And so, inspite of my best intentions, the busy harvesting/marketing season has left little time for updating this blog. Two weeks ago was the last posting, and in 2 weeks on the farm in the summer much can & does happen.
The cherry harvest has come and gone. In the end we simply stopped picking - the quality was gone after much rain and then the heat & humidity. The trees that remained unpicked were marked and compared to notes about trees that have remained unpicked in previous years. Where a pattern emerges, the chainsaw will likely be the fate and we'll have open space - to plant a new cherry tree of a better variety next spring, or another crop perhaps. Some of these trees will get a reprieve as they are needed for pollination. Decisions like this, that have a long term effect are best made in 2 stages. An initial decision now when everything is fresh in our minds and a final verdict in fall after we've had time to mull things over.
The raspberry harvest has also come & gone. It was very brief this season. After a promising start, the rains, heat & humidity ruined the berries as well. We choose not to spray our raspberries because that's what the customers prefer - but we may rethink this decision as some spray may have prevented or at least slowed the rot & mold problems & allowed us to harvest more raspberries.