Stone Hill Blueberry Farm Operations - Production Factors
Blueberry production factors involve a lot of different things, one of the most important on being a lot of very hard work. The family starts working on the blueberry bushes in early spring, pruning, mulching, fertilizing, mowing and weed eating around the bushes. During the blueberry picking season they spend up to 12 hours a day, 7 days a week at the farm, making sure that the farm is in good shape when the u-pickers come. They check the farm to see where the ripest blueberries are and where the best picking is. When the picking season is over it is back to pruning, mulching, preparing the bushes to survive the harsh winter weather and working to ensure the blueberry production for the following year is as good or better as the current year.
More Blueberry Production Factors
Bumble Bees are the main blueberry pollinator and will work in cool weather. Honey Bees and Mason bees work later after blossoms are fully open and the days are warmer. Native Honey Bees seem to be making a comeback in recent years.
Other production factors are last seasons bud set, (which impacts this years crop), winter kill and spring frosts. Older bushes are being replaced by newer varieties thoughout the patch.
See you in July!
Bushes before spring pruning at Stone Hill Blueberry Farm
Spring pruning at Stone Hill Blueberry Farm