All quiet on the cranberry farm at this time of the year.
The berries are ripening nicely on the vines and we’re hoping that this year we’ll have a good crop. In part that’s because we had an opportunity to give many of the plants an R&R season in 2020.
Lockdown and harvest were simultaneous and we made the decision to harvest only what we could- no helpers on farm last year, just Kevin and I. We couldn’t sell fresh cranberries, everything went to the freezer. The most memorable part of the harvest was the challenge of getting the cranberries over the alps to Christchurch and the commercial freezing site. Our usual couriers- though incredibly helpful, could not get them delivered in time, so we were left with a LOT of cranberries and no way to get them to Christchurch. I remember sitting at the desk and taking a deep breath, time to start thinking laterally- again.
A few phonecalls later the wonderful Jana & Glen Monk- Aubergine growers form Hari Hari- kindly offered to recue us. We borrowed a tractor to move the pallets and set the alarm for 1am to met their truck out at the cranberry farm. By the time we got up again to have breakfast our cranberries were safely delivered to the freezing facility in Christchurch and we knew that we could roll with whatever the rest of the year brought us.
If you are interested in buying Cranberries we recommend that you buy them fresh during harvest This year we expect to supply for about 6 weeks from early April to the beginning of May.
Put them in your freezer- they keep free flow and really well- and you’ll have them for smoothies, sauces, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Get in touch if you’d like me to put your name on our mailing list and I’ll be in touch when we have cranberries available.
We’re very sorry to say- No fresh cranberries available this year.
Like everyone we have had to rethink our lives in the face of Covid 19 and make decisions that are safest for all.
Our cranberries are now ready to harvest. Normally we work with a gorgeous team of friends and neighbors for a few weeks, dodging the rain, harvesting and sorting cranberries and rushing to meet orders for fresh berries.
At the end of harvest we planned an open day and gathering for friends and neighbours at the farm. A wee party before we put the cranberries to bed for the winter. It is a busy and important time of the year and its one that we enjoy greatly.
This year it will be different. Kevin and I will harvest and sort the cranberries together. All the fruit will go straight to the freezer and be held for processing later in the year.
At every stage we will take the greatest care and of course, we are adhering to all level 4 guidelines.
This means that we will not have fresh cranberries for sale in 2020. We expect to supply frozen berries and our cranberry products as usual at the end of the year.
Thank you for understanding our decisions on this- we think its the safest and wisest way to keep everything for now.
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions or if there’s anything we can help with.
Aroha tetahi ki tetahi! Love and care for each other!
If mother nature continues to send sunshine and rain in the right amounts then we will begin the 2019 harvest in early April and fresh cranberries will be available for sale until sometime around the end of May.
Please get in touch if you’d like to be on our mailing list- we’ll won’t bug you with emails- but we will let you know about the beginning and end of the fresh season.