Blueberries, Plums, Peaches, Apples

The fruit farm opens for the 2016 season on July 14

 

Mason Beach Fruit Farm

Hacks Neck, Virginia

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Asian Pears In Bloom

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Pick-Your-Own ONLY for Blueberries

 

 

Summary

Heat Warning >>> For Saturday (7/23), It is already 93¡ F at 10:30 AM in the shade.  Heat indices are expected to be 107 or above in the afternoon.  We recommend that you do not come out this afternoon.  We will not have picked peaches and the blueberry picking is lean after 2 ½ days of customer picking.

We thank all who came to our fruit farm during the 2015 season.  We hope that you had an enjoyable experience.  For the 2016 season, the farm will operate as we did last year, but with reduced yields. 

 

IMPORTANT UPDATE-- The farm is now open for blueberry picking using our you-pick/honor system.  Ripe blueberries will be scarce after our 7/14 opening but should recover by next Thursday, 7/21.   Because of the late frost and cooler spring weather, the blueberry ripening is delayed.  Also, it is now apparent that the blueberry crop will be significantly reduced because of the late spring frost. 

 

All other large fruit (peaches, apples & plums) will be closed to you-pick.   The large fruit will be picked by us, and for sale at the farm office.  Picked peaches (limited amount) will be available until 12:00 Noon. We will only pick in the morning hours.  We reserve the right to limit the pounds sold. There will be no early plums and apricots, again because of the spring frosts.

 

Also, fire-blight disease has destroyed the majority of the pear trees that have been cut down.  Apricots, pears (Asian or European), blackberries and grapes are no longer available.  The apple harvest does look promising for the later apple varieties with availability starting in August.

 

Blueberries not damaged by frost (06/08/16)

Blueberries damaged by frost (05/25/16)

 

 

Young McIntosh Apples (5/28/16)

Young Red Haven Peaches (6/7/16)

 

 

Young Cresthaven Peaches (mid-August harvest)

Friendly Greeter, Only Maggie Now*

 

* In Memorial to ZOE

 

Our 15-year old yellow lab, Zoe died on June 13.  The following are several photos of Zoe with past and  present buddies.

 

ZOE (May 5, 2016)

Zoe and Maggie

Zoe and Sandy (DaughterÕs Family Dog)

Swimming Buddies- Old Nell, Pup Zoe & Nestle ( A SonÕs Family Dog)

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Young Zoe and Old Nell (South Point of Butcher Creek), Jan. 2003

AppleMark

 

 

Operation

 

All fruit including the blueberries will be priced at $1.00 per pound.  The farm will open from Thursday to Saturday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  We will be closed on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  Closing the first part of week gives time for grass cutting and orchard maintenance.

 

This year will be the 19th season that the farm has been operated by us. The schedule for having picked fruit at the farm office is to be decided.  Look for updates on our web site (www.masonbeachfruitfarm.com).

 

Winter cleanup and pruning of the fruit trees and blueberries is about complete.  Selective spraying to control weeds, plant disease and pests is in progress.  We acknowledge help from neighbors and family.  Special thanks go out to Don who critically helps with early spring pruning, cutting grass and large fruit harvesting.

 

Pruning Mutsu Apples

Mutsu Apples Pruned

 

 

Pruning to Burn Pile

Fruit Tree Spraying

 

 

If you have any questions or comments, please call us (757-442-7287) or email <fosterjg@esva.net>.

 

 

 

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Contact Information

Mason Beach Fruit Farm

29113 Mason Beach Road

Hacks Neck, Virginia  23358

757-442-7287

mailto:fosterjg@esva.net or fosterjg@yahoo.com