The 2016-2017 season is coming!!

 

Hi to all you keen blueberry pickers out there! I know that blueberries have started to appear in the shops so you will be eagerly awaiting news of when we will be opening for the season.

We usually open around the end of the first week of December, with a little seasonal variation. There's no sign of the first berries changing colour yet so at this stage we are anticipating our first picking day to be Saturday December 10th. This is subject to change so check here for the latest updates.

I need to warn you that the early variety of berries have a very light crop due to the weather conditions at the time of pollination and fruit set so there will not be as many pre-Christmas berries as usual. There are plenty more berries to come later in the season, though, so perhaps plan your big freezer picks for January or February. Be prepared to come in early on our open days in December because it is likely we will get picked out some days.

We will keep you updated on this page so check in again here.


See you soon,
Vivienne

 

The gates are now closed on the 2015-2016 blueberry season at Fuchsiadale Blueberries.

 

Thank you to everyone who has come to our place this season.

We really appreciate your custom and hope to see you back again at the end of the year.

Look out for notifications here around the end of November.

We hope you have enjoyed your berries, as we have enjoyed meeting you all.

Best wishes, Vivienne and Jon.

A few things to note:

Welcome to the 2015-2016 blueberry season!!

A few things to note:

The berries are $12/ kg this year. Cash sales only no EFTPOS. If we have the time we will have a small quantity of picked berries available but generally we just do PYO.

Please bring your own picking containers if possible, ice cream containers are ideal as we know the weight, or you can use ours then we will put them into a plastic bag for you.

Children are very welcome - we love to have them around but please keep an eye on them because this is a farm and there are hazards.

We encourage you to sample the berries you are picking but please be reasonable.

We have enlarged the car park this year - bear with us as modify the arrangement of the car parks to make this work most efficiently. Please be respectful of our neighbours if parking on the road and take great care coming and going onto Paton Rd.

The best time for picking is generally first thing in the morning. At this time of the year we have a lot of berries but at other times we will get picked out by later in the day and have to close.

Blueberry picking tips - go for the darkest ones! if you end up with a few pink ones in your container, that's ok - they will ripen up a little if not refrigerated straight away. At this early stage of the season they are a bit here and there to pick but later you will be able to pick a few at a time. There's no getting away from the fact that they are small and will take a wee bit of time to pick so allow yourself some time.

We really hope you enjoy your time at Fuchsiadale Blueberries. Relax, forget the busyness, listen to the birds and enjoy your trip to the country!!

See you soon! Vivienne and Jon

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Richmond, Nelson, New Zealand
we - the parkes family used to live in blenheim - dairy farming a few hundred cows. then back in '97 went to the bible college of new zealand, after completing a BMin we moved to dunedin for two years where jon did a DipMin, then four years in tauranga where jon was a rev at st. columba, otumoetai. in 06 & 07 we lived in vanuatu on santo island where jon taught english and was the accountant for talua ministry training centre. in 08 we moved to richmond, nelson where jon was the minister at st. david’s presbyterian church on florence st. and now is the minister at whakatu presbyterian (a new presbyterian church for the nelson & districts area) and vivienne volunteers as an ambulance officer (EMT) for st. john. at the same time we have 1500 blueberry plants, cookie & zoro our cats, red our calf and gypsy our border collie - plus some laying hens.