Beds, Berries, Trees…Beef and Honey Bees!

End of 2019 Blueberry Picking at Cloud 9 Farm

Berry Picking on Cloud 9 Farm for 2019; 8 am-noon Saturdays

Or call for an appointment.

We opened June 15 with the Northern Highbush berry that only lasted 3 weeks. So mark your calendar for next year.

Raspberries ARE GONE They were June 15- June 30

Blackberries- ARE GONE They were July 4- July 27 started July 4th and are still going $12/gallon

Blueberries: END OF SEASON- MEANING HARD TO FIND RIPE ONES BUT STILL SCADS OF UNRIPE ONES This rabbit eye variety has a few “Powderblue” bushes that bear into August. We only pick in the morning cool weather. 8 am-noon. No spray but we do use fertilizer once a year, so not “organic” but naturally raised, the way we like ’em.

The only way to really know what the berries are doing is to call ahead: 828-628-1758 with any questions. This page will stay updated.

Happy Picking!

Janet

June 27, Thursday -Really good Northern Highbush ending, Rabbit Eyes starting
June 29, Saturday- We are between crops so picking is slim now. If you haven’t picked yet, choose a day next week.
July 2, Tuesday- Rabbit eyes coming on and they are huge with the first ones
July 4, Thursday- What better patriotic activity than blueberry picking!
July 6, Saturday – Really good
July 9, Tuesday -Mary Peterson remembered on her birthday, she loved managing the patch
July 11, Thursday-Northern Highbush are totally gone, but Rabbit eyes (the big bushes in the middle) are great!
July 13, Saturday – Great blackberries and blueberries
July 16, Tuesday – Great
July 18, Thursday – Great
July 20, Saturday – Rabbit eyes starting to get sparse, some bushes loaded with green ones
July 23, Tuesday – Rainy day, patch will be open as usual at 8 am (Honor system until noon), but not attended until afternoon. Many bushes in full production.

July 24, Wednesday – Because of being nearly rained out on Tuesday, we are opening Wednesday 8am-noon

July 25, Thursday – Good
July 27, Saturday – Good but you need to search for the bushes that forgot to quit
July 30, Tuesday – End of season. What berries are left are either over ripe or still green on the vine and will take a long time to ripen. Therefore we will be open the first three Saturdays in August. Ask about picking “on shares”

August 3, Saturday late berries

August 10, Saturday, the farmer’s eye can spot the bushes that just won’t quit

August 17, Saturday -the last hurrah

The next three photos show what the end of season berries look like:

August berries

 

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Luscious!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2018 Recap: We had a fair crop of early Northern Highbush in June. We opened the week of June 18 with our first crop of Northern Highbush, a little later than usual. The first picking was for invited guests only (those that have picked for several years in a row). They were gone in a week! They came and were picked out in 5 days by June 23! Then we had a 2 week break and opened to the public on the later producing Rabbit Eye variety. That was July 7 on a Saturday and every Tuesday and Saturday in the month of July. $16/gallon (which weighs 5 lbs) or $3.50/lb. We continued to pick until the third week of August!

2017 Recap: We had two distinct crops. a flush of Northern Highbush that came really early, June 11 instead of at the end of June. Then there was a break and the Rabbit Eye came in at the end of June and were finished by the end of July. Sometimes that goes into August but not in 2017. WE WERE OPEN TUESDAYS AND SATURDAYS AND POSTED exact dates and times on this website.

Only well-behaved kids allowed in the patch. They may love picking at first, but can get tired of your long stay quickly. You must keep them with you as we have poison ivy in the woods as well as creeks and a pond that are off limits. Keep that in mind when planning your outing. Other than that, we are happy to educate children where food comes from and tasting is a must! They delight in the discovery of the biggest blueberry and in the freedom to walk the rows of neatly mowed grass in between the rows. You might have to be honest and pay for what your kids and you have eaten, though!

Of course, the birds get their share, too.

Blackberry row is fun to pick, too!
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Bring the babe with you to pick!
Picking blueberries is a family event
Picked a gallon with two helpers!
A baby bird found in the blueberry bush!
There’s nothing like the fresh antioxidants from the blueberry to maintain your health!

Facilities and Rules

  • Bring a container to put your berries in to take home. We pick in cut-out gallon milk jugs tied around the waist. Then the gallons are weighed and poured into customers’ take-home containers. In fact, if you have any rinsed out milk/water/tea jugs, we can always use more to freshen up our stock.
  • The season begins the last week of June and goes through the last day of July. In 2019 we went into August. It is always best to call ahead or email for an update: 828-628-1758. Also, the picking schedule page keeps updated.
  • Prices are $3.50/pound or $16/gallon (which is a little over 5 pounds). Cash or check only.
  • We have rolling to level terrain that is kept mowed. The grass is dewey in the morning so wear waterproof shoes.
  • Bring your own water as we do not have any source for drinking water here.
  • We do have a green, out-house at the bottom of the patch and a port-o-john in the parking lot.
  • We do not spray any pesticides on our plants or berries because we value the native pollinator population and our own honey bees that help make our crop. Besides, we believe you should be able to trust fruit right off the bush as you do the taste test to determine which ones to pick!
  • Well-behaved children only. You must keep your children with you as there are ponds and creeks and poison ivy they could wander into. Our liability insurance is for the patch area only.
  • NO DOGS in the patch.
  • We keep your safety in mind but, as always, be aware of your surroundings.

WARNING: Under North Carolina law, there is no liability for an injury to or death of a participant in an agritourism activity conducted at this agritourism location if such injury or death results from the inherent risks of the agritourism activity. Inherent risks of agritourism activities include, among others, risks of injury inherent to land, equipment, and animals, as well as the potential for you to act in a negligent manner that may contribute to your injury or death. You are assuming the risk of participating in this agritourism activity.

History

More blueberry bushes get planted each year.

This patch was created out of an old corn field in 1967 as a hobby farm for the newly-retired father and mother Peterson to have something to do! After all, the Peterson grandfather raised strawberries and trees in the early 1900s in Minnesota, thus instilling the love of the land.

By 1974, every row in the 4 acre patch was planted and thriving as a U-pick Blueberry patch open to the public by appointment. This patch provided and provides today, the good feeling of purposeful living.

Perspective from Janet, the daughter, “My husband and I took it over in 1996, relieving my 88 year old father, and, blindly, not realizing all the work involved! He continued to do much of the mowing up ’til the age of 91. I have spent time since restoring the patch to its former glory and meeting the challenge of weeds, frosts, drought and sometimes, too much rain.”

The patch continues to serve over 70 families for their U-Pick needs and has seen 3 generations of pickers experience where food comes from. There is nothing like the sweet smell of blueberry blossoms in the spring enlivening the bare shrubs drawing the honey bees and native pollinators to the flowers for a bountiful blue crop in late June.

Directions

Follow your directions of choice below. When you arrive, park right inside the gate or along side the road out of the way of traffic. Do NOT park in the curve as cars come around too fast and spin out on the gravel. You will see a huge wood chip pile that hides our check-in at the blue and white tent. If Janet or a care taker is not there, follow Honor System Instructions will be on the table or in the tent.

NOTE: Do not go to a house or up a mountain. The patch is in the valley along the road.

Directions from Asheville; I-40.

  • Take NC exit 53 A east
  • Go on highway 74 A East for 5.2 miles towards Fairview.
  • R on Emma’s Grove Road
  • Go 1.4 mi.
  • R on Bob Barnwell Road
  • Go 1 mile
  • (You will go past the Cloud 9 mailbox #137)
  • to patch on left/blue gate, tent and hut behind the big pile of mulch.

Directions from Skyland/Arden to Cloud 9

  • Find the Ingles/EarthFare intersection; Turn onto Mills Gap Rd.
  • Cross over the RR tracks, go straight through light which continues Mills Gap Rd (Crossing Hwy 25A/Sweeten Creek Rd.) Go 1 mile to Concord Rd. Turn L and follow Y to where Concord veers to right, you stay straight which is Emma’s Grove Rd. Go 2 miles and pass the Emmas’s Grove Baptist church. Turn Left sharply on Bob Barnwell Rd. Go 3/4 mi. on Bob Barnwell Rd. The pavement turns to gravel at my property line. Your GPS will tell you that you are there but go another half mile
  • (You will go past the Cloud 9 mailbox #137) to blue gate on left. Park in field unless it is raining and too slippery for cars, then park on road. Instructions will be on the table or in the tent. I will be somewhere nearby if you call me at 628-1758.

Directions from Fletcher to Cloud 9

  • Turn onto Cane Creek Rd with a CVS pharmacy on the corner. Go 2.3 mi. to the 2nd light. Go diagonally across Mills Gap Rd. to a continuance of Cane Creek Rd. (sign will point to Cane Creek Middle School).
  • Go another 2.7 mi. Turn L on Concord Road (it comes up fast).
  • Go 2/10 mi. Turn R on Gravely Branch Rd. Go to end. Turn R on Emmas Grove Rd. (no sign) Go 1 mile and turn a sharp L on Bob Barnwell Rd (after the church).
  • You will go past the Cloud 9 mailbox #137 to blue gate on left.
828-628-1758
cloud9relaxation@gmail.com
137 Bob Barnwell Road
Fletcher, NC, 28732
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