As many of you already know, we made the difficult decision to close the Patch to let the berries ripen without visitors. This is not a decision we make lightly and it is all 3 of us, Keith, Pam and myself, who pronounce the final verdict. We do the best we can getting the word out when we decide to close. The newspapers cannot react fast enough to our decisions so we opted to leave the ads running as the confusion of stopping them could lead to worse issues! We have our large sign in the front by the road, the answering machine message (although I speak to as many people who call as I can), this website and our Facebook page. We try to cover as many bases as we can. Tonight, Keith, Pam and I will scout the fields and render a decision whether to open tomorrow or give Mother Nature one more day to catch up! We hope that everyone planning a trip to pick will check first before making the drive. The are lots of strawberries out there! They are just in varied stages of color and ripeness, and when the decision to close was made last night, none of the colors was Ripe Red!
This unexpected breather is giving me a chance to catch up with the mundane things like laundry and dishes. No matter what, life behind the scenes goes on! Pam and I will also get some more planting done tonight. Most of you know that strawberries are not our only crop, possibly the main one, but not the only one. We also have red raspberries (as early as within the next 2 weeks), blueberries (approximately a week after the raspberries), peas (u-pick and fresh picked), green beans (u-pick and fresh picked), sweet corn (August), garlic, red potatoes, tomatoes, bell peppers, hot peppers (jalapenos and sweet bananas), cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, eggplant, cucumbers, zucchini, summer squash, spinach, Swiss chard and kale. I know I've forgotten a few things. I usually do!