Strawberry season is right around the corner and we couldn’t be more excited! Although some frost damage has been spotted in one Totem field, the remaining fields appear to be loaded with berries that are sizing up nicely. For strawberries and blueberries, Northwest Oregon’s weather during the month of May has been ideal, with 14 consecutive warm, dry days. Although the pollination of our strawberries and blueberries couldn’t be better, some recent cool showers and rain may negatively affect the pollination of black raspberries and blackberries. Unlike strawberries and blueberries, which were in full bloom a week or two ago, the peak blossom for black raspberries and blackberries has unfortunately occurred during the recent rainy and cool weather. With warmer and drier weather expected as we head toward Memorial Weekend, our fingers are crossed that the bees have enough time to do their job. Please continue to check in occasionally to see what’s going on in our berry world. In the meantime, we would like to commemorate those soldiers who have given their lives to protect our freedom.
Happy Memorial Day