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A tough morning! One of our staff got sick, and the cattle got out. This left few people for harvest for market. We will have some strawberries and blueberries in Princeton today, but expect to sell out early. Market opens at 3:00.

Saturday, at Princeton Farmers’ Market, we plan to bring plenty of strawberries. We’ll also have the first few blueberries, plus green garlic, garlic chives and stinging nettle. Plow Creek Bakery also has a good variety of baked goods. Market opens at 8:30 and officially runs until 1:00, but we might sell out earlier.

We are open for Strawberry U-Pick Friday morning, but expect only a moderate supply. We are picking a number of orders and have set an aggressive U-Pick schedule to guard against losing berries in extreme heat. Berries ripen daily in this heat, but this year have been picked as fast as they ripen.

Yield per row has been better than 2014 or 2015. But with a smaller field this year, the best picking has gone to those who arrive early. If you are making a long drive, it would be better to come Saturday evening or Monday morning. With the extreme heat, we do expect a somewhat better supply in those sessions, particularly on Monday.

Friday afternoon update: we did not have a severe shortage Friday, but the field was mostly picked over by 9am. For Saturday morning, we expect to have plenty of strawberries at the Princeton market and 50% to 75% of our usual Saturday morning U-Pick supply. It may be that with the heat discouraging some visitors, this is just the right amount.

I’ll be at Princeton Farmers’ Market today with strawberries, rhubarb, green garlic, lambsquarter, garlic chives, mint, and honey. Market runs from 3:30 to 5:30.

The strawberries are putting on a good show on this Festival Day. We have a a nice supply for sale at both the Princeton market and at Strawberry Festival in Tiskilwa. We’ve had some scattered rain this morning, but the current hourly forecast looks clear into early afternoon.

U-Pick opened at 9am, with good picking for the next 5 to 8 customers and slow to moderate picking expected in our Jewel and Cabot varieties through most of the morning. So come enjoy the festival and pick a few quarts of early U-Pick berries while you’re here.

Strawberry u-pick will open Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. As it is the first day, we expect quantities to be limited. Come for some great fresh berries, but it’s not yet time to fill your freezer or make a lot of jam. We expect larger quantities next week.

Saturday is Strawberry Festival in Tiskilwa. We will have our famous strawberry shortcake, plus fresh strawberries (and other produce) for sale. This year it is again combined with an arts fair, where you can view and purchase the works of our fine local artists. The festival is on Main Street in front of the Historical Society and runs from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Today is the first Tuesday Princeton Farmers’ Market this year. We will bring strawberries, rhubarb, lambsquarter, stinging nettle, bok choy, and fresh garlic. Market opens at 3:00 and runs to 5:30.

We are hoping for plenty of strawberries in Princeton for farmers’ market this afternoon. Market is at Market is at 445 S. Main Street, just south of the Prouty Building and north of Apollo Theater. Tuesday market runs from 3:00 to 5:30.

Saturday is the first farmers’ market of the season in Princeton. We expect the first few strawberries; quantities will be very limited. We will also have rhubarb, green garlic, peppermint, garlic chives, nettles (the most nutritious thing we grow), and lambsquarter (wild spinach). We will also have a good selection of Plow Creek Bakery goods. Market is at 445 S. Main Street, just south of the Prouty Building and north of Apollo Theater. Market opens at 8:30. Market officially ends at 1:00 but we may well be sold out and leave by noon; come early.

strawberry flowers 4-25-16 The strawberries have started to bloom. A ripe berry follows in about 4 weeks, but they start slowly. We might have a few for the first Princeton Farmers’ Market on May 28. We expect to be open for picking in early June.

Saturday we will be at market in Princeton and Peoria. We will have plenty of black raspberries and blueberries, and a few red raspberries and strawberries. We’ll also have turnips, a little rhubarb, and plenty of Plow Creek Bakery goods. Peoria market opens at 8:00; Princeton at 8:30. Strawberry U-pick will be open, possibly for the last time this season, from 7:00 to noon. Berries are smaller, and quality is mixed, but I was still able to get a quart of decent berries in 5 minutes this afternoon.

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