Friday, 10 August 2012

The Season in Full Force part 2

While Katie and Marc are busy running back and forth from field to berry hut, house to field, etc, Liz is busy wrangling the household and the various children that still occupy it, regardless of blueberry season! Susan is blessing the household with her time watching the 3 oldest Godbeer children from 9 - 3, so after breakfast her crew gets dressed and clears out for fun time with Grandma. They've been doing all kinds of things - beach trips, petting zoo, playzone - the question remains: where does Susan find the energy?? You are amazing Susan.
Heather spent her first week here helping out around the house, and Liz found the extra pair of hands (and eyes) invaluable. Heather also had her friend Shae here this past week, and the two of them were a duo of superhuman child care! Liz was actually able to tidy up after meals without juggling too many children, and there were generally less fits and tantrums since the kids were getting the attention they want and need. Karen has been lending many hands as well to the mix, sometimes taking Elijah to her place for a change of scenery, or else actually offering to help tidy the place up on a rare quieter afternoon. Bless you!
Laura has been running the store front during the week, while juggling order bookings, sorting blueberries, and (when the time allows) her real estate! Customers have been very happy with the size and quality of the berries, which is encouraging since it's our first year, and it would have been a little disappointing if things hadn't gone as well as they have been. It seems for the most part that people are happy with us as the new owners. Happy customers makes for happy owners!

Elijah has proven to be a handful these days as he cannot yet walk, but has decided he can climb. Not yet baby boy!

Charlotte is on those two little feet of hers more often than not these days, and she loves climbing onto these 'riders' and moving herself along.

Evelyn, desperately wanting to follow Charlotte up the slide. Patience little girl, you will be running before you know it!

Some of Hannah's creations during playdough time!

Hannah working on her playdough masterpieces.

3 little prisoners...I mean babies. This is actually something they love to do while the older kids are outside playing. An entire playroom behind them, but really all they want to do is watch the older kids.

More playdough fun! 

The 3 amigos from behind. Elijah, you seem to have lost your pants, son. 

Thursday, 9 August 2012

The Season in Full Force

The term 'blueberry season' is no longer a mythical future event, with unknown possibilities. It's here, and we're neck deep.
The day starts out with pickers arriving around 8:15-8:30, and with Katie leading the charge, they begin harvesting all those tasty tasty berries. The season started off with bringing in an average of 300lbs or so, slowly ramping up to 500lb last week, and our whopping total for today was a back-breaking 1500lbs! We are fast approaching the peak for 'the season' and it is fast and furious. Katie is doing a wonderful job of keeping track of pickers, Marc is getting better and faster at sorting (or 'grading' in the blueberry world) and their various helpers make the day go so much faster and smoother. Many thanks to Cliff and Jack who help out regularly at the hut, not to mention Bryan, Lynn and Beth, who don't need to help, but are ready and willing to do so anyways!!
Here are some shots from around the farm. Some of them are several weeks old, mostly because of how busy we've been.
This was taken just as the berries were starting to turn blue!

Marc walking through the fields, checking for ripe berries. Still waiting at this point.

A shot down one of the rows, still probably a week or so away from picking in this picture.

Taken last week, of a branch with various stages of ripeness.

Come on berries, save some room for the leaves!

It doesn't seem possible that this branch could hold this many berries.

3 nice juicy berries. These are the Patriot variety.

Part of our garage table layout for sales.

Jam and soap nuts! Not together.


The 3lbs are good sellers. Probably because most people realize that the pint size wouldn't make it to the end of the road...

Our berries, their berries. It just doesn't seem fair, does it?

The end of the day, depending on sales that day, can go either way. If sales were good, then we have fewer berries to freeze. Sometimes, like today, sales were really good, but we still had a lot to freeze! The nights tend to be later than some of us would hope, but we want to ensure our customers are only getting fresh blueberries, so anything that wasn't sold that day, is frozen that night. This way too, we have something to sell year round. In order to freeze them, we need to hand sort through all the berries and take off the stems, or leftover tree remnants, and weigh them into 5lb bags. When you have 150lbs to sort through, this can take a while! Good thing many hands make light work. :)