Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Crop Losses

This season was the first time in 50 years with a 75% crop loss.  The heat and dry days in early August "cooked" the berries, dehydrating both the fruit and the bushes and they just never recovered.  It was neither expected, nor something we've experienced before.  We always close October 10th with the first frost but our season ended August 15th .....we kept checking the fields thinking they would "come back", we continued to fill our order books with orders and walking the fields for 8 more weeks, waiting for the berries to plump, ripen, and size.  Nature taught us a new lesson this year.  Those of you who are still waiting for berries will be first next year.  Sorry we could not fill your orders....we too have an empty freezer this year.   Thank you for the ongoing support.  We are continuing with our plan to plant several acres of vegetables next year and we expect the produce to be both tasty and safe.  Watch this site for more information.  You can also find Bode Farms on Face book.  Safe Food From Our Family To Yours For 110 years.

The Bode Farms Team

Thursday, September 12, 2013

September Harvest

The berries are still not plump and sweet.  We've been waiting for the slightly "dehydrated" fruit to both size and ripen.  That extreme heat we had in mid August has created significant problems in the fields.  We have more than a ton of orders to fill and the berries are not sizing.  They are sour and dry right now.   We've never seen this before.  The Maple trees on the farm have shriveled leaves and we've never seen that before either.

For those who got their berries early, please enjoy them.  We'll keep trying and we'll keep you posted.  We can't figure out what's going to happen next.  We usually harvest for 4 more weeks until the first heavy frost in mid October.  We shall see.......

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Older Blog Posts

Please check our older Blog Postings.   You'll find lots of information about our farm history, food safety and other farm products that are available.  Thank you for 112 years of support in our community......The Bode Farmily.

Blueberries stressed by heat

The heat we had in August stressed the blueberry plants and right now we are waiting for cooler weather and rain.  We normally are open until October 10th each year.  We don't know when the next harvest will be ready.  With the heat the berries did not size, nor ripen so we'll have to wait and see what the plants do in the next 2-3 weeks.  We should have 2 more pickings but we're just not sure.   The Bode's

Monday, August 12, 2013

Upick is open 7 days a week, picked berries are limited.

U-pick is $1.50 per pound and picked Berries are $3.00 per pound delivered.  All fields are ripe and ready for harvest.  Bring a picnic lunch and come and enjoy the farm.  Safe Food For You Since 1902.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Blackberries Are Not Ready Yet

We're still watching the Blackberries, will let you know when they are ready to harvest.

Sun & Rain

The great rain we had last week plumped up the Blueberries and they are ready for harvest.   Please bring containers and picking buckets if you have some.  Thanks, Bode Farms Team