from spreading to the other berries on the plant.