When is your harvest? Mid-July through Mid-October. We are open Wed-Sun 10-6 for You-Pick. You can stop by pretty much anytime for We-Pick. Sign up for the mailing list to receive updates on events and the 2013 harvest dates. This year we have Crepes De La Vallee coming to make delicious sweet and savory crepes made with all local organically grown products.
How much do the berries cost? The price for the 2013 season is $2.50 per pound for you-pick. We-pick depends on the quantity.
What do I need to bring? We supply buckets for picking and freezer bags for you to take your berries home in.
Do you have pre-picked berries available? Yes, that’s what we call “we-pick”. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call ahead to reserve. 360-399-1006. 5 lb Half flats are $22. 10 lb Full Flats are $36.
What forms of payment do you accept ? Cash, Visa, Mastercard & checks.
What does Certified Transitional mean? We follow strict organic guidelines and use no conventional herbicides or pesticides. We use Wiserganic Certified Organic fertilizer which is made from PCC food waste. Our Certified Organic compost is supplied by Ceder Grove and is made from urban yard waste. It takes three years Certified Organic. Once you have grown organically for one year, kept fastidious records and apply for the certification you become Certified Transitional. We will be Certified Organic in 2014.
What does organically grown mean? It means the same as above only you don’t have to apply to the WSDA for certification. It’s an honor system between farmers that grow organically where farmers systematically check on one another to make sure they are adhering to organic practices.
Do you have snacks? We have ICE CREAM! Acme Ice Cream has done a Bow Hill Blueberries and Cream. We also carry a wonderful vanilla that you can sprinkle fresh blueberries on.
What else do you sell in your store? Farming books shot by our photojournalist/farmer, Harley Soltes, T-shirts, Jam, Dried, Smoothie cups, Tea Towel, Pottery Colanders and Coffee Mugs.
How do I freeze blueberries? Just put them in the freezer without washing in a sealed plastic bag or covered bowl. Frozen they are also perfect for smoothies, pancakes and baking. If you thaw them they will retain their shape but be a little bit soft. We love eating them frozen out of the bag. Better than ice cream.
How do you pick blueberries? Our you-pick berries are the big plump variety called Blue Crop. They are very easy to pick. It’s sort of like tickling the underside of your dog. The ripe berries just fall into your hands while. unripe will stick to the bush. Please pick the bush clean!
Will blueberries ripen after being picked?
No, unlike peaches or bananas, blueberries do not ripen after being picked. If they are picked red or green they will not turn blue or become sweeter.
Can I bring my dog? For the health and safety of everyone, not into the field. There are plenty of great walks nearby. If you have one that patiently waits in the car we’ll point you in the right direction.
How many varieties of blueberry are at the farm?
We have four varieties of blueberries: Blue crop, Jersey, Stanley and Rubel. The berries are very different between varieties in size, shape, and taste. The plants of each variety also have a distinct growth pattern and ripening cycle.
Do you have plants for sale?
Generally no, but it doesn’t hurt to ask.
If you have any other questions or concerns, please contact me at Harley@bowhillblueberries.com or call 360-399-1006.