Indigo Farms update June 4
Indigo Farms Update June 4
This is one of those really neat times when you can eat fresh blueberries, blackberries, peaches, plums and strawberries right from the farm. Usually the strawberries finish before you can have this combination harmonizing. It has been an unusual year so far. Things seem to be coming early across the board. Even the figs are not so far from ripening.
You can still PYO strawberries. The picking is even a little better than a week ago. The field is not very neat with weeds in the furrow but the flavor of the fruit is something that makes it worth the trouble.
We will be picking blueberries PYO Wednesday 8 am to 9:30 am and Thursday 8am to 10:30 am. We will pick again Saturday morning. Check to see the time.
As many of you know picking blueberries is tricky at the beginning of the season. The berries turn blue but are not fully ripe. If too many people come to pick it is easy for the berries to be picked that would be next weeks fruit. When this happens it takes a lot longer for the next ones to ripen, the flavor is off, the fruit that was picked unripe does not ripen and people do not appreciate what a really good blueberry can taste like. This is why we have such short hours at the start. Later that will change. If you have trouble being able to pick early mornings then Saturday is an option. We are trying to find a good way to accommodate people who can’t come early mornings nor on Saturdays so let us know if this is something you need. It is possible not every Saturday will be open. So we encourage you to check the website often. Also , please bring a container to take your berries home in. We do have some box tops but much prefer you bring your own.
Ask about PYO Blackberries, It may be available for PYO but ask to make certain it is open for PYO.
Peaches, plums are coming in now. We are picking Ruby Prince peaches. Ruby Prince is a semi free stone. The fruit separates from the stone when fully ripe. From this point on all our peaches are free stone. Don’t make the common mistake of thinking that free stones only come of in July or August. The Carolina Belles ( white) , Red Haven and Norman are not so far behind them. We have some very nice plums! The Auburn variety is coming to a close. The Methley and Santa Rosa varieties are coming off strong now. The Ozark Premier variety will be later.
We are picking squash in good supply, harvesting potatoes ( organic speciality potatoes also) and sweet corn. Currently we are picking Silver Queen. Many people like Silver Queen. The key with silver queen is to eat it as soon after you pick it as possible. Because it is not a super sweet variety it quickly turns it’s sugars into starch. We have Serendipity bi color and it is super sweet. It is very good.
There is much more coming off the farm but at this point not in as large of quantity.
The bakery has begun to bake peach pies. They should be making peach pound cake soon so ask them about it. It is time for some real peach milkshakes too! Not to mention blueberry pies or rhubarb combinations of blueberry or strawberry. If you are planning a get together keep in mind you can get desserts, vegetables and an assortment of items that would make the time pleasant.