A Soggy Ending for Strawberries and the Beginnings of Blackberries

What a wonderful start to the 2015 season…and what a crazy end. What was supposed to be 4-5 weeks of strawberry pickin’ has now ended due to the insane amounts of rain we’ve been getting lately. I’m not sure what Mother Nature has in mind this year – she’s already taken the blueberries before they could even grow, and now we only get 9 strawberry days.

Fear not, berry eaters, for the blackberries are on their way!


3 of 42 rows of blackberries

We’ll keep you posted here and on Facebook when the blackberries start ripening, most likely in the first couple weeks of June. Last year they lasted until the first part of August, so hopefully all this rain will slow down.

If not, we’re building an ark and gathering people and animals. Except snakes.


Our First Strawberry Season is Here!

Huldy’s Farm is proud to announce our very first crop of strawberries, now ready to pick, starting tomorrow, May 2, 2015! These strawberries grow to the size of an egg, and the taste can’t be beat. You won’t find a strawberry that’s red all the way through in the grocery store – and you won’t find white cores in our ripe strawberries! Sweet, juicy, big ol’ strawberries will be available here for the next 4-5 weeks.


Our very first strawberries!

On second thought, and upon fond memory recollection, these are not actually the first strawberries to grow on the land at Huldy’s Farm. Wild strawberries grew outside near a corner of the farmhouse, and I remember gathering them into a basket with Mamaw Johnson, and she’d turn them into something special – chopped and mounded over a slice of angel food cake, or sprinkled over some leftover snow ice cream from the previous winter.


A beautiful basket of berries

I’ve made a few jars of jam – certainly Mamaw would approve – but instead of adding a bunch of sugar, I stuck to the basics and left it at fruit, juice, and no-sugar-needed pectin. It’s perfect on a bagel or toast, or my preferred delivery method: with a spoon. In an effort to not keep these sweet strawberries under lidded jar, I managed to give away all but one small jar.


I’m putting this in the back of the pantry for safe keeping.

What’s your favorite way to eat strawberries? Send us your favorite recipes!

Come visit us at the farm tomorrow for the first day of strawberries! Starting tomorrow, we will be open Monday through Saturday from 8am till noon, and evenings by appointment. If you pick ’em, it’s $21 for a full, level, one-gallon bucket – that’s about six pounds! If you want us to pick ’em, it’s $36 for a gallon. We accept cash, local checks, and major credit cards. See you soon!