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Gardner's Berry Farm To Offer "You Pick" Berries Three Times a Year

Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014

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Daniela Werner

(251) 209-6013

Danielawerner87@gmail.com

Gardner’s Berry Farm To Offer ‘You Pick’ Berries Three Times a Year

Robertsdale, Ala. – Berry picking is no longer just a summer activity for the Alabama Gulf Coast area.

Come October 2015, Gardner’s Berry Farm will offer berry picking again to the Robertsdale community, only this time there will be cooler temperatures outside than this past summer. 

After that fall 2015 yielding, there will be three seasons of picking at Gardner’s Berry Farm. The owners will also sell the fruit from these area-unique yieldings at local farmers markets. 

Thanks to Prime Ark 45 clone bushes, which are new types of hybrid blueberry and blackberry bushes, farmers are able to produce berries twice a year – in spring and then in fall. Gardner’s Berry Farm has planted these hybrids and expects a berry crop mid-autumn this time next year – a “you pick” berry harvest frequency that has never been offered on the Alabama Gulf Coast before. 

“It’s nice to be able to bring out our faithful customers in the summer, but we can only offer them so many berries then,” said Gardner’s Berry Farm owner and administrator Marian Gardner. “With these new bushes, we can offer quality berries grown without pesticides and chemicals twice a year, and during seasons when the heat is not harsh and summer thunder storms are not frequent.” 

Gardner’s Berry Farm uses a sustainable method to growing organic berries, and it has become a standout berry-producer for its area’s farmers markets. People visit the farm to pick berries during the summer, too, and they enjoy the clean, easy-to-navigate landscape, competitive prices and friendly customer service. 

The farmers will post on the farm’s Facebook page and website well before the berries ripen so that customers can be notified well ahead of time. 

“We look forward to working with these new bushes,” said Lawrence Gardner, the farm’s owner. “People won’t have to buy blueberries that were shipped hundreds of miles to a retail grocery store. They won’t have to buy them frozen, either. They’ll be able to purchase them at any of the farmers markets we participate in, or pick them fresh.”

The Gardners noted that they are currently selling frozen berries and canned berry jams, jellies and other berry products in this time between the summer harvest and the predicted autumn picking. 

For more information about the upcoming berry crop, please contact spokeswoman Daniela Werner at (251) 209-6013 or danielawerner87@gmail.com.

 

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About Gardner’s Berry Farm

 

Gardner’s Berry Farm is a “you pick” organic berry farm in Robertsdale, Ala., that grows berries from 1,000 blackberry bushes and 700 blueberry bushes on 15 acres of beautifully landscaped property. The farm offers its community the opportunity to pick berries on the farm, buy them there in bulk, or purchase them at area farmers markets. 

Blueberries and blackberries are sold at $16 a gallon. Cash and checks are accepted for payment, and soon credit cards will be accepted. For more information about Gardner’s Berry Farm, please call (251) 209-6013 or e-mail danielawerner87@gmail.com. 

Have more questions? Get the quick facts about Gardner's Berry Farm here: 

Quick Facts

 1. Gardner’s Berry Farm, a 15-acre property in Robertsdale, Ala., is proud to announce a new component to its sustainable, organically-based growing operation.

2. Gardner’s Berry Farm is introducing new hybrid (aka “cloned”) blueberry and blackberry plants, the Prime Ark 45 variety, and is proud to be one of the first in the Alabama Gulf Coast area to plant them.

3. These hybrid bushes will produce fresh, locally grown berries twice a year, in the fall and in the spring. The first yielding will be picked next fall (2015).

4. Berries are high in antioxidants and are linked to stronger immune systems. Blueberries have been shown to improve short-term memory loss and prevent premature aging.

5. The benefits of purchasing local produce from farmers include:

 ·      Consuming fewer chemicals and food that has not been treated with harsh fertilizers and pesticides

·      Consuming food that travels less and therefore has been picked sooner and is more fresh

·      Economic stimulation to local business (creates jobs for pickers in spring and fall and supports local farmers markets)

 6. The benefits of offering fresh berries in seasons that aren’t summer are that customers will not face scalding hot weather temperatures less heat and typical summer thunderstorms.

7. Some may ask why we don’t just sell all our berries to farmers markets. We prioritize selling “you pick” berries because our primary research shows that people enjoy gathering their own produce, showing their children how produce is grown, and enjoying the outdoors with their loved ones while picking their own produce.

8. Hybrid berries are not genetically modified; they are grafted into existence from father plants that are completely normal.

9. Hours of picking will be as they were in the summer. The berries will be available this fall seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

10. We will update our customers as to the start and end of the Prime Ark 45 bushes picking season with social media updates on Facebook, website updates, and e-mail list updates.