A Look Back at 2015, Looking Forward to 2016
As the new year is underway, we wanted to give an update about what happened in 2015 and what we have to look forward to this year at White Pine Berry Farm!
What a great year in 2015, thanks for all your support! We truly enjoy having you all visit our farm. It was a dream to sell fresh, wholesome produce directly to you and there is no better way than to have you at our farm. The strawberry crop was great, and we will be planting more this year. A new variety we will have in 2016 is called Flavorfest - I think they picked a good name. We had some insect problems with our summer raspberries, but the fall raspberries produced great fruit. The blueberries started producing and we are hoping to have quite a few to sell this year. Asparagus, carrots, kale, tomatoes, peppers, sweet corn, currants and of course watermelon were some of the other products we had available. Some customers made strawberry and raspberry wine from our berries, and we were lucky enough to get some as gifts. Others used currants to make mead. This year, we will be trying some new things: Ginger and turmeric seeds have been purchased from a grower in Hawaii, and we will be planting them in our high tunnel.
The biggest news we wanted to officially share is we have received organic certification on all of our berries and also some other products! We will be converting more acreage to organic each year.
Our employees were great. We had so many positive comments on their friendliness and helpfulness. Emily was our summer intern and always calm, steady and eager to learn more. Jessica was our intern last year and came back to help one more year and we were glad she did. Kennedy has helped 4 summers in a row and is now a student at UW-Madison. Alison, a Stout student (and rock climber) learned what a hoe is for. Reid has helped for 2 years and mans the Baldwin Farmers' Market. Many customers asked for Tyler by name (he is super helpful). He also rounded up 7 kayaks that our group took down the Kinnickinnic River one hot summer day. Many others helped more part-time, and some of you saw our picking crew, about 8 cousins all in the age range of 7-13. We could not do this without all of their help.
The other activities at the farm kept things hopping. The first Strawberry Shortcake Social was fun and delicious. All of our children (Tanya, Steph and Jason, and Andrew and Kim) really dug in and helped. Our Raspberry Razzmatazz in July coincided with the Eat Local Farm Tour and featured some great live music. Fall Family Day in September was a beautiful day with a great turnout. Lots of people enjoyed picking pumpkins and going through the pirate-themed corn maze in October. There were a few weddings hosted at the barn. Stay tuned for all that is happening in 2016, we have applied to sell at the St. Paul Farmers' Market and are hoping to be accepted which would really be exciting. Irma and I hope to see you again this year!
Greg and Irma at White Pine Berry Farm
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