Blackberry Pickers Needed!

Blackberry season will continue for a few more weeks at Quarteramish.  If you have not been able to visit the berry farm, please plan to do so at your earliest convenience.  Berries are large and sweet but they won’t last forever.  If you have questions, do not hesitate to reach out.

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Berry Farm closed today

Sometimes things take precedence over other things…..The Berry Farm will be closed today because we have the privilege of moving our son and his family into their first home!  The farm will be open tomorrow for picking.  We suggest early morning picking due to the extreme heat.

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Thornless Blackberries are ripe and ready for picking

Thornless Blackberries are ready for picking! The berries are big, juicy and delicious!  Morning is the best time to pick for both you and the berries, as the heat of the day is rough on both.

We have blackberries in a high tunnel green house so you can pick rain or shine.  Most of the blackberries can be picked standing with little or no stooping!

We still have red raspberries, but they are coming to a close.  If you want red raspberries, now is the time to come and pick!

 

U Pick Blackberries.  What to do with berries when you get home?

U Pick Blackberries from our farm.  

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Red Raspberries are Ready!

Fresh Red Raspberries from our berry farm.

Fresh Red Raspberries from our berry farm.

The berries are ready for picking! Red Raspberries are $5 a pound; a quart is about 1 and a third pounds.  We suggest you pick in the morning as the heat of the day is hard on you and the berries.  Ready picked berries will be available if you call ahead.  $6 per pound.  The number is 812-623-2803 or 812-584-8193.

Feel free to bring your own shallow containers.  We have containers available for your convenience.

Cash, check or Credit cards are welcome.

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Blue Birds Brighten your Garden!

I love to view Blue Birds on my farm.  I don’t have many and so when I do happen to see one, it is a simple pleasure to be appreciated!

 

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Is your Garden awake?

In my part of the country, the last frost date has past and I am anxiously waiting to get my seedlings and seeds into the ground.  Rain continues to come at regular intervals so the ground is too wet to work and my plants continue to sit in the greenhouse.  I came across this article in Houzz and thought it might be of use to those more fortunate than me.

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I can’t wait to get into the ground and reconnect with the earth.  It is great therapy and whether you plant vegetables or flowers, they nurture the body and soul in the same way.

Enjoy this simple pleasure:  Happy Gardening!

 

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I Can’t Stop Touching my Alpaca Fiber hats and ear warmers!

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I have raised alpacas for 3 going on 4 years now.  Different than any other farm animal I have experienced, and wonderful in their own distinct fashion.  I had the raw fiber processed into yarn for the first time this past summer and recently began knitting hats and ear warmers for family Christmas gifts.

Not much of a knitter or crocheter, even though I know the basics, I decided a knitting loom might be a good way to get started.  I love the knitting looms: round, sox, and straight.  You can produce a professional looking item in a short period of time and for some reason, I find I can read the patterns with confidence.  Still trying to find patterns for loomed items beyond just basic hats, but I am having a good time putting my yarn to good use.

Every time I have something on made from alpaca yarn, I cannot stop touching it!  It is amazing to the touch and so warm; Non-allergenic as a bonus. You have to feel it to believe the difference from other yarns, including merino wool.  I have both suri and huacaya alpacas and its not hard to tell the difference between the two.  Suri is much finer fibers and consequently finer yarn.  Huacaya has more bulk and goes further in a pattern.  So far with the knitting loom, I have found using 4 strands of yarn, a combination of both, types makes the perfect weight.  In the hat below, I used two strands of contrasting color yarn.  It is lacy and light.     The rest of the items were made with 4 strands of yarn producing a much denser weave.

Alpaca loom knitted hat with ribbon trim

Alpaca loom knitted hat with ribbon trim

I absolutely love these items!  I gave them all away except for the first hat and the brown turban neck warmer.  My family love the items and I think they would welcome  any other things I get inspired to make!

If you have a little bit of time, consider buying some alpaca yarn and a knitting loom.  Find an easy pattern and revel in the wonderful experience of making something to keep you warm and feels luxurious!       This simple pleasure is so rewarding I can’t encourage you enough to give it a try.  If you need any alpaca yarn, just let me know.  I have about 25 pounds of yarn in cream, taupe, and shades of brown.

ear warmers / neck warmer

ear warmers / neck warmer

4-strand yarn in shades of brown.  E-wrapped knitted on a round knitting loom.

4-strand yarn in shades of brown. E-wrapped knitted on a round knitting loom.

A combination of items: all 100% alpaca fiber yarn in mixed shades.

A combination of items: all 100% alpaca fiber yarn in mixed shades.

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