Somehow this growing season has come and is almost gone already! A huge thank you goes out to all our customers who helped us sell out almost completely at every market. The strawberries, aronia berries, blueberries, and raspberries were amazing this year! All that rain didn’t keep the sweetness away, although the weeds definitely thrived much more, making it harder for our family to harvest. It was all worth it though when we tasted the amazing flavors that abounded in this year’s crops.
Because of our children growing up and moving on in different paths, we are changing some of our farm for this next 2017 season. For beginners, we are sad to announce that we will not be offering CSA shares anymore. Because we will be cutting back on our Asian vegetable and strawberry production, we feel that we cannot offer as great of a variety of produce we offered in the past. Therefore, for this next season, we will be focusing on our sales at the North Iowa Farmers Market in Mason City and the Clear Lake Farmers Market. You will still be able to purchase vegetables, fruit and baked goods off the farm also if you would like.
Because our strawberry field was very time consuming, we are very reluctantly pulling back on that. We will still offer some strawberries at market, but we will be focusing much more on our blueberries, raspberries, and aronia berries. Eventually we will have just June bearing strawberries and we’ll be phasing out our ever bearing strawberries. With homeschooling, baking, ever bearing raspberries, and the younger children at home needing attention, it has become too hard to harvest the ever bearing strawberries every day through October. We are sorry for the inconvenience this causes some of you who depend weekly on the strawberries, but we are confident that you’ll understand the importance of making sure our children get priority as they are growing up in their younger years!
Our baking business took off this year. Therefore, we will now be offering that year around off the farm for those customers who order in advance. During the next few months, you will see more information about that on our baked goods page. We will also continue to offer our various jams and jellies that you have loved so much.
So – keep your eyes and ears open for future developments with North Iowa Berries! The best is yet to come!