July is usually the busiest month around here for harvesting blueberries, grass seed and wheat. We are working our way through the blueberries still but are over half done. Blueberry harvest has not been too pretty this year! The berries are beautiful and there are plenty but with the weather being so hot in June/July and the warm spring, the early and mid season berries all came ripe at the same time. This led to every farmer in the Willamette Valley needing crates to pick into at the same time! And there was a shortage. That has never happened since we have been growing blueberries (almost 20 years!). But that seems to be farming. Always adapting to some kind of problem or change :)
But there are plenty of crates to pick into now so that problem is behind us! Thank goodness.
It gets a bit stressful when your whole year's income is just sitting out in the field and you can't do anything about getting it harvested when it needs to.
We also finished up our grass seed and wheat harvest last week.
My son who is almost 2 years old, got his first combine ride this year. In the wheat AND grass seed. Let's just say he loved it! I thought he would be a little nervous but he just seemed curious instead. It is fun to see through his eyes.
Heads up, apple season might start a week or two early this year because of the weather. It has been true with all our other crops so just check the blog a little earlier than you normally would if you have your eye on a certain variety of apple this year and don't want to miss it!
Also, we just have started a Facebook page! So check us out under Beilke Family Farm! I can conveniently upload pictures very easily to Facebook so you may see quite a few pictures on there! I will be updating about the apples on this blog and on Facebook, so you choose what you prefer (or both)!
Anything else you guys want to know about? More pictures from a certain crop harvest? Or questions? Let me know!