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Is it Spring Yet?!!?!?!

Wow, this has been a doozy of a winter. With all the snow and school closings at times it’s felt like winter will never end. We’ve been getting lots of questions about how the extreme cold of the polar vortex and the long winter has affected the blueberry plants. The truth is, we don’t really know! Our (relatively) young plants have never seen -30 degrees before, so we’re not entirely sure how they will respond. This is one of the uncertainties we live with as farmers. We’ll know more once the plants start to come out of dormancy in April.

In this email is information on a couple exciting new things we have in store for 2019 on the little hill and information on job openings for berry pickers and u-pick staff. Also, this year we are planning to sell potted blueberry plants. We’ll be sending out information about that in a couple weeks.

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Our first strawberry season had its challenges, but overall was a success. We heard amazing feedback on the flavor of the strawberries, with many people exclaiming, “These are the best strawberries I have ever eaten!” One of our biggest challenges was with fungal disease especially when the season turned wet in September. To try and deal with this, we’re adding caterpillar tunnels to the farm this year. These tunnels are smaller, portable versions of high tunnels. They will help to keep the plants dry and free from leaf disease as well as allow us (hopefully) to continue harvesting strawberries into October. We’ll still be growing strawberries uncovered out in the field like normal as well.

New fruit! New fruit! We will be trialing growing watermelon and cantaloupe this year as well as putting in a planting of currants and gooseberries. We should have a small amount of watermelon and cantaloupe available to sell in the Fall. The currants and gooseberries will start bearing fruit in 2020.

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We’re Hiring!

We’re looking for berry pickers and u-pick staff for this summer. While we primarily tend to employ young adults, we think helping out at the u-pick would be great fun for those of you who are retired or semi-retired, or just have a little extra time in the summer and like to be outdoors! If you are interested, please send us an email at info@littlehillberryfarm.com.