Closed Mother’s Day

COOLER TEMPERATURES this past week make ripening slow – think how they store in your fridge.

Thankfully, we had berries for many Mother’s Day festivities, but the cloudy weather the last few days has left the field with berries not quite ripe for picking today so we have decided to close the field and encourage everyone to spend time with their families.

I will post hours for later this week. With sun and warmer temperatures, it won’t be long before the field will be full again. Always check before coming: here, our website or call 757-255-4563.

It is a YOU PICK only year. Please bring exact change or check. $9 4 quart busket or $8 each if you transfer pickings to your own container.
We appreciate your patience and support.

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The field is open today til 7pm.

COOLER TEMPERATURES this week make ripening slow – think how they store in your fridge.
WE HAVE BERRIES IN THE FIELD FOR PICKING but if you drive more than 20 minutes, I would give the field til Tuesday. You can always check before coming: here, our website or call 757-255-4563.
It is a YOU PICK only year. Please bring exact change or check. $9 4 quart busket or $8 each if you transfer pickings to your own container.
We appreciate your patience and support.

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Closing today at noon

When I asked you to pick it out before rains, you have done a great job! Closing the field noon today for the sun to ripen for Saturday.

THIS IS THE FIRST WEEK, so berries will be plentiful in coming days and weeks as we get into the season and warmth. 

SATURDAY: If you drive more than 20 minutes, don’t this weekend. I would give the field the first of the week or check back for next weekend. Saturday is always a busy day and with rain Friday, I am anticipating some but not a ton ready for picking so we are declaring it: LOCALS PICK SATURDAY.

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Strawberry patch open

8am–7pm today and Thursday. With rain forecast for Friday, let’s pick the field!

We have buskets at the strawberry shack for picking but kindly ask you bring something to transfer in for transport home. If you want to take the 4 quart busket once picked, they are $9 each; but if you transfer into your container to take home and leave the busket after picking its $8. Exact change or check are highly suggested.

Hurricane Matthew destroyed most of the plastic in the field, but the end closest to the solar field retained and is usually wet. Adventurous pickers can bring their boots for that end of the field (you see it before you get to it so no worries for those without boots), otherwise the entire field is open for picking.

Because it is early in the season, please call 757-255-4563 for other days and hours.

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Field is open for strawberries

8am-noon and 4pm-7pm today Come see us!

4 quart buskets for picking are $9; if you transfer into your container to take home and leave the busket – $8. Exact change or check are appreciated.

Because it is early in the season, please call 757-255-4563 for other days and hours.

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2017 Strawberry Field update

PLEASE READ IN ITS ENTIRETY

October 6, 2016, we laid plastic and planted strawberries. Weather forecast that weekend was Hurricane Matthew would NOT come our way; but if you remember correctly – things changed mid-afternoon and Matthew made landfall with heavy rains and winds.

Sunday morning we found the damage. Some plants washed away with the forceful rain but the heartbreak was the plastic was no longer around the plants. The plastic, that protects the roots for the winter and keeps grass/weeds down for picking, cannot be reapplied once the plants are in the ground.

We feared the worst and hoped for the best. Thankfully, our news is a little better than we hoped – we DO have strawberries! They are just growing on the ground instead of the black plastic. We have been hand weeding the field for the past week and enjoying the berries that randomly appear when a season begins. (Picture attached are what the field looks like).


IF YOU HAVE PICKED WITH US BEFORE…..

1. The quality, flavor and size of berries, is still there this year.

2. Bring your own containers for transporting your pickings home. I have limited amount of buskets.

3. No porta potties or credit card transactions this year.

IF THIS IS YOUR FIRST YEAR PICKING WITH US….

1. Field conditions are not as we have had for the past 10 years, but there is always next year!

2. Please bring your own container for transporting pickings home. I have limited amount of buskets. Containers from other farms are welcome.

3. No porta potties transactions at the field.

 
We hope the field will be more consistent to allow us to open for YOU PICK soon.Pre-picked is going to be limited, if we even do it this year.

We are anticipating the season going longer this year. Once we open, I post our hours daily, so PLEASE ALWAYS CALL 757-255-4563 or check Facebook – Oliver Farms Produce – Smithfield, VA – before coming; especially if you are more than 3o minute drive away. I update field conditions and hours daily.

Your patience and understanding is greatly appreciated as we navigate the season!

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Thanksgiving hours for pickup

Public service announcement – Thanksgiving is next week….NEXT WEEK!!!
Hours for pickup of produce-collards, cabbage, broccoli and kale-will be
SATURDAY 9-noon; MONDAY-TUESDAY 9AM-6PM; WEDNESDAY 9AM-4PM
Since we cut the day you will pickup, please let us know by emailing us at ORDERS@OLIVERPRODUCE.COM or be willing to wait while we go to the field if you plan on just driving by.
SAUSAGE
I am always building a spreadsheet for our fresh, bulk pork sausage. Because we are in harvest mode, I don’t have a specific date of making.We are making a few times before Thanksgiving to fill orders we already have.
To the new people, we have a spreadsheet; when rains come, or harvest is done we will make sausage. I am certain we will make many times before Christmas and at least once before Thanksgiving. Gallon bag/5 pounds is $20; quart bag/1 pound is $5.
Send email to ORDERS@OLIVERPRODUCE.COM with NAME, BEST PHONE NUMBER and QUANTITY. We will call when it is ready for pickup.
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Our phone number is 757-255-4563; the facebook OliverFarmsProduce-Smithfield, VA or the website is http://www.OliverProduce.com and sending us your interest to be on our newsletter is news@oliverproduce.com
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