only touched by rain and sunshine
fresh - local - organic
June 26, 2020
We are sorry to share that we will not be opening our organic blueberry patch this year.
We were hit hard by the late freeze this year and lost most of our berries. We thought we would be able to open for a short season, but we have never had this happen and didn't realize how gradually the few berries we have would ripen. Unfortunately, we won't have enough ripe at any one time to open.
We are so sorry not to get to see you this year and share our farm and delicious blueberries with you.
We appreciate your understanding.
Hopefully next year will be a rebounding season!!
Please join our blueberry mailing list if you would like a reminder before we open next year and updates throughout the season!
About our berries:
For those of you new to Hobbit Hill Farm, our blueberries are USDA certified organic and are only touched by rain and sunshine! They're ready to eat or freeze as soon as you pick them.
What to bring:
Our patch is a little bit wild, but it's natural, and to us, it's paradise! We love having kids come pick in the patch but please leave pets at home. Please wear comfortable shoes and bring an outdoorsy-adventurous spirit but leave your bottled spirits at home (no alcoholic beverages allowed).
Thanks so much for supporting us to do what we love.
With so many terms out there, it can be hard to keep up! So, if you're wondering what it means that our blueberries are "USDA certified organic"...You don't need to feel shy about asking - we're happy to tell you!
1. USDA stands for the United States Department of Agriculture.
2. Many people don't realize that "organic" is about more than what we put (or don't put) on our berries! Here's a short description of what "organic" means:
"Organic is a labeling term that indicates that the food or other agricultural product has been produced through approved methods. The organic standards describe the specific requirements that must be verified by a USDA-accredited certifying agent before products can be labeled USDA organic. Overall, organic operations must demonstrate that they are protecting natural resources, conserving biodiversity, and using only approved substances." (A)
"The primary goal of organic agriculture is to optimize the health and productivity of interdependent communities of soil life, plants, animals and people.” (B)
Conclusion: "USDA certified organic" means that the United States Department of Agriculture has inspected (and continues to inspect) our farm to ensure that we're meeting organic standards and certifies that we are! You can even find us on the registry here to prove it! (just type in Hobbit Hill Farm)
We like to say that our berries are beyond organic because, in addition to meeting the organic standards, they are not sprayed with any chemicals at all. Our blueberries are only touched by rain and sunshine! A lot of time, thought, love, energy, and sweat goes into taking care of our blueberry plants AND the land we love. For us, it's worth it.