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The Happy Berry

Last updated August 21, 2016

Seedless Dessert Grapes

Still Excellent Picking!

Figs Are IN -

Best picking is before 11am.

Muscadines have begun

Slow picking for now - but should improve within a week.


Sweet Seedlenss Table Grapes are in-season

Excellent Picking in the
Saturn & Mars grapes.

Jupiter are done for the season.
These are so much better than store-bought seedless grapes. The flavor explodes in your mouth!
Remember that grape clusters must be cut from the vine with snipers - please don't tear the vines.
See our Picking Tips.


FIGS Fabulous FIGS!
Figs continue at a slow but steady pace. Best picking is in the morning, before the crew goes out to replenish the pre-picked Fig supply and to clear the ripe fruit from the trees. We have to clear the ripe fruit each day to keep the bees under control - they love those sweet figs too!

Muscadines are in!
These are dessert quality muscadines - not the wild tough muscadines of olden times. The husks are tender enough to eat- and added bonus - LOADED with nutriceuticals! (That means they are good and good for you!)
Picking is slow but should improve over the week.
You have to be careful to just pick the soft ones. See our Picking Tips.


Blueberries are coming to an end.
Pre-picked blueberries are no longer available. The robins found us and, despite the squawk boxes, have moved in on the remaining blueberries.
There are still blueberries to be found in pockets down in and under, but you have to scout for them. These picking conditions are best only for the die-hards and very determined. The good news is that air temperatures are dropping so it is not as hot!

Blackberry picking conditions are very poor.
Chester are ripening, but we only have 10 rows. The experienced and "very determined" can still find some blackberries down and in the bushes, but this is not easy picking.

Refrigeration is a must
Berries are living beings.  They will continue to carry on respiration which uses energy (sugar).  Therefore, it is important to preserve the quality of fresh picked berries that refrigerate just as soon as you get them home. If you are traveling and are going to be stopping for a bite to eat we recommend a cooler with an ice pack.  Thirty minutes to an hour in a car unprotected from the heat can leave you with much lower quality berries.

Hours of Operation


Monday - Friday: 8am until Dusk
Saturday: 8am until 6pm
Open Sunday August 21: Noon to 6pm

Find Us at the Market

Six Mile Farmers Market at the Depot (Old fire station): Thursdays 4:00 – 7:00 PM

Clemson Farmers Market at Patrick Square:
Fridays 3:00 – 6:00 PM

Greenville TD Farmers Market on Main Street:
Saturdays 8:00 AM – 12 PM

Anderson Farmers Market:
Tuesdays 4:30 – 7:30 PM

2016 Prices

Pound
(You-pick)
Quart
(Pre-picked)
Gallon
(Pre-picked)
Blackberries $2.50 $6.00 $24.00
Blueberries $2.50 $6.00 $24.00
Seedless grapes $2.50 $6.00 $24.00
Figs $2.50 $6.00 $24.00
Muscadines $2.00 TBD $20.00
Persimmons TBD N/A N/A

CAUTION - Please wear shoes with good tread.
Please no sandles or flip flops. The terrain is uneven, and in places, sometimes steep. Please wear shoes with good tread for walking around the farm. See our Picking Tips

Speed limit is 6 miles per hour....
For your own safety as well as others -
Please drive slowly and carefully.

The Harvest Schedule - At A Glance
Now picking Blueberries, Seedless dessert grapes and figs.
Muscadines will start mid August and go until late October.
Blackberries The spring and summer varieties are about gone...the picking is very poor.

BYOB – Bring-your-own-bucket
We love it when you bring your own buckets. If you have extra plastic buckets or quart cups, we would welcome these donations to the cause.  We can wash and sanitize them and they will be "good to go" for another round.

Parking Tips 
We ask our workers to park at the top of the driveway in order to save parking down near the old farm house for you!  That means that seeing cars at the top does not mean you have to walk in.  If we are really crowded we will have someone at the top to direct parking.  With that said, please note that trailers or RV types of vehicles must park at the top of the driveway in the first parking area.  They should not be taken down to the house because there is not enough room to turn them around.

Preferred method of payment
We love Cash!  We also accept checks, and Visa or Mastercard debit/credit cards.  We are hoping that you will all continue to use cash or checks as much as possible. 

We are now mobile-friendly!
On Saturday June 4, 2016 we posted our new mobile friendly website. Please bear with us as we iron out some bumps and links. Please let us know how you like the new look, and if you find any bumps! We would love your input.

Dog Policy
Please leave your pets at home.
We love dogs but it is best not to bring dogs to the farm. We cannot allow dogs in the fields and the parking area is too hot to leave pets in the car. If you cannot avoid having your dog with you, please plan for a member of your group to stay with the dog; stay out of the fields (no one wants berries that were...ah..sprayed); carry doggie bags for the unmentionable; and keep the dog on a 6 foot (or shorter) leash.

EGGS
Only getting about 3 dozens eggs a day
Please call first if you are making a special trip-
864-350-9345

More to Look Forward to - Eventually
We have added Persimmons, Goji, and mulberries but they have not come on-line yet.
We have also planted more fig trees since we seem to consistently have more demand than supply.
And, as always, we will be tinkering with ways we can lower our impact on the environment,
up our harvest productivity, maintain profitability so we can stay in business
and better serve our community.
Ask Walker for details and/or Stay tuned for updates!