• Berries are usually ready for picking around July 8 – 10

  • There are usually ripe berries available until the end of August

  • The sweetest berries are ones that have been on the bush for 3 to 5 days after
    turning blue

  • Each bush has 3 to 5  “pickings” as berries ripen over about 3 to 4 weeks

  • Berries that ripen on each bush first are almost always the largest with each
    successive ripe berry being slightly smaller

  • That’s why folks who come to the farm at different stages of ripening from year to year
    think that this year the berries are “bigger or smaller” than they were last year

  • Conditions for the fastest and easiest berry picking usually occur around the last two
    weeks of July when there are more berries ripe than any other time

  • Hail, high winds, and heavy rains are major threats anytime from bloom to harvest